Rock School

Series produced by KSLU

Series image

Rock School is a weekly, insightful and energetic showcase of the music, history, laws and culture of rock-n-roll hosted by music historian Joe Burns , Ph.D. and his wife Tammy.

Rock School is a weekly, hour-long lecture by music historian, Dr. Joe Burns. No topic is off the table. In the over a decade the show has been on air, Rock School has talked about everything from simple music lists to music in society, the audio production side of the business and just about every legal area you can imagine.

Hosted by Dr. Joe Burns and his wife Tammy, Rock School is recorded and produced in Joe's home studio and sent out through Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA from the studios of KSLU public radio.


634 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Piece image
At the end of 2022, Jeopardy had a category titled Classic Flute Rock. The problem is that the category did not include the one band viewers felt ...

Bought by WMTNradio, WYAP, KHNS, KWIT, Harford Community Radio and more


  • Added: Jan 15, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
Piece image
The King Biscuit Flower Hours was a one-hour live music, syndicated radio show. It started in the 70s at the same time as other TV based shows. I...

Bought by WMTNradio, KHNS, KWIT, KSRQ, Harford Community Radio and more


  • Added: Jan 22, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
Piece image
A friend of the show, author James Campion is back to discuss his latest book, Take a Sad Song. It is an in depth discussion and view of The Beatl...

Bought by WMTNradio, WYAP, KHNS, KWIT, KSRQ and more


  • Added: Jan 30, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
Piece image
This week, we speak with author Dewar MacLeod about his new book, Tommy, Trauma, and Postwar Youth Culture.

Bought by WMTNradio, WYAP, KHNS, KWIT, KTRL and more


  • Added: Feb 05, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
Piece image
This week, we will have a discussion with author Richard Aquila about his new book Rock & Roll in Kennedys America. A Cultural History of the Early...

Bought by WMTNradio, WYAP, KHNS, KWIT, KSRQ and more


  • Added: Feb 12, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
Piece image
At the last Grammys, Sam Smith and Kim Petras performed a live version of the song Unholy. Many said it was a Satanic Ritual but was it? Or was i...

Bought by WMTNradio, KHNS, KSRQ, KWIT, KTRL and more


  • Added: Feb 19, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
Piece image
During this week, a few years back, a cattle call was made to choose the five Spice Girls. To that end, we will tell stories of some other band au...

Bought by WMTNradio, KHNS, KSRQ, KWIT, KTRL and more


  • Added: Feb 26, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
From: KSLU
Series: Rock School
Piece image
Back in 1981, The Go Gos album Beauty and the Beat hit number one making it the first time an all woman rock band topped the charts. To that end, ...

Bought by WMTNradio, WYAP, KHNS, KWIT, KSRQ and more


  • Added: Mar 05, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
Piece image
This week in 1819, a serial killer nicknamed, The Axeman, terrorized New Orleans by writing a letter to the newspaper that he loved Jazz music. If...

Bought by WMTNradio, WYAP, KHNS, KWIT, KTRL and more


  • Added: Mar 12, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
Piece image
Who owns a band name? It depends on what legal document the band has created. If there is no legal document, then things get sticky.

Bought by KECG, WMTNradio, WYAP, KHNS, KWIT and more


  • Added: Mar 19, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
From: KSLU
Series: Rock School
Piece image
To Rick Roll someone is to offer one thing and then when he person clicks on it, he or she receives the video for Rick Astley's Never Gonna Give Y...

Bought by WMTNradio, KHNS, WYAP, KWIT, KSRQ and more


  • Added: Mar 26, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
Piece image
There is once again talk of banning TikTok here in the United States. What if it happens? How large a hole would that leave in the music industry...

Bought by WMTNradio, WYAP, KHNS, KWIT, KTRL and more


  • Added: Apr 02, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
Piece image
How does a musician or band get to own a record label? Today, it's as easy as some paperwork and starting a business. In fact, today, it makes mo...

Bought by WMTNradio, WYAP, KHNS, KWIT, WOUB and more


  • Added: Apr 10, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
Piece image
Motley Crue are locked in a nasty divorce. Guitarist Mick Mars says he was kicked out and robbed of royalties. The rest of the band says he can't...

Bought by WMTNradio, KHNS, KWIT, KTRL, KSRQ and more


  • Added: Apr 16, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
Piece image
This week, back in 1968, the Broadway musical Hair opens up. It will spawn multiple top 40 hits including a number one, Aquarius/Let the Sunshine ...

Bought by WMTNradio, KHNS, WYAP, KWIT, WOUB and more


  • Added: Apr 23, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
Piece image
It is said there is Taylor Swift Effect. Her entering the business made a ton of girls buy guitars and play. The Baker Street Effect made the sa...

Bought by WMTNradio, WYAP, KHNS, KWIT, KTRL and more


  • Added: Apr 30, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
Piece image
Here's some fun for the week. Often musicians will create a false story and the press will run with it. About a month ago, Diddy suggested he was...

Bought by WMTNradio, WYAP, KHNS, KSRQ, KWIT and more


  • Added: May 07, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
Piece image
It is summer and swimsuit season. Here is a list of musicians who have lost a ton of weight and how they did it.

Bought by WMTNradio, KTRL, WYAP, KHNS, KSRQ and more


  • Added: May 16, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
Piece image
Depending on what you read, AI is either the destroyer, the helper or a big nothing burger to the future of music. We will discuss all three.

Bought by WMTNradio, KTRL, WYAP, KHNS, KWIT and more


  • Added: May 21, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
Piece image
Back in 1992 this week, the principal of a school in New Jersey banned We Are the Champions because Freddy Mercury had died of AIDS. Of course peo...

Bought by WMTNradio, WYAP, KHNS, KWIT, KSRQ and more


  • Added: May 28, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7