Rock School

Series produced by KSLU

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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.


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The Midnight Special was one of a slew of late night music shows that proved people would stay up late to watch something they liked. This was bef...

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  • Added: Aug 13, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Now and again, you will see a rock musician show up in a movie either as a performer or an extra. This week we have a long list of appearences.

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  • Added: Aug 06, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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In my music feeds, it often comes up that a musician received his or her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that day. I decided to investigate. W...

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  • Added: Jul 30, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Rolling Stone came out with their list of best songs by bands found in movies and television. That means they are songs by bands that do not exist...

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  • Added: Jul 23, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Believe it or do not but there are scientists out there who have taken their life work and named their findings after rock star. I would probably ...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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If the predictions are correct, Swift's Eras tour is set to become the first tour, ever, break a billion dollars in gross sales. But how? How is...

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  • Added: Jul 09, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week we speak with author Scott Shea about his new book, All the Leaves are Brown: How the Mamas and the Papas Came Together and Broke Apart.

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  • Added: Jul 02, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, we speak with music author Hank Davis about his new book, Ducktails, Drive-ins and Broken Hearts: An Unsweetened Look at 50s Music.

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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This week in 1992, Bill Clinton played saxophone on the Arsinio Hall show. With that and the presidential race heating up, here's a rundown of pre...

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  • Added: Jun 17, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Many famous music fathers have children who are following them into the family business. Here's a long list of them along with clips and full songs.

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  • Added: Jun 11, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Dolly Parton just had her 57th wedding anniversary to Carl Dean. That may make her the longest married musician alive today. For this hour, we ha...

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  • Added: Jun 04, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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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...

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

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  • Added: May 21, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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It is summer and swimsuit season. Here is a list of musicians who have lost a ton of weight and how they did it.

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  • Added: May 16, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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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...

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  • Added: May 07, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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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...

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  • Added: Apr 30, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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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 ...

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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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...

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  • Added: Apr 16, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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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...

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  • Added: Apr 10, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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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...

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  • Added: Apr 02, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8