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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This week we speak with author Jim Curtis about his new book, Decoding Dylan Making Sense of the Songs That Changed Modern Culture. Curtis is an a...

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  • Added: Sep 12, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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All too often, when a concert is poorly attended, it is made fun of. However, used correctly, it can be a learning experience to work on your perf...

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  • Added: Sep 05, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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If you have ever posted content to YouTube that contains music, there is a good chance you've had a ContentID interaction. You could have received...

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  • Added: Aug 29, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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You have heard of the KISS Army, right? That what KISS fans call themselves. But did you know that other bands and musicians also have nicknames ...

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  • Added: Aug 22, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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In the 90s, Biz Markie was a popular rapper with a top 10 hit. Then he used the song Alone Again by Gilbert OSullivan. He was sued not only for c...

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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What is the future of music? Could it be music made only for you, by a computer that knows and monitors you? THat way it plays you the exact musi...

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, we will tell you the story behind some of the best known band logos. From Dancing Bears to the Van Halen wings belonging to someone els...

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  • Added: Aug 01, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, we're not talking about songs that were featured in movies, rather, songs that were written because a movie the artist saw, prompted it,...

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  • Added: Jul 25, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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The FreeBritney movement has been active lately calling for the singer to be free of her father. But should she be? Why was she put under a conse...

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  • Added: Jul 18, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Earlier this year, we did a shows on the topics of folk songs and while researching that show, we found a lot of songs outside the folk genre that ...

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  • Added: Jul 11, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week we are going to to talk about some of the golden days in music video. Many well known stars got their start in a big music videos. We h...

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  • Added: Jul 04, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This week we will discuss stories about bands that won't play their hit in concert. Often the band or artist has a decent reason but sometimes it ...

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Musicians, especially stringed instrument musicians, have a better than 80 percent chance of developing Trigger Finger. I know. I had it and at t...

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  • Added: Jun 20, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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This is the second part of our facinating interview with the flutist for Motown, Dayna Hartwick. Think of a classic hit for Motown and she played ...

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  • Added: Jun 13, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Think of your favorite Motown song. If there is a flute or piccolo on that song, it was played by Dayna Hartwick. For close to a decade, she was ...

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  • Added: Jun 08, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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There's a trivia questions goes around asking, what is the first posthumous number one hit? The answer that is probably expected is Sittin on the ...

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  • Added: May 30, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Welcome to week two of Bad Managers. There are simply so many stories of managers messing over their clients that we had to make two shows out o...

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  • Added: May 23, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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It's a well known music trope that managers often do NOT do well by their clients. In fact, it happens so often, we're going to do two shows out o...

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  • Added: May 16, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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WBIJ-DB is the first digital radio station to pick up the Rock School Radio Show. Since I knew nothing about digital radio, I thought an interview...

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  • Added: May 09, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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We were in a conversation about musicians reusing their own lyrics. We found so many examples that I though there had to be a name for this. Ther...

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  • Added: May 02, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6