Before the Beatles took America by storm, Paul, John, Ringo and George were featured on BBC radio programs 53 times. Those Beatles performances, recorded between 1962 and 1965, have now been released. Jeffrey Brown talks to Kevin Howlett of BBC about his laborious search for many of these live, early, pre-Beatlemania recordings. Continue reading
Not even a ban on music could stop Mali-born Rokia Traoré from telling her stories through song. On her new album "Beautiful Africa," Traoré pays tribute to her native continent as well as other musical styles and languages from around the world. Jeffrey Brown talks to the singer-songwriter about inspiration and influences. Continue reading
Carlos Santana came to the U.S. as a teenager and decades later is regarded as one of rock’s greatest guitarists. Jeffrey Brown sat down with Santana to discuss the "screaming charisma" that first inspired him to play guitar, his career as a Latino musician and being honored for lifetime achievement at the Kennedy Center. Continue reading
Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper may have a generation between them, but their love of blues brought them together. With Musselwhite on the harmonica and Harper on guitar and vocals, the two musicians have collaborated on an album, "Get Up!" Jeffrey Brown sits down with the artists for a taste of their ‘all purpose blues.’ Continue reading
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Singer Lou Reed performs on stage at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, on June 14, 2012. Credit: Paul Bergen/AFP/GettyImages Rolling Stone reports Velvet Underground leader and celebrated New York musician Lou Reed is dead at 71. The singer-songwriter’s best-known … Continue reading
Image courtesy of Philips Although the debut of the cassette can be traced back to a 1963 Berlin fair, Philips dates the format’s official launch at the company’s headquarters in Amsterdam on Sept. 13th, 1963.
On Friday’s NewsHour, education correspondent John Merrow reports on how an adaptation of a music program from Venezuela is playing out in the United States. Venezuela’s national youth music program “El Sistema” has produced professional musicians, such as Los Angeles Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel, but it’s also recently stirred controversy in the country over government control. Continue reading