This is an informative rock and roll music podcast talking about an integral part of rock history as well as rock appreciation..
Vinnie talk about the Godfather of Soul, James Brown talking about his 73 year long life as one of the biggest African American R&B/Soul singers in music from his legendary stage presence, his iconic discography, to his civil rights activism. This episode also delves into some of James Brown's allegations of domestic abuse and checkered track record with the law from his formative years to his later life. Even through both good and bad, James Brown will always be the Godfather of Soul.
For the 60th episode of the Let's Talk About Rock, Vinnie summarizes the history of the legendary Motown record label, its founder Berry Gordy, the various songwriters, producers and musicians of Motown that make a successful musical formula and a brief summary of many Motown artists including The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Temptations, The Four Tops, as well as brief mentions of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5 etc. more than there is time to cover. It's legacy is still being felt today in the R&B realm, the pop realm and the rock world.
For the first week of Black History Month, Vinnie talks about legendary rock and roll founding father from New Orleans, Louisiana: Fats Domino. A piano playing legend with many iconic rock hits as Ain't That a Shame and Blueberry Hill among others, we break down his life story in summarized form, in his long 89 years on this planet living a full life and a cultural impact on the city of New Orleans and rock music in general.
On January 16th, 2021, Phil Spector died in prison at the age of 81 from COVID-19 so, for the first time, we rerelease our Phil Spector, we give our update before we go into our January 2020 episode about Spector's complicated legacy to put it mildly how he went from being one of the most famous music producers with his "Wall of Sound" to being imprisoned for the murder of B-movie actress Lana Clarkson. We're now also on the Qodpod network. Follow on Facebook & on twitter @qodpod.
On what would have been Sam Cooke's 90th Birthday, Vinnie talks about the life story of the King of Soul, Sam Cooke from his gospel roots, to a musical icon during the Civil Rights Movement before his life was cut short from a death at the age of 33 that is shrouded in mystery and speculation to this day.
In Part 2 of the story of David Bowie, Vinnie discusses Bowie's Berlin Trilogy, his rise back to the mainstream, his short lived Tin Machine project, Bowie's happy marriage to Iman, his foray into electronic rock, and his lasting legacy in the 5 years since his untimely passing in both music and film.
In memory of what would have been David Bowie's 74th birthday, and 5 years after he left us, Vinnie discusses the life of David Bowie. For Part 1, he focuses on his early life and talks about his slow rise to superstardom and his notoriety with over the top characters like Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke, to launching his film career with the Man Who Fell to Earth all the way up to 1976. To be continued...
To finish off this crazy year of 2020 with things like the coronavirus pandemic and the many high profile deaths, Vinnie puts a positive spin as best he can by talking about all the new music that came out from artists both old and new, and his recommendations about who to listen to.
In Episode 53 of Let's Talk About Rock, Vinnie spends time filling in the gaps about what he missed when talking about hair metal. The first half of the episode is spent talking about forgotten bands he forgot to mention and the second half is spent chronicling the summarized histories of Quiet Riot, Great White and Warrant.
In 1980, after nearly 5 years out of the public eye, John Lennon decided to eventually get back into the game and released Double Fantasy with his wife Yoko by his side to collaborate. Sadly, on December 8, 1980, John was tragically assassinated outside his home at the Dakota shaking the world. Over the last 40 years, Yoko has had a hand in preserving John's legacy from the countless compilations, to memorials worldwide like the Liverpool John Lennon Airport and the Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik, Iceland among others. 40 years after he was taken from the music world, his spirit lives on to this day.
In Episode 51 of Let's Talk About Rock, Vinnie discusses the decade of decadence. Specifically, talking about the rise of hair metal in the 1980's, and the success of bands like Motley Crue, Quiet Riot, Dokken, W.A.S.P., Poison, Great White, Warrant and many, many more bands that oversaturated the metal genre by the decades end. Despite the sharp decline in commercial success starting with the grunge movement, hair metal for the past 2 decades has had a legacy as a great nostalgia trip and its legacy is still being felt and is a genre widely loved by many rock fans to this day.
This episode, Vinnie talks about this great Pinocchio story if ever there was one for rock music, The Monkees who started out as actors who played a band on TV, and then transformed into a real band and this is a story of how the Prefab Four starring Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, successfully sought creative control over their own music. The story of how the Monkees became one of the most iconic figures in rock is one for the ages.
On Episode 49, of the Let's Talk About Rock podcast, Vinnie interviews rock radio personality Jacky Bam Bam, the nighttime host of Philadelphia's legendary rock station, 93.3 WMMR. We talk about how he got his start as a DJ and playing drums in bands like Scarlet Fever and the Dogtown Balladeers, before eventually making his way to the radio airwaves at 94 WYSP, before moving to WMMR where he moved up from the overnight shift all the way up to the evening shift he has now. He tells it like it is! We even talk about his role in the annual Philadelphia Mummers Parade, accompanied by some very useful advice for the next generation of radio DJ's.
In this special Halloween Episode of Let's Talk About Rock, Vinnie talks about the Godfather of Shock Rock Alice Cooper starting with his humble beginnings, his 70's heyday, his battles with alcoholism and his eventual resurgence as a cultural rock icon.
More than 3 years after the rock world lost Tom Petty, Vinnie examines the life and legacy of Tom Petty's 66 years on this earth, and the many ups and downs he endured in life.
To pay tribute to one of rock's greatest guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Vinnie looks at the summarized but comprehensive history of Van Halen since the 1970's from the David Lee Roth era, the Sammy Hagar era, the Gary Cherone era all the way up to the present day. R.I.P. Eddie Van Halen (1955-2020)
To celebrate what would have been John Lennon's 80th Birthday, Vinnie talks about John's early and his solo career from the Beatles breakup in 1970 to the time he took a hiatus to become a househusband for he and Yoko's son Sean in 1975. We talk about everything in between from his albums, to his politics, to his immigration battles, to even his famous "Lost Weekend".
If there was one band beside the Beach Boys that were hugely successful before during and after the British Invasion, their name was the Four Seasons. Vinnie chronicles the long running band, their success, their troubles, and most importantly their legacy, best exemplified by being the subject of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys.
40 years after we lost drummer John Bonham (1948-1980) leading up to Led Zeppelin's breakup, Vinnie gets the led out by learning more about Led Zeppelin's history from their origin story, their tales of debauchery and a summarized making of the great timeless records they made together over the course of their history together.
It's been 50 years since the rock world lost Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) so Vinnie talks about the life and legacy of one of rock's greatest guitarists of all time examining his rise to fame summarizing the albums and songs he had given us as well as some of the history of his posthumous discography over the last 50 years.