This is an informative rock and roll music podcast talking about an integral part of rock history as well as rock appreciation..
Given Bob Dylan's long legacy in rock and folk music, Vinnie talks about Bob Dylan one more time going through some of Bob Dylan's discography and ventures from 1981-present as well as how he preserved his legacy during this time frame with his Bootleg Series alongside other iconic box sets, his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Presidential Medal of Freedom and Nobel Prize for Literature.
Bob Dylan's legacy over the course of his 80 years on this planet, it was not enough to fit into one episode so Vinnie talks more about Bob Dylan starting from his recovering from his motorcycle accident to this resurgence to popularity with albums like Blood on the Tracks and songs like Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Tangled Up in Blue and Hurricane, all the way up to him becoming a born-again Christian releasing 3 Christian albums between 1979 and 1981 starting with the most notably one of those Slow Train Coming from 1979 with the hit song Gotta Serve Somebody. Eventually, he went back to secular music.
To celebrate the 80th birthday of folk legend Bob Dylan, Vinnie goes into detail about Bob Dylan's musical history focusing on his first seven albums between 1962 & 66, his prominence in the Civil Rights Movement, going electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival and more. So much to cover, we had to split into multiple parts.
On Wednesday, May 12, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced their inductees for 2021 in the Performer Category, Early Influences, the Ahmet Ertegun Award, and The Award for Musical Excellence. Vinnie talks a brief summary of who got in, and who didn't.
For Let's Talk About Rock's 70th episode, Vinnie goes to the Sunset Strip once again to talk about the rise of the band Ratt and some of the greatest music they ever put up, their wild rock and roll lifestyle, and some of the behind the scenes on again off again tension that has plagued them from the beginning and their eventual reconciliation.
Vinnie talks about Jamaica legend Bob Marley and his slow rise to prominence as a rock and reggae legend and Jamaican icon and how his legacy has been kept alive after nearly 40 years after his untimely death from skin cancer in 1981 at the young age of 36.
Vinnie talks about another big band from the Seattle music scene named Pearl Jam chronicling their long history spanning more than 30 years as a band focusing on their discography, their touring, their ups and downs including their feud with Ticketmaster, the tragedy at the Rokslide Festival, their political activism, and the live shows that they do and having their concerts available to their fans.
Vinnie looks at another great grunge band from Seattle named Alice in Chains focusing on their long career starting with original singer Layne Staley's backstory and his early bands including glam bands Sleze, (later Alice N' Chains) before eventually forming Alice in Chains with Jerry Cantrell, Mike Starr (replaced later by Mike Inez) and Sean Kinney where they would skyrocket to commercial success. After Layne Staley's tragic death from a speedball overdose, Alice in Chains have been continuing Layne's legacy with William Duvall with live shows and albums that still sound great.
27 years after Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain took his own life at the age of 27, Vinnie looks at his troubled past, and the history of Nirvana, one of the biggest bands of the early 1990's that changed rock music forever with their heavy edgy sound from the Seattle grunge scene skyrocketing the Seattle sound to the mainstream.
Before Grunge became mainstream, before Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, there was a huge underground cult following in Seattle originating with hardcore punk rock groups like Solger, the Fartz and 10 Minute Warning which led to bands adopting a rawer edgier sound for early grunge bands like Green River, the U-Men, the Melvins, Skin Yard, Tad, Screaming Trees, Malfunkshun, Mudhoney, and most notably, Soundgarden and Vinnie discusses those bands that helped shape grunge's sound in the 1980's and would be further cemented by the Deep Six compilation by C/Z Records and the founding of Sub Pop Records. Vinnie talks about many the early grunge bands leading all the way up the short lived supergroup Mother Love Bone whose potential came to a screeching halt with the untimely death of Andrew Wood. These early grunge groups may not be that well known, but they played a significant impact in how grunge began and how they paved the way for bigger bands like Nirvana, Alice and Chains, Pearl Jam and the continued smash success of Soundgarden, plus the influx of similar grunge-inspired bands all over the world.
Poison is one of the most popular stadium bands of all time so Vinnie decided to delve into the long history of Poison going all the way back to their roots in Mechanicsburg and their slow rise to the top in the LA scene before becoming one of the biggest bands of the 1980's hair metal scene that is still drawing thousands of concertgoers to this day.
For Women's History Month, Vinnie decides to talk about a legendary woman of psychedelia that was cut short from a life of drug addiction Janis Joplin. He talks about her troubled life growing up, her rise to superstardom as a countercultural icon and legend of rock music with groups like Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Kosmic Blues Band and the Full Tilt Boogie Band and concluding with her unexpected demise putting her in the infamous 27 club.
To wrap up Black History Month, Vinnie gives a general summary of the Godmother of Rock and Roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe's life and why her often sadly forgotten legacy still lives on as a huge influence on not just the gospel genre but the rock genre as well influencing early rock and rollers like Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.
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...