Traveling the Chitlin' Circuit

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Ike and Tina Turner, Little Richard, and B.B. King all traveled the so-called “Chitlin’ Circuit” – a string of black-friendly venues that flourished between the 1940s and the 1960s. Today: A look at how these hospitable hotspots helped pave the way for rock ‘n’ roll. Plus: It's another Friday Blind Date - this time, with a sextet of Brooklyn-based transplants. And: A look at the copyright law that could soon shake up the recording industry.

The Road to Rock 'n' Roll

Elvis Presley might be known as the "king of rock and roll" - but he certainly didn't invent the genre. From the late 1930s to the early 1960s, a string of black-friendly venues throughout the Atlantic seaboard and Midwest played host to legends like B.B. King, James Brown, and Ike and Tina Turner, who were blending swing and blues to create the earliest sounds of rock 'n' roll. We'll take a look at these venues and the musicians who played them with the author of the new book "The Chitlin' Circuit: And the Road to Rock 'n' Roll," Preston Lauterbach, along with funk and blues artist Lee Fields

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Termination Rights 101

A 1970s-era provision in U.S. copyright law gives artists and songwriters the opportunity to reclaim ownership of their songs after 35 years - and although it won't officially affect the music biz until 2013, artists like Loretta Lynn and Bob Dylan are already filing paperwork to get the wheels in motion. But that doesn't mean that record labels will give up their rights without a fight. Inspired by recent reports on this topic by the New York Times' Larry Rohter, we speak with intellectual property lawyer Jon Reichman about the battle ahead between artists and the recording industry.

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Blind Date: In One Wind

It’s time for another blind date - this time, with a sextet of Brooklyn-based transplants. After being together for two and a half years, the band In One Wind just released their debut album, “How Bright a Shadow!” They’ll join us to spout poetry, divulge their first musical crushes, and geek out about Dutch American Colonial history. And, they’ll perform live.

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Playlist: The Chitlin' Circuit + Blind Date: In One Wind

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