Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Fifty years ago, four young men named Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Pete Best stepped into a studio for the first time to record a few songs. They called themselves the Beat Brothers, and they were more or less a backup band for a singer named Tony Sheridan. The Beat Brothers did not remain a backup band for long. Pete Best would be replaced by Ringo Star, and the Beat Brothers became the Beatles, one of the most enduring and popular bands in history.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
The legacy of the Beatles is still unfolding in 2011. In the second installment of our “Beatles: 2K11” series, we look at new appreciations of the late George Harrison. The so-called “quiet Beatle” is the subject of recent tribute albums, a new Martin Scorsese documentary on HBO and more. Guests include New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff and the Wall Street Journal's rock and pop critic, Jim Fusilli.
Saturday, December 08, 2001
Kurt Andersen and illustrator Art Spiegelman storm the two-dimensional storytelling universe of comic books and comic strips. We fight evil with Marvel Comics' Silver Surfer and we'll hear from novelist Michael Chabon about the superheroes that inhabit The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Plus, a look at Tony Kushner's ...
Friday, April 12, 1985
Ravi Shankar joined John Schaefer in the studio back in 1985. In his genteel and engaging way, Shankar told the story of his musical training, mentioned some of his collaborations, remembered meeting Philip Glass (at a recording session of Shankar's soundtrack to "Chappaqua,") and talked about another of his famous students, George Harrison. Shankar also recounted the flower children, freaks and the attendant drug culture at the Monterey Pop Festival. Plus, Shankar explained what a raga is, and is not, and previewed some of the concerts that he was about to give. Special thanks to NYPR Archivists Andy Lanset and Marcos Suiero Bal for making this program playable.