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Where is Lisa Fischer's Backup?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

You've heard Lisa Fischer singing backup vocals for everyone from the Rolling Stones to Beyoncé. But after decades of touring with rock stars, Fischer lives in a far more humble reality.

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The Beatles And The Stones: Rivals, Or Not?

Friday, March 14, 2014

You’ve heard the question a thousand times: “Are you a Beatles person or a Stones person?” (Recently on Soundcheck, we even pitted the two sides against each other during a live Soundcheck Smackdown). It's perceived as the biggest rivalry in rock music -- but when the Beatles wrote the song “I Wanna Be Your Man" -- it was for The Rolling Stones. So how real was this supposed rivalry?

In his new book, music historian John McMillian says it wasn’t… except when it was. The book is called – what else? – "Beatles vs. Stones" – and John McMillian joins us to talk about it. 



Are You On Team Stones Or Team Beatles? It's A Smackdown!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Two all-star teams, including actor Mike Myers and NPR host Ophira Eisenberg, throw down over the two legendary bands at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

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The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones: A Live Smackdown Rematch

Monday, March 03, 2014

Two all-star teams, including actor Mike Myers and NPR host Ophira Eisenberg, throw down over the two legendary bands in front of a live audience at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. 

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Bill Janovitz's New Book Tells Stones' Story In 50 Songs

Friday, February 21, 2014

In his new book, Rocks Off: 50 Tracks That Tell the Story Of The Rolling Stones, Bill Janovitz defines the iconic rock band in 50 songs.

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50 Songs That Define The Stones; Savages Plays Live; Rare Recordings From Native American Groups

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

In this epiosde: Bill Janovitz -- writer and founder the ‘90's alternative rock band Buffalo Tom --  talks about a new collection of essays about 50 Rolling Stones songs. 

Plus: Last year the British post-punk band Savages was hailed as one of the best new bands in the U.K. — and at the time, only had one or two songs to its credit. Now that the group's brutal and elegant debut, Silence Yourself, is out, the reviews are in — and they are rave. They play live

And: Columbia University’s Center for Ethnomusicology is voluntarily returning — to several Native American groups — a treasure trove of rare recordings of traditional songs and dances.  Aaron Fox, Associate Professor of music at Columbia and former director of the Center, explains why.


Is There Such A Thing As 'Too Old To Rock?'

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Billboard editor Joe Levy says that growing old in rock 'n' roll is uncharted territory. Is there such a thing as 'too old to rock'?

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Watch: Trinity Wall Street Choir Sings with the Rolling Stones

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Rolling Stones brought their 50th anniversary tour to a close on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ and joining the band was the choir of Trinity Wall Street.

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Mick Jagger Gets First Hosting Gig at 'SNL' Finale

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Mick Jagger will test his comic chops later this month as host of the "Saturday Night Live" season finale.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Ronnie Spector and Michael Dorf on the Rolling Stones

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Ronnie Spector talks about being part of the all-star line-up paying tribute to the music of Rolling Stones at Carnegie Hall Tuesday, March 13. She'll be joined by Michael Dorf, who produces the series and is the founder of the Knitting Factory and City Winery. The concert is the eighth in an annual series to raise money for music education programs for underprivileged youth.

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New Sounds

Eccentric Cover Songs

Sunday, December 26, 2010

For this edition of New Sounds, we'll listen to saxophonist Tim Ries's Rolling Stones Project II, a global-centric arrangements of Stones' tunes. (Ries has been part of the Rolling Stones touring horn section since 1999.) We'll hear Jack DeJohnette's drums and Bill Frisell's twangy guitar lines on "You Can't Always Get What You Want" as well as the North African, blues-Berber beat on "Hey Negrita," with the Tuareg band Tidwat.



It Was A Very Good Year... Not

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

John Schaefer still hates 1970. 

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Studio 360

Albert Maysles and Gimme Shelter

Saturday, July 27, 2002

Director Albert Maysles makes documentaries by taking long, unhurried looks at the subject matter. He tells us how he developed his eye, and then walks us through a moment in Gimme Shelter, his 1970 film about the Rolling Stones.