Dan Charnas

Dan Charnas appears in the following:

Organizing Like A Chef Makes For Good Habits

Friday, January 02, 2015

"Mise-en-place" is a French cooking phrase that means to gather and arrange the needed ingredients and tools. (This piece initially aired on Aug. 11, 2014 on Morning Edition).


The Song That Never Ends: Why Earth, Wind & Fire's 'September' Sustains

Friday, September 19, 2014

It begins, "Do you remember?" — and we supply the memories. Dan Charnas tells the origin story of the Earth, Wind & Fire hit that still unites generations on the dance floor.


For A More Ordered Life, Organize Like A Chef

Monday, August 11, 2014

The French phrase mise-en-place means to gather and arrange the ingredients and tools needed for cooking. But for many culinary professionals, its organizing principles are also a way of life.


Will Dr. Dre Be Hip-Hop's First Billionaire?

Friday, May 09, 2014

According to reports, Apple is in talks to buy Beats Electronics LLC, the headphone and streaming music company owned by music legend Dr. Dre. The deal could make Dr. Dre the first billionaire in hip-hop.

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Why Don Cornelius Matters

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The significance of Don Cornelius to American culture — and to the American culture business — is told nowhere more eloquently than in one brief exchange between Cornelius and singer James Brown, a story that Cornelius himself recalls in VH-1's excellent 2010 documentary Soul Train: The Hippest Trip ...


Jay-Z and Kanye West Release Joint Album, 'Watch the Throne'

Monday, August 08, 2011

Coming up, Today sees the launch of a much anticipated collaboration between two musical giants. Jay Z and Kanye West have joined forces to produce ‘Watch the Throne’. What can we exp...


Year to Remember: 1988

Thursday, June 09, 2011

As Soundcheck gears up for tonight’s Mic Check showcase with rapper Blitz the Ambassador, Queens MC Homeboy Sandman and others, hip hop historian Dan Charnas joins us to discuss hip hop’s golden year: 1988.

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The ‘Sgt. Pepper’ of Hip Hop

Monday, April 18, 2011

Long Island-based rap trio De La Soul’s 1989 debut, 3 Feet High and Rising, was recently added to the Library of Congress’ national recording registry. We talk about a landmark in hip hop music – and copyright litigation – with Dan Charnas, author of rap-business history The Big Payback, and rapper and producer Von Pea of the Brooklyn-based rap group Tanya Morgan.

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The Business Behind The Beats

Thursday, January 06, 2011

The story of hip hop has been told from many angles – but a new book, “The Big Payback,” takes on the history of the multibillion dollar business. Hip hop journalist and industry veteran Dan Charnas chronicles the genre’s four decade history from street to studio to boardroom through many of its key players.

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Dan Charnas on the History of Hip Hop as a Business

Thursday, December 09, 2010

It may seem like just yesterday that you first heard The Sugar Hill Gang or Run DMC, but the hip hop business is pushing forty. For many of the years that hip hop has been around, Dan Charnas has been working in the business - as a scout, a promoter, and a journalist. Dan is the author of a new book called “The Big Payback: the History of the Business of Hip Hop.” Charnas walks us through some pivotal moments in the hip hop business, and how those moments have informed our culture and the entertainment industry.

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