Wikipedia defines Madchester as “…a music and cultural scene that developed in the Manchester area of the United Kingdom in the late 1980s, in which artists merged alternative rock with acid house culture and other sources, including psychedelia and 1960s pop. The label was popularised by the British music press in the early 1990s.” (What Wikipedia can’t do is define how vibrant a music scene it was.) Someone else once described the Madchester scene as, “a breeding ground for aggressively marketed mediocrity.” Madchester was short-lived but the effects of the scene reverberate in music and pop culture to this day…. Read more
It’s difficult to encapsulate the legend of music venue CBGB’s in 57 minutes. Use this post to choose your own CBGB’s adventure! Here are some more links you can explore: Rock History 101: CBGBs Influential Bands That Started At CBGBs Photos Of CBGBs Heyday From The Vault: A Review Of CBGB 10 Things The CBGBs Movie Got Wrong Our Hole In The Wall: An Oral History Of CBGBs New York Rock Scene In The 1970s CBGBs Fades Into New Yorks Past A Brief History of CBGB’s In Video Played on Music 101, Episode CBGB’s: (All songs recorded live at CBGB’s) “Double Exposure” -Television… Read more
What music was playing on movie and TV screens in 1968? As heard on S2E4 of Music 101 From The Graduate, Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson”. Alex North’s version of Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra” for 2001 A Space Odyssey. In 1968, The Monkee’s not only signed off their TV show, they debuted their new movie, Head. At the time it was released, no-one was really sure what to make of it but as the years have passed, the music (and Frank Zappa’s cameo) hold up well.
Here’s the playlist from tonight’s show:
Music 101 starts 2018 on a sad note. On January 2, the music world lost music producer, songwriter, founder of FAME studios, and the “Father of Muscle Shoals Music”, Rick Hall. As I say at the beginning of tonight’s episode, you may not know his name but you sure do know his sound! Rick Hall’s imprint shaped some of the greatest music of more than one generation. If you want to explore the sound of Muscle Shoals further, there is an excellent documentary called Muscle Shoals. The songs to Gregg Allman are from tonight’s Music 101 in the order they aired. The… Read more