Series: Let's Talk About Rock

We look at the many rock artists and the musical styles that have played a significant foundational role in rock history as well as rock appreciation.

Let’s Talk About Sister Rosetta Tharpe

To wrap up Black History Month, Vinnie gives a general summary of the Godmother of Rock and Roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s life and why her often sadly forgotten legacy still lives on as a huge influence on not just the gospel genre but the rock genre as well influencing early rock and rollers like Chuck…

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Let’s Talk About James Brown

Vinnie talk about the Godfather of Soul, James Brown talking about his 73 year long life as one of the biggest African American R&B/Soul singers in music from his legendary stage presence, his iconic discography, to his civil rights activism. This episode also delves into some of James Brown’s allegations of domestic abuse and checkered…

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Let’s Talk About Motown

For the 60th episode of the Let’s Talk About Rock, Vinnie summarizes the history of the legendary Motown record label, its founder Berry Gordy, the various songwriters, producers and musicians of Motown that make a successful musical formula and a brief summary of many Motown artists including The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Martha…

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Let’s Talk About Fats Domino

For the first week of Black History Month, Vinnie talks about legendary rock and roll founding father from New Orleans, Louisiana: Fats Domino. A piano playing legend with many iconic rock hits as Ain’t That a Shame and Blueberry Hill among others, we break down his life story in summarized form, in his long 89…

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REPACKAGED: Let’s Talk About Phil Spector

On January 16th, 2021, Phil Spector died in prison at the age of 81 from COVID-19 so, for the first time, we rerelease our Phil Spector, we give our update before we go into our January 2020 episode about Spector’s complicated legacy to put it mildly how he went from being one of the most…

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Let’s Talk About Sam Cooke

On what would have been Sam Cooke’s 90th Birthday, Vinnie talks about the life story of the King of Soul, Sam Cooke from his gospel roots, to a musical icon during the Civil Rights Movement before his life was cut short from a death at the age of 33 that is shrouded in mystery and…

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Let’s Talk About David Bowie Part 2

In Part 2 of the story of David Bowie, Vinnie discusses Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy, his rise back to the mainstream, his short lived Tin Machine project, Bowie’s happy marriage to Iman, his foray into electronic rock, and his lasting legacy in the 5 years since his untimely passing in both music and film.

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Let’s Talk About David Bowie Part 1

In memory of what would have been David Bowie’s 74th birthday, and 5 years after he left us, Vinnie discusses the life of David Bowie. For Part 1, he focuses on his early life and talks about his slow rise to superstardom and his notoriety with over the top characters like Ziggy Stardust and the…

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Let’s Talk About 2020: Year in Review

To finish off this crazy year of 2020 with things like the coronavirus pandemic and the many high profile deaths, Vinnie puts a positive spin as best he can by talking about all the new music that came out from artists both old and new, and his recommendations about who to listen to.

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Let’s Talk About Hair Metal II

In Episode 53 of Let’s Talk About Rock, Vinnie spends time filling in the gaps about what he missed when talking about hair metal. The first half of the episode is spent talking about forgotten bands he forgot to mention and the second half is spent chronicling the summarized histories of Quiet Riot, Great White…

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