Tag: John Covach

Institute for Popular Music celebrates Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones

Institute for Popular Music celebrates Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones

September 9, 2014

Institute for Popular Music kicks off its 2014-2015 performance and lecture series with a tribute to the iconic 70s rock band, Led Zeppelin. In the spring, lectures and a concert will focus on the music of the Rolling Stones and the 50th anniversary of the group’s career-making hit “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”

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A Hard Day’s Night: from loophole to surprise hit

A Hard Day’s Night: from loophole to surprise hit

July 2, 2014

There are many surprising elements to the story of A Hard Day’s Night, however, not the least of which is that the contracts for the movie were signed before The Beatles had any hint of success in America, and that the movie itself was not initially considered the most valuable part of the deal. In fact, the entire project ended up paying off in unexpected ways, and far more richly and extensively than anyone involved in it at the start could have imagined.

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Why Casey Kasem mattered

Why Casey Kasem mattered

June 20, 2014

Casey Kasem was one of the most important disc-jockeys in the history of radio. While Alan Freed is often credited with the rowdy rise of rock ‘n’ roll in the mid 1950s and Tom Donahue with the creation of free-form FM radio in the ‘60s, Kasem’s contribution gently defied the increasingly divisive changes in radio that marked the 1970s.

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Michael Jackson: Five Years Gone and It’s the Music That Endures

Michael Jackson: Five Years Gone and It’s the Music That Endures

June 19, 2014

By John Covach

Whatever one’s views about these posthumous releases is, however, once we start debating these albums, we are also turning our focus back to the music, back to what made us really care about Michael Jackson in the first place. It will be Michael Jackson’s music that endures.

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Via tablet or smartphone, learning with MOOCs

Via tablet or smartphone, learning with MOOCs

June 4, 2014

MASSIVE Open Online Courses — or MOOCs — are a snowballing revolution in education. Thousands of courses from some of the world’s finest institutions are available free online, covering everything from astrophysics to the arts

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“It was 50 years ago today…”

“It was 50 years ago today…”

January 17, 2014

The Institute for Popular Music will continue its “In Performance” Series with a concert and lecture series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first U.S. performance.

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10 Questions with John Covach

10 Questions with John Covach

May 13, 2013

With the launch of Professor John Covach’s History of Rock course, the University of Rochester makes it first foray into Massive Open Online Courses.

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EVENT: Musicians from The Doors, Barenaked Ladies Come to Campus

EVENT: Musicians from The Doors, Barenaked Ladies Come to Campus

April 10, 2013

Both talks are part of the IPM’s new “In Conversation” series which explores the lives of popular recording artists and their creative process.

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