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