Tag: John Covach

Marking 50 years since ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’

Marking 50 years since ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’

January 22, 2015

The University of Rochester’s Institute for Popular Music is getting ready to mark 50 years since The Rolling Stones released “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” We speak with director John Covach about the upcoming celebrations.

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A tribute to the Rolling Stones: celebrating 50 years of Satisfaction

A tribute to the Rolling Stones: celebrating 50 years of Satisfaction

January 8, 2015

The Institute for Popular Music (IPM) celebrates the 50th year of the Rolling Stone’s breakthrough hit, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” with a special concert January 24. This musical tribute coincides with the launch of a free online course on “The Music of The Rolling Stones.”

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The Elvis of our dreams

The Elvis of our dreams

January 7, 2015

It’s a funny thing how fame works sometimes. You’d think the best way for a pop artist to promote his or her music would be to do so in person. But it can happen sometimes that the best thing — from a strictly business point of view — is for the artist to be gone. This is precisely what has happened in the posthumous careers of Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley.

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Most hated Christmas songs: Retail workers fess up

Most hated Christmas songs: Retail workers fess up

December 23, 2014

Toronto holiday workers and popular music experts weigh in on why certain festive tunes get on our nerves. In a highly unscientific survey of employees at stores throughout downtown Toronto, the Star explored what festive songs have become the most annoying for people working long hours during the annual Christmas rush.

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Taylor Swift to Spotify: Blank Space or blank check?

Taylor Swift to Spotify: Blank Space or blank check?

November 13, 2014

These streaming sites pay nano-pennies to musicians, John Covach, popular music historian director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester in New York and popular music historian, told the Monitor. Covach pointed to a recent blog post from a consortium of bands whose music is being streamed in which said they report royalties between $36 and $58 per month.

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Taylor Swift to Spotify: We are never, ever getting back together

Taylor Swift to Spotify: We are never, ever getting back together

November 4, 2014

The decision by the singer and Big Machine Label Group to pull all of her songs point up the compensation problems that continue to roil the music industry. In fact, they’re evident in Spotify’s plea, says popular music historian, John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester in New York.

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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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