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Tag: John Covach

Take it easy: a celebration of country rock

Take it easy: a celebration of country rock

October 18, 2016

Celebrating a style of music that dominated the 1970s, the University of Rochester’s Institute for Popular Music features an evening of country rock as part of its “In Performance” concert series.

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6 stops on Bob Dylan’s rise to the top

6 stops on Bob Dylan’s rise to the top

October 13, 2016

His first album was a flop. He was loved in the United Kingdom before the United States. As people around the world start to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday, rock historian John Covach, director of Rochester’s Institute for Popular Music, identifies six stops along the artist’s turbulent rise to the top in the 1960s.

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The Monkees’ 50th anniversary: Interview with John Covach

The Monkees’ 50th anniversary: Interview with John Covach

October 7, 2016

John Covach talks with Nick Bruno in the studio about the Monkees, their influence on pop culture, and how their music ended up taking on a life of its own, in the premiere episode of UR Quad-Cast.

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Hey, hey: Covach says Monkees stand the test of time

Hey, hey: Covach says Monkees stand the test of time

September 9, 2016

In 1967, the Monkees outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined, and remain the only band with four No. 1 albums in a 12-month period. “Their music stands up,” says John Covach, director of the University’s Institute for Popular Music.

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Prince ‘one of most significant artists in American popular music history’

Prince ‘one of most significant artists in American popular music history’

April 21, 2016

As people around the world begin to mourn the legendary musician and performer, rock historian John Covach remembers him as one of the “most important artists in American popular music during the last two decades of the twentieth century.”

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Beatles producer George Martin dies at 90

Beatles producer George Martin dies at 90

March 9, 2016

“It used to be in the U.S. and the U.K. that a producer was basically a salaried employee whose job it was to make sure the company’s studio time was being used wisely,” said John Covach, director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester in New York, who teaches an online course about the Beatles.

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Institute for Popular Music pays tribute to progressive rock

Institute for Popular Music pays tribute to progressive rock

January 29, 2016

The 2015-2016 “In Performance” concert series continues on Saturday, Feb. 6, with a concert celebrating a genre that Institute for Popular Music director John Covach describes as “often overlooked by rock ‘n’ roll establishments like the Hall of Fame.”

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Rock history remembers David Bowie

Rock history remembers David Bowie

January 11, 2016

David Bowie, who died Sunday at the age of 69, wasn’t the first performer to create an alter ego. But as music professor and director of the Institute for Popular Music John Covach explains, the difference with Bowie was how his personas would change over the years, sometimes shifting drastically.

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An artist who wouldn’t let himself be penned in

An artist who wouldn’t let himself be penned in

January 11, 2016

The important difference in Bowie’s approach was that most new albums often brought with them a fresh persona — and also a change of musical style as well.

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The story behind David Bowie’s name change

The story behind David Bowie’s name change

January 11, 2016

It was a relatively normal practice at the time to take on a stage name, but Bowie took that tradition one step further: David Bowie wasn’t just a pseudonym.

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