KKFI Beatles tribute feature at the Pitch



photo by Todd Zimmer

In the world of community radio, funding is a must. So KKFI 90.1 does on-air pledge drives, echoing the calls put forth by nationally subsidized media PBS and NPR. Instead of mugs and tote bags and umbrellas, though, KKFI has been using live music as its fundraising premium. Which this weekend yields the station’s fifth Beatles tribute show, organized by station manager Barry Lee.

Read the full feature at the Pitch. Published 10/6/16

Sound Opinions tackles the great rock ‘n’ roll rivalry

book-cover-beatles-vs-stonesThe new Sound Opinions book, The Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones, encapsulates the very difficulty of the subject it’s tackling on the very cover. The title’s presented in a circle, a never-ending Beatles vs. Stones vs. Beatles vs. Stones, ad infinitum, ad nauseum. The book’s authors, Sound Opinions hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis, even present the never-ending struggle in their introductions. DeRogatis sums it up fairly well:

“Truth be told, we didn’t embrace Dennis’ idea. Dedicated students of rock ‘n’ roll history and avid readers of the canon of rock literature, we were dubious that the world needed another book about either of these bands when so many great ones have already been written.”

So, DeRogatis and Kot tackle the topic in a perfect manner. The subtitle of the book is a clue as to what the reader should expect: “Sound Opinions On the Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Rivalry.” Much like the title of their Chicago Public Radio program, the title is two-fold, indicating the name of the program, and the fact that these are sound, rational opinions being presented.
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