Podcast #54, “Last Minute Quickie”

quickieAlways fun realizing that the podcast needs to get done earlier than normal. This whole thing was recorded Tuesday evening, after a very long and hot day, in order to free up all day Wednesday for Warped Tour at Sandstone. Hopefully, I managed to snag a bunch of interviews which will run on next week’s show.

Before all that, we’ve got a lot of loud and fast music, some of which showed up in the mail just hours before I sat down in the Nuthouse basement to put needle to vinyl and record the whole thing. There are also quite a few songs I can’t believe haven’t ever gotten played on the program, despite being some of my favorite tunes. I guess I just assumed they’d made it on during the first few episodes, when I went a little crazy playing my favorite cuts.

During the show, I mentioned that the writers of Paul Revere & the Raiders’ “Kicks,” Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, had been on Sound Opinions a couple weeks back. Check out their appearance here. And you should just go ahead and subscribe to Sound Opinions‘ podcast, anyhow. This week’s episode, on the best releases of the year-to-date, was one of the best they’ve done in ages.

Podcast #54, “Last Minute Quickie”
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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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