Tune in July 4th for Music Specials

Jul 3, 2017

Tune in Tuesday, July 4th for a series of archived Music Specials from WBEZ's Sound Opinions Program.

1pm: 1967 – Rock & Roll Comes of Age- If rock and roll was born in the 1950s, then by 1967-for better or worse-it had grown up. Perhaps no year saw more pivotal changes that continue to resonate today. 1967 was the year that the recording studio as an instrument changed the way music is created; that the album as a united concept changed the way it is heard; that the festival experience remade the way music is celebrated live. Pop music became big business.

2pm: Remembering Chuck Berry- Chuck Berry, one of the architects of rock ‘n’ roll, died on March 18, 2017 at age 90.  We will reflect on the life, music, and enduring legacy of the legendary guitarist, lyricist, and singer.

3pm: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan- Veteran rock critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis have spent decades covering Dylan's massive and complicated body of work. And now they'll debunk the myths and debate the highs and lows of Dylan's most-well known and prolific period from unplugged to electric.

6pm: 1967 – Rock & Roll Comes of Age- If rock and roll was born in the 1950s, then by 1967-for better or worse-it had grown up. Perhaps no year saw more pivotal changes that continue to resonate today. 1967 was the year that the recording studio as an instrument changed the way music is created; that the album as a united concept changed the way it is heard; that the festival experience remade the way music is celebrated live. Pop music became big business.

7pm: 1977 – The Year Punk Broke- In 1977, punk rock went from an underground fringe movement to a full-blown mass culture phenomenon. Formerly unknown bands like The Ramones, The Clash and The Sex Pistols became mega-stars and released classic albums including Never Mind the Bollocks, The Clash, and Rocket to Russia. Kids in the U.S. and Europe responded to punk’s “do-it-yourself” message by starting their own bands regardless of musical ability. Parents, governments and the major labels stood on the sidelines, wondering what it all meant. Few years in music history have seen more dramatic changes in attitude and sound than 1977.

8pm: Remembering David Bowie- This is your quintessential hour on rock's famous chameleon David Bowie. We will explore Bowie's long career and its musical highlights. Included are excerpts with legendary producers and Bowie collaborators Brian Eno and Tony Visconti.