The Era of Private Music Listening
Engineer Bob Ludwig traces the rise of the cassette tape.
The Record Wars and Rock and Roll
Steven Van Zandt traces the birth of the single and the LP.
Next on Episode 8
“I Am My Music” explores how formats, from the LP to mp3s, have shaped our musical lives.
Jimmy Jam: MTV Was White Rock Music Television
At launch, black artists found themselves excluded from MTV.
Next on Episode 7
“Sound and Vision” follows the rise of MTV and how video overhauled the industry.
An Experiment, A “One Off”: Nirvana on MTV Unplugged
Producer Scott Litt and Dave Grohl explore MTV Unplugged.
Questlove: Rappers Delight Was a War of the Worlds Moment
Chuck D didn't believe there would ever be a good rap record because rap was an "event."