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Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music

The Era of Private Music Listening

Engineer Bob Ludwig traces the rise of the cassette tape.
The Record Wars and Rock and Roll

The Record Wars and Rock and Roll

Steven Van Zandt traces the birth of the single and the LP.

Next on Episode 8

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

Jimmy Jam: MTV Was White Rock Music Television

At launch, black artists found themselves excluded from MTV.

Next on Episode 7

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

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

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."