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Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music

Next on Episode 8

“I Am My Music” explores how formats, from the LP to mp3s, have shaped our musical lives.
The Era of Private Music Listening

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.

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.

The Holy Trinity of Hip Hop and Rap Music Was Three DJs

The Holy Trinity of Hip Hop and Rap Music Was Three DJs

Public Enemy’s Chuck D. traces the roots of Hip Hop to the Caribbean “toasting” tradition.