Let's Talk About Rock

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More than 3 years after the rock world lost Tom Petty, Vinnie examines the life and legacy of Tom Petty's 66 years on this earth, and the many ups and downs he endured in life. 
To pay tribute to one of rock's greatest guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Vinnie looks at the summarized but comprehensive history of Van Halen since the 1970's from the David Lee Roth era, the Sammy Hagar era, the Gary Cherone era all the way up to the present day. R.I.P. Eddie Van Halen (1955-2020)
To celebrate what would have been John Lennon's 80th Birthday, Vinnie talks about John's early and his solo career from the Beatles breakup in 1970 to the time he took a hiatus to become a househusband for he and Yoko's son Sean in 1975. We talk about everything in between from his albums, to his politics, to his immigration battles, to even his famous "Lost Weekend". 
If there was one band beside the Beach Boys that were hugely successful before during and after the British Invasion, their name was the Four Seasons. Vinnie chronicles the long running band, their success, their troubles, and most importantly their legacy, best exemplified by being the subject of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys. 
40 years after we lost drummer John Bonham (1948-1980) leading up to Led Zeppelin's breakup, Vinnie gets the led out by learning more about Led Zeppelin's history from their origin story, their tales of debauchery and a summarized making of the great timeless records they made together over the course of their history together. 
It's been 50 years since the rock world lost Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) so Vinnie talks about the life and legacy of one of rock's greatest guitarists of all time examining his rise to fame summarizing the albums and songs he had given us as well as some of the history of his posthumous discography over the last 50 years. 
Part 2 of Black Sabbath's story is discussed as Vinnie G talks about the many parts of Sabbath's history between 1980 and 2017 starting with Ronnie James Dio era of Black Sabbath, then the period of multiple lineup changes over the next decade including the Ian Gillan era, the Glenn Hughes era, and the Tony Martin era of Sabbath. Plus, in the 1990's there were reunions with Dio and the Tony Martin era and then, eventually a reunion with Ozzy Osbourne in the late 1990's lasting all the way to Sabbath's last show on February 4th, 2017.
On Episode 39, Vinnie summarizes the classic early years of Black Sabbath from their humble beginnings to singer Ozzy Osbourne's firing in 1979 and delves into their metal legacy and history in their first decade as a band that essentially created a perfect blend that started heavy metal music. Part 2 is coming next week. 
Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll! Chuck Berry lived a full 90 year life making a mark in rock history as the Father of Rock and Roll successfully fusing the blues with country to perfect a full sound that would help define rock forever. Vinnie discusses Chuck Berry's rise to success, his influence in rock, his scandals among other things that well defined his status as a rock and roll hero. 
3 Days of Peace and Music. That was the slogan of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival. Vinnie talks about the making of the festival, what went down during the festival including the songs that were played at Woodstock, as well as the enduring legacy Woodstock still has on both American history and rock history. 
Get ready to twirl because Vinnie is on hand to talk about the long running history of the Grateful Dead and how their legacy is still being preserved by the surviving members a whole quarter century after the passing of their legendary front man Jerry Garcia. God Bless the Grateful Dead!
Ladies and Gentlemen...Rock n' Roll. Those were the first words ever spoken on MTV when it premiered on August 1st, 1981 at 12:01am as Vinnie G talks about the summarized history of MTV, and its legacy in bringing music videos into the mainstream and giving many prominent artists more exposure even introducing us to the video jockey or VJ and even the many controversies MTV endured along the way. Vinnie looks at the MTV programs in the '80's and '90's that brought great music the masses like Alternative Nation, I.R.S. Presents the Cutting Edge, Total Request Live, 120 Minutes, Headbanger's Ball. and its predecessor Heavy Metal Mania hosted by Dee Snider of Twisted Sister as they were essential to many prominent rock and pop artists. MTV may be a reality show haven now, but its heyday in the '80's and '90's is well remembered much more fondly and left its mark for better or for worse in rock's legacy.
To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Back in Black, Vinnie talks about the early days of AC/DC from their formation in 1973 to their slow rise to superstardom when their 1980 classic Back in Black was released as a tribute to the late Bon Scott. 
In Episode 31, after talking about the Chicago blues scene the previous week, Vinnie summarizes the blues scenes at various parts of the country and some of the artists that shaped the blues and rock music. He also talks about the summarized history of the Three Kings of the Blues: B.B. King, Albert King and Freddie King and briefly touches on the legacy of the blues being kept alive. 
Vinnie G's got the blues for this episode and he is looking at some of the history of the Chicago blues scene and it's legacy in rock and roll history with artists like Muddy Waters, Little Walter, and Howlin' Wolf, and even going into some of the history regarding the most famous record label in Chicago, Chess Records. 
Peace and Love Man! In the 30th episode of Let's Talk About Rock, Vinnie talks about the roots of the summer of love such as the growing distrust of the establishment in the wake of the Vietnam War while examining how the counterculture rose from the underground to the mainstream. He discusses Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, and the early days of the San Francisco scene in the Haight Ashbury district dominated by the likes of the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Big Brother and the Holding Company culminating in a series of events bringing the counterculture movement into the mainstream such as the Human Be-In and most notably the Monterey International Pop Festival. 
In this episode, Vinnie delves into most of the rock history coming out of the City of Brotherly Love and its legacy as a melting pot of rock music in the span of 65 years from the early days of rock and roll to this day. Every style from doo wop, to teen idols, to dance crazes, to psychedelia, to soul, to metal, and even going deep into the club scene that was prevalent throughout the 80's. 
WARNING: The content is about the world's most notorious rock band as Vinnie discusses the history of Motley Crue and their many escapades as they pushed the boundaries of the sex, drugs, and rock and roll lifestyle up to 11. He delves into the ups and downs throughout the summarized history of Crue over the course of the decade of decadence up to the present day. 
This episode, Vinnie talks about the story of Creedence Clearwater Revival, their success and their long running legacy. He also discusses what happened with all the members of CCR in the years since the group broke up. 
In this episode, Vinnie talks about how the coronavirus has affected the rock industry and the concert industry. He talks about the various ways many rock stars have managed through this crisis, and looks at the complications of bringing concerts back safely. 
In this special episode, Vinnie looks at the life and career of one of rock and roll's pioneers, Richard Penniman better known as Little Richard talking about his rise to success, his ups and downs over the years and his rock and roll legacy that will never be forgotten. R.I.P. Little Richard 1932-2020.
Vinnie decides to shake things up by talking about the rise of the Piano Man, Billy Joel by talking about his early struggles, his hit albums, his relationships and more rocking things that he had done in his life that made him one of the biggest selling piano rock musicians ever.  
In Episode 23, Vinnie summarizes heavy metal's first major battle against the establishment starting with the founding of the Parents Music Resource Center, and the creation of a list called the "Filthy Fifteen", leading to the famous testimonies by Frank Zappa, John Denver, and Dee Snider who became the voices of musical freedom of speech. This would all eventually lead to the creation of the iconic black and white Parental Advisory label. 
In this second piece on FM Rock Radio, Vinnie talks about why long running rock radio stations nationwide have thrived despite the odds and gives his opinion on the current state of radio. While discussing, he goes into the histories of a handful of legendary stations to get an understanding on why many legendary rock stations nationwide survive. 
On Episode 21, Vinnie talks about the history of one of the most iconic hard rock bands in the last 35 years, Guns N' Roses and its tumultuous history.
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Created by
Vinnie G
Podcast Status
Dec 8th, 2019
Latest Episode
Oct 17th, 2020
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
40 minutes

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