Music 101

Series produced by KUNC & The Colorado Sound

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Your music history.

Music 101 is part music/part history lesson with your teacher and host Margot Chobanian. Every week, she highlights a different chapter in music history. Margot, a self-proclaimed “music and history nerd” digs deeper into the music and tells you the story behind the songs you know and love. “I have so much fun putting together Music 101! Context creates a deeper connection to the music. I love sharing that with Music 101 listeners,” says Chobanian.

Margot dives into the history of music and explores how music and history both affect one another. For more information please visit Music 101.

The program is available to all stations from the PRX Exchange and is free for two years if picked up by July, 2020


84 Pieces

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40 years ago! This week, Music 101 takes a look back on the rock and pop music landscape of 1980.

  • Added: Mar 19, 2020
  • Length: 56:58
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While it's true songwriters often look to events in their own lives for song content, a lot of songwriters also look to historical events. This wee...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2020
  • Length: 56:59
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The second wave of the women's liberation movement in the 1960s and 1970s benefitted from hit songs and TV shows that brought the message of the mo...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2020
  • Length: 56:59
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In honor of International Women's Day, this episode of Music 101 will focus on the contributions of women to music in the modern era; both onstage ...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2020
  • Length: 57:00
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Art Rock is a genre of rock that took experimentation in music to new heights. Art Rock, also known as Progressive Rock, used influences as dispara...

  • Added: Feb 25, 2020
  • Length: 56:59
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This week on Music 101, we explore the fictional band. A true fictional band is one that is created specifically for a production--be it TV, movie,...

  • Added: Feb 13, 2020
  • Length: 57:01
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In the 1980's, if you listened to what was termed "college rock" you likely had an album from I.R.S. Records in your collection. It was one of the ...

  • Added: Feb 05, 2020
  • Length: 57:00
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In California, in the early 1980s, there were lots of music genres popping up. One new genre of music mixed garage rock with punk and featured a ja...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2020
  • Length: 56:59
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This week on Music 101, we'll highlight one of the founding members of The Clash, Mick Jones. This episode will follow his career from the beginnin...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2020
  • Length: 57:00
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In the 70s, a type of music that was designed to play well in large venues became increasingly popular. Some call it Dad Rock but in its heyday, it...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2020
  • Length: 57:00
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The Songs You Know, The Backing Vocals You Might Not. A lot of your favorite songs have secret guest vocals from famous musicians. We'll highlight ...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2020
  • Length: 57:00
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The B-Side of a record is typically meant to be a "throwaway" song. The A-Side is the one destined for all the glory. Sometimes, though, the B-Side...

  • Added: Dec 30, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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There's nothing quite like a song that tells a good story and the 70's were chock full of them. This week on Music 101, we explore the story song.

  • Added: Dec 23, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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As the 1960's gave way to the 1970's, a new kind of soul was hitting the radio. A product of the Philadelphia scene, Philly Soul was a lusher, orch...

  • Added: Dec 19, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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Did you ever wonder how Big Country got their name? How about Deep Purple? Lots of your favorite bands took their names from songs they liked. This...

  • Added: Dec 10, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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Without Sister Rosetta Tharpe, rock music as we know it today wouldn't exist. Her innovative approach to Gospel music and her unique (for the time)...

  • Added: Dec 03, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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From Louisiana to Colorado to Georgia and beyond, four childhood friends formed a loose musical collective based on their love of music. There are ...

  • Added: Nov 25, 2019
  • Length: 56:58
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In the early 2000's, bands were coming onto the music scene influenced by Garage Rock sounds of the 1960's and the New Wave scene of the late 1970'...

  • Added: Nov 19, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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The Wrecking Crew, a name coined by member Hal Blaine, were a group of session musicians who played on more songs than any other session musicians....

  • Added: Nov 12, 2019
  • Length: 57:01