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.


133 Pieces

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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: Jul 26, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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This episode of Music 101 highlights songs about the American Experience from different perspectives.

  • Added: Jul 19, 2021
  • 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: Jul 12, 2021
  • Length: 57:01
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Many rock bands come from former members of other bands. For example, Led Zeppelin came from the break up of The Yardbirds and the Foo Fighters wer...

  • Added: Jul 06, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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Glam Rock burned hot and bright in the early 70's, defying the conventions of the corporate rock of the time. Mixing crunchy guitar with glamorous ...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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This episode of Music 101 celebrates the cowbell. "I've got a fever and the prescription is...more cowbell!" Though the famous SNL skit made the ph...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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As the name "Sophisti-Pop" implies, songs that fall under this umbrella have a sophisticated sound to them. The name is a retroactive one, given to...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2021
  • Length: 57:01
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The cassette has been much maligned over the years but there's no denying that this humble piece of audio equipment made popular music more interac...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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In the 1990s, the genre of Ska had a resurgence in popularity but this resurgence came with a twist. The bands emerging from the newly revived Ska ...

  • Added: Jun 02, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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In 2001, Jack White started a record label that over the years has emerged as not just vinyl forward but also as a label that is about music disco...

  • Added: May 26, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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It's hard to believe Bob Dylan turns 80 this month. On this week's episode of Music 101, we'll celebrate Bob Dylan's birthday with highlights from ...

  • Added: May 19, 2021
  • Length: 57:01
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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: May 10, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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Boston doesn't just hold an important place in the shaping of the United States. Boston also has a rich music history. This week, we'll explore Bos...

  • Added: May 13, 2021
  • Length: 56:59
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Put simply, a remix is defined as "a new or different version of a recorded song that is made by changing or adding to the original recording of th...

  • Added: May 06, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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Being a bass player in a band can be a thankless gig. But the bass plays an inportant part in rhythm communication between percussion and guitar. O...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2021
  • Length: 57:01
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Did you ever wonder how a band could come up with an unusual name like Death Cab For Cutie? Well, the band took their name from a 1967 song called ...

  • Added: Apr 14, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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Plagiarism is not the only reason a band or musician will end up in court. Sometimes former band members sue each other, sometimes fans sue musicia...

  • Added: Apr 07, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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In 1967, The Who's Pete Townshend was asked by a music journalist to give The Who's sound a name. Without hesitation, Townshen replied, "Power Pop"...

  • Added: Apr 02, 2021
  • Length: 57:00
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In the early years of Rock, it wasn't uncommon for musicians who started in Gospel music to make the leap to Secular music. Sam Cooke publicly blaz...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2021
  • Length: 57:00