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 while highlighting topics like The Wrecking Crew, banned and censored songs, the Civil Rights Movement, CBGB's, the Hammond organ in Rock, and much more. 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, 2019 Hide full description

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 while highlighting topics like The Wrecking Crew, banned and censored songs, the Civil Rights Movement, CBGB's, the Hammond organ in Rock, and much more. For more information please visit Music 101.The program is available to all stations... Show full description


40 Pieces

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The Who once opened for Herman's Hermits. The Ramones opened for Toto, and Miles Davis opened for the Grateful Dead. On this edition of Music 101, ...

  • Added: Feb 18, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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1994 was a pivotal year in music. On this edition, we'll take an (abbreviated) look at some of the music that left an indelible mark on our culture.

  • Added: Feb 11, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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At the same time that Grunge was taking over the charts and airwaves, there was another type of music (opposite sonically to grunge and firmly root...

  • Added: Feb 05, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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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: Jan 28, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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This episode explores the music of the civil rights movement and how it changed as the 1960s grew more volatile.

  • Added: Jan 22, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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This episode of Music 101 examines the songs of the civil rights movement. Including news audio from the time, the songs chosen include songs that...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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This episode of Music 101 covers musicians who disappeared. Both literally and those who dropped out of music and the public view.

  • Added: Jan 07, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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In the late 1980s, in Manchester England, came a short-lived but memorable music movement that fused Psychedelia, Pop, and dance music. It was know...

  • Added: Jan 01, 2019
  • Length: 56:59
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Did you know some of your favorite songs contain mistakes that were deliberately left in? Some are obvious, some aren't. This week, we'll highlight...

  • Added: Dec 24, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
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Sometimes a song asks a question or posits an idea another artist feels must be answered. When that happens, those songs are known as "answer songs...

  • Added: Jan 01, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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The band Americans know as The English Beat, is really just named The Beat. They changed their name for American audiences because there was alread...

  • Added: Dec 13, 2018
  • Length: 56:59
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Sometimes musicians from different bands get together to record. These hybrid groups are typically known as "supergroups". This week on Music 101 w...

  • Added: Dec 04, 2018
  • Length: 56:59
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Musicians get a lot of song inspiration from literature. This episode of Music 101 explores surprising modern and classical influences in songs.

  • Added: Nov 26, 2018
  • Length: 56:58

  • Added: Nov 19, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
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Jazz was introduced to movie and TV soundtracks via film noir. This episode explores the soundtrack to noir and its importance to film and TV.

  • Added: Nov 13, 2018
  • Length: 56:59
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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: Nov 06, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
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Music 101 explores the Mellotron and its use in rock.

  • Added: Oct 29, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
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A murder ballad is simply a story that tells the tale of a murder, usually about a real crime, but it doesn't have to be about an actual crime. Mur...

  • Added: Oct 23, 2018
  • Length: 56:59
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Bauhaus’ nine-minute 1979 ode to vampires, “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” is widely considered the song that started the Goth Rock music movement with Joy Di...

  • Added: Oct 17, 2018
  • Length: 56:59
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Otherwise known as "Death Discs" or "Splatter Platters", Teenage Tragedy songs dealt exclusively with...well...teenage tragedy. The more gruesome,...

  • Added: Oct 15, 2018
  • Length: 57:00