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R.E.M.- Document 35th anniversary- Peter Buck, Michael Stipe 8-29

Document was the mainstream breakthrough in a five album stubbornly eclectic alternate route to the top of the US album sales chart for R.E.M. in September 1987. My conversations with R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe and particularly with lead guitarist Peter Buck about those early IRS Records the week of 8/29 reveal a band remarkably cohesive and certain about its vision.

Rush- Signals 40th anniversary- Alex Lifeson 8-22

Rush was already a veteran band which had sold over a million copies of its last two albums before "Moving Pictures", so by the time the mainstream caught up to that blockbuster, the band and their loyal fans had evolved into new emerging Eighties sounds incorporating technology peppered with World Music flavors. What resulted was "Signals"...seen now forty years later by my guest Alex Lifeson as vital to the longevity and musical relevance of Rush...along with my rare interview with the late Rush drummer/lyricist Neil Peart on the "Signals" fortieth anniversary here In the Studio the week of August 22.
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Van Morrison- St. Dominic’s Preview 50th anniversary

With Belfast-born Van Morrison's July 1972 sixth album "Saint Dominic's Preview", the mainstream rock audience finally caught up to the quality jazzy, folksy rhythm'n'blues Morrison had been belting out consistently since critics began lauding his debut,"Astral Weeks". This rare recent classic rock interview was conducted in Belfast by the BBC's intrepid John Bennett.

Aerosmith- Permanent Vacation 35th anniversary- Steven Tyler 8-15

Permanent Vacation  became Aerosmith's comeback album of legend thirty-five years ago primarily because of the radio-ready hits "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)","Angel", and "Rag Doll". Don't miss one of rock history's most dramatic turnarounds, "Permanent Vacation", as told by Aerosmith lifers Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, and the inimitable Steven Tyler here In the Studio the week of August 15.

John Mellencamp- The Lonesome Jubilee 35th anniversary 8-8

But when a unique sound, like the fiddle and accordion arrangements paired with a crackling backbeat, met the songs of John Mellencamp, such as "Paper in Fire","Check It Out","The Real Life", and "Cherry Bomb"in August 1987, the rock, pop, and country music worlds were changed indelibly. John Mellencamp is my guest In the Studio  the week of August 8th with one of the most important albums of the Eighties.

George Thorogood Talks Baseball

When Major League Baseball presents their mid-summer classic the All Star Game, they have a treasure trove of more than a century of legendary sportswriting, reporting, play-by-play radio and television recordings, Hollywood movies, books, and the sublime Ken Burns episodic tv documentary from which to draw. While Ken Burns had Negro League player/coach Buck McWilliams, sportswriter Studs Terkel, and George Plimpton, here In the Studio we have former minor league ( one season, "A" League) player George Thorogood to talk about baseball.

George Thorogood- Bad to the Bone 40th 7-25

It's the fortieth anniversary of George Thorogood and the Destroyers' biggest seller Bad to the Bone, and  George marks the occasion here In the Studio  with his unlikely journey featuring all of his biggest hits including " One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer","Move It On Over","Who Do You Love", "I Drink Alone", Chuck Berry's "It Wasn't Me", and of course "Bad to the Bone" all the week of July 25
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Emerson, Lake, and Palmer-Trilogy 50th Anniversary-Carl Palmer

"Trilogy", Emerson, Lake, and Palmer's third studio album and fourth overall in barely two years,  was released in July 1972, a high watermark peak for Progressive Rock's quality as well as massive popularity ( #2 UK, #5 Billboard in the US )...Trilogy has remained a favorite over these many changes in rock music as the place where Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, and Carl Palmer's ambitions to expand the palette of rock music were perfectly balanced by terrific songwriting and production on "The Endless Enigma", "From the Beginning", a terrific concert showstopper cover version of Aaron Copland's "Hoedown" from the stage musical Oklahoma!, and the title song opus. Carl Palmer hosts with archival interviews from both the late Keith Emerson and Greg Lake.

John Fogerty- Blue Moon Swamp 25th anniversary

John Fogerty talks In the Studio with Redbeard about the Grammy winner ".Blue Moon Swamp" on its twenty-fifth anniversary.
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David Bowie-The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust…50th- the late David Bowie, Mick Ronson

David Bowie's "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust" changed the trajectory of rock music, fashion, and gender social issues in just 38 minutes. Here are the late David Bowie and guitarist Mick Ronson with me In the Studio.