Stories of Rock

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The Rhythm of God

Little Richard at a Rock Hall Event
Learn how rock & roll's backbeat came to the radio airwaves from traditional religious communities in the 1950's.

REVOLUTIONS: Beastie Boys' 'Licensed to Ill' 30 Years Later

Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
Revolutions is a short film series that explores some of the records that have altered and influenced the music world. In this episode we take a look at Beastie Boys’ 1986 album, “Licensed to Ill,” an album that would be the template for future hip-hop.

No Nukes: Music's Biggest Stars Gather for Environmental Awareness

John Hall Still the One
Former Congressman and founding member of Orleans, John Hall, shares a powerful and personal moment at the No Nukes Rally in 1979.

John Carter Cash Shares His Father's Unknown Poems

Johnny Cash - Forever Words
If you think you “know” John R Cash, think again. There are many layers, so much beneath the surface.

Johnny Cash's Daughter Shares Rarely Seen Side of the Man in Black

In 1995, Hall of Fame Inductee Johnny Cash’s youngest daughter Tara gave her famous father a book containing 365 questions. One year later, on her birthday, he returned the book to her with answers to all the questions.

Rock & Politics: Elvis is Drafted

Elvis Presley was at a career high when he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1958 and shipped off to Friedberg, Germany.

Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll: "California Dreamin'"

The Mamas and the Papas
The strong melody and evocative lyrics of "California Dreamin'" epitomized 1966 folk rock.

Protest Songs: The Message

In a few stark, eloquent verses, Edwin Fletcher sketched out the city that the hip-hop kids came home to when the clubs and the block parties were over.