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    Rock 'N' Roll Inventions

    S1 E1 This Damn Music

    The jukebox. The transistor radio. The shellac record. The methods of how we listen to rock 'n' roll have been as transformative as the genre itself, constantly changing the music industry and how listeners experience it. Put your headphones on as we journey from wind-up gramophones to vinyl records to radio to the digital revolution. Some of the biggest names in rock 'n' roll producing and recording explain the impact of each innovation, and how it shaped rock 'n' roll as well as American culture.

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Crank up the volume as we go behind the power chords and pounding rhythms to celebrate the innovations that made rock 'n' roll what it is today. Join us as we explore the instruments, special effects, and moments of inspiration that gave the world vinyl, electric guitars, synthesizers, digital singles, and even laser shows. Music legends Martha Reeves, Dave Davies, and others share their insights, all accompanied by the classic and modern hits that have provided the soundtrack to our lives.
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