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Robbie Robertson and Warren Zanes (Episode #206H)

KQED Life: Sat, Aug 26, 2017 -- 9:00 PM

Guitar aficionado and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Robbie Robertson is interviewed by Warren Zanes in this episode of Speakeasy. Robertson rose to fame as the lead guitarist and primary songwriter for The Band and later released five solo albums. His solo debut, Robbie Robertson, was nominated for a Grammy Award and was certified gold in the United States in 1991. Southern Accents, Robertson's third solo album was certified platinum in the United States six months after its release. Rolling Stone ranks him as number 59 on its list of the 100 greatest guitarists and he has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Songwriters. Zanes has had his hand in almost every aspect of the music industry. As a performer he has released three records with the Del Fuegos and three as a solo artist. He has been the Vice President and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and a writer. The pair discuss touring with Bob Dylan, the narrative quality of Robbie's material, and his forthcoming memoir, The Last Waltz.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Sun, Aug 27, 2017 -- 3:00 AM

David Crosby and Wynton Marsalis (Episode #202H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 26, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

David Crosby is best known as the founding member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash. He is a two-time inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame who has five albums to which he's contributed, included in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of all time. Crosby takes the stage opposite Wynton Marsalis; the nine-time Grammy award winning jazz trumpet virtuoso who's "Blood on the Fields" was the first jazz composition to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. In 1983 and 1984, he became the only artist to win Grammy Awards for both jazz and classical records and is only one of two artists to win Grammy Awards for five consecutive years. This unique pairing of musical legends features an intimate discussion of their lives as musicians, the history and development of American Roots music and the impact that music has had on the social and political landscapes.

Frankie Valli and Paul Shaffer (Episode #201H)

KQED Plus: Sat, Aug 19, 2017 -- 12:00 AM

Frankie Valli, best known as the front man of The Four Seasons, sits down with legendary musical director/bandleader Paul Shaffer. Over the course of his career, Valli has scored 29 Top 40 hits with The Four Seasons, one Top 40 hit under The Four Seasons' alias 'The Wonder Who?,' and nine Top 40 hits as a solo artist. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 as a member of The Four Seasons and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999. Shaffer served as David Letterman's musical director, band leader, and sidekick on the entire run of both Late Night with David Letterman (1982-1993) and Late Show with David Letterman (1993-2015). He began his music career in 1972 as the musical director of the Toronto production of "Godspell" before joining the house band of "Saturday Night Live" from 1975-1980.

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