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An exploration of legendary albums and their ongoing legacy. Join host Paula Mejia as she explores how masterpieces continue to evolve: shaping lives, shaking rafters, and ingraining itself into our culture. Maybe you’re a longtime fan who wants to go deeper. Maybe you’re a first-time listener curious to hear more – either way, you’re in the right place.

An exploration of legendary albums and their ongoing legacy. Join host Paula Mejia as she explores how masterpieces continue to evolve: shaping lives, shaking rafters, and ingraining itself into our culture. Maybe you’re a longtime fan who wants to go deeper. Maybe you’re a first-time listener curious to hear more – either way, you’re in the right place.
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An exploration of legendary albums and their ongoing legacy. Join host Paula Mejia as she explores how masterpieces continue to evolve: shaping lives, shaking rafters, and ingraining itself into our culture. Maybe you’re a longtime fan who wants to go deeper. Maybe you’re a first-time listener curious to hear more – either way, you’re in the right place.

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Electric Ladyland: The Enduring Legacy of Hendrix

1/31/2019
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Decades after his tragic death in 1970, Jimi Hendrix continues to inspire countless souls. From the elusive Hendrix chord to deluxe box sets, the singer and guitarist's legacy is long out of his hands, part of a much larger lexicon of followers, be it elders of yesteryear or newcomers who weren't even around for the '90s. In our final episode revolving around Hendrix and Electric Ladyland, host Ernest Wilkins attempts to answer, "Why?" It's a tough question, sure, but Ernest isn't alone for...

Duration:00:21:33

Electric Ladyland: The Cinematic Immortality of Hendrix

1/24/2019
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From Easy Rider to Forrest Gump and Wayne's World to Woodstock, the legacy of Jimi Hendrix has certainly been aided by the eternal power of cinema. Host Ernest Wilkins is joined by musician and actor Mykele Deville, Daily Grindhouse editor Mike Vanderbilt, and Consequence of Sound Editor-in-Chief Michael Roffman to trace back the lineage of the legend on celluloid. However, that lineage is parallel to a long standing relationship with pop music and film, one that may have been exacerbated...

Duration:00:33:25

Electric Ladyland: The Studio Wizardry of Hendrix

1/17/2019
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A hodge-podge of jam sessions and extended blues homages could have easily transformed into a bloated mess. Instead, the ambling attempt to make the “Earth Space Music” of Electric Ladyland became the stuff of legend. Host Ernest Wilkins is joined by music writer Dan Epstein to discuss Hendrix’s production style and the sometimes quite peculiar techniques the maestro used in the studio. And what a studio it was! The Record Plant was founded to ensure Hendrix's complete control over the...

Duration:00:16:31

Electric Ladyland: The Deification of Jimi Hendrix

1/10/2019
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The Opus returns to journey deep into the uncanny realm of The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Electric Ladyland. Hendrix's unique, genre-shaping career, coupled with his untimely death, has placed him in a state of rock and roll ubiquity. He’s everywhere - but between the over-saturation of his biggest songs and the over-simplification of his legend, time has masked the finer details of his story and sound. In this introductory episode host Ernest Wilkins is joined by rock critics Corbin Reiff...

Duration:00:22:21

Welcome to The Opus - Season 2

1/8/2019
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Consequence of Sound and Sony bring you an exploration of legendary albums and their ongoing legacy. Join host Ernest Wilkins as he explores how this music continues to evolve: shaping lives, shaking rafters, and ingraining itself into our culture. Maybe you’re a longtime fan who wants to go deeper. Maybe you’re a first-time listener and you’re curious to hear more - either way, you’re in the right place.

Duration:00:01:04

Blood on the Tracks: How Dylan Birthed Bootleg Culture

12/7/2018
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From The Basement Tapes to the mythical sessions that would become the just released More Blood, More Tracks collection - bootlegs of Bob Dylan's music are central to not just his story, but the music industry at large. Host Paula Mejia is joined by three critics, record collectors, and Dylan fans: Jesse Jarnow, Alison Fensterstock, and More Blood, More Tracks liner notes author, Jeff Slate to distinctive bootleg culture that’s thrived alongside Dylan’s studio recordings, shed some light on...

Duration:00:30:56

Blood on the Tracks: Evaluating Dylan's Cinematic Legacy

11/30/2018
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Our debut season of The Opus continues to dissect Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, exploring how the legendary album and its ongoing legacy has sharpened lives, shaken rafters, and ingrained themselves into our culture Host Paula Mejía is joined by two whip-smart film critics, Monica Castillo and Jordan Hoffman to unpack Dylan’s life on the silver screen - from DA Pennebaker’s Don’t Look Back to Luca Guadagnino’s forthcoming Blood on the Tracks adaptation. They explore the highs and lows of...

Duration:00:34:18

Blood on the Tracks: Beth Orton and Kevin Morby on Dylan's Songwriting Process

11/23/2018
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Our debut season of The Opus continues to dissect Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, exploring how the legendary album and its ongoing legacy has sharpened lives, shaken rafters, and ingrained themselves into our culture For the second episode of the season, two extraordinary songwriters and musicians, Beth Orton and Kevin Morby, join host Paula Mejía to unpack Dylan’s singular lyricism, the magic of being let into the recording process through the More Blood, More Tracks sessions, and the...

Duration:00:24:16

Blood on the Tracks: Canonizing Bob Dylan's Human Opus

11/16/2018
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Presenting The Opus: an exploration of legendary albums and their ongoing legacy - beginning with Bob Dylan's 1975 record Blood on the Tracks; the gold standard of sharp, heart-wrenching songwriting, that spawned classics like “Tangled Up in Blue”. Join host Paula Mejia and a roster of critics, artists, filmmakers, and scholars as they examine how this masterpiece has continued to evolve.To begin the dialogue of this season, and the series at large, Mejia is joined by Jill Sternheimer, the...

Duration:00:30:41

Welcome to The Opus - Season 1

11/12/2018
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Consequence of Sound and Sony bring you an exploration of legendary albums and their ongoing legacy. Join host Paula Mejia as she explores how this music continues to evolve: shaping lives, shaking rafters, and ingraining itself into our culture. Maybe you’re a longtime fan who wants to go deeper. Maybe you’re a first-time listener and you’re curious to hear more - either way, you’re in the right place.

Duration:00:01:11