Bloggy Goodness: Professor ?uestlove

If he wasn’t busy enough with his many gigs, ?uestlove is going to now have to find time to grade papers, as The Roots drummer has revealed that he will be teaming up with Universal Music Enterprises vice president Harry Weinger to teach a course titled Classic Albums, next semester at the Clive Davis Institute for Recorded Music at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. According to Billboard, the two credit course, “will focus on the concept of what it means for something to be called classic or seminal, as well as take a close look at the music, lyrics, production, business aspects — such as promotion and marketing — that informed the release and reception of the album, and try to provide a context as to why these albums have stood time.” Albums expected to be covered will include Sly & The Family Stone’s Stand!, Aretha Franklin’s Lady Soul, Led Zeppelin’s IV, Prince’s Dirty Minds and the Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique.

Finally, the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame will celebrate one of the pioneers of the genre, as they will honor Chuck Berry with a new exhibit Roll Over Beethoven: The Life and Music of Chuck Berry, and a week long celebration of his career culminating with an all-star tribute concert at the State Theater in Cleveland. Opening today, which also happens to be the legendary guitar player’s 86th birthday, the multimedia exhibit will include Berry’s 1958 recording contract with Chess Records, a vest he wore at the Toronto Rock and Roll Festival in 1969 and a handbill from a 1961 show in Jamaica.

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