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Sly Stone On TV

It’s one of America’s greatest bands, Sly and the Family Stone on XRT’s Friday Feature. They changed everything! Here’s their leader having an interesting conversation on the tube back in the early seventies. (Hint: Dick […]



1971 Saturday Morning Flashback [Playlist]

In 1971, minimum wage was $1.60 an hour and a new stereo LP cost around $3.50 (8 tracks and cassettes were a dollar more). It was a fertile year for music, with unforgettable recordings from […]


The Cover Image From "The Concert for Bangla Desh"

Rock Flashback: The Concert for Bangla Desh on Vinyl

In the summer of 1971, George Harrison and Ravi Shankar organized the Concert for Bangla Desh to benefit refugees in the newly-independent country of Bangla Desh (formerly East Pakistan), which was ravaged by war and […]


Sly Stone Onstage in 2007 (Getty Images/Francois Guillot/AFP)

Rock Flashback: “There’s a Riot Goin’ On”

By 1971, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Sly and the Family Stone[/lastfm]  — multi-racial, multi-gender, and multi-format, blending rock, soul, and funk — appealed to both people on the dance floor and stoners in the throng at Woodstock. The […]


Playlist: Saturday Morning Flashback 10/8/11

It was a pleasure filling in for Wendy on our trip back to 1971 this weekend, the year of the first internet chatrooms,( who woulda thought?) Everything went pretty good except for starting the Los […]


Rock Flashback: The Allman Brothers At Fillmore East Was Recorded 40 Years Ago

Improvisation is key to the sound of jazz. One night a song comes out one way, the next night it might come out an entirely different way — it’s up to the soloist, his energy, […]


Playlist: Saturday Morning Flashback 1971

Among the most listened-to programs on Chicago’s airwaves, host Wendy Rice is your guide to this weekly look back at a year in XRT’s history. Saturday Morning Flashback spotlights the most memorable movies, TV shows, […]