Broken Record

Rick Rubin, Malcolm Gladwell and Bruce Headlam

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From Rick Rubin and Malcolm Gladwell, liner notes for the digital age. Digressions, arguments, back-stories, and random things to disagree with about music.

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Rick Rubin

48:58 | Nov 13th, 2018

Our introductory episode is a conversation between Rick Rubin and Malcolm Gladwell, covering everything from Rick’s role in the very beginning of hip-hop to his role in introducing Johnny Cash to a new generation of writers, performers and music love...Show More

Walk on Water

14:51 | Nov 10th, 2017

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Tom Petty and the Creation of “Wildflowers”

34:42 | Dec 25th, 2018

For the season one finale of Broken Record, Malcolm Gladwell talks with Rick Rubin about Tom Petty, who died in October 2017 at the age of 66.  Rubin and Petty worked together for two years on his beloved 1994 album “Wildflowers.” Rubin talks about P...Show More

Dave Hill and the Epistemology of Norwegian Black Metal

35:44 | Dec 18th, 2018

Malcolm Gladwell sits down with comedian, guitarist, and legendary metalhead Dave Hill, as he recounts how an email exchange between his alter ego Lance and a Norwegian black metal impresario named Saiitham (pronounced “satan”) led to the formation o...Show More

Rosanne Cash

59:48 | Dec 11th, 2018

“She Remembers Everything” is the name of the latest Rosanne Cash album, the 14th of her amazing career. Rosanne and her husband and musical collaborator, John Leventhal, sit down with Broken Record’s Bruce Headlam to play songs from the album, talk ...Show More

Nashville Revolution: Bobby Braddock, Don Schlitz, and Don Henry

45:30 | Dec 4th, 2018

Malcolm Gladwell talks to three songwriters who helped transform country music in the 1970s. Gone were cowboy hats, train whistles and church suppers. In came songs about desperation, lost changes and regret that changed how Nashville made music and ...Show More

Rufus Wainwright

52:21 | Nov 27th, 2018

Elton John has called Rufus Wainwright “the greatest songwriter in the world today.” Broken Record’s Bruce Headlam sits down with Rufus in Los Angeles, where Rufus performs breathtaking solo versions of his songs “Poses” and “In My Arms” from his ear...Show More

Nile Rodgers and Chic

39:54 | Nov 20th, 2018

Nile Rodgers, the mastermind behind the disco band Chic and producer of artists like David Bowie, Daft Punk and Madonna, plays live with his band and talks about his life and long musical career in the very studio that was built for him to produce Bo...Show More

Introducing Broken Record

03:34 | Nov 6th, 2018

From Malcolm Gladwell, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Headlam: Conversations. Arguments. Stories. Remembering old music. Discovering new music. Broken Record: Liner notes for the digital age. Coming to your podcast feed on November 13th.