Questlove and Harry Weinger on the science of “What’s Going On”


This is amazing — to tap into the brains of people like this is one of the best parts of the Internet. We would never have ‘access’ to conversations like this without something like YouTube.

I found it thanks to a tweet from Questlove:

I love that Marvin did part of this as a protest against Motown. I want more! Questlove and Harry will be teaching a course at NYU called “Classic Albums”:

The two credit class 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 the test of time, according to Jason King, associate professor of recorded music and head of history and criticism at the Institute, who confirmed the course.

The class is expected to look at albums by Sly & The Family Stone(“Stand!, There’s A Riot Goin’ On”), Aretha Franklin (“Lady Soul”), Led Zeppelin (“IV”), Prince (“Dirty Mind”), Michael Jackson (“Off The Wall”), and the Beastie Boys (“Paul’s Boutique”), among others.

Now that would be an amazing experience. Almost worth moving to NY to attend :)


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