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While Terkel was already in his 50s when rock and roll became a cultural phenomenon, he remained curious and open to how this music revealed new currents in American and global culture as well as how these new forms of music grew out of connections with older music genres such as blues, jazz and other popular music forms from the past. Among the rock and pop guests were Eric Burdon of The Animals, punk poet Jim Carroll, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, Kris Kristofferson, Don Mclean, Loudon Wainwright and Frank Zappa. In addition, Terkel devoted several programs to exploring the immense influence of The Beatles and often talked with young people about the new forms of music that excited them from the 1960s through the 1990s.

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While Terkel was already in his 50s when rock and roll became a cultural phenomenon, he remained curious and open to how this music revealed new currents in American and global culture as well as how these new forms of music grew out of connections with older music genres such as blues, jazz and other popular music forms from the past. Among the rock and pop guests were Eric Burdon of The Animals, punk poet Jim Carroll, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, Kris Kristofferson, Don Mclean, Loudon Wainwright and Frank Zappa.