This program presents the musical group the Flying Burrito Brothers and their album 'The Gilded Palace of Sin'. Studs Terkel interviews two of the band members, Chris Ethridge and Gram Parsons. The following topics discussed are: the artists' backgrounds; their musical perspective; their songwriting; Los Angeles; earthquakes; their early life; their lyrics; life in the south (America); and instrumentation. The following musical excerpts are presented: "Wheels"; "Sin City"; "My Uncle"; "Do You Know How It Feels"; and "Hippie Boy".
American singer-songwriter Don McLean discusses his career and events in the 1960s and 1970s that have influenced his music.
Journalist Bob Greene joins Studs Terkel to talk about his book “Billion Dollar Baby” and about his experience on tour with rock and roll band Alice Cooper. Greene talks about the band’s inception and their grotesque performance style, and comments on society’s (particularly the youth’s) acceptance and adoration of this band despite their violent message, and the irony of that adoration. Studs connects the band’s success to the society’s acceptance to the Vietnam War.
Discussing the book "The Poets of Tin Pan Alley: A History of America's Great Lyricists" (published by Oxford Press) with the author Philip Furia.
Interviewing singer and songwriter Kris Kristofferson during his visit to Chicago for a benefit concert.
Presenting Russian music with Irwin Weil
Musical performance of Sotavento
Program opens with an excerpt of a May 1, 1963, interview with singer and songwriter Bob Dylan.