My Place

Saturdays at 8:00 pm

Host Joel Najman weaves musicology, anthropology, sociology, and even psychology among the music of the '50s and '60s, creating a snapshot of life at that time. With My Place, you enjoy the music as well as the story behind the song.

VPR Replay: Listen To My Place Online!

After years of fan requests you can now hear My Place (and All The Traditions) anytime, anywhere as part of the VPR Replay stream. If you miss the show or just want to hear it again, you have two weeks to enjoy the show. Listen with the VPR Replay player or look for Replay on the VPR Audio Player, mobile apps and online streams.

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My Place
11:12 am
Fri July 25, 2014

My Place: When Love & Marriage Go Bad

Lloyd Price's album, 'Where Were You On Your Wedding Day'
Courtesy, Joel Najman

This week, My Place mines the vaults of the early rock era for pop songs about weddings and marriage gone bad, titled, "Where Were You On Your Wedding Day?" We'll hear an hour of songs which look at relationships that didn't turn out quite the way the couple had planned.

Broadcast on Saturday, July 26 at 8 p.m.

My Place
1:06 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

My Place: Love & Marriage

Gold Wedding Bands
Photo credit, Thinkstock

This week, My Place presents an hour of songs from the early days of rock 'n' roll that deal with weddings and marriage. We'll hear memorable recordings by the Dixie Cups, Lloyd Price and Darlene Love.

Broadcast Saturday, July 19 at 8 p.m.

My Place
8:00 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

My Place: The California Sound Of Terry Melcher

Terry Melcher in studio with The Byrds, 1965

This week, My Place features a profile of rock-and-roll singer, songwriter and record producer Terry Melcher.

Melcher is famous as one of the founders and propagators of the "California Sound" of the 1960's and his resumé includes major hits by the Beach Boys, The Rip  Chords, The Byrds and many others.

Broadcast July 12, 2014 at 8 p.m.

My Place
8:00 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

My Place: Gerry Goffin, Part Two

This week on My Place, we'll hear a second hour of popular hit songs written by the late lyricist Gerry Goffin.  Among the selections featured are memorable vintage hits by Dion Dimucci, the Byrds, the Hollies and many others.

Broadcast Saturday, July 5 at 8 p.m.

My Place
8:00 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

My Place: Remembering Gerry Goffin

On June 19, 2014 veteran popular lyricist Gerry Goffin passed away at age 75. Collaborating with his first wife, Carole King, as well as other composers, Goffin wrote the words to many dozens of hit songs throughout a career in music that extended over six decades.

This week on My Place, Gerry Goffin's lifetime of music with his most famous and significant compositions including memorable hit recordings by the Shirelles, the Drifters and the Beatles.

Broadcast on Saturday, June 28th at 8 p.m.

Digital Services
3:23 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Replay: Listen To 'My Place' And 'All The Traditions' Online

Joel Najman of 'My Place' and Robert Resnik of 'All The Traditions'
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My Place
11:43 am
Thu June 19, 2014

My Place: Beach Boy Birthdays

Capitol Records

This week Joel Najman's My Place celebrates the June birthdays of two members of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson and Bruce Johnston, both of whom turn 72. In addition to several memorable Beach Boys hits, the hour includes the successes of both musicians as songwriters, arrangers and record producers.

Broadcast Saturday June 21 at 8:00 p.m.  

My Place
12:07 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

My Place: A Mixed Bag

Apple Records

This week Joel Najman's My Place presents a "mixed bag" of music tying up a few loose ends from recent My Place programs.

Referring back to the program on the Beatles' Apple Record Company, Joel relates the story behind the rarest Apple record as well as the copyright infringement litigation precipitated by George Harrison's hit recording of My Sweet Lord.

And following the My Place  profile of drummer Jim Gordon, Joel investigates the possibility that portions of the melody of the hit Layla may have been taken from an earlier song. 

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My Place
10:39 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Drummer And Songwriter Jim Gordon

In addition to serving as a session drummer for many big name artists, Jim Gordon played drums for the group, Derek And The Dominos
Joel Najman

This week Joel Najman's My Place tells the story of drummer Jim Gordon, who from the early 1960's until the dawning of the 1980's was one of Los Angeles' premier session musicians, playing on dozens of hit records by many of the top recording artists of that era. Memorable recordings by Carly Simon, Eric Clapton and George Harrison are among the selections featured.

Broadcast Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. But listen online anytime!

My Place
3:15 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

The Brunswick Record Company Part 2: "The Sound Of Chicago Soul"

Record producer, Nat Tarnopol, guided Brunswick Records thruoghout the 1960's and 70's and launched the careers of Jackie Wilson, The Chi-Lites and The Young-Holt Unlimited
Joel Najman

This week Joel Najman's My Place concludes its two-part series on the history of the Brunswick Record Company during the time of the rock & roll era. The program focuses on the 1960's and 70's and a profile of Nat Tarnopol, who guided Brunswick as the "Sound of Chicago Soul" during this period. Memorable recordings by Jackie Wilson, Tyrone Davis and the Chi-Lites are among the recordings featured.