Tuesday, January 18, 2011

R.I.P. Don Kirshner

Influential song publisher, record producer and television host Don Kirshner has died. Kirshner is, perhaps, best known as the guy who provided the early Monkees' songs. He was hired by the producers of the Monkees television show to find songs that the band could pretend to perform on the show.

In the 1970s, Kirshner became known for the late night music show, Don Kirshner's Rock Concert. The show was unlike anything else on TV in the early 70s and featured the top rock bands of the era performing live, and doing multiple songs.

Kirshner was 76. Here is a video of Black Sabbath performing on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert in 1975.


  1. I think Don was a bigger deal than most are making him out to be..he ain't getting his due. Being an old fart myself, a baby-friggin-boomer, he really got the rock scene moving on tv, back in the day.

    I remember watching his late night show, stoned out of my tree. ;) ah..good memories.

  2. Kirshner's show was a bit before my time, but I have seen so many awesome clips from the show. Pre-MTV, he was about it for rock music on television.


Rock N Roll Book Club Episode 9 - "Trouble Boys: The True Story of The Replacements" (VIDEO)

For episode 9, your co-hosts Dave, Jen, and Shelley drink up and spit out “Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements,” written by Bob...