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Dig into the lyrics of classic rock songs and the storytellers that created them in "Behind The Song," a podcast of essays by The Drive's Janda Lane. Hear what was happening behind the scenes while some of the most iconic songs in rock history were being written.

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4.7 out of 5 stars from 501 ratings
  • not good

    Far too many commercials to the amount of content. From the few I've heard so far, they just need a couple of more sentences added to each story/review on an episode! The facts are right but lacking a few major details in the ones I heard. They need to push it a bit more to 15-20 minutes and just get it right. This is by no means a History of Rock Music in 500 songs. I prefer that podcast for full accurate information!!

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    manayunk wall
    United States2 months ago
  • Great Podcast!!

    I love the way Janda tells the story behind the classic rock songs!

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    Brian Prahl
    United States3 months ago
  • Could be great get a better host

    Janda’s voice is as fake as her name. This podcast has great potential but I can’t take the voice of the host a minute longer. Good luck I’m gone

    Apple Podcasts
    United States4 months ago
  • Great Podcast

    This podcast gives me a new perspective on familiar songs. The lives of musicians and the business of creating a hit song are both intertwined. Love the stories.

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    Rosemary’s Herbs
    United States6 months ago
  • Cool Stories in Music

    “I just discovered you Janda!” Your analysis of each songs lyrics is “absolutely splendid!” I enjoy the way you go line by line with the truth, or your take on the writers possible explanation. “American Pie” was very enlightening. Thanks.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States8 months ago

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