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Rock Under Fire

Jan 31, 2018

We are joined by longtime friend Michael Czirjak in an episode that looks back on New Jersey's music scene in the 1990s when we were all rock stars. We're still rock stars, but just doing different things now. Michael is a New Jersey native, lifelong guitarist, and music nerd. In the 90s, he and his band Segway recorded heavily and gigged tirelessly up and down the East Coast to anyone who would listen. These days, he spends the majority of his time teaching his six-year old twin boys (Sam and George) the importance of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and the need for very loud guitars. He is also a Partner and Co-founder of the Hi-Tech Recruiting Firm C2R Ventures, HQ'd in New York City.


In this episode we discuss the rock clubs of the 90s NJ music scene such as the Melody, Club Bene, Birch Hill, Studio One,, the rebirth of vinyl, farewell tours, Slayer, Van Halen, Bruno Mars,Iron Maiden, Chuck Berry, John Mellencamp, Elder, Ghost, Art Stock, and a whole lotta random stuff. Mike Derrico, Pat Ivanitski, and Stick Nixon are your hosts. 


We thank all of you who continue to support Rock Under Fire, and we welcome any new listeners to the show. As a rock and roll podcast, we make it a point not to focus on any one particular artist, band, or genre of music, but with that comes the reality that our show may not always appeal to everyone at the same time. The seven decades of rock and roll music along with its even longer history gives us an extremely broad canvas to create discussions on, drawing from different areas with each episode. So there is still always something for everyone. In past episodes we've discussed The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Prince, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, the Monterey Pop Festival, Woodstock, Doo Wop, The Beach Boys, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Steely Dan, The Strokes, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, The Doors, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Jimi Hendrix, Metallica, Guns n Roses, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, The Velvet Underground, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Cars, Cheap Trick, Heart, Dave Grohl, Jack White, digital streaming, the state of the music industry and record labels, the effect of rap and hip hop on rock, Neil Young, Talking Heads, Counting Crows, Boston, The Temptations, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, the Smithereens, Suzanne Vega, Van Halen, Rick Rubin, The Gun Club, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Steve Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, The Mekons, UFO, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Chuck Klosterman, John Philip Sousa, Billy Joel, The Wipers, Iron Maiden, Kurt Vonnegut, Tom Waits, Thin Lizzy, the Bee Gees, Mozart, Beethoven, Puccini, Bob Marley, 5 Seconds of Summer, Twenty One Pilots, Ed Sheeran, J Geils Band, Billy Miller, Chris Cornell, Turn Me On Dead Man, the Desert Trip concerts, aging rock stars, our favorite debut albums, soundtracks, music licensing, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, disco vs. rock, Ticketmaster, Tom Petty, and our most overrated and underrated artists. We've also been joined by special guests such as, author and photographers Bob Gruen, STARZ guitarist Richie Ranno, Lydia Criss, author and pop culture critic Alice Echols, and writer and director Michael Lee Nirenberg.



Special thanks to Aaron Novak

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