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Novelty Song is the Pre-Cursor to Sampling.

Rock historian Ed Ward profiles some of rock's most memorable break-in records, which are singles made up of snippets of many different records. These include records by Bill Buchanan and Dickie Goodman's Flying Saucer.


Other segments from the episode on November 10, 1987

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, November 10, 1987: Interview with Judy Collins; Commentary on "break-in" records; Interview with David Del Tredici; Review of Lech Walesa's autobiography of "A Way of Hope…


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