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Out of tune: The challenges of keeping a band together

Black and white photo of The Beatles holding up sandwich boards in different languages that read "All You Need is Love."
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The Beatles hold up sandwich boards in different languages (English, French, German, Spanish and Russian) during the Our World satellite broadcast of the song 'All You Need is Love' from Abbey Road Studios in London, UK, 24th June 1967. From left to right, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison.

Everyone loves a good band breakup story. But it’s far more unusual to find bands that manage to stay together for the long haul. This hour we explore the challenges musicians face as they seek band harmony, and discuss what makes them succeed – or fail – together.


  • Steven Hyden: Cultural critic at UPROXX and the author of several books on rock music, most recently Long Road: Pearl Jam and the Soundtrack of a Generation
  • Nerissa Nields: Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and founding member of The Nields
  • Jim Chapdelaine: Guitarist, producer, Emmy Award-winning composer, recording engineer, and an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford School of Music
  • Jay Russell: Singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Connecticut whose current band is The Split Coils; former member of Hot Rod Circuit
  • Heather Ferguson: Psychotherapist, psychoanalyst, and clinical supervisor in New York City, and a member of the Music Industry Therapist Collective

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Colin McEnroe, Lily Tyson, Jonathan McNicol, and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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Dan Fleschner is an Emmy Award-winning writer, producer and media consultant. He has covered a wide variety of events and stories for NBC Sports, NBC News, and NFL Network, including 11 Olympics, three Super Bowls and the 2008 presidential election. Among his current projects is "The Best Newsletter” on Substack.
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