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The Opus

41 EpisodesProduced by Consequence Podcast NetworkWebsite

Consequence of Sound and Sony bring you an exploration of legendary albums and their ongoing legacy. Join host Andy Bothwell as he examines how masterpieces continue to evolve: shaping lives, shaking rafters, and ingraining itself into our culture. Maybe you’re a longtime fan who wants to go deeper.… read more

41 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

Whitney Houston: Behold, the Everlasting Star!

June 18th, 2020


We are living in Andy Warhol's vision of the future. It’s a time when anyone can TikTok their way to 15 minutes of fame, only to disappear 15 seconds …

Whitney Houston: The Science Behind the Voice

June 4th, 2020


There's something mystifying about powerful voices. Sure, everyone can open their mouth and sing, but when we watch a force like Whitney Houston do …

Whitney Houston: Whitney's Billboard Run Contains Multitudes

May 28th, 2020


It's hard to underestimate Whitney Houston’s stardom.

For better and for worse, the world knows so much more about the late diva than we do about …

The Infamous: Mobb Deep Crafted Their Own Language

May 14th, 2020


For decades now, rap and hip-hop has been the most fertile soil for slang and new language across pop culture. But when looking back on Mobb Deep, …

The Infamous: Experience Outweighs Practice

May 7th, 2020


The world seems to have gone mad since the release of Malcolm Gladwell's The Outliers. Thanks to his 2008 best-selling book, everyone seems to think …

The Infamous: Finding Success By Learning From Failure

April 30th, 2020


The mid-90's produced a crowded field chock full of brilliant rap records. With debuts from Nas, Wu-Tang Clan, and Jay-Z, artists really needed to …

The Infamous: Mobb Deep's Commitment to the Truth

April 24th, 2020


Rap in the modern age is drowned in theater. Today, the lines between reality and fiction are often so blurred that it's tough to tell what's fact or …

Bitches Brew: Breaking Down the Album Artwork

April 9th, 2020


In many ways, an album's physical packaging is a dying art form in the modern era of streaming services. Instead of picking up a record, we scroll …

Bitches Brew: The Expanding Universe of Miles Davis

April 2nd, 2020


A good album leaves a mark on you, but traditionally, that impact lasts as long as the album itself. It starts, you hear a bunch of great songs you love, and then it's over. Maybe it put you in a better mood? Or perhaps …

Bitches Brew: The Indefinable Greatness of Miles Davis

March 26th, 2020


Fifty years later, there's something about Bitches Brew that still feels strange, wild, and unfamiliar. There's a magic in Miles Davis' cauldron that …

Bitches Brew: The Importance of Challenging Music

March 19th, 2020


Jazz can often be seen as a genre that challenges listeners, but one of the greatest jazz records of all time -- Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew -- was born out a need to challenge the genre, to push back on the …

Bridge Over Troubled Water: The Sounds of the Influenced [Bonus]

March 5th, 2020


The Opus has yet to leave the Bridge.

Although Bridge Over Troubled Water was the swan song of Simon & Garfunkel, it was really only the beginning of their enduring legacy. Since then, countless musicians and artists …

Bridge Over Troubled Water: The Importance of Creative Conflict

February 27th, 2020


The Opus has reached the end of the Bridge.

A lot is made of the fact that Bridge Over Troubled Water was Simon & Garfunkel’s final album. Even 50 years later, fans and historians see the album as the end of the era, …

Bridge Over Troubled Water: The Bridge to Beyoncé

February 20th, 2020


The Opus is halfway across the Bridge.

What does Alex Jones, Beyoncé's Lemonade, and Simon and Garfunkel have in common? More than you think! In 1969, the two bards were asked to make a TV special to debut 1970's Bridge …

Bridge Over Troubled Water: Sailing with Simon and Garfunkel

February 13th, 2020


The Opus is crossing a bridge into its seventh season.

All good things come to an end, and that is certainly the case for Simon and Garfunkel. With …

London Calling: Radio Clash's Timeless Transmissions

December 19th, 2019


The Opus has one more lesson about The Clash.

The same curiosity that drove the English rockers to discover new genres of music also drove them to understand and empathize with the struggles going on far from their …

London Calling: Clash of the Cultures

December 12th, 2019


The Opus can't fail with The Clash.

The diversity of influences on London Calling go way beyond reggae and dub. In fact, they go deeper than the music itself. This is an album that gets its hands dirty by digging right …

London Calling: The Clash's Great Rebellion

December 5th, 2019


The Opus is getting lost in the supermarket for its sixth season.

The Clash were at a crossroads in 1979. The first wave of punk rock ended a year …

Welcome to The Opus - Season 6: The Clash's London Calling

December 3rd, 2019


Consequence of Sound and Sony are proud to present the sixth season of The Opus. Past seasons have explored the legacy of iconic albums by Bob Dylan (Blood on the Tracks), The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Electric …

Blizzard of Ozz: The People vs. Ozzy Osbourne

November 7th, 2019


The Opus is out of the Blizzard and on Capitol Hill.

Long before he was a teddy bear on reality TV, Ozzy Osbourne was seen as a demon through the eyes …

Blizzard of Ozz: The Unexpected Influence of Ozzy Osbourne

October 31st, 2019


The Opus is in the thick of the Blizzard now.

Tracing the influence of Ozzy Osbourne leads to some strange and wonderful places -- far beyond the …

Blizzard of Ozz: The Prince of Darkness Finds Unlikely Shelter

October 24th, 2019


Warning: The Opus is about to get loud.

Ozzy Osbourne wasn't always The Prince of Darkness. It was a long and twisted journey in the lead-up to his …

Welcome to The Opus - Season 5: Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard of Ozz

October 22nd, 2019


The Opus is back for a fifth season from Consequence of Sound and Sony. After exploring the legacies of classic records from Bob Dylan (Blood on the Tracks), The Jimi Hendrix Experience (Electric Ladyland), Jeff Buckley …

Red Headed Stranger: The Wonderful World of Willie

October 3rd, 2019


The Opus is moseying on outta Texas.

Wild horses, weed at the White House, the war in Iraq, and the weird web that ties the world of Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger together. The record that gave Willie his stardom …

Red Headed Stranger: Betting It All on Being Different

September 26th, 2019


The Opus is still in Texas.

What does Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger have in common with Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot? How does that commonality change the course of music history ever? And just how close did Willie …

Red Headed Stranger: Willie Nelson's Outlaw Rebirth

September 19th, 2019


The Opus is heading to Texas.

Willie Nelson has reached that true iconic status in American culture that very few people ever manage to achieve, …

Welcome to The Opus - Season 4: Willie Nelson's Red Headed Stranger

September 13th, 2019


Consequence of Sound and Sony have teamed up once again to bring you the fourth season of The Opus, a podcast that examines the evolving legacy of …

Grace: Keeping Jeff Buckley's Legacy Alive

August 29th, 2019


The Opus completes its journey with the late Jeff Buckley.

Jeff Buckley hasn't been alive for 22 years, and yet, he has consistently put out "new" music.

Fans can thank Mary Guibert for that. She's head executive of …

Grace: Buckley and Grace After Death

August 22nd, 2019


The Opus continues its season surrounding the late Jeff Buckley.

Posthumous fame and legacy have been contentious subjects for decades. An early or …

Grace: Post-Gender, Post-Genre: The Voice of Jeff Buckley

August 15th, 2019


The Opus returns to dig into the mythos of the late Jeff Buckley.

In his time, Buckley rose to fame amidst the prime of '90s masculine alt-rock. And …

Welcome to The Opus - Season 3: Jeff Buckley's Grace

August 13th, 2019


Consequence of Sound and Sony have teamed up once again to bring you the third season of The Opus, a podcast that examines the evolving legacy of …

Electric Ladyland: The Enduring Legacy of Hendrix

January 31st, 2019


Decades after his tragic death in 1970, Jimi Hendrix continues to inspire countless souls. From the elusive Hendrix chord to deluxe box sets, the …

Electric Ladyland: The Cinematic Immortality of Hendrix

January 24th, 2019


From Easy Rider to Forrest Gump and Wayne's World to Woodstock, the legacy of Jimi Hendrix has certainly been aided by the eternal power of cinema. Host Ernest Wilkins is joined by musician and actor Mykele Deville, …

Electric Ladyland: The Studio Wizardry of Hendrix

January 17th, 2019


Insights from writer Dan Epstein as well as early Electric Ladyland takes highlight the fascinating ways Hendrix let his creativity soar. For information regarding your data privacy, visit

Electric Ladyland: The Deification of Jimi Hendrix

January 10th, 2019


Host Ernest Wilkins is joined by rock critics Corbin Reiff and Dan Hyman to unpack the mythology surrounding Electric Ladyland and the man himself - …

Welcome to The Opus - Season 2: The Jimi Hendrix Experience's Electric Ladyland

January 8th, 2019


Consequence of Sound and Sony bring you an exploration of legendary albums and their ongoing legacy. Join host Ernest Wilkins as he explores how this …

Blood on the Tracks: How Dylan Birthed Bootleg Culture

December 7th, 2018


From The Basement Tapes to the mythical sessions that would become the just released More Blood, More Tracks collection - bootlegs of Bob Dylan's …

Blood on the Tracks: Evaluating Dylan's Cinematic Legacy

November 30th, 2018


Host Paula Mejía is joined by film critics, Monica Castillo and Jordan Hoffman to unpack Dylan’s performances on the silver screen, how his persona …

Blood on the Tracks: Beth Orton and Kevin Morby on Dylan's Songwriting Process

November 23rd, 2018


Our debut season of The Opus continues to dissect Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, exploring how the legendary album and its ongoing legacy has …

Blood on the Tracks: Canonizing Bob Dylan's Human Opus

November 16th, 2018


Presenting The Opus: an exploration of legendary albums and their ongoing legacy - beginning with Bob Dylan's 1975 record Blood on the Tracks; the …

Welcome to The Opus - Season 1: Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks

November 12th, 2018


Consequence of Sound and Sony bring you an exploration of legendary albums and their ongoing legacy. Join host Paula Mejia as she explores how this …

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