Rock And Roles With Danny Goldberg



Ram Dass has suggested that we should think of ourselves in terms of “souls, not roles.” Out of this concept came a new podcast "Rock and Roles" hosted by Danny Goldberg. Danny has made his living in the rock and roll business as a journalist, PR guy, record company President and manager since the late 1960's when he was still a teenager. "Rock and Roles" explores how music has both drawn Danny closer to spirituality—and also helped snare him in an obsession with his “role” in the business including concerns about money, status, or seeing his name in print.


  • Ep. 37 – Howard Bloom

    16/11/2017 Duración: 54min

    Howard Bloom, the author of Global Brain and the Lucifer Principle, joins the show for a conversation about the 60’s and the journey of self-discovery.

  • Ep. 36 - Robert Wright

    05/10/2017 Duración: 49min

    Author, Robert Wright, joins the show to talk about how Buddhism can serve as a foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age.

  • Ep. 35 - Kurt Andersen

    25/09/2017 Duración: 48min

    On this episode of Rock and Roles, Danny speaks with author Kurt Andersen about the role of fantasy in American history and our current culture. 

  • Ep. 34 - Nick Mulvey

    28/08/2017 Duración: 46min
  • Ep. 33 - Happiness and Love with Father John Devaney

    03/08/2017 Duración: 48min

    Father John Devaney returns to the Rock & Roles podcast for a conversation around happiness, love and social action.

  • Ep. 32 - Bobby Miller

    22/06/2017 Duración: 56min

    This is my second podcast with Bobby Miller, who maintains dual citizenship in the worlds of media and that of the spirit.

  • Ep. 31 - Eric Alterman

    02/06/2017 Duración: 35min

    This is my second podcast with author and columnist Eric Alterman. Eric Alterman is best known as a columnist for The Nation and author of ten books about politics and culture including the bestselling (and prophetic) What Liberal Media? However, Eric’s role in Rock and Roles is to be a voice of Judaism from a perspective of deep reverence for ancient texts; a love of the “conversation” among Jewish scholars that has been going on for hundreds of years and a great ethical clarity. In this discussion, he explains several traditions of Jewish thought. Eric insists that he does not have a mystical bone in his body but he did recently admit to me that when he saw the new documentary about the Grateful Dead he felt an ineffable connection to the Dead community.

  • Ep. 30 - David Silver on Trump and Spiritual Love

    03/05/2017 Duración: 56min

    Writer and director, David Silver, is one of my oldest and best friends is well known to Be Here Now Network listeners for more than one hundred episodes he has done with Raghu Markus on the Mindrolling podcast. David joins me in exploring the challenge of remembering spiritual teachings and a belief that God is inside everyone, with attempts at social responsibility at a time in America of much dissension and anguish. We did not “solve” the problem but it was one of my favorite podcasts nonetheless.

  • Ep. 29 - Paul Krassner

    19/04/2017 Duración: 01h03min

    Paul Krassner, best known as the long-time editor of the legendary alternative culture publication The Realist; an extraordinary archive. Paul is also the author of more than a dozen books, most recently The Realist Cartoons. A cultural hero of mine since I was a teenager, Paul Krassner was the subject of my first podcast a couple of years ago. For this one, I wanted to get his reflections on the first few months of the Donald Trump administration and Paul holds forth with passion and intensity. How to integrate spirituality and politics views rooted in a moral world-view remains an inward struggle for me.

  • Ep. 28 - Songs About Islam with Ben Lee

    09/03/2017 Duración: 44min

    Ben Lee returns to the show to talk about his newest album "Ben Lee Sings Songs about Islam for the Whole Family". Singer and songwriter, Ben Lee, introduces his new project which aims to draw attention back to the peaceful, spiritual and philosophic concepts at the heart of Islam. Ben shares tracks from "Ben Lee Sings Songs about Islam for the Whole Family" as well as his thoughts on the relationship between Islam and the world.

  • Ep. 27 – Richard Eskow

    16/02/2017 Duración: 59min

    Danny brings Bernie Sanders campaign writer, Richard Eskow, onto the show to talk about spirituality and politics. Richard Eskow is a freelance writer on politics, economics, and social issues. He is the former campaign writer and editor for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. Richard has been a longtime contributor to the Huffington Post and other online and print publications on the topics of politics and spirituality. Beyond writing, Richard Eskow has a background in data analysis, finance, and public policy, and was the head of an international health economics and consulting firm that worked for the US State Department and in over twenty foreign countries. He is currently the host and managing editor of The Zero Hour, a weekly three-hour talk radio program that is syndicated in Chicago and several other cities and is distributed online through iTunes.

  • Ep. 26 - Joshua Greene

    26/01/2017 Duración: 01h03min

    Joshua Greene is the author of two of my favorite books about spirituality. Here Comes The Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison which in my opinion is the best book about the Beatle’s spirituality and Greene has a personal relationship with Harrison that gives the book a lot of heart and detail not to be found anywhere else. Green’s latest is a biography of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada who created the so-called Hare Krishna organization. It is called “Swami in a Strange Land: How Krishna Came to America” and Greene’s excellent research and accessible writing style is helped by his personal experiences with the Swami.

  • Ep. 25 – Father John Maria

    06/01/2017 Duración: 58min

    On the latest Rock & Roles, Danny chats with Father John Maria about his life of service as a friar, music, faith, and activism. I met Father John Maria in the context of his involvement with the recent Lampedusa tour for Syrian refugees with Emmy Lou Harris, Steve Earle, and Robert Plant among others. Father John entered the Dominican Friars at the age of thirty-three and he was ordained to the priesthood on May 12, 2015. He was born as John Devaney and received his B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Radio/Audio from Emerson College in Boston, MA in 1998. From 1993 until 2008 he worked for public radio stations(blues and jazz and rock formats). He currently hosts a weekly on the Catholic Channel of Sirius/XM Satellite Radio called “Word to Life.” Father John’s first assignment as a priest has been to the Priory of St. Vincent Ferrer in New York City where his responsibilities include work as part of the team at The Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry of New York at various NY hospitals

  • Ep. 24 - Jed Schwartz on Hilda Charlton

    15/12/2016 Duración: 51min

    It has been awhile since I did a podcast about my spiritual teacher Hilda Charlton who I met via Ram Dass in 1972.   Hilda left her body in 1988 but I feel that I am in touch with her on almost a daily basis. Jed Schwartz lived in Hilda’s apartment for many years and is one of the people who oversees the Golden Quest which has published Hilda’s books and the website Talking to him about Hilda for almost an hour made this one of my favorite podcasts to record. I hope the vibes come across.

  • Ep. 23 - David Nichtern

    30/11/2016 Duración: 56min

    Danny sits down with author, musician, and teacher David Nichtern. David and Danny get into the content of David's new book, "Awakening from the Daydream," which reimagines the ancient Buddhist parables of the Wheel of Life and Samsara. David Nichtern breaks down the concept of the Wheel of Life in plain language. He and Danny explore this as well as the self and the interconnectedness of different practices.

  • Ep. 22 – Elliot Mintz

    03/11/2016 Duración: 01h05min

    This week, on Rock and Roles, Danny brings on entertainment industry veteran Elliot Mintz to discuss spiritual practice, the industry, and politics. Elliot Mintz shares how he found a balance between his inner life and career in the entertainment industry. As well as discussing some of those that has met in the industry, like Elliot, who are well along the spiritual path and working to use their celebrity to better the world.

  • Ep. 21 - Michael Des Barres

    12/10/2016 Duración: 42min

    Danny brings on rock artist and actor Michael Des Barres to talk about life, rock & roll, and philosophy. "You must own whatever persona you are going to choose, not let it own you" - Michael Des Barres

  • Ep. 20 – David Broza

    22/09/2016 Duración: 55min

    In this inspiring episode of Rock & Roles, Danny speaks with Israeli singer-songwriter and activist David Broza about his influential musical career and activism. As a young man, David’s recording of, “Yihye Tov”, became the anthem of the Israeli peace movement during the Israeli – Egyptian peace negotiations of 1978. David has since used his successful music career to bring attention to several humanitarian causes and promote peace in some of the places that need it most. His genuine pursuit of harmony and human connection has given David access to both sides of the conflict in the Gaza strip to spread his message of peace. “The role of the artist is to inspire the people that are not artists. To show them the light.” – David Broza Show Notes 00:25 – After a brief introduction, David shares the meaning behind his peace anthem, “Yihye Tov”. Danny goes over David’s recent work including a new documentary on Netflix, “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem“. 02:55 – David’s political activism was inspired by his par

  • Ep. 19 - Dr. Rachel Goldberg

    30/08/2016 Duración: 50min

    My sister Rachel has worked for years in bridging spiritual ideas with the more legalistic framework of most conflict resolution. She recently published an anthology which she also wrote for called “Faith and Practice in Conflict in Resolution : Toward a Multidimensional Approach.” Dr. Rachel Goldberg has been mediating for over 20 years, and her work and training background include practice in individual, organizational and multi-party interventions and research on how worldview and values affect practice, and best practices in environmental and inter-cultural conflict resolution. She is now focusing on designing and providing a new framework, Multidimensional practice, which integrates emotional, somatic, and spiritual intelligence with classic conflict resolution practice. She is an Assistant Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies at DePauw University, in Greencastle, IN. 

  • Ep. 18 – Pamela des Barres

    11/08/2016 Duración: 48min

    Pamela des Barres and Danny sit down together for a chat on the congruity of spirituality, writing, music, and Pamela’s reclaiming of the word “groupie.” Pamela des Barres Show Notes One of Danny’s oldest friends, Pamela is famous for her friendships with some of the most famous musicians of the sixties (i.e. Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Plant, etc.). Presently, she’s an author, writing coach, and leading “Rock Tours” around Los Angeles. 2:00 Pamela discusses her upcoming book, “Let it Bleed,” coming out in February 2017. She also shares how she came to lead women’s writing workshops over 16 years ago. 2:55 – Well known for loving Elvis and Jesus Christ. “The King and the King of Kings.” Rock n’ Roll isn’t incongruous with spirituality. Jesus and Elvis have always been inspiring figures for Pamela. Both were rebels, breaking down barriers, especially for men. “Jesus was the first rock god–carving his own path, reminding people of who they are, and getting in trouble for it. He was the first rebel for me

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