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Rock Producer Todd Rundgren

Glenn Gass interviews rocker-producer Todd Rundgren and plays samples of his music.

Todd Rundgren in dark sunglasses, long black hair, looking at the camera

Photo: Scott Witzke/WTIU

Todd Rundgren

A musician’s lifestyle is unusual in ways that people probably don’t think about. They probably only think about what the upside might be—the attention, the ability to play music, the lifestyle I suppose. I got into the music business because I was a musician, not because I wanted to be a celebrity.

Todd Rundgren, the music producer known for his songs “Hello, It’s Me,” “Bang the Drum All Day” and “I Saw the Light,” was the Class of 1963 Wells Scholars Professor at Indiana University Bloomington this past fall.

Rundgren was the highest paid rock producer of the 1970s, producing bands that ranged from the New York Dolls, The Band and Patti Smith, to Meat Loaf, Hall & Oates, and Cheap Trick.

Always a fan of technology, he made his music available through online downloads about a decade before the advent of iTunes.

Music Heard On This Episode

Something/Anything?
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Something/Anything?
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Utopia
Todd Rundgren
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Initiation
Todd Rundgren
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Healing
Todd Rundgren
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A Wizard, A True Star
Todd Rundgren
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Swing to the Right
Todd Rundgren
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Liars
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  • Claudia

    Thanks, Glenn. I saw Todd at the Indiana State Fair eons ago–sorry guys–and have been enjoying his music since then. Nice interview my friend.

  • Joe

    great interveiw.todd is in a class by himself..can't think of any other artist who has had such a diverse carrer.

  • Cheryl

    Wonderful! A fabulous addition to the fun of Todd’s October visit to I.U. Todd is amazing in his generosity of time with fans and sharing personal stories. Thanks to Glenn Gass for giving “the longtime loyal fans” another tasty tidbit. We are lucky to have Glenn bringing artists like Todd to Bloomington. Don’t delay! See Todd live in concert for an amazing musical experience.

  • Jayjiles

    hey i have some talent for u its band i happened to know and their really good their names are blank pages my name is Jay Jiles please if you get some free  time please look me up on face book type in jay jiles this band is really good thanks and have a good day 

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