KCRW Presents Broken Record Live: Malcolm Gladwell in Conversation with Flea

KCRW Presents Broken Record Live: Malcolm Gladwell in Conversation with Flea

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 8PM, at the Palace Theatre

KCRW Member Pre-Sale: Today, October 8, at 10AM PDT
Public On-Sale: Wednesday, October 9, at 10AM PDT

SANTA MONICA, CA (October 8, 2019) – KCRW presents Broken Record Live featuring podcast host and bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell in conversation with Flea, co-founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and co-founder of The Silverlake Conservatory of Music, one-night only, Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 8PM, at the Palace Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles.

For the first-ever live version of the popular podcast, Malcolm Gladwell and Flea discuss his new memoir, Acid for the Children, to be released on November 5, 2019, by Grand Central Publishing. Malcolm and Flea will journey through the rock star’s childhood love of jazz, punk, and funk, what it was like working with Rick Rubin on the classic Red Hot Chilli Peppers albums of the ’90s and ’00s, how he became the signature rock bassist, and other riveting topics.

Tickets go on-sale to KCRW members today, Tuesday, October 8, at 10AM PDT with the public on-sale starting tomorrow, Wednesday, October 9, at 10AM PDT. A limited number of “Golden Circle” tickets will be available. “Golden Circle” tickets are the best seats in the house, and include a copy of Flea’s new memoir, Acid for the Children, as well as an opportunity to hang with Flea and Malcolm at a post-show meet and greet.

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KCRW Presents: Broken Record Live
Malcolm Gladwell in conversation with Flea
Wednesday, November 13, at 8PM

Palace Theatre
630 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014  

On Sale Dates:
Tuesday, October 8, at 10 AM PDT – Member Pre-sale (15% off for 24 hours, excluding “Golden Circle”)
Wednesday, October 9, at 10AM PDT – Public on-sale

Ticket prices:
$100 – “Golden Circle” includes the best seats in the house, a copy of Flea’s new memoir Acid for the Children, and a post-show meet & greet with Flea and Malcolm Gladwell
$39 – Floor and Mezzanine
$29 – Balcony

About Flea’s Acid for the Children
In his new book, Acid for the Children, Flea, the iconic bassist and co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, tells his fascinating origin story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you’d want from an LA street rat turned world famous rock star. Flea takes readers on a deeply personal and revealing tour of his formative years, spanning from Australia to the New York City suburbs to, finally, Los Angeles. Through hilarious anecdotes, poetical meditations, and occasional flights of fantasy, Flea deftly chronicles the experiences that forged him as an artist, a musician, and a young man. 

About Broken Record
Pushkin Industries’ popular music interview podcast, Broken Record, is hosted by legendary producer Rick Rubin, bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell, former New York Times editor Bruce Headlam, and former NPR producer Justin Richmond. Season three, which premiered October 1st, features brand-new, never-before-heard songs from some of today’s top artists, behind the scenes stories from the buzziest producers in music, and more revealing interviews with singer/songwriters. Season three’s line-up includes a wider array of musical artists and producers such as Jack White & The Raconteurs, Tyler the Creator, Yola, Rex OC, The Black Keys, Andre 3000, Brittany Howard, Jason Isbell, Richard Russell, Wyclef Jean, Kenny Beats, and more.

About Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell is a journalist, a speaker, and the author of five New York Times bestsellers including The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and David and Goliath. His latest book, Talking to Strangers, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. He is host of the chart-topping podcast Revisionist History and co-host of the popular music podcast, Broken Record. He has also been a staff writer for the New Yorker since 1996 and has been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People. He is a trustee of the Surgo Foundation and currently serves on the board of the RAND Corporation. Along with Jacob Weisberg, he is co-founder of Pushkin Industries, an audio content production company. 

About KCRW
KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. We are driven by the spirit of LA and deliver in innovative ways — on the radio, digitally and in person — to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world. A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Berlin, Germany, and worldwide via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, or online at

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