The Weekly Check-Up Atlanta

The Village Vets, John McMillian, Ph.D., Josh Jackson, DJ Jamad, and Shawn Vinson, Johnny Clash

Listen to a recording of the first hour of the show.

Listen to a recording of the second hour of the show.

This week, the Village Vets will join us in the first hour to discuss pet health during the holidays. Then, from 4 – 5 p.m., a panel of musical experts will stop by to talk about the iconic ‘60s rivalry between rock legends, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles and the upcoming Beatles vs. Stones show in Atlanta!

Josh Jackson, editor-in-chief of Paste magazine, DJ Jamad of Sirius Satellite Radio’s  “Afromentals,” Shawn Vinson, artist and lead bassist in the band Johnny Clash, and John McMillian, author of Beatles vs. Stones, will visit to discuss the greatest covers of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to date, the upcoming Beatles vs. Stones showdown, featuring 12 sensational bands, and the newest work by McMillian Beatles vs. Stones.

The Village Vets


It all began with the purchase of Cedar Village Animal Clinic on March 8, 2000, which later became The Village Vets of Lilburn-Stone Mountain.  Drs. Will Draper and Françoise Tyler, both 1991 graduates of Tuskegee University’s School of Veterinary Medicine (and married since 1993), opened The Village Vets of Decatur on March 26, 2001. The Village Vets is the result of their dreams come true.

The Village Vets is a full-service hospital, capable of handling most medical and surgical problems. 

The company provides a wide range of services such as preventative health care, dental care, surgery, boarding and grooming.  The hospital staff consists of well-trained and highly qualified personnel, who constantly strive to provide the best medical and surgical care possible for our patients.   They have been voted as metro-Atlanta’s "Best Vets" in the November 2012 edition of Atlanta magazine’s "Best of Atlanta" contest – their fifth consecutive honor in this publication.

To learn more about The Village Vets, visit

John McMillian, Ph.D., Beatles vs. Stones


John McMillian is an assistant professor of history at Georgia State University.

He studies twentieth century social movements, and he is especially interested in New Left and youth culture radicalism during the 1960s. He is the author of Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America and he is a founding co-editor of The Sixties: A Journal of History, Politics and Culture, which has been published by Routledge since 2008. John has also co-edited several scholarly anthologies, and he has contributed short essays and book reviews to the Washington PostThe NationThe Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Observer, the Boston Globe, the Believer, and elsewhere.

His latest work, Beatles vs. Stones (, examines the relationship between iconic 1960’s rockers The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. With the sophistication of a historian, the storytelling skills of a journalist, and the passion of a fan, John McMillian explores the multifaceted relationship between the two greatest bands of our time.

Josh Jackson, Paste magazine


Josh Jackson is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Paste magazine. Under his editorial leadership, Paste was named “Magazine of the Year” for three consecutive years by PLUG Awards. Paste has also been nominated for the “National Magazine Award for General Excellence” and was twice listed among the “50 Best Magazines” by The Chicago Tribune.

Jackson serves as a regular music and film critic for CNN Headline News and has written over 100 pieces for Paste. He currently serves on the board for Meet Justice, a non-profit combating human trafficking and child sexual exploitation, the Independent Magazines advisory board for the Magazine Publishers Association, and the Grady Alumni Board

Jackson will join us Sunday to discuss the ultimate cover songs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. To learn more about Josh Jackson, visit

DJ Jamad


DJ Jamad mixes old and new with classic and modern R&B, Soul, Hip-Hop, funk, techno, and ambient sounds. His creative ideology, persistence in finding new and exceptional artists, and dedication to creating a sound that has longevity sets him apart from other DJs.

DJ Jamad’s Afromentals "mixtape" series is a cult classic that attracts loyal listeners by the masses who are seeking an alternative to mainstream Hip-Hop, R&B and Pop. Only in DJ Jamad’s mixes can you hear Slum Village, Loose Ends, Jill Scott, Prince, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Schoolz of Thought, Marvin Gaye, Steely Dan, Journey, Train, Beyone, Cee Lo Green, Lady Gaga, and Adele, all transitioned masterfully.​

DJ Jamad will perform at the upcoming Beatles vs. Stones show in Atlanta with a dozen cover bands featuring classic hits from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. To learn more about DJ Jamad, visit

Shawn Vinson, Johnny Clash


Based in Atlanta, Shawn Vinson has been known as “the art guy” to his clients for more than 20 years. In addition to working as a professional art advisor, consultant, private dealer, and artistic agent, Vinson co-owned & directed theVINSONGALLERY on the Old Courthouse Square of Decatur from 1998-2008.

Shawn Vinson is also the bassist for Johnny Clash, a featured Rolling Stones cover band that will perform at the upcoming Beatles vs. Stones show in Atlanta. To learn more about Shawn Vinson, visit