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Paul Robeson

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...Paul Leroy Robeson was an African American singer, actor, and civil rights activist. His activism, as well as his leftist ideologies, is arguably considered to have ruined his American career, though he has remained popular in Europe...
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...The sound of R & B/soul music in the late 1960s would have been completely different if not for the career of Aretha Franklin. Aretha was born in Memphis, Tennessee. Her father was C. L. Franklin (a civil rights activist and preacher...
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...In the early 1970s, the Modern Lovers infused Boston’s nascent proto-punk, hard blues-rock scene with a geographic authenticity that made them, and their leader Jonathan Richman, one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Richman, born in Natick,...

Johnny Cash

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...Few artists embody their chosen form to the degree of Johnny Cash. Born in Arkansas in 1932, Cash began singing with his family while working in their farm’s cotton fields. In 1944, Cash’s brother died in a table saw accident and,...

Hole

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...Though best known for its lead singer Courtney Love’s behavior and relationship with Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain, Hole paved the way for female-led bands in the grunge era. Love had been living a nomadic lifestyle on the West Coast...
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...Little Richard is a musician and singer-songwriter. As the self-proclaimed “Architect of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” he has been an influential figure in popular music since the start of his career. Little Richard was born Richard Wayne Penniman...

Joan Baez

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...Through the folk vogue of the late 1950s and early 1960s, few artists emerged as dedicated and talented as Joan Baez. Baez was born in New York in 1941 to a middle-class family that converted to Quakerism when she was young. Baez graduated...

Geto Boys

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...Within the gangsta rap vogue of the 1990s, the Geto Boys stand in a special cohort. From Houston, Texas, the group was originally formed as the Ghetto Boys in 1986 and released one album, 1988’s Making Trouble, before breaking up...
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...Django Reinhardt was a Belgian jazz guitarist and composer, considered to be the first and most significant jazz talent in European history. Reinhardt was born on January 23, 1910, in Liberchies, Belgium, to Romani-French gypsy parents...

Pacho Galán

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...The Colombian composer Pacho Galán was responsible for multiple rhythmic and compositional innovations within orchestral music in Colombia specifically and Latin America generally. Born in 1906, Galán worked at a young age as a delivery boy...