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John Zorn

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...John Zorn is a record producer who is credited as either a composer, musician, or producer across hundreds of albums and across a wide variety of genres. Zorn was born on September 2, 1953, in New York, USA, and having been exposed to music...

John Trudell

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...John Trudell was a Native American political activist, poet, and musician. Trudell was born on February 15, 1946, in Nebraska, USA, to a Santee Sioux father and Mexican mother with similar native roots. Trudell’s youth was one of hardship...

Isabel Parra

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...Violeta Isabel Cereceda Parra is a folk guitarist and a member of the Parra family whose members have played, and continue to play, a significant part in the Chilean folk music scene. Isabel is the daughter of Violeta Parra, considered one...

Garth Brooks

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...The mixture of country and rock and roll used by Garth Brooks helped to propel him to the top of the country charts and return the idiom to popular music. Brooks was born in Oklahoma in 1962; his mother had been a recorded singer and she...

Victor Jara

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...The tragic career of Victor Jara positioned him as a martyr for the international community of politically active folk artists. Jara was born near Santiago, Chile in 1932 and worked on a farm with his family at the behest of his father...

Kid Ory

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...As a member of the early jazz scene in New Orleans, Kid Ory played a major role in bringing the art form to a mass audience. Born in La Place, Louisiana in 1886, Ory began as a banjo player but switched to trombone. This transition...
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...When the nueva canción movement became popular in Latin America, few artists combined political content and folk music forms as profoundly as Carlos Mejía Godoy. Godoy was born in 1943 in Nicaragua; his father was a popular musician...

Joy Division

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...Like many others in the late 1970s, Joy Division’s members were inspired to become a band after seeing the Sex Pistols. Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook saw the Pistols in July 1976 and began planning a band the next day. They added Ian Curtis...
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...Though Talking Heads is generally classified as post-punk or new wave, the band experimented with several genres. Talking Heads was critically acclaimed during the 1980s for their pioneering of new wave music as well as their clever lyrics....

King Oliver

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...As a composer, many of Joseph Nathan “King” Oliver’s pieces remained jazz standards long after his death. Born in Aben, Louisiana in 1885, Oliver and his family moved to New Orleans when he was young. Despite beginning as a trombonist...