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Lester Young

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...Nicknamed “Prez” by his close friend Billie Holiday, Lester Young was a jazz saxophonist. He is considered to be one of the most important saxophonists of all time, next to Coleman Hawkins and John Coltrane. Born on August 27, 1909...
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...Based in Wales, UK, the Young Marble Giants was a post-punk band that, because of their sound’s clear contrast to the punk genre, can arguably be considered to have inspired the later new wave and indie music movements. Guitarist...

Yoko Kanno

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...Yôko Kanno is a Japanese composer who is well known for her involvement in anime productions. It is reported that she sometimes sings her own compositions under the pseudonym “Gabriella Robin,” though she has also released albums under her...
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...Born Hector Roberto Chavero on January 31, 1908, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Yupanqui was a composer, singer, and songwriter with native South American ancestry from which he drew inspiration (as well as his pseudonym and stage name) in his...
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...Noted for launching the careers of three of rock music’s most famous guitarists Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck, The Yardbirds were a British rock band in the 1960s. They made their beginnings in the blues before evolving to more...

Yello

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...Yello is a Switzerland-based electronic music duo, consisting of arranger and composer Boris Blank, and millionaire and vocalist Dieter Meier. Yello is famous for their single “Oh Yeah,” which has been used in American movies such as Ferris...

Yothu Yindi

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...Yothu Yindi is an Australian musical group with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal members. Its name may be translated as “child and mother,” supposedly chosen to emphasize the band’s cultural and musical combination. Yothu Yindi is known...

Neil Young

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...Neil Young is a prolific folk rock guitarist and singer-songwriter. Aside from his solo pursuits, he is also known as part of the band Buffalo Springfield and as the fourth member of the group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Young was born...

Young Marble Giants' Colossal Youth

Michael Blair

Michael Blair grew up in St. Louis and lives in New York. He works at BOMB Magazine and is a founding member of the Hi Fi Snock Uptown collective. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Joe Bucciero

Joe Bucciero is a writer born in Chicago and based in New York. He helps edit the music zine AdHoc and the journal Blank Forms, and has written for the Quietus, the Brooklyn Rail, Los Angeles Review of Books, and others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

33 1/3 Books

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...Welsh post-punk band Young Marble Giants released one LP in 1980 and then, like their vanishing portraits on the album’s cover, disappeared. Even though Colossal Youth received positive reviews and sold surprisingly well, Young Marble...
...I wanted to put my hand to an enormous pean which would unite my vision of America with words spilled out in the modern spontaneous method.I knew that they [the Beats] were there, but I didn’t know how much they were listening...