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...As an Israeli singer and songwriter whose career spanned over fifty years, Arik Einstein’s music was interconnected with a series of major political and social events in the region. Born in 1913 in Tel Aviv, then within the British Mandate...
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...The indie group Belle and Sebastian emerged from relative obscurity in Scotland to become critically acclaimed and a staple of dorm room listening parties on either side of the Atlantic. Stuart Murdoch and Stuart David formed the group...

Big Star

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...During their initial run from 1971 through 1975, Big Star developed a contemporary cult following and initiated a style of performance that predicted the rise of alternative rock in the 1980s and 1990s. Big Star was formed in Memphis...
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...Within the global jazz community, Milton Nascimento’s career has served as reminder of the potential creativity and innovation that can occur within disasporic spaces. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1942, Nascimento’s mother was a maid...

Buddy Holly

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...He was one of rock’s first icons, but Buddy Holly’s career was cut short by the 1959 plane crash that killed him, Richie Valens, the Big Bopper, and others. Born in Lubbock, Texas, Holly came from a musical family and performed with his...

Brian Wilson

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...Brian Douglas Wilson is a singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer, known for cofounding The Beach Boys. Wilson is also the first pop artist credited for writing, arranging, producing, and performing his own material. He is thus...
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...The Washington-based group Beat Happening emerged from a local DIY scene and used its music as an aesthetic commentary on mainstream music. When the group originated at Evergreen College in Olympia in 1983, Calvin Johnson, Heather Lewis...
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...The American singer-songwriter and actor Harry Belafonte came to prominence during the folk boom of the 1950s and 1960s, and he emerged as an outspoken activist on myriad social issues. Belafonte was born in Harlem, New York City in 1927...
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...One of the best-known French performers, Maurice Chevalier achieved transatlantic success as an actor and singer. Born in Paris in 1888, Chevalier worked odd jobs until he was discovered singing in a café in 1901. During World War I...
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...Best known for his career-making time with the Beatles, George Harrison—known as the “quiet” Beatle—established himself after the band’s breakup as an innovative solo artist. Born in 1943 in Liverpool, Harrison was raised in a working-class...