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Terry Lewis

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...Best known for his production work with partner Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis revolutionized popular R & B through the 1980s and 1990s. Born in Nebraska in 1956, Lewis attended college in Minneapolis, where he met Jimmy Jam and formed Flyte Time...
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...In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the visual and aural aesthetic of Missy Elliot pushed dance-oriented hip-hop in a radical new direction. Elliot was born in Virginia in 1971; her family was active in local church choirs and she developed...

Prince

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...With his flamboyant presence and pioneering of R & B and funk pop music, Prince (briefly known as “The Artist Formerly Known As Prince” during the 1990s) was one of the biggest innovators of music during the 1970s and 1980s, on par...

Prince's Sign ‘O’ the Times

Michaelangelo Matos

Michaelangelo Matos was born and raised in Minneapolis. A former staff writer at Seattle Weekly, he has written extensively for Minneapolis/St. Paul’s City Pages, Village Voice, Spin, Nerve.com, Time Out New York, Urb, Stereo-Type, Chicago Reader, Baltimore City Paper, and Creative Loafing Atlanta. He currently lives in Seattle. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2004

33 1/3 Books

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...One of the greatest double albums of the vinyl era, Sign ‘O’ the Times shows Prince at his peak. Here, Michaelangelo Matos tells the story of how it emerged from an extraordinary period of creativity to become one of the landmark recordings...

Ms Dynamite

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...The British rapper and producer Ms. Dynamite emerged from the country’s underground electronic music scene to become an award-winning musician. Born in London in 1981, Niomi Arleen Daley’s father came from Jamaica and introduced her...

Tina Turner

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...Although retired, Tina Turner is still one of the most successful international female rock stars, renowned for her high-energy live performances. Turner has also made occasional film appearances, for example, in Tommy (1975), which...

Che Fu

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...Born into a politically active Rastafarian family in Auckland, New Zealand in 1974, Che-Fu’s career hinged on the ability to combine global hip-hop sounds with regional Pasifika music. He was born Che Ness to a Maori mother and Niuean...
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...Few artists have had as measurable an impact on the landscape of millennial popular music and culture as Beyoncé. Born in Houston in 1981, Beyoncé’s musical talent was noticed by an early dance instructor. At seven, she won against older...

Michael Jackson's Dangerous

Susan Fast

Susan Fast is Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University, Canada. Her research interests include representations of gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, constructions of self and other, performance and performativity, and geopolitical violence/conflict in contemporary popular music. She is author of In the Houses of the Holy: Led Zeppelin and the Power of Rock Music. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

33 1/3 Books

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...Dangerous is Michael Jackson’s coming of age album. Granted, that’s a bold claim to make given that many think his best work lay behind him by the time this record was made. It offers Jackson on a threshold, at long last embracing...

Snoop Dogg

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...Snoop Dogg is a prolific American rapper and hip-hop artist and producer, but he has also expanded his career into producing and starring in films as well as making occasional appearances on TV. He is known for frequently collaborating...