Clockwise from top left: DJ Kool Herc, Patti Smith, the Fania All-Stars, Talking Heads at CBGB, Laurie Anderson and her viophonograph. From 'Love Goes to Buildings on Fire'/Courtesy of Cindy Campbell, Columbia Records, Fania Records, Robert Spencer, Laurie Anderson hide caption

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When New York Was 'On Fire': A Mid-'70s Musical Revolution

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Steve Reich At 80: The Phases Of A Lifetime In Music

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Four Organs by Steve Reich was performed Tuesday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of the 50th anniversary of the Nonesuch label (from left: Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, David Cossin, Timo Andres and Steve Reich). Stephanie Berger hide caption

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Members of ACME (violinists Caroline Shaw and Ben Russell, violist Nadia Sirota and cellist Clarice Jensen) dug into Steve Reich's Different Trains to open their performance, recorded live on Sept. 11, 2012. AJ Wilhelm for NPR hide caption

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ACME In Concert: Steve Reich's Complete String Quartets

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Some of the 200 guitarists who took part in Rhys Chatham's A Crimson Grail at Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Festival in August 2009. YouTube hide caption

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Steve Reich: 'Music for 18 (Cornfed) Musicians'

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Hear An Excerpt Of Steve Reich's 'Double Sextet'

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Beauty Amid the Discord: Music in the 20th Century

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Steve Reich at 70

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New York Fetes Composer Steve Reich at 70

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So Percussion, Playing Pipes Bought for A Song

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Steve Reich: A Wild Compositional Ride

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