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Interviews & Profiles

Donn Summer on the cover for the 1997 album Once Upon a Time.

November 4, 2003 She's written a new memoir about life in the disco spotlight called Ordinary Girl.

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News

Public Enemy on stage in 1988. The group will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame Thursday.

April 18, 2013 As the Rock Hall inducts its newest class, Vijay Iyer explains how Public Enemy shaped his music.

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"Queen of Disco" Donna Summer performs in 1979. (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

May 17, 2012 On hits like "Love to Love You Baby" and "Bad Girls," Summer's attention to detail made her a star.

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Disco singer Donna Summer singing on stage around 1975.

May 17, 2012 In years following Vietnam, people wanted to dance and Donna Summer provided a soundtrack.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Chaka Khan onstage in London in 1985.

September 28, 2011 Hear our favorite song by each of the 15 performers up for induction in 2012.

Reviews

Donna Summer.

May 17, 2012 Summer was the Queen of Disco, but "She Works Hard for the Money" is a working-class pop anthem.

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May 17, 2012 Donna Summer has died. She once told NPR she'd perform her hit, "Last Dance," until the very end.

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Gillian Welch

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Spoon

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

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Bon Iver

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Charles Mingus

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Emerson String Quartet

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

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Wye Oak

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M.I.A.

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Arcade Fire

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