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December 26, 2006 Hear a full concert by The Godfather of Soul, recorded live at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.

Interviews & Profiles

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March 31, 2012 A new biography examines the career of an unparalleled performer undone by drugs and violence.

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December 25, 2007 Music critic Robert Christgau was part of a conference on the Godfather of Soul.

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December 25, 2006 Saxophonist Maceo Parker began playing with James Brown's band back in the 1960s.

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December 25, 2006 "The hardest-working man in show business" had a string of hits and a legendary reputation.

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February 2, 2005 The 71-year-old singer is still touring despite prostate surgery in December; he has a new memoir.

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Discover Songs

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December 13, 2010 Get the All Songs Considered holiday music special a week early by subscribing to the podcast.

News

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July 11, 2008 The late soul singer's estate says Corbis violated his publicity rights by selling photos of him.

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May 4, 2007 Singer James Brown would have turned 74 yesterday.

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December 25, 2006 "The hardest-working man in show business" had a string of hits and a legendary reputation.

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April 5, 2005 The Library of Congress officially recognizes Nirvana and Public Enemy.

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John Leguizamo is currently touring on his one man show Ghetto Klown.

March 7, 2012 The performer shares his favorite songs and thoughts about being Latino in Hollywood today.

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December 21, 2010 Grab a blanket and curl up in front of the fire. It's time for the All Songs holiday special.

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October 16, 2008 Fans of the Godfather of Soul have generated loads of tributes to the man; hear some of the best.

The inimitable James Brown sings on stage at the Olympia theater, Paris, France.

July 29, 2000 The story behind the ground breaking hit from the Godfather of Soul, James Brown.

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Spoon

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Rodrigo y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Hear and watch exclusive performances from the guitar-playing Mexican duo.

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Bon Iver

Hear concerts and interviews with the atmospheric art-folk singer.

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Charles Mingus

Hear performances and profiles of the jazz innovator's work.

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Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

NPR Music explores the life and voice of the passionate Qawwali singer.

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Wye Oak

Exclusive performances from the pop duo from Baltimore.

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Music and news from the Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist and producer.

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