Joe Smith poses with Rod Stewart, circa 1974. The former record executive conducted informal interviews with dozens of musicians in the mid-1980s. Jeff Smith hide caption

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A Trove Of Chats With Music Icons, Now Online

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Joe Hill Louis, B.B. King and Rufus Thomas appear on a new multi-disc compilation of electric blues, Plug It In! Turn It Up! Bear Family Records hide caption

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Turning Up The Volume On The Electric Blues

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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Stefano Giovannini hide caption

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Jon Spencer Blues Explosion On World Cafe

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The Albums We Missed This Year

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Tracey Thorn's album Tinsel and Lights was released Oct. 30. Edward Bishop/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tinsel and Lights

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Ben Folds Five On World Cafe

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