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More Than This: The 'Complete' Roxy Music

Ed Ward connects the dots of the British band's eight studio albums, which were just collected in a box set.

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Out Of Industrial Wasteland, The English Beat Was Born

Ed Ward reviews the reissued catalog from the multiracial, multi-generational ska band.

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Harmony, Teenagers And 'The Complete Story Of Doo-Wop'

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Street Corner Symphonies is a 15-volume year-by-year survey of doo-wop by scholar Bill Dahl.

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