December 31, 2002 Opera latecomer Vivica Genaux builds a reputation by singing music originally performed by castrated men. The New York Times names her solo debut CD — composed of the "greatest hits" of famed 18th-century castrato Carlo Broschi — one the year's best vocal recordings. David D'Arcy profiles Genaux.
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December 27, 2002 He came to fame late in life when his music was featured on the triple-platinum soundtrack of the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Stanley sings and plays banjo. He won two Grammys this year for his performance of "O Death" on the O Brother record. At age 75, Stanley has just released a self-titled CD and continues to tour. He's recorded more than 170 albums in total, and has been performing continuously since 1946. This interview first aired July 15, 2002.
December 27, 2002 Blues legend B.B. King is still on the road. It's no surprise, really. The 77-year-old guitarist been toured nearly non-stop for more than half a century and he's still playing more than 200 events a year. NPR's Tom Cole offers a profile.
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December 25, 2002 Tavis Smiley interviews Clarence Fountain and Jimmy Carter, two of the Blind Boys of Alabama, about their CD Higher Ground.
December 25, 2002 They have collaborated on the CD box set, Frank Sinatra in Hollywood (1940-1964) which collects Sinatra's film recordings — many of them rare. Granata is a Sinatra historian and author of Sessions with Sinatra: Frank Sinatra and the Art of Recording.
December 23, 2002 Joe Strummer, singer, guitarist and songwriter for the highly influential British punk rock band The Clash, died Sunday at the age of 50. The Clash is commonly credited with adding a more political and musical dimension to the 70s and 80s punk rock movement.
December 23, 2002 British punk rocker and The Clash frontman Joe Strummer dies at his farmhouse at age 50. Strummer came of age in a hard-living milieu where people died young, but no one expected it in his case. NPR's Neda Ulaby reports.
December 23, 2002 He got his start with the seventies rock group Roxy Music. He has a solo career now. His most recent album is "Frantic." For more info, go to www.bryanferry.com. [This interview continues into the second half of the show.]
December 10, 2002 He is a national icon in Brazil. Along with Gilberto Gil, Veloso created the provocative "Tropicalismo" movement which combined the richness of Brazil's musical past with 1960s rock 'n' roll, surrealism, and dada -– in reaction to the military junta in 1964. Veloso and Gil were jailed and exiled for their efforts. Veloso's memoir Tropical Truth a Story of Music & Revolution in Brazil (first published in 1997) is now translated and published in the United States (Knopf).
December 8, 2002 NPR's Fred Child profiles Brazilian singer, songwriter and legendary political activist Caetano Veloso. His autobiography Tropical Truth has just been released, as has a new 2-CD set, Live in Bahia.
December 5, 2002 Rock historian Ed Ward remembers the band The Lovin' Spoonful.
December 2, 2002 Host Tavis Smiley talks with Tony award-winning singer and actress Heather Headley, about her new album, This Is Who I Am.
December 1, 2002 Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet sets out to record the complete solo piano works of French composer Erik Satie. The first disc in the project, The Magic of Satie, is now available. The musician talks with NPR's Liane Hansen.
November 30, 2002 James McMurtry's sixth album, Saint Mary of the Woods, has a lot in common with his previous work — depressed characters leading sad or lonely lives populate his songs. McMurtry thinks that writing about unhappy people is more interesting, so he's not changing his tune. NPR's Steve Inskeep speaks with McMurtry about his career and the song "Choctaw Bingo," off the new album. Saint Mary of the Woods is released by Sugarhill Records. (8:45)
November 30, 2002 Scott Simon talks with Panamanian singer-songwriter Ruben Blades about his new album, Mundo, which melds Celtic, Middle Eastern, African, Afro-Cuban, flamenco and jazz music. Blades is also a stage and film actor and was a candidate for president in Panama in 1994.
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