Nick Hornby (right), the author of High Fidelity, provides the lyrical framework for Ben Folds' music on Lonely Avenue. Eamonn McCabe hide caption

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Opera singer Eric Owens stars as Alberich in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Das Rheingold. Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera hide caption

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Iran's Mohammad Reza Shajarian, a superstar of Persian classical music, walks onstage to perform with his son Homayoun and the Ava Ensemble to a largely Iranian audience at the Orpheum Theater in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2008. Heinz Ruckemann/UPI Photo / Landov hide caption

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Mavis Staples reflects on her father's death on her new album, You Are Not Alone. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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As a boy, Robert Plant marveled at the voices of Smokey Robinson and James Brown on the radio. Getty Images hide caption

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