As a young classical composer, Missy Mazzoli borrows music and business strategies from the indie rock world. Stephen Taylor hide caption

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Missy Mazzoli: A New Opera And New Attitude For Classical Music
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The Key To Zen For Tony Bennett: 'Life Is A Gift'
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An autographed portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Beethoven's Famous 4 Notes: Truly Revolutionary Music
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40 Years Since Marvin Gaye's Forgotten Classic
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King Animal is Soundgarden's first studio album in 15 years. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Armed With Age And Experience, Soundgarden Returns
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Willie Nelson has recorded more than 100 albums and was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. David McClister/Courtesy of William Morrow hide caption

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Willie Nelson: Road Rules And Deep Thoughts
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DJ Shadow's latest release is the career-spanning, limited-edition box set Reconstructed. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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DJ Shadow On Sampling As A 'Collage Of Mistakes'
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Vintage Trouble recently reissued its 2010 debut, The Bomb Shelter Sessions. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Vintage Trouble: Rock 'N' Roll Finds Its Soul
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Mick Jagger says "Gimme Shelter" is about a "world closing in on you." Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mick Jagger On The Apocalyptic 'Gimme Shelter'
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Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood says 1980's "Dance (Pt. 1)," which he helped write, was designed to get people moving. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images hide caption

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Ron Wood's Funky Contribution To The Stones Canon
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Ambient music composer William Basinski says the four-volume work, now a box set, saved his life. James Elaine hide caption

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From coffeehouses to punk clubs, Matt Haimovitz has played his cello in some surprising places. Steph Mackinnon hide caption

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From Schubert To Hendrix: Guest DJ Matt Haimovitz
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Charlie Watts says "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," The Rolling Stones' 1965 hit, "sums up the whole period" in the band's development. Pierre Verdy/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Charlie Watts On What Makes 'Satisfaction' So Satisfying
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Guitarist and songwriter Keith Richards calls "Street Fighting Man" one of his favorite Rolling Stones songs. MJ Kim/Getty Images hide caption

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Keith Richards: 'These Riffs Were Built To Last A Lifetime'
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Legendary guitarist and songwriter Pete Townshend composed rock operas like Tommy and Quadrophenia, and helped define rock music for generations. Ross Halfin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Who I Am': The Public And Private Pete Townshend
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