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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Vintage Trouble: Rock 'N' Roll Finds Its Soul

Currently on tour as the opening act for The Who, the retro R&B outfit has experienced a remarkably swift rise since forming just two years ago.

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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

Assigned the task of picking a standout song from The Rolling Stones' catalog, the guitarist settled on one he helped compose: the disco-inflected "Dance (Pt. 1)."

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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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Charlie Watts On What Makes 'Satisfaction' So Satisfying

The Rolling Stones' drummer, now 71, says the 1965 hit "sums up the whole period" in the band's development.

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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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