Asad Ali, 63, was unemployed for four years when Pakistan banned live music in 1977. He now plays the guitar for Sachal Studios Orchestra around the globe and in his hometown, Lahore. Courtesy of Mobeen Ansari hide caption

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"In the metal community, there's a fascination with the tangible aspect of things," says Albert Mudrian, editor of metal magazine Decibel. Bruno Guerreiro /Courtesy of Decibel hide caption

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Superchunk frontman and Merge Records co-founder Mac McCaughan (left) will put out his first album under his own name next month. Katie Crutchfield just put out her third album as Waxahatchee on Merge. Lissa Gotwals/Jesse Riggins/Courtesy of Merge Records hide caption

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Ralph Sharon, who performed with Tony Bennett for over 40 years, plays in his hometown of Boulder, Colo. in 2010. Scott D. Smith/Retna/Corbis hide caption

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