August 12, 1998 David McGuffin reports that the Rolling Stones is performing for the first time in Moscow. Thousand of screaming fans brave the rain for last night''s concert.
August 3, 1998 NPR's Dean Olsher has an appreciation of composer Alfred Schnittke, one of the former Soviet Union's most prolific composers, who died today in Hamburg at the age of 63. He was known as a creator of "polystylism," or mixture of musical forms, and his music was spurned in his homeland at the beginning of his career. By the 1980s, he had won over Soviet cultural authorities and critics worldwide. Schnittke's long list of compositions includes five symphonies, a piano concerto, four violin concertos, five concerto grossos, two concertos each for viola and cello, two oratorios, six ballets, numerous choral, chamber, and instrumental pieces, and arrangements of works by Shostakovich, Berg, Scott Joplin, and others.
July 25, 1998 Last year, critics called the English pop scene hip and groovy. But now, a leading British music magazine says music in the country is passe. NPR"s Matthew Cowan investigates the fickle trends of British bands.
March 11, 1997 The rapper known as Notorious BIG was killed over the weekend, just six months after the shooting death of rapper Tupac Shakur.
September 23, 1996 Called the "Hip-Hop Day of Atonement", the Nation of Islam organized a service yesterday in response to the death of rapper Tupac Shakur. It was meant for rap fans and artists "to atone for the self-destructive, genocidal lifestyle" that killed Shakur.
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