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Brian Johnson (L) and Angus Young of AC/DC in 2000. Johnson's first album with the group, 1980's Back In Black, is one of the best-selling albums of all time, despite never reaching No. 1 on the Billboard album chart.

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April 5, 2013 – What the career of the Australian classic rockers teaches us about the latest blockbuster album.

Standing before a crowd 250,000 strong, Mick Jagger opened The Rolling Stones' 1969 concert at London's Hyde Park by reading a Percy Bysshe Shelley poem in tribute to late guitarist Brian Jones.

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April 4, 2013 – The Stones last played the park in 1969, just two days after the death of the band's guitarist.


Violinist Bronislaw Huberman in a 1900 photo, taken when he was 18 years old.

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April 4, 2013 – The story of violinist BronisÅ‚aw Huberman and his heroic efforts inspired a new documentary film.

Bombino's new album is titled Nomad.

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April 2, 2013 – The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach adds sonic heft to the Tuareg guitar virtuoso's latest album.


In 2012, Mark Lanegan released the album Blues Funeral. Black Pudding, an album-length collaboration with guitarist and singer Duke Garwood, will come out in May.

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April 2, 2013 – Still best known as the singer for grunge-era group Screaming Trees, Mark Lanegan has stayed busy.

Neko Case has been recording her latest album at WaveLab Studio in Tucson, Ariz.

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April 2, 2013 – Morning Edition checks in with the singer-songwriter as she refinishes her first album since 2009.


Classically trained Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf plays a four-valved trumpet, an innovation he credits to his famous father.

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March 31, 2013 – Ibrahim Maalouf's four-valve trumpet plays "blue notes" common to jazz and Middle Eastern styles.


Phil Ramone in New York in 1997.

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March 30, 2013 – Phil Ramone made classic albums by Paul Simon and Bob Dylan by keeping his own work invisible.

Issue 16 of the original run of Crawdaddy!, from June 1968.

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March 30, 2013 – Paul Williams started the first American rock magazine as a college student in 1966.

Musician Jace Clayton, who also performs under the name DJ /rupture, says he fell in love with the work of little-known composer Julius Eastman.

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March 30, 2013 – Clayton's new album is a tribute to Julius Eastman, a singular composer who burned out too early.


Mary Lou Williams performs at the Cafe Society in New York in 1947.

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March 29, 2013 – Jazz musicians like Lil Armstrong, Carla Bley and Mary Lou Williams drove their own ensembles. WFIU

Comedown Machine, the fifth studio album by The Strokes.

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March 28, 2013 – The album cover for The Strokes' new Comedown Machine is meant to look like a 1970s tape-reel box.

This 1653 engraving by Rembrandt inspired composer Frank Martin to write his oratorio Golgotha in 1945.

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March 28, 2013 – Before Easter, hear five powerful and diverse musical portrayals of Jesus' last days.

Nkulee Dube's debut album is titled My Way.

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March 30, 2013 – Following the death of her iconic father, Nkulee Dube is African reggae's newest hope.


A still from the video for E-40's 1993 song "Practice Looking Hard," in which rappers like The Coup's Boots Riley (second from right) and Tupac (not pictured) also appeared.

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March 28, 2013 – Overlooked by the industry, Bay Area rappers followed two rules: Do it yourself, and be yourself.


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