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January 27, 2012 – Fresh Air remembers the singer with excerpts from a 1994 interview about her lengthy career.

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Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails.

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December 19, 2011 – The Nine Inch Nails singer composed the score for a new version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

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Joe Henry's new album, Reverie, features all-acoustic performances from his basement.

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November 10, 2011 – The producer and singer-songwriter's 12th album emerged from a three-day jam session at home.

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Tom Waits.

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October 31, 2011 – On his new 20th album Bad As Me, Waits reflects on loneliness, life, death and heartbreak.

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Nick Lowe

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The Harrow and the Harvest is the first new album from Gillian Welch and David Rawlings since 2003.

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July 18, 2011 – Welch and Rawlings perform an in-studio concert featuring several songs from their new album.

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The Beastie Boys, present-day.

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May 6, 2011 – In a 2006 interview, The Beastie Boys discuss their quarter-century in the hip-hop world.

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James Levine

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May 4, 2011 – The maestro reflects on his 40-year tenure with the Metropolitan Opera.

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PJ Harvey

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February 15, 2011 – The singer's eighth album, Let England Shake, is a mournful elegy about the brutality of combat.

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The Black Keys.

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January 31, 2011 – The band joins Terry Gross for a discussion of its album Brothers and the notion of "selling out."

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Green Day: Mike Dirnt, Tre Cool, Billie Joe Armstrong

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January 14, 2011 – The frontman for the pop-punk band Green Day talks about his surprisingly diverse musical career.

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Marc Ribot

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January 5, 2011 – The guitarist and composer's newest album, Silent Movies, pays homage to film scores.

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Keith Richards

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December 27, 2010 – The legendary rock guitarist opens up about his music and his relationship with Mick Jagger.

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Brian May

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December 27, 2010 – The guitarist explains why he got a Ph.D. in astrophysics after leaving the best-selling band Queen.

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Jon Bon Jovi

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November 26, 2010 – In 2009, the singer joined Terry Gross for a conversation about his band's album, The Circle.

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