The singer Skin of Skunk Anansie performs at Brixton Academy in London last month. She wrote the foreword to Laina Dawes' What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman's Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal. Simone Joyner/Redferns via Getty Images hide caption

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In Bernie, Jack Black plays a small-town mortician who murders his live-in companion after she won't stop nagging him. The movie is based on a true story. Deana Newcomb/Wind Dancer Films hide caption

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"Rose Tattoo," by the Irish punk band Dropkick Murphys, memorializes the grandfather of singer and bassist Ken Casey (left of center, at table). Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Beck's newest album, Song Reader, is a collection of sheet music intended to be arranged and recorded by his fans. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rod Stewart is a Grammy-winning artist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. He has two new releases this fall: the memoir Rod and the holiday album Merry Christmas, Baby. Penny Lancaster/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Los Straitjackets' members rehearse in NPR's Studio 4A. Christopher Parks/NPR hide caption

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The $100 guitar proves once again that it's not just the instrument, it's what you do with it. Courtesy of The $100 Guitar Project hide caption

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Ian MacKaye, co-founder of Dischord Records and the bands Fugazi and Minor Threat, and Amy Farina, formerly of The Warmers, form The Evens. Their third album together is called The Odds. Charles Previtire/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In 1994, a cover by the late Jeff Buckley helped save "Hallelujah" from musical obscurity. hide caption

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Joe Smith poses with Rod Stewart, circa 1974. The former record executive conducted informal interviews with dozens of musicians in the mid-1980s. Jeff Smith hide caption

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Mick Jagger says "Gimme Shelter" is about a "world closing in on you." Carl de Souza/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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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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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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Music From Another Dimension!, Aerosmith's first studio album in over a decade, is out Nov. 6. Left to right: Joey Kramer, Brad Whitford, Joe Perry, Steven Tyler and Tom Hamilton. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The iconic cover of The Beatles' Abbey Road. Album cover hide caption

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