Johnny Marr's new solo album is called The Messenger. Jon Shard/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Johnny Marr On Quitting School, Moving To Portland And Wearing Capes
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John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, pictured above in January 1970, are the subjects of Jonathan Cott's new book Days That I'll Remember. Cott met Lennon in 1968 and was friends with the couple. Anthony Cox/Getty Images hide caption

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Days With John And Yoko: A Writer Remembers
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Trey Anastasio On World Cafe
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At age 76, musician Kris Kristofferson is still writing songs. His new album is called Feeling Mortal. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kris Kristofferson On Writing For — And Outliving — His Idols
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Ron Sexsmith's new album, Forever Endeavour, comes out Feb. 5. Michael D'Amico/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ron Sexsmith: At Midlife, A Songwriter Ponders Mortality
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Thom Yorke of Atoms For Peace. Not pictured from the band: Nigel Godrich, Flea, Mauro Refosco and Joey Waronker. Eliot Lee Hazel hide caption

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Listen: Thom Yorke on 'Amok'
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Trixie Whitley first emerged several years ago as the lead singer of the Daniel Lanois project Black Dub. Her debut as a solo artist is called Fourth Corner. /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Trixie Whitley: Songs For A Charmed — And Checkered — Life
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Adam Ant's first album in 17 years, Adam Ant is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter, is an ersatz musical memoir. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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After 17 Years, Adam Ant Transforms Again
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Sean Lennon in the studio, during production of the Alter Egos soundtrack. Jordan Galland/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For Sean Lennon, Music Is Not A Solo Act
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Big Star And Ardent Music On World Cafe
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Christopher Owens' first solo album is called Lysandre. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Out Of A Cult, Into The World: Owens' Transformation
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Scott Walker On World Cafe
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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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The 'Life And Liberation' Of A Black Female Metal Fan
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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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Jack Black: On Music, Mayhem And Murder
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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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Dropkick Murphys: A 'Rose Tattoo' Tells A Life Story
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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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Beck Explains 'Song Reader,' An Album Fans Perform Themselves
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The Cash family house today. Michael Hibblen hide caption

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Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Tells The Story Of A Town
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Perfume Genius: A 'Creepy, Beautiful Mix'
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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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Rod Stewart: Big Dreams, Bigger Hair
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Los Straitjackets' members rehearse in NPR's Studio 4A. Christopher Parks/NPR hide caption

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For One Day, NPR Gets A House Band: Los Straitjackets
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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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A $100 Guitar Makes A 30,000-Mile Odyssey
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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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The Evens: The Power Of Turning Down The Volume
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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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Dozens Of Covers Later, 'Hallelujah' Endures
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