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Guitar God Richard Thompson Plays 'Electric,' Acoustic
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Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band lived to play music. A new box set, Skydog, collects the legendary body of work he produced before his death in 1971. John Gellman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Duane Allman: Guitar Playing That 'Gets Inside Of You'
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Dave Grohl reunited with his old friend Butch Vig (at console), the producer of Nirvana's Nevermind, for the making of Sound City: Real to Reel. Sami Ansari/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Dave Grohl Finds Music's Human Element — In A Machine
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Cloud Cult's new album is titled Love. Cody York/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cloud Cult's 'Love' Channels A Life Tested By Loss
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Robyn Hitchcock's latest album is called Love from London. Michèle Noach/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Robyn Hitchcock: 'Rock 'N' Roll Is An Old Man's Game Now'
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Richard Thompson performs live at the All Things Considered studio. Claire O'Neill/NPR hide caption

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Richard Thompson: The Acoustics Behind 'Electric'
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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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Sun Studio 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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