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"With all the compassion in my heart, I just want to say to white people sampling others' music: what you're engaging in is colonialism," Merrill Garbus says. "Name it for what it is." Eliot Lee Hazel/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Turning The Tables: Forever 27 Club

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How Jim Burns Transformed American Pop Music

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Damon Krukowski's book, The New Analog, and podcast, Ways of Hearing, explore the ways digital culture has changed how music is both heard and made. Naomi Yang/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rainbow, Kesha's first album since the start of her legal battle with former producer Dr. Luke in 2016 after she accused him of sexual and emotional abuse, is a document of an artist taking reclaiming her story. Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images hide caption

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World Cafe Nashville: Penny & Sparrow

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World Cafe Nashville: Emily West

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World Cafe Nashville: Willie Watson

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The Old Taylor's Not Dead

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