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National Sawdust is aiming to be the kind of institution that can do what the Metropolitan Opera or the New York Philharmonic does for mainstream artists. Vicente Muñoz/National Sawdust hide caption

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Ex-Sawdust Factory Is Transformed Into A NYC Musical Venue

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The White Stripes officially broke up in 2011, but the band's presence is still felt in sports stadiums around the world thanks to the song "Seven Nation Army." Jessica Bindernagel/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Why 'Seven Nation Army' Is The One Jock Jam To Rule Them All

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'We Shall Overcome' Ruled Public Domain In Copyright Settlement

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Current And Former Guantanamo Bay Detainees Create 'Ode To The Sea' Art Exhibit

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Why Da Vinci's Last Privately Owned Painting Probably Won't End Up In A Museum

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Guggenheim Pulls Animal Art From Upcoming Chinese Exhibition

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Sentinel Awards Celebrate TV Depictions Of Health, Climate Change And Security

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Big Bird, Bowie And Muppets: Museum Of Moving Image Honors Jim Henson

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The complex soundscape of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was created under technological limitations that have since disappeared. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Sgt. Pepper's' At 50: Why The Beatles' Masterpiece Can't Be Replicated

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Gary Lucas Uses Film Music 'To Shed Light On Obscure Corners Of Culture'

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Lou Reed performs in Sweden in 1977. The musician's widow, Laurie Anderson, is donating his personal archive of recordings, photos and business records to the New York Public Library. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Lou Reed's Demos, Papers And Record Collection Soon To Be Public

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Prize-Winning Immigrant Artist Addresses Issues Of Identity Through Sculpture

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Trombonist and composer Jacob Garchik enlisted three guitarists and a drummer for his winding new concept album, Ye Olde. Peter Gannushkin/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Prog-Jazz Suite About Architecture? Jacob Garchik Does It All

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To create his album Tangier Sessions, Sir Richard Bishop had to learn to love a mysterious and temperamental acoustic guitar. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Guitar In The Window: How One Instrument Steered Sir Richard Bishop's Life

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