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  1. In It for the Long Run
    Inspired by the Hank Williams and Leadbelly recordings he heard as a teenager growing up outside of Boston, Jim Rooney began a musical journey that intersected with some of the biggest names in American music including Bob Dylan,... Learn More
    Published: 14th February 2014
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  2. Bird
    Saxophone virtuoso Charlie "Bird" Parker began playing professionally in his early teens, became a heroin addict at 16, changed the course of music, and then died when only 34 years old. His friend Robert Reisner observed,... Learn More
    Published: 23rd August 2013
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  3. The Beautiful Music All Around Us
      The Beautiful Music All Around Us presents the extraordinarily rich backstories of thirteen performances captured on Library of Congress field recordings between 1934 and 1942 in locations reaching from Southern Appalachia... Learn More
    Published: 10th August 2012
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  4. Just One of the Boys
    Female-to-male crossdressing became all the rage in the variety shows of nineteenth century America, and began as the domain of mature actresses who desired to extend their careers. These women engaged in the kinds of raucous... Learn More
    Published: 30th December 2017
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  5. George Szell's Reign
    George Szell was the Cleveland Orchestra's towering presence for over a quarter of a century. From the boardroom to the stage, Szell's powerful personality affected every aspect of a musical institution he reshaped in his own... Learn More
    Published: 15th October 2017
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  6. Libby Larsen
    Libby Larsen has composed award-winning music performed around the world. Her works range from chamber pieces and song cycles to operas to large-scale works for orchestra and chorus. At the same time, she has advocated for living... Learn More
    Published: 15th August 2017
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  7. Don't Give Your Heart to a Rambler
    As charismatic and gifted as he was volatile, Jimmy Martin recorded dozens of bluegrass classics and co-invented the high lonesome sound. Barbara Martin Stephens became involved with the King of Bluegrass at age seventeen. Don't... Learn More
    Published: 30th July 2017
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  8. Charles Ives's Concord
    In 1921, insurance executive Charles Ives sent out copies of a piano sonata to two hundred strangers. Laden with dissonant chords, complex rhythm, and a seemingly chaotic structure, the so-called Concord Sonata confounded the... Learn More
    Published: 16th May 2017
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  9. Peggy Seeger
    Born into folk music's first family, Peggy Seeger has blazed her own trail artistically and personally. Jean Freedman draws on a wealth of research and conversations with Seeger to tell the life story of one of music's most charismatic... Learn More
    Published: 3rd February 2017
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  10. The Elocutionists
    Emerging in the 1850s, elocutionists recited poetry or drama with music to create a new type of performance. The genre--dominated by women--achieved remarkable popularity. Yet the elocutionists and their art fell into total obscurity... Learn More
    Published: 19th January 2017
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  11. Chinatown Opera Theater in North America
    The Chinatown opera house provided Chinese immigrants with an essential source of entertainment during the pre “World War II era. But its stories of loyalty, obligation, passion, and duty also attracted diverse patrons into... Learn More
    Published: 11th January 2017
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  12. May Irwin
    May Irwin reigned as America's queen of comedy and song from the 1880s through the 1920s. A genuine pop culture phenomenon, Irwin conquered the legitimate stage, composed song lyrics, and parlayed her celebrity into success as... Learn More
    Published: 7th December 2016
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  13. Bill Clifton
    The most atypical of bluegrass artists, Bill Clifton has enjoyed a long career as a recording artist, performer, and champion of old-time music. Bill C. Malone pens the story of Clifton's eclectic life and influential career.... Learn More
    Published: 20th September 2016
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  14. Blue Rhythm Fantasy
    Behind the iconic jazz orchestras, vocalists, and stage productions of the Swing Era lay the talents of popular music's unsung heroes: the arrangers. John Wriggle takes you behind the scenes of New York City's vibrant entertainment... Learn More
    Published: 1st August 2016
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  15. A Cole Porter Companion
    Balancing sophisticated melodies and irresistible rhythms with lyrics by turns cynical and passionate, Cole Porter sent American song soaring on gossamer wings. Timeless works like "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "At... Learn More
    Published: 15th June 2016
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  16. Foggy Mountain Troubadour
    With his trademark mandolin style and unequaled tenor harmonies, Curly Seckler has carved out a seventy-seven-year career in bluegrass and country music. His foundational work in Flatt and Scruggs's Foggy Mountain Boys secured... Learn More
    Published: 15th May 2016
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