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The Passionate, Turbulent Life Of James Brown

Brown was a music industry survivor, but he wasn't as indestructible as he seemed to believe. RJ Smith's new biography The One presents the soul godfather as an unparalleled performer undone by drugs and violence.
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Noel Gallagher: Flying High After Oasis

Gallagher's feuds with his brother and band mate Liam were as famous as the music they made together. Three years after Oasis' split, the guitarist and songwriter has re-emerged under the name Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
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Earl Scruggs: The 2003 Fresh Air Interview

Banjo player Earl Scruggs, who helped shape the sound of American bluegrass music, died Wednesday. He was 88 years old. Fresh Air remembers Scruggs with excerpts from an interview.
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Brian Courtney Wilson On Fame And 'God's Promise'

A few years ago, the Houston native left his job in corporate America to pursue his musical dreams. This year, Brian Courtney Wilson's sophomore album, So Proud, debuted at number one on Billboard's Gospel Albums chart. He tells host Michel Martin that he prays that God continues to reveal the music his listeners can lean on.
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NSO Transforms Math Into Music And Music Into Math

Members of the National Symphony Orchestra explore the sometimes surprising connections between math and music.
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Paul McCartney Blows 'Kisses' To His Father's Era

McCartney recently released a collection of standards — songs he heard while growing up in Liverpool. He talks about several of those songs, and his own songwriting, from his home studio.
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Bluegrass Legend Earl Scruggs Has Died

The iconic banjo player, who played with Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt, developed a picking technique which defined the sound of bluegrass music. His "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" won two Grammy awards and made the banjo bluegrass' star instrument.

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