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Bob Dylan's Tribute To Medgar Evers Took On The Big Picture

Fifty years ago, Dylan's career was just taking off when he heard the news that the civil rights activist had been killed. "Only a Pawn in Their Game," his response to Evers' assassination, highlights the victimization of poor whites and blacks alike.
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Fame Studios And The Road To Nashville Songwriting Glory

One of America's great songwriters, Dan Penn has written dozens of soul classics, often with keyboardist Spooner Oldham. For a while, the two were on the staff of Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala. Ace Records has just released an entire CD of Penn's demos.
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'20 Feet From' The Spotlight, There's Singing Worthy Of One

A new documentary directed by Morgan Neville profiles backup singers whose voices you know but whose names you probably don't: Lisa Fischer, Darlene Love, Judith Hill and Merry Clayton.
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Boards Of Canada Tap A Devout Following To Push New Album

By leaking details of its new release through codes and numbers, the Scottish electronic duo worked the press game backwards.
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Low Cut Connie On World Cafe

The piano-pounding Philadelphia rock band plays songs from its newest album, Call Me Sylvia.
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Background Singers Hit Center Stage In 'Twenty Feet From Stardom'

Filmmaker Morgan Neville's new documentary chronicles backup singers who have supported some of the biggest acts in music history, from Ike and Tina Turner to The Rolling Stones, and sung some of pop music's catchiest hooks.

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