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Koji Kondo

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...In his myriad compositions for Nintendo video games, Koji Kondo created some of the medium’s most memorable music. Born in Nagoya in 1961, Kondo began studying the organ at age five. Prior to studying at the Osaka University of the Arts...

Björk

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...The avant-garde music and visual presentation of Björk challenged the common understanding of popular music while imbuing it with a unique futurism. Björk was born in 1965 in Iceland; her mother was an activist and her father was a union...

Boney M

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...Boney M. is a Caribbean-tinged disco/vocal group created by German producer Frank Farian (born 1941, also known for his work with Milli Vanilli) in 1976. Originally consisting of Liz Mitchell (born 1952) and Marcia Barrett (born 1948) from...
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...Boston indie band the Magnetic Fields, led by Stephen Merritt, developed a unique sound within the city’s music scene. In 1989, Merritt, who had previously worked on his studio project Buffalo Rome, assembled a band for live performance...

Jawbreaker

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...When childhood friends Blake Schwarzenbach and Adam Pfahler moved to New York City to attend New York University in 1986, they set in motion a chain of events that would result in the development of emo rock music through the 1990s...

Tony Bennett

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...As a singer, Tony Bennett maintained a successful career despite his form’s nadir in popularity in the late twentieth century. Born in New York City in 1926, Bennett’s early influences were jazz and stage performers. He was a talented...
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...Luminary in the history of industrial music, Cabaret Voltaire was formed in 1973 in Sheffield, England by Richard H. Kirk, Stephen Mallinder, and Chris Watson. The band borrowed its name from the historic club in Zurich, Switzerland...

Joy Division

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...Like many others in the late 1970s, Joy Division’s members were inspired to become a band after seeing the Sex Pistols. Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook saw the Pistols in July 1976 and began planning a band the next day. They added Ian Curtis...

Lady Gaga

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...The electropop music of Lady Gaga changed the American musical landscape in the late 2000s and 2010s and, in the process, incorporated an aesthetic and lyricism that brought attention to the contributions and struggles of LGBTQA...
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...Led by former DJ James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem brought electronic music to the forefront of the American mainstream through the 2000s and 2010s. Formed in Brooklyn in 2002 with Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang, LCD Soundsystem attracted...