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Buck Owens

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...As the first major star to come out of the country music scene of Bakersfield, California, Buck Owens introduced the city’s unique sound to the nation and paved the way for the myriad artists who followed in his wake. Owens was born...
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...Van Dyke Parks is a singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, and music producer. Parks is known for his collaborations with Brian Wilson, most notably his lyrical contributions to The Beach Boys’ album Smile. During his career as a producer...
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...Often considered to be the founding father of intentionally recorded American folk music, Woody Guthrie’s career was as much that of a storyteller and journalist as that of musician. Guthrie was born to a middle-class family in Okemah...
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...Through the 1980s, the San Pedro-based punk outfit the Minutemen provided a much-needed infusion of political and aesthetic maturity into the developing punk scene dominated by SST Records. When they were both aged thirteen, Mike Watt...
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...The satirical and theatrical representation of political concepts in the music of the Dead Kennedys situated them apart from many of their 1970s and 1980s punk contemporaries. In 1978, Jello Biafra, East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride, 6025...

Snoop Dogg

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...Snoop Dogg is a prolific American rapper and hip-hop artist and producer, but he has also expanded his career into producing and starring in films as well as making occasional appearances on TV. He is known for frequently collaborating...

The Doors

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...The organ-driven material of the Doors brought psychedelic rock into the pop charts. In 1965, Ray Manzarek was playing in Ray and the Ravens with his two brothers. He met fellow UCLA student Jim Morrison, who had begun to write songs...
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...As poster children for the excesses of rock and roll in the 1980s and 1990s, Guns N’ Roses became symbols of their era for both critics and fans. The band formed in 1985 after Axl Rose’s outfit, Hollywood Rose, incorporated members...

Hole

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...Though best known for its lead singer Courtney Love’s behavior and relationship with Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain, Hole paved the way for female-led bands in the grunge era. Love had been living a nomadic lifestyle on the West Coast...

Ice-T

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...One of hip-hop’s most controversial and outspoken figures, Ice-T was born Tracy Lauren Marrow in Newark, New Jersey in 1958. After his mother and father died of heart attacks when Marrow was aged eight and twelve respectively, he...