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Camp Lo

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...The hip-hop duo Camp Lo was formed in the Bronx, New York in 1995 and participated in the first major wave of hip-hop music that fused funk and jazz samples and rhythms with New York rap lyricism. The group consisted of Sonny Cheeba...

Artie Shaw

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...Artie Shaw was born Arthur Jacob Arshawsky on May 23, 1910, in New York, USA. Though well known as “one of jazz’s finest clarinetists,” Shaw started off playing the ukulele at age ten and the alto saxophone at age twelve. It was only when...

W.C. Handy

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...Through the compositions of W. C. Handy, the blues were transformed from a localized form to a national genre. Born in Florence, Alabama in 1873, Handy began his career as a laborer in a strict religious household. Against the wishes of his...
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...The salsa musician Willie Colón incorporated the aesthetics of Nuyorican culture into his music, which led to a career of social activism. Colón was born in the Bronx, New York City, in 1950; both of his parents had come to the United...
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...The New York Dolls was a US-based hard rock band that is considered, together with The Velvet Underground and The Stooges, to have been one of the predecessors of the punk rock and glam metal genre. The band was notorious, particularly...

Public Enemy

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...Public Enemy is an American hip-hop group and a key influence on the genres of hip-hop and rap in the late 1980s and 1990s. The group is known for their strong sociopolitical lyrics, particularly engaging with issues of African American...
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...As a performer, arranger, and bandleader, Fletcher Henderson fundamentally shaped the trajectory of big band and swing music. Born in Georgia in 1897, Henderson was raised in a middle-class family and was taught to play piano by his mother....
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...The pianist Thelonious Sphere Monk brought a unique musical and sartorial style to the bebop era of American jazz. Born in North Carolina in 1917, Monk and his family relocated to the San Juan Hill neighborhood of New York City in 1922. He...

Pete Seeger

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...Peter R. Seeger was an American folk singer-songwriter and banjo player. Most notably, he was a social activist, who described himself as a “sing-along leader.” He was kept under close watch by the FBI during the McCarthy era, but his...

Sonic Youth

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...Sonic Youth was a pivotal influence in the alternative rock and indie rock movements. The band also pioneered the genre known as noise rock, identified within the music of Sonic Youth by its combination of recognizable 1980s punk rock...