The Grateful Dead’s “Ripple” Played by Musicians Around the World

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As the Grateful Dead gets ready to play its final show tonight, Playing for Change has released a lovely video featuring an international cast of musicians — some well-known, some not — playing “Ripple” (studio version here), a tune from the great 1970 album American Beauty.


Stravinsky’s “Illegal” Arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner” (1944)

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In 1939, Igor Stravinsky emigrated to the United States, first arriving in New York City, before settling in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he delivered the Charles Eliot Norton lectures at Harvard during the 1939-40 academic year.


A Day in the Life of Zen Monk Leonard Cohen: A 1996 Documentary

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I don’t think anybody really knows why they’re doing anything. If you stop someone on the subway and say, “Where are you going – in the deepest sense of the word?” you can’t really expect an answer. I really don’t know why I’m here.


Two Documentaries Introduce Delia Derbyshire, the Pioneer in Electronic Music

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With her buttoned-up style, work with the UN, and name like a plucky character in a certain English wizard series, Delia Derbyshire may not seem a likely pioneer of experimental electronic music.


The Velvet Underground as Peanuts Characters: Snoopy Morphs Into Lou Reed, Charlie Brown Into Andy Warhol

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The fun cartoon above was apparently found in a “Guide to the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol’s Factory” published by the French magazine, Les Inrockuptibles in 1990. It came around the same time the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain (located in Paris) held an exhibition dedicated to Andy Warhol.


Watch a Needle Ride Through LP Record Grooves Under an Electron Microscope

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Last year, we highlighted a 1956 video from RCA Victor which demonstrated how vinyl records were made back in the good old days.


Watch President Obama Sing “Amazing Grace” at the Funeral of Clementa Pinckney

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It was quite a week for President Obama. On Monday, we all got to hear the revealing interview Obama recorded in the Los Angeles garage of comedian Marc Maron. Midweek, the Supreme Court rejected the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Healthcare Act, his signature piece of legislation.


Hear Johnny Cash Deliver Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

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Four score and seven years ago…
It goes on from there.
If you’re a bit rusty on Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, listen to singer Johnny Cash recite the famously brief speech in its entirety, above, from his America: A 200-Year Salute in Story and Song album.


Tom Waits Reads Two Charles Bukowski Poems, “The Laughing Heart” and “Nirvana”

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Opportunities to meet one’s heroes can go any number of ways. They can be underwhelming and disappointing, embarrassing and awkward, or—as Tom Waits found out in meeting Keith Richards and Charles Bukowski—completely overwhelming.


Neil Young’s New Album, The Monsanto Years, Now Streaming Free Online (For a Limited Time)

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A quick heads up: Neil Young’s 36th studio album, The Monsanto Years, is now streaming for free online thanks to NPR’s First Listen web site:

The album can also be pre-ordered as a CD on Amazon, or bought in digital format from the Pono music store (which pre-supposes that you have one of Neil’s Pono music players.


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