Talking Heads’ First TV Appearance Was on American Bandstand, and It Was Pretty Awkward (1979)

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“I guess he’s…organically shy.”–Tina Weymouth
As Talking Heads went from CBGBs (see some vintage video) to college radio to a European tour opening for The Ramones in 1977, the band was slowly making its way out of New York City poverty while their art school rock was seeping into American culture at large.


The Touching Story Behind Paraguay’s Landfill Orchestra: Now Told in Film, and Soon a Book

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Back in 2012, I first told you about the amazing youth chamber orchestra from Cateura, Paraguay. The families from this small impoverished town, located alongside a vast landfill, can’t afford many luxuries — like buying instruments for their kids. But what they lack in money, they make up for in ingenuity and good spirit.


Watch the “Youngest String Quartet Ever” Perform Vivaldi, Michael Jackson & Katy Perry

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They’re billed as “the youngest string quartet ever.” The kids began playing in The Joyous String Quartet when they were four years old. Now, fast forward four more years, and they find themselves performing 20 concerts a year around the globe — in places like South Korea and China, and on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.


On Her 100th Birthday, Watch Rock Pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe Wow Audiences With Her Gospel Guitar

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The “British Invasion” as a historical phenomenon, has achieved a status almost like that of Paul Revere’s ride, a watershed moment condensed to a singular image: The Stones, or—if you’re more inclined, The Beatles—step onto the tarmac, young girls scream, cameras flash, microphones jostle… suits abound.


Hear Classical Music Composed by Friedrich Nietzsche: 43 Original Tracks

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A philosopher perhaps more widely known for his prodigious mustache than for the varieties of his thought, Friedrich Nietzsche often seems to be misread more than read.


An Animated Marc Maron Recalls Interviewing a Shirtless Iggy Pop in LA Garage

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Marc Maron’s WTF podcast now clocks in at 585 episodes. Certainly one I remember — and so does Maron too — is Episode 400, which featured the godfather of punk, Iggy Pop. Above, an animated Marc Maron recalls the many musicians he’s interviewed in his Los Angeles garage.


Bob Dylan Goes Film Noir in His New Music Video

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Bob Dylan’s newly-released album, Shadows in the Night, features Dylan covering pop standards made famous by Frank Sinatra during the 1940s and 1950s. And what better way to promote the album than to release a music video that pays homage to a great style of film from the same era — film noir.


Hear the Never Released Jimi Hendrix Track, “Station Break,” Which Shows Us the Guitar Legend as an R&B Sideman

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As we’ve previously noted, Jimi Hendrix spent several years as a journeyman guitarist, playing the early rock ‘n’ roll circuit with stars like Wilson Pickett and Little Richard, before he finally came into his own.


Wittgenstein’s Masterpiece, the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Gets Turned into Beautiful, Meditative Music

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Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (available in our collection of 130 Free Philosophy eBooks has surely set a fair few of its readers on the path to philosophy.


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