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Fifteen Great Musical Moments from Non-Musical Movies

The list: “Deliverance,” “Anatomy of a Murder,” “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissis,” “The Bridge Over the River Kwai,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The Fifth Element,” “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,” “Wayne’s World,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Performance,” “Shaft,” “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,”...

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slim_pickens, Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.”
Movie Music

Fifteen Great Musical Moments from Non-Musical Movies

The list: “Deliverance,” “Anatomy of a Murder,” “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissis,” “The Bridge Over the River Kwai,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The Fifth Element,” “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,” “Wayne’s World,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Performance,”...

Americana

Rhiannon Giddens and American Music

Rhiannon Giddens, who turned 41 last Wednesday, is a singer, violinist and banjo player. Here is a cut and paste from Wikipedia’s list of the genres she plays: “Folk, Old-Time music, Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Blues, Jazz, soul...

Roy_Acuff, a giant of country music, at Ryman auditorium
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The Grand Ole Opry and The Foggy Mountain Boys

One of the most important institutions of country music – and, therefore, American music – is the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. It’s a weekly performance and radio show with a fascinating history. The Grand Ole Opry was founded by George D. Hay...

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slim_pickens, Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.”
Movie Music

Fifteen Great Musical Moments from Non-Musical Movies

The list: “Deliverance,” “Anatomy of a Murder,” “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissis,” “The Bridge Over the River Kwai,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The Fifth Element,” “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,” “Wayne’s World,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Performance,”...

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slim_pickens, Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.”
Movie Music

Fifteen Great Musical Moments from Non-Musical Movies

The list: “Deliverance,” “Anatomy of a Murder,” “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissis,” “The Bridge Over the River Kwai,” “Pulp Fiction,” “The Fifth Element,” “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,” “Wayne’s World,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Performance,” “Shaft,” “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,”...

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Americana

Rhiannon Giddens and American Music

Rhiannon Giddens, who turned 41 last Wednesday, is a singer, violinist and banjo player. Here is a cut and paste from Wikipedia’s list of the genres she plays: “Folk, Old-Time music, Bluegrass, Country, Gospel, Blues, Jazz, soul, R&B, Celtic, Americana.” In other...

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Roy_Acuff, a giant of country music, at Ryman auditorium
Country

The Grand Ole Opry and The Foggy Mountain Boys

One of the most important institutions of country music – and, therefore, American music – is the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. It’s a weekly performance and radio show with a fascinating history. The Grand Ole Opry was founded by George D. Hay in November, 1925 as a one-hour barn...

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Here’s What’s Here

The Daily Music Break explores every genre of music, from hip hop to opera. It's simple: Boundaries are dumb. It's all good. Here is more about the site and here is our index:

--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

--Radiohead to ZZ Top (R to Z)

Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.

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What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.

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The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.

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