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Ben Gazzara, center, with Peter Falk and John Cassavetes

He made Cassavetes, Cassavetes.

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A visionary composer and improviser.

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He reveals the underside of the human mask.

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His beats lit up the late ’80s with a genuine fire.

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Her alter ego provided her with protection and permission.

WynonaCarr-Reprise-HiLo

A husky contralto and vivid lyricism

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A most enigmatic photographer.

cisco houston

His folk singing evinces a forward-staring stoicism.

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A heady blend of spirituality and scientific method.

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Teleportation, luminous apparitions, torrents of frogs.

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An exile, and a prophet of immaturity.

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He spun sinister visions.

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Consumer society robs us of political agency.

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Surreal, jazzy introductions to Mexican culture.

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Her startling vision has become the American vernacular.

IAN CURTIS OF JOY DIVISION

Transmissions from a bleak ten-minutes-from-now future.

Ayler

Sacred exhortations and electric blues.

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He made the choice to live deliberately.

Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Well-behaved women seldom make history.

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Before Lady Gaga, there was Nahui Olín.

BillChallis-HiLo

Fresh and invigorating jazz

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Versatility, strangeness, an unusual intelligence

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His imagination was prodigious.

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Don’t hate him because he’s ambitious.