lou reed

Lover of noise, angel of the unaccepted.

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“I was half-crazy with anger… a woman on fire.”

cobain

His presence is his lasting act of resistance.

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Replacing something shitty with something great.

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“There’s nothing like living in a bottle.”

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He was country when country wasn’t cool.

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“Life is rhythm.”

jemaine

He is brilliant at blending comedy with sensuality.

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“Beware of Elvis.”

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The morose or blissful episodes of life as it is lived.

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An underrated, under-appreciated, undercover overachiever.

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A convincingly defeatist song about the end of the world.

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Rita Hayworth meets David Bowie

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Miley Cyrus is at once surface and symbol.

DJ Run

“Like Martin Luther King, I will do my thing”

carver

Sexy, funny, truly disturbing — and always riveting.

A consciously anonymous persona yet a conspicuously anomalous presence.

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Driven by a desire to create music that white bandleaders couldn’t play.

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He fit emotive, supple stories into the short, rhythmic space that is a song.

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He invites us to fail better with our every attempt to explore his sonic presence.

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Even his suicide was spectacularly ill-timed.

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She described her true self as an old woman chain-smoking on a front step.

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It’s like that, y’all. And you don’t stop.

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Franklin Bruno on hip hop’s dance crew The Lockers