Music

10:01pm

Tue October 11, 2011
Music Interviews

Harry Belafonte: Out Of Struggle, A Beautiful Voice

Harry Belafonte's new memoir is titled My Song. An HBO documentary about the singer-songwriter and activist, Sing My Song, is scheduled to air Oct. 17.

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To read Harry Belafonte's new memoir, My Song, is to discover a man who has packed enough life for 10 people into 84 years. There's the smash hit from 1956, "Banana Boat Song." There's a film career that made great use of his matinee-idol looks. And then there's Harry Belafonte the activist.

In the 1960s, he was a confidant of Martin Luther King Jr.'s. By the '80s, he was helping organize "We Are the World," the anthem for famine relief in Africa.

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3:30pm

Tue October 11, 2011
World Cafe

World Cafe Looks Back: Country And Bluegrass

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 7:00 am

Charlie Louvin (right) and his brother Ira, a.k.a. The Louvin Brothers.

Courtesy of the artist's estate

Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe by revisiting some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

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2:45pm

Tue October 11, 2011
Music

eTown: The Civil Wars & Sarah Jarosz

Joy Williams & John Paul White on stage at the 2011 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival.
Jim Hill KUNC

How do you celebrate a meteoric rise to the top and a HUGE 2011? If you're the duo known as The Civil Wars, you head to the Boulder Theater to tape eTown and cover Micheal Jackson. Also in eTown this weekend, multi-instrumentalist Sarah Jarosz. Tune in Sat @ 3!

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9:03am

Tue October 11, 2011
Tiny Desk Concerts

Grouplove: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Tue October 11, 2011 9:01 am

Emily Bogle NPR
  • Audio Only: Grouplove's Tiny Desk Concert

Grouplove knows how to write the kind of songs that keep me awake at night, that sing in my head over and over, that have me pounding the steering wheel to the beat, and that are worth rolling down the car windows and sharing with pedestrians whether they want to hear them or not. These aren't the greatest singers or guitarists we've had play in the NPR Music offices — the early-day warmup for the three songs here seemed about the length of a full concert — that craft will strengthen as they play.

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12:00pm

Mon October 10, 2011
World Cafe

World Cafe Looks Back: Elvis Costello

Originally published on Mon February 6, 2012 9:12 am

Elvis Costello.

James O'Mara

Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe by revisiting some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

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