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Minneapolis is a mecca for music. The city’s musical roots run deep and stem from a diverse cultural makeup. The late Prince Rogers Nelson is obviously the most notable musician from the city. His influence is undeniable and because of him, Minneapolis maintains its stature as one of the great music cities in the world.…

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Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer famously convicted for murder and spent 19 years in prison before the charges were dismissed, has died at age 76. According to numerous reports, Carter died of prostate cancer early this morning at his home in Toronto. Carter founded the nonprofit organization Innocence International in Toronto to assist inmates who are possibly wrongly convicted.

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Last week’s concerts in the New York City era were dominated by high-profile hip-hop stars. So this week, things are a bit more on the “veteran rock star” side of things. There are lots of legends taking the stage around the city as we get closer to the end of July–and not just rock artists. There are several soul, jazz, pop and gospel icons making their presence felt, as well.

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Richie Havens, the man who personified the “pretty people” of the 1960s counterculture and “free love” movement who opened up at the immortal Woodstock mega-concert in 1969, died at age 72 from a heart attack. Haven, who cam to fame via a percussive guitar and a soulful sensibility to play his way into musical history…

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Jay-Z shared details of his life and lyrics in his critically acclaimed memoir, Decoded, in the hope that his words would educate others about his ideologies society, hardship and success. And though much time has passed since Decoded’s release last year, a previously unreleased interview concerning the book has hit the Web, showing Jay-Z as…

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