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The Bluffer: String Quartets, Part 2
 
Bartok: String QuartetsThe brief survey of music for 2 violins, viola, and cello concludes with a few more famous quartets, plus some less conventional works.

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John LennonTo mark the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's death, fans are gathering at New York City's Strawberry Fields memorial park to honor the late Beatle's legacy. Fans have come together to sing his songs and leave flowers on a mural based on his song "Imagine." Lennon was shot to death on December 8th, 1980, by deranged gunman Mark David Chapman. [Billboard.com]

Rolling Stone is set to publish a never before seen interview with John Lennon from December 5th, 1980. Although excerpts from the interview between writer Jonathan Cott and Lennon have already been published, Cott never fully transcribed the entire nine-hour interview until earlier this year. You can read the full transcript in the next issue of Rolling Stone out this Friday. [RollingStone.com]

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AllMusic Loves 1982
 
1999It was, in so many ways, a transitional year, a year of beginnings and endings, a year where the old guard began to fade as the new school emerged. So many sounds that defined the decade emerged in 1982 -- Thriller, of course, and also 1999, Rio, and The Lexicon of Love, Grandmaster Flash's groundbreaking "The Message," not to mention scores of new wave singles that crossed over thanks to the wild success of MTV and the clones that appeared in its wake. Truly, this 1982 is the year where new wave broke big: Human League, Dexys Midnight Runners, Adam Ant, and Soft Cell managed to leap across the Atlantic and score big hits in the U.S., something that was inconceivable just a year before, and they were merely the biggest of a flood of new romantics, post-punks, and synth-poppers.

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