Ben Fong-Torres' book "Willin'"

Ross Reynolds talks with author Ben Fong-Torres about his new band biography, "Willin': The Story of Little Feat."

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Marcie Sillman talks with music journalist and author Charles R. Cross about Nirvana's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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The most popular Christmas carol in America stands apart from the others in a number of ways: It’s not upbeat, there are no fanciful characters and it isn’t religious. Instead, it’s melancholy and wistful – full of longing for bygone days.

courtesy of Radio Raheem

Seattle is a town full of music. From indie rock to folk to rap, the city boasts a bevy of thriving scenes. These days, those scenes tend to cross-pollinate. And that can result in something powerful, especially when a traditional gospel singer is part of the mix.

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The Anthology of American Folk Music is one of the most influential recordings in history. The Anthology brings together American roots music that was saved from destruction by a local man in the days before World War II.

Born in Portland, Ore., and raised around Bellingham and Seattle, Harry Smith was an eccentric painter, film maker, and anthropologist who convinced gathered  music from forgotten 78 rpm records originally released between 1927 and 1932 at the dawn of popular culture.

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What happens when you become a star and then you’re not anymore? Where do you go after that?

Seattle guitarist Dave Dederer was a member of The Presidents of the United States of America. In the '90s they had three top-40 hits, two Grammy nominations and a platinum album.

Dederer’s star has faded but his career hasn’t. Now he’s at Amazon as the head of music programming. Bill Radke asked Dederer what made him switch careers.

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In June 1989, Sub Pop Records rented out the Moore Theatre in Seattle to showcase three of its up-and-coming bands: Mudhoney, Tad and Nirvana. The manager sent security home early because he didn’t think anyone would show up.

The manager was wrong: It was the first sold-out show by a local group. The lack of control and the chaos from a crazy crowd resulted in Sub Pop being blacklisted from the Moore for the next 10 years.

12 Years a Slave is the most compelling film about music to be released this year, maybe this century. It's so many other things, too, as others have noted: a corrective to the weird cocktail of piety and cartoonishness that Hollywood usually supplies when depicting slavery; a gorgeous art film and an actor's hellish paradise; a cultural highlight of the Obama administration.

Steve Scher talks with Barsuk Records co-founder Josh Rosenfeld. The Seattle company is celebrating 15 years in the music business.

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Lou Reed, songwriter and frontman to the band The Velvet Underground, passed away yesterday. Without Reed and The Velvet Underground, music writer Charles R. Cross said, "There would be no Nirvana, Pearl Jam or any edgy rock 'n' roll."

Kurt Cobain's Lost Interview About Identity

Oct 28, 2013

In 1993, reporter Jon Savage recorded this interview with Kurt Cobain in preparation for a story he was writing. After the story was published, the cassette languished in storage. Blank on Blank unearthed it and turned it into a cartoon.

One of rock's most beloved and contrarian figures has died. Lou Reed epitomized New York City's artistic underbelly in the 1970s, with his songs about hookers and junkies. He was 71.

Dave Beck On The Legacy Of Toby Saks

Oct 16, 2013
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Last Monday, musicians from around the world gathered at Benaroya Hall to remember cellist, UW music professor and Seattle Chamber Music Society founder Toby Saks. She died from pancreatic cancer this summer. Classical KING FM host (and KUOW alum) Dave Beck attended the memorial. He talks with Marcie Sillman about the memorial and about Saks' legacy.

Janis Joplin's Lost Last Interview

Oct 7, 2013

A recently unearthed interview with Janis Joplin – which turns out to be the last interview she gave – reveals a woman struggling to make herself understood, at a time when women in the media were still largely defined by men.

Blank On Blank takes interviews like these and animates them for PBS.