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    • American Legends: The Life of Billie Holiday

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Edith Moulson
    • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    If Billie Holiday wanted to become a jazz singer, she chose the best of all eras in which to attempt it. A wave of great jazz and jazz/pop crossover artists swept over the United States from the 1920s through the 1950s, generating a golden age for the genre. Emerging from such a powerful group of talented vocalists was not easy. The woman who has come to represent a model of great, instinctive jazz singing came from nowhere, had nothing, and virtually had no one. She was raw and untrained, but went forward with limited and quirky vocal gifts.

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    • Woodstock: The History and Legacy of America's Most Famous Music Festival

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Richard D. Hurd
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Woodstock, more accurately entitled the Woodstock Music Festival; An Aquarian Exposition: Three Days of Peace and Music, represents one of the most enduring symbols of the youth movement of America's late 1960s and early '70s. As the public pinnacle of that social phenomenon, the giant festival that overwhelmed a section of an upstate New York farm for a week during a time of national and international upheaval evolved from a typical speculative financial venture to a defining historical monument.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Bob Dylan

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Christian Carvajal
    • Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the space of just a few years, Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, rose from the obscurity of a small Minnesota town to a position of royalty atop the folk music landscape. Not content to remain for long within that niche, however, he went on to conquer rock with elements of blues, jazz, pop, country, gospel, rockabilly, and ethnic music of the British Isles, not to mention authoring several books, working in film soundtracks, acting, and holding international art exhibits of his work along the way.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Gene Autry

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kelly Rhodes
    • Length: 50 mins
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    Gene Autry came of age at a time when the "singing cowboy" was at the apex of its popularity. In the early 20th century, Westerns were one of the most popular genres in Hollywood. One of the young stars at the forefront was Gene Autry, a Texan whose life story made him a natural to be the country's most famous "singing cowboy". Autry would become a symbol of masculinity and morality onscreen during the 1930s, but it was effortless for someone who had already grown up riding horses to school.

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    • Gene Autry and Roy Rogers

    • America's Two Favorite Singing Cowboys
    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Kelly Rhodes
    • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the early 20th century, Westerns were one of the most popular genres in Hollywood. One of the young stars at the forefront was Gene Autry, a Texan whose life story made him a natural to be the country's most famous "singing cowboy". Autry came of age at a time when the "singing cowboy" was at the apex of his popularity, and like his most famous successor, Roy Rogers, Autry actually got his start in show business as a singer. Of course, the popularity of Autry's music and country music in general was bolstered by the fact that he became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood.

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    • WAY TOO SHORT IS ALL.

    • By dennis on 12-31-15

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    • American Legends: The Life of Barbra Streisand

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Robin McKay
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    To be sure, strong-willed women populated both cinema and popular culture before Barbra Streisand, but Streisand was unique in her ability to appeal to diverse groups in America. She also arrived at a time when acting roles for women were generally less flexible than they would become by the end of the century. Making her story all the more compelling is that Streisand never met conventional standards of American beauty or acting style.

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    • Awful

    • By Sergio Silva on 03-03-19

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    • Bob Marley: The Life and Legacy of Reggae's Global Icon

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Russell Stamets
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
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    In terms of raw popularity, Bob Marley sold over 20 million albums in a brief career that took him around the globe as, "[T]he first international superstar from the so-called third world." Beginning with the more lighthearted ska style, Marley drew fellow Jamaicans as kindred spirits by adding social commentary to the lyrics. His exaltation of the reggae form, couched in the Rastafari, became an instrument of order and a haven for otherwise directionless youth in Kingston and other communities of Jamaica.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Nat King Cole

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Alex L. Vincent
    • Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Among the most recognizable and iconic vocal artists known to American society from the mid-20th to the 21st century, baritone Nat King Cole is indelible in the nation's consciousness for such hits as "Mona Lisa" and "Ramblin' Rose" as well as for his rendition of Mel Tormé's famous "Christmas Song", with the opening line known to millions of American households: "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire."

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    • Nat King Cole

    • By Deedra on 12-06-15

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    • Legends of Music: The Life and Legacy of John Lennon

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Robin McKay
    • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
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    Almost from the second they played the first note, the Beatles would be hit with the resounding screams, which made it impossible for them to even hear themselves sing. When they made their American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show in early 1964, they were greeted by young fans who whipped themselves up into such a frenzy that some of them fainted. Beatlemania had struck North America, creating a musical and pop culture phenomenon unlike anything the world had ever seen.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Duke Ellington

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Diane Lehman
    • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In 1956 Duke Ellington was featured on the cover of Time magazine after a bravura performance at the Newport Jazz Festival that summer. This remains one of his most iconic achievements and a landmark for jazz music as a whole; only four jazz musicians were ever displayed on the cover of Time. At the same time, however, this recognition stands as one of the prevailing ironies of Ellington's career, as he was deep into the latter stages of his performing life by this point.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Chuck Berry

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Dale Smelko
    • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The origins of rock music claim several founding fathers, with each perspective holding merit and directly contributing to the golden age to follow in rock music. Perhaps the first and ultimately the most successful of this category - those artistic explorers who most effectively blurred racial and political lines through their music - was Chuck Berry.

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    • Legends of Music: The Life and Legacy of Kurt Cobain

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Rhiannon Angell
    • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A reaction to the likes of the previous decade's yuppies and acts like M.C. Hammer, grunge became a sound and culture for angst-ridden teens and the disaffected youth who were proud to be plain. Combining punk, metal, and hard rock, the grunge sound emanated out of Seattle from groups like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains, giving the young decade its trademark sound.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Jerry Garcia

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Violet Meadow
    • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Despite the enormous esteem he has garnered from virtually every corner of the music world, Jerry Garcia has continued to elude both fans and music historians as they attempt to determine his origins and categorize his art and influence on American music. Part of their difficulty lies in the fact that his work as the frontman for the Grateful Dead, "one of the most prolific and iconic guitarists of the twentieth century", tended toward a blending of the traditional with the experimental.

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    • Narrator terrible

    • By Brad Zerkel on 02-04-19

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    • American Legends: The Life of Otis Redding

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Dennis Logan
    • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history's most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors' American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America's most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

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    • American Legends: The Life of Sam Cooke

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Dennis Logan
    • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A lot of ink has been spilled covering the lives of history's most influential figures, but how much of the forest is lost for the trees? In Charles River Editors' American Legends series, listeners can get caught up to speed on the lives of America's most important men and women in the time it takes to finish a commute, while learning interesting facts long forgotten or never known.

    Regular price: $6.95

    • American Legends: The Life of Michael Jackson

    • By: Charles River Editors
    • Narrated by: Robin McKay
    • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In the majority of cases, a pop or rock fan who is asked about a particular celebrity will answer in unambiguous terms.

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