The Strokes backstage in San Francisco in October 2001, the month the band released its debut album, Is This It in the United States. Anthony Pidgeon/Getty Images hide caption

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The late Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda, in a portrait taken at her home in California in 2004. J.Emilio Flores/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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By Any Name, Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda Was A Force

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"This instrument right here, born in Africa, but then made in America and then altered by white America — that's the story of so much of our music," Rhiannon Giddens says of the banjo. John Peets/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rhiannon Giddens Speaks For The Silenced

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The Brooklyn Youth Chorus performs Silent Voices, a multi-composer work that addresses social concerns articulated by the young singers themselves. Julienne Schaer/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Teens Speak Up By Singing Out

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