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Peter Culshaw

LONGREADS: Like the Late-Jim Morrison, Classical Musicians Like Valery Gergiev Take on the 'Rockstar' Persona

LONGREADS: Like the Late Jim Morrison, Classical Musicians Like Valery Gergiev Take on the 'Rock Star' Persona >>

Something that always fascinated me were the lives of old rock 'n' rollers. Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix were described by my father as "exceptionally insane" as he played them for me in his Mercedes as a kid. Had I known classical music produced rock stars like the world-renowned Valery Gergiev, I may have taken up classical guitar instead of rock.

Not World Music: Fela Kuti Immortalized in Alex Gibney's Upcoming Documentary 'Finding Fela' and Finds Mainstream Success

Not World Music: Fela Kuti Immortalized in Alex Gibney's Upcoming Documentary 'Finding Fela' and Finds Mainstream Success >>

Fela Kuti seems to be on the upend of a resurgence, his name seemingly popping up everywhere recently. With a play, Fela!, under his belt, the late-artist has been cited as an influence to many mainstream successes, including Jay Z and Vampire Weekend.

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