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Left-handed, Elizabeth Cotten turned the guitar so the bass strings were at the bottom, therefore "backwards." She used her thumb to play the melody and her fingers for the low notes. John Cohen, courtesy Deborah Bell, New York/National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution hide caption

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How Elizabeth Cotten's music fueled the folk revival

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Norah Jones in a 2002 portrait to promote Come Away With Me. Lourdes Delgado hide caption

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Norah Jones reflects on 20 years of 'Come Away With Me'

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Composer Carlos Simon's Requiem for the Enslaved, commissioned by Georgetown University, is a reckoning with the school's troubled history. Toko Shiik/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Requiem for the Enslaved' holds a major university's truths up to the light

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USA. Mississippi. Tunica. 1985. © Eli Reed/Magnum Photos hide caption

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Songs to believe in: A Juneteenth playlist

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The Japanese psych-rock band Les Rallizes Dénudés were after a visceral — sometimes violent — impact, borne from unimaginable loudness. M. Tezuka and OZ Press/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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In the metal bands Sleep and High on Fire, Matt Pike has always looked to esoteric sources. Over the last decade, however, he's found inspiration in the conspiracy theories of David Icke. Photo Illustration by Estefania Mitre/NPR; Getty Images hide caption

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Third Coast Percussion's new album, Perspectives, is the group's most accessible. Saverio Truglia/Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Third Coast Percussion's borderless music finds inspiration in fleet-footed beats

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Tomberlin's sophomore album, i don't know who needs to hear this..., is a beautiful patchwork of expansive sounds that explores a wide spectrum of emotions. Michelle Yoon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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