The Lives They Lived: The Music They Made

The Lives They Lived: The Music They Made

With the new year approaching, The New York Times has taken note of some of the lives that ended in the past 12 months.  This is their 15th annual Lives They Lived issue, which doesn’t claim to be comprehensive or definitive in their choices of the people whose lives are described. Instead, this is an unabashedly idiosyncratic collection, driven by the interests, passions and whims of their editors and writers, who hope that readers are moved, tickled, intrigued and provoked by reading about these 24 very different lives, all memorably lived.

In addition to The Lives They Lived, the Times presents The Music They Made, in the form of a musical sound collage featuring a sampling of the musicians who died this year.  The musicians presented include Odetta, Mike Smith (The Dave Clark Five), Rick Wright (Pink Floyd), Eddy Arnold, Isaac Hayes, Miriam Makeba, Nick Reynolds and John Stewart (The Kingston Trio), Buddy Miles and others.

The Music They Made: A Musical Montage

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Decades of Musical History: A Tribute to Legendary Musicians

Sly Stone with Reel-to-Reel Tape Player

Johnny Cash Deep in Thought

Most of the photographs of the legendary musicians in this video, representing decades of musical history, might be familiar to a number of music fans: Johnny Cash deep in thought in 1959, Bob Dylan sitting at a piano wearing his Ray-Ban sunglasses in 1965.  Others have rarely been seen, including the 1973 picture of Sly Stone in front of a tape player and the dramatic 1963 photograph of Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, recording his spoken-word album I Am the Greatest! Photographs of other major musicians that are included in this music video include pictures of Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the late folk-singer Steve Goodman, Willie Nelson and many others.

The music accompanying the video is The Band’s Tears of Rage.

Decades of Musical History: A Tribute to Legendary Musicians

Music by The Band: Tears of Rage

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