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P-Star Rising

by Gabriel Noble

Rapper Priscilla Diaz was dazzling New York nightclub crowds at age nine. But chasing music stardom isn’t child’s play when you live in a shelter, your mom’s an addict, and your dad’s struggling to keep the family afloat.

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Parliament Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove

by Yvonne Smith, Harlene Freezer, and Sharon Davis

Follow one of the most unique and influential groups in music history. From a 1960s barbershop doo-wop group to 1970s masters of funk, through pitfalls, comebacks, to becoming the world's most sampled band, P-Funk continues to perform, record, and funk on into the 21st century.

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Polka Time

by Lisa Blackstone

Each July for more than 30 years, polka lovers from around the United States have descended on the tiny rural town of Gibbon, Minnesota for the Gibbon Polka Fest.

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Real Boy

by Shaleece Haas

Real Boy is the coming-of-age story of Bennett Gwizdalski, a transgender teenager with dreams of musical stardom. During the first two years of his transition from female to male, as Bennett works to repair a strained relationship with his family, he is taken under the wing of his friend and musical hero, the well-known transgender folk singer Joe Stevens.

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Strange Fruit

by Joel Katz

An exploration of the history and legacy of "Strange Fruit," the song first recorded by Billie Holliday in 1939 which has become an enduring anthem of American civil rights.

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When I Rise

by Mat Hames, James Moll, and Michael Rosen

When I Rise is about Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student who finds herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds and ultimately ascending to the heights of international opera.

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When the Drum Is Beating

by Whitney Dow

When the Drum Is Beating explores Haiti's complex past and present through the music of the country's oldest and best-known band and the memories of its founder and leader, Ulric Pierre-Louis.

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Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic

by Jon Else

Drawing upon recently declassified documents, archival footage and behind-the-scenes interviews, Wonders Are Many: The Making of Doctor Atomic chronicles the creation of the monumental opera based on the mysterious and paradoxical career of the “father of the atomic bomb,” Dr. Robert Oppenheimer.

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by Stephen Walker

Their average age is 81, but the spirited members of the Young@Heart Chorus perform songs by artists from The Clash to Coldplay for audiences around the world, upending assumptions about friendship, old age, life, and death.

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