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A native of Los Angeles and son of a composer, Beck Hansen ascended the underground music scene in the early ‘90s with his anti-folk and genre-bending experimentation. He released two albums on indies before signing to DGC, but it was the one-off hip-hop indulgence ‘Loser’ (from 1994’s ‘Mellow Gold’) that thrust him into the mainstream. Although initially perceived by some as a novelty act, Beck used his increased resources and creative freedom to branch out into a wide array of artistic directions. From the electronica-tinged ‘Odelay’ (1996) and the futuristic funk of ‘Midnite Vultures’ (1997) to the acoustic confessionalism of Sea Change (2002) and orchestral ‘Morning Phase’ (2014), Beck has proved he’s one of the most important and daring songwriters of his generation.

Watch the Chemical Brothers + Beck’s Anatomical Video for ‘Wide Open’

The Chemical Brothers
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The Chemical Brothers' collaboration with Beck, "Wide Open," appears on their first album in five years, 'Born in the Echoes.'

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Mountain Jam 2016 Lineup Revealed With Headliners Beck, Wilco + More

Mike Coppola/Matt Roberts, Getty Images
Mike Coppola/Matt Roberts, Getty Images

Other artists announced for the June festival include the Avett Brothers, Gov't Mule, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Gary Clark Jr. and Courtney Barnett.

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Let’s Dance: 27 David Bowie Covers to Pay Tribute to a Fallen Starman

Alex Livesey, Getty Images
Alex Livesey, Getty Images

Although the world might have lost David Bowie, cover songs from the likes of Nirvana, Beck, the White Stripes and Foo Fighters prove his legacy will live forever.

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Cover Stories: Beck’s Design-Your-Own Artwork for ‘The Information’

Interscope
Interscope

For his 2006 album, Beck provided fans with blank graph paper, a bunch of stickers and the ability to create a cover the same sort of way he manipulates music.

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Beck, Spoon, David Bowie + More Lead Record Store Day Black Friday Release Lineup

Kevork Djansezian / Jason Merritt / Jo Hale, Getty Images
Kevork Djansezian / Jason Merritt / Jo Hale, Getty Images

Record Store Day has unveiled this year’s list of releases, and it includes titles from Beck, Spoon, Faith No More, David Bowie and more.

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Watch Beck, Fiona Apple, Jakob Dylan + Cat Power Cover the Beach Boys, the Byrds + More

Kevork Djansezian / Scott Wintrow / Jason Merritt, Getty Images
Kevork Djansezian / Scott Wintrow / Jason Merritt, Getty Images

If you weren’t able to make it to the "Echo in the Canyon" tribute concert in L.A., you can now catch fan-shot footage of the star-studded performance.

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Watch Paul McCartney + Beck Play Two Beatles Songs at PETA Gala

Paul McCartney and Beck
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Paul McCartney headlined PETA’s 35th anniversary gala last night in L.A., and he brought out Beck to perform "I've Just Seen a Face" and "Drive My Car."

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Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power + More to Cover Folk Classics for Tribute Concert, Covers Album

Beck / Fiona Apple / Cat Power
Kevork Djansezian / Scott Wintrow / Jason Merritt, Getty Images

The Echo in the Canyon concert will be joined by an album featuring the participating artists' covers of the Byrds, the Beach Boys + more.

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The 25 Most Underrated Albums of the Past 25 Years

Mike Lawrie / Mike Coppola / Jim Dyson, Getty Images
Mike Lawrie / Mike Coppola / Jim Dyson, Getty Images

Sometimes things sound a lot clearer in retrospect.

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Cover Stories: Beck, ‘Odelay’

DGC
DGC

What exactly was Beck trying to say with the ambiguous cover art for his 1996 album, 'Odelay'?

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