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The Roots of Indie

The Roots of Indie: the Raincoats

The Raincoats
Roir Records / Amazon

Kurt Cobain loved them. Kim Gordon was inspired by them. It's time you met the Raincoats.

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The Roots of Indie: The Buzzcocks, ‘Spiral Scratch’

Steve Diggle and Pete Shelley
Samir Husseing, Getty Images

Looking for English punk's first indie release? Here it is.

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The Roots of Indie: ‘O Brother Where Art Thou?’ Original Soundtrack

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It was the soundtrack that made roots music "bona fide."

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The Roots of Indie: The Faces

Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Hulton Archive, Getty Images

The Replacements, the Black Crowes ... they're not without precedent.

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The Roots of Indie: Link Wray

Link Wray
Ace Records

He invented distortion and influenced Iggy Pop. If that's all Link Wray ever did, he'd still be a legend.

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The Roots of Indie: The Reverend Horton Heat Talks Rockabilly

James Stafford, Diffuser
James Stafford, Diffuser

Legendary guitarist Jim Heath talks roots, straight eights, and the first time he saw the Cramps.

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The Roots of Indie: Jane’s Addiction – ‘Nothing’s Shocking’

James Stafford, Diffuser
James Stafford, Diffuser

Art school met shredding guitar in this alternative classic.

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The Roots of Indie: Ralph Peer

Ralph Peer
Chicago Review Press

Meet the man who invented roots music.

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The Roots of Indie: The Terri Nunn Interview

Angela Weiss, Getty Images
Angela Weiss, Getty Images

One of synth pop's first superstars talks about her indie roots.

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The Roots of Indie: The Bromley Contingent

Graham Wood / Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Graham Wood / Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Meet punk rock's first graduating class.

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