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XTC were an English band who first came together in Swindon in 1972. Led by songwriters Andy Partridge and Colin Moulding, the band gained popularity during the rise of punk and new wave in the 1970s, later playing in a variety of styles that ranged from angular guitar riffs to elaborately arranged pop. They ceased to tour in 1982 (at the time of their top 10 hit Senses Working Overtime) after Partridge suffered a nervous breakdown. They continued to write 1982-98 and worked independently 1998-2005.Partly because the group did not fit into contemporary trends, they only achieved sporadic commercial success in the UK and US. They have since attracted a considerable cult following, and are recognised for their influence on Britpop and later power pop acts.


Neil Young

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Born Neil Percival Young, 12 November 1945, in Toronto, Canada. NY is a singer-songwriter who is considered to be one of the most influential musicians of his generation. He co-founded Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills in 1966, and later joined Crosby, Stills and Nash in 1969. His career has spanned 50 years and 33 studio albums. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes NY as “one of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers.”


Frank Zappa

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Born Francis Vincent Zappa, 21 December 1940, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA; died 4 December 1993. FZ was a composer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer and film director who wrote rock, jazz, electronic, orchestral, and musique concrete works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the 94 albums he released with the band The Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.


Elizabeth Ziman

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Born in NYC, 15 June, EZ is a musician and singer-songwriter who plays guitar, drums and  piano. She trained from youth as a classical pianist and attended the Berklee College of Music on a scholarship to study classical composition. She was awarded the 2001 ASCAP Leiber and Stoller scholarship for her song Like Water Is To Sand. Ziman’s band Elizabeth & The Catapult recorded and produced their eponymous EP in 2006. The band signed with Verve Records in 2008. A debut album Taller Children was released in 2009. A third album, Like It Never Happened, was released in early 2014.


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