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FUV Essentials

So many variables determine what makes an artist or band “essential” — longevity, impact, influence, history. On-air and online, we celebrate the musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack for the past fifty years. Let’s love these FUV Essential artists while they’re here, and honor those who have departed too soon.

Jimi Hendrix

A first-time immersion into the ecstatic sound orgy that is the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Electric Ladyland is an excursion to rock 'n' roll nirvana. As the 50th anniversary of the album approaches, Hendrix is this week's FUV Essentials artist.

Cat Power

There's as much myth as veracity that guides the legacy of Cat Power, the feral and fierce moniker of singer and songwriter Chan Marshall. As she releases her tenth album, Wanderer, we're honoring this late night consoler of the lonely and sculptor of intimate masterpieces as an FUV Essentials artist.

John Prine

In April 2018, John Prine released his first album of new, original compositions in 13 years, The Tree of Forgiveness. It is an elegant, insightful album that revels in the bountiful simplicity of daily life, the grandeur of the ordinary, and gratitude for surviving some pretty dark times.

Paul Simon

As Paul Simon wraps up his 2018 "Homeward Bound — The Farewell Tour" with his three last live concerts ever at New York's Madison Square Garden on September 20 and 21 and Flushing Meadows Corona Park on September 22, and releases a new album too, FUV salutes this hometown Essentials songwriting hero again.

1978

For the last four Thursdays of the summer of 2018, it's #FUVTBT Throwback Thursdays. WFUV is rewinding decades, back to 1998, 1988, 1978, and 1968 — dipping back for day-long flashbacks with songs of that particular year and personal perspectives from FUV's DJs. For 1978, FUV's Paul Cavalconte, host of "Cavalcade," goes back forty years to a high school summer when Debbie Harry, Donna Summer, and the Ramones were on the radio and made New Yorkers dance, rock, and rave.

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