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FUV Essentials

There are many variables that determine what makes an artist or band “essential” — longevity, impact, influence, history, discography — and WFUV takes a deeper look with FUV Essentials. On-air and online, we celebrate musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack. Let’s love these artists while they’re here, and honor those who have departed too soon.

Bonnie Raitt

FUV Essentials, both on-air and online, celebrates the musicians who have shaped our cultural soundtrack for the past fifty years, examining their impact, influence and discography. As a deep blues doyenne, a master guitarist, and owner of one of the most heartbreaking, wistful voices to command a breakup ballad or ballsy rocker, Bonnie Raitt is an indomitable force.

BØRNS: Five Essential David Bowie Albums

Garrett Borns, who records as BØRNS, has covered David Bowie's 'Moonage Daydream' extensively in his live sets—a supple, tender take on that song from 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.' So when we asked Garrett if he'd compile his 'Five Essential David Bowie Albums' for us, we weren't surprised to find that album in his top five picks.

Steve Rosenthal: Five Essential David Bowie Albums

Producer, engineer and archivist Steve Rosenthal sadly had to close his 28-year-old recording studio, The Magic Shop, earlier in March 2016, falling prey to voracious New York rents. David Bowie recorded his last two albums at The Magic Shop, The Next Day and Blackstar. We reached out to Steve and asked if he'd write about his Five Essential David Bowie Albums as we celebrate Bowie as our first FUV Essential artist.

David Bowie

Our first FUV Essentials artist was a consummate shapeshifter, rock star, and genius innovator. No artist defined the restless progression and mutability of music over the past five decades quite like David Bowie.