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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.

David Bowie

Following a five-year journey at museums across the world, the exhibition "David Bowie is" opened on March 2 at its final stop, New York's Brooklyn Museum, where it remains until mid-July 2018. Bowie was FUV's first ever FUV Essentials artist back in March 2016, but what better reason for another celebration of his music and legacy?

Johnny Cash

''Johnny Cash was the champion of the voiceless, the underdogs and the downtrodden. He was also something of a holy terror, like Abraham Lincoln with a wild side,'' said his friend Kris Kristofferson, at Cash's 2003 funeral. ''He represented the best of America.''

Nina Simone

Nina Simone made us weep, articulated our rage, turned a mirror to our hate and prejudice, and inspired a generation in the throes of resistance. She still does so, nearly 15 years since her passing. She is not only one of our most vivid #FUVEssentials, she's essential to who we are as Americans.

Valerie June: Five Essential Bob Marley Songs

Valerie June's lyrics reflect a storyteller's rich sensitivity, colored with innate compassion and a keen social awareness, and they reveal not only her own journey, but the early impact of the musicians she loved as a child, like our FUV Essentials artist, Bob Marley. She wrote up her "Five Essential Bob Marley Songs" as FUV celebrates the Jamaican icon's legacy.

Bob Marley

On what would have been Bob Marley's birthday on February 6, FUV dives deep into this soul rebel's songs with their universal and enduring messages of love and resistance to injustice.

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