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Whether this story is true or not is debatable, but Immortal Technique claims it is. Either way, this song is profound and thought provoking, as Immortal Technique raps about a guy who joins a gang that has him attack and rape a woman for initiation. When he finally looks at her face, he realized it's his mother and he kills himself. At the end of the song, we learn that Immortal Technique was a member of the gang that was there. (thanks, James - Tucson, AZ)
Kerry Livgren of Kansas
In this talk from the '80s, the Kansas frontman talks turning to God and writing "Dust In The Wind."
Mike Watt - "History Lesson, Pt. 2"
Mike Watt of the Minutemen tells the story of the song that became an Indie Rock touchstone. It's also the story of what Mike calls "The Movement."
Van Dyke Parks
U2, Carly Simon, Joanna Newsom, Brian Wilson and Fiona Apple have all gone to Van Dyke Parks to make their songs exceptional.