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Gearhead: How Gene Krupa Kicked the Drum Kit into the Jazz Age

The legend took the drum kit from "contraption" to classic

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Gene Krupa at the 400 Restaurant in New York, June 1946. (photo: William Gottlieb/Library of Congress)


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Emile Menasché

Musician, journalist, and author Emile Menasché has composed soundtracks for Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentaries. He is jealous that his dog Hudson gets more attention from passersby whenever they’re seen in public together.