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1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die Is Now An Open Spotify Playlist

Tom Moon’s book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die is both broad and deep, drawing from the diverse worlds of classical, jazz, rock, pop, blues, country, folk, musicals, hip-hop, world, opera, soundtracks, and more. It’s arranged alphabetically by artist to create the kind of unexpected juxtapositions that break down genre bias and broaden listeners’ horizons— it makes every listener a seeker, actively pursuing new artists and new sounds, and reconfirming the greatness of the classics. Flanking J. S. Bach and his six entries, for example, are the little-known R&B singer Baby Huey and the ’80s Rastafarian hard-core punk band Bad Brains. Farther down the list: The Band, Samuel Barber, Cecelia Bartoli, Count Basie, and Afropop star Waldemer Bastos.

So, get your copy, and press play on this playlist created by Moon himself.

https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/ulyssestone/playlist/4KQDdglJ7HGcqNozbJTlM3