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On July 25th, 1965, Bob Dylan walked onstage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in his 1964 sunburst Fender Stratocaster and tore through a scorching three-song set. It was a crucial turning point in his career, and it quickly became rock & roll legend -- the moment when Dylan transformed from a protest folkie to a rebel genius. But the guitar Dylan played on that mythic afternoon went missing for the next 47 years -- until recently, when a team of PBS researchers told New Jersey resident Dawn Peterson that she had it in her home.

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Spanish guitar maker plays for changeupdated: Thu Dec 08 2011 14:02:00

As Spain struggles with its economic problems, business owners such as Manuel Rodriguez are hoping the country's new conservative government will push through pre-election promises for corporate tax breaks and cutting red tape.

CNNMoney: Gibson Guitar CEO fights backupdated: Fri Sep 02 2011 15:55:00

Gibson Guitar CEO Henry Juszkiewicz is fuming. As he sees it, his company, the iconic maker of the Les Paul and Firebird X electronic guitars, is being unjustly attacked by the federal government.

Let it grow: How Clapton's guitar can make you richupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 08:59:00

The more I think about it the more I am convinced I need one of Eric Clapton's old guitars.

Preserving the heavenly sound of Stradivarius violinsupdated: Thu Feb 24 2011 13:03:00

For virtuoso violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, only one violin can truly give voice to her prodigious talents -- her Stradivarius. And she likens playing it for the first time to meeting her soul mate.

Ann Sophie Mutter makes guest appearanceupdated: Thu Feb 24 2011 13:03:00

Guest violinist Ann Sophie Mutter rehearses with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Saving Holocaust memoriesupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 18:14:00

One man tells of his efforts to keep the memories of Holocaust victims alive through violins.

Forgotten strings recall Holocaust horrorupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 18:14:00

Hidden in a basement in central Tel Aviv, amidst the smell of sawdust and varnish, is a musical workshop whose owner and son have spent the past 15 years tracking down violins played by Jewish Holocaust victims and bringing the instruments back to life.

Swahili music traditionupdated: Fri Dec 31 2010 07:22:00

CNN's Robyn Curnow reports on a Swahili form of music as unique as Zanzibar itself and the musician passing it on.

Passing down Zanzibar's music traditionsupdated: Fri Dec 31 2010 07:22:00

Mohammed Issa Matona is a man on a mission. A master of taarab music, Matona is also the co-founder of Zanzibar's Dhow Countries Music Academy, a school dedicated to preserving the island's traditional music styles.

Finding harmony in South Koreaupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 01:37:00

The gayageum is probably the best known of South Korea's traditional musical instruments.

Passion for music in South Koreaupdated: Fri Nov 12 2010 01:37:00

Paula Hancock's visits a group of South Korean musicians who make promoting traditional music their mission.

Coming up next on icon: Musicupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 07:59:00

In August, icon is all about music. Presenter Monita Rajpal travels to the Swiss resort of Montreaux which has, for more than four decades, been home to the annual jazz festival.

China's city of stringsupdated: Mon Jan 04 2010 10:54:00

On the outskirts of Beijing, one town claims to be the violin-making capital of China. Emily Chang reports.

China's violin city spreads string messageupdated: Mon Jan 04 2010 10:54:00

The sound of novice strings fills classrooms and hallways in Donggaocun almost every day. At Pinggu Elementary School students are practicing Beethoven's ninth symphony.

Guitar, studio wizard Les Paul dies at 94updated: Fri Aug 14 2009 08:37:00

Les Paul, whose innovations with the electric guitar and studio technology made him one of the most important figures in recorded music, has died, according to a statement from his publicists. Paul was 94.

Original guitar heroupdated: Fri Aug 14 2009 08:37:00

Les Paul's innovations of the electric guitar and studio technology made him beloved among musicians.

Gibson CEO: Les Paul was 'a visionary'updated: Fri Aug 14 2009 08:35:00

Les Paul never stopped tinkering, said Henry Juszkiewicz.

Robot band obsesses over online popularityupdated: Mon Aug 03 2009 10:33:00

Like an aspiring indie band, the Cybraphon has many instruments, plays them on an irregular schedule, likes to have an audience around it -- and obsesses over comments on its blog, the number of friends it has on Facebook and how many fans follow it on MySpace.

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