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Coney Island in Song

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Real estate developers plan to clean up Coney Island but its seedy charm lives on in music. Today on Soundcheck, we look at how the Brooklyn beach front has worked its way into Calliope songs, doo-wop, and even a Lou Reed album. Plus NY-based folk-singer Linda Draper performs live.


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