1. I started having my bouffant hairstyle, as I used to call it, way back in the late ’60s. … I just [thought] people would be interested. I’d never heard of hair lacquer around my way, where I lived in those days, and even a hairdryer was considered absolute luxury. My sister had a hairdryer, and I remember I used to have to put warm water and sugar on my hair and then run up to my sister’s [house], about 50 yards away, in the middle of winter, and blowdry it.

    — Rod Stewart’s new autobiography has an entire chapter devoted to his hair. He talks about it on Weekend Edition.

  2. You know what you’re supposed to feel when you hear that song. You can’t even hear it anymore. You just know that’s the song that’s supposed to make me feel sad now.

    —Alan Light on his new book, The Holy Or The Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, And The Unlikely Ascent Of “Hallelujah." Hear the interview and read an excerpt about how the power anthem almost didn’t see the light of day.

  3. Over the years playing in Fugazi, it had become increasingly clear to me the irony [that] this was my form of expression, and yet the only venues in which I was allowed to perform it were these venues where the economy is based largely on self-destruction. And I don’t think it’s evil; I don’t think it should be shut down. I just thought was strange, when you think about all the arts, that music — rock music, especially — always gets shunted into the bar scene. Which is incredibly ironic considering just how important a role music plays in 16- and 17- and 18-year-old kids’ lives. The idea that these people can’t see these bands who are making this music, only because of the fact that they’re not old enough to drink alcohol, shows you there’s a very deep sickness in that system.

    — Ian MacKaye on All Things Considered. Today, MacKaye’s main project is his family — which is to say he’s in a band with his wife, Amy Farina. The Evens consists of MacKaye on baritone guitar and Farina on drums, singing in harmony and finding intensity in spareness. The duo has just released its third album, The Odds. Hear them discuss their lives at home and on the road with NPR’s Guy Raz.

  4. Ben Gibbard says his first solo album spans eight years, three relationships and two hometowns’ worth of songwriting. Hear the Death Cab for Cutie frontman on All Things Considered.