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The Coasters Spoke for a Generation of Teenagers.

Rock historian Ed Ward profiles The Coasters. With the help of songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, this group pioneered songs for teenagers in the fifties, with songs like "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," and "Three Cool Cats." (Rebroadcast. Originally broadcast on Tuesday, December 13, 1988.)

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Other segments from the episode on July 4, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 4, 1989: Interview with Allen Toussaint; Commentary on the Coasters; Interview with Lyle Lovett; Review of the film "Basic Plumbing."

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