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    The groundbreaking, the influential, the seminal... but not necessarily the most famous people in the music industry, in any and all styles and genres of music.

    These people are the genre definers, the Trope Makers, the people that other musicians and people in the music industry look to for inspiration.

    For works to know in music, see Music of Note.


    I was talking to Lou Reed the other day, and he said that the first Velvet Underground record sold only 30,000 copies in its first five years. Yet, that was an enormously important record for so many people. I think everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band! So I console myself in thinking that some things generate their rewards in second-hand ways.

    Band Leaders

    They didn't front a steady group, but their sound came from more than the individual performers.



    They've got the rhymes and the rhythm, but they aren't known for melody.





    There are only two kinds of rock guitarists: Jeff Beck and everyone else.
    —"Mio Akiyama", K-On!
    See also: Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists"


    Pianists and Keyboardists



    The people behind the scenes, known for helping the people listed above to shine. (Some of them are also known as performers in their own right; these people are listed in the sections above.)

    See also Record Producer.