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Sonic Youth guitarist’s new record inspired by Winnipeg’s North End

Musician Lee Ranaldo.
Musician Lee Ranaldo. Lee Ranaldo / Twitter

An iconic New York City musician has taken inspiration from the streets of Winnipeg’s North End for his new record.

Lee Ranaldo – best known as the acclaimed guitarist of Sonic Youth – is releasing Names of North End Women, an experimental collaboration with Spanish composer Raul Refree, early next year.

The guitarist told Rolling Stone magazine Wednesday that he was inspired on a visit to the city when he noticed a number of local streets – Kate, Dagmar and Harriet among them – that bore women’s names.

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Ranaldo, who is married to Winnipeg-born experimental artist Leah Singer, also has a song on the upcoming record entitled “At the Forks”.

Names of North End Women‘s first single, the title track, was released in video form Wednesday.

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