The world of pop music was rather scattered in 2008, with no single artist, song, or album dominating the year. Thirty-seven different albums made it to the top of the charts that year, with none of them spending more than three weeks at #1.
Louise Erdrich was born on June 7, 1954. Most of Erdrich's novels are set in the same fictional continuity, exploring life on and around a fictional Ojibwe reservation in North Dakota.
On June 7, 1958, Prince was born. For 35 years, Prince was one of the most critically respected musicians in pop music; in the 1980s and early 1990s, he dominated the pop and R&B charts in a way that very few have.
On May 29, 1913, Igor Stravinsky's ballet, The Rite of Spring was performed for the first time. Vaslav Nijinsky was the choreography, and the ballet was performed by the Ballets Russes under the direction of Sergei Diaghilev.
Studs Terkel was born on May 16, 1912. Terkel was a writer, historian, and radio broadcaster who found that history could be told not only in the voices of scholars and political figures, but by ordinary people as well.
On May 14, 1952, David Byrne was born. Byrne is a singer-songwriter who led the band Talking Heads in the 1970s and 1980s. His later solo career has featured collaborations with a wide range of artists.