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This month Peter Frampton releases a CD of his music for the Cincinnati Ballet. Other highlights from the marriage of ballet and pop:
1974: Iggy Pop performs in Wayne, Michigan, wearing a tutu and ballet slippers. Gets beaten up.
Circa 1977: Meatloaf declares “I am the Nureyev of rock and roll.”
1988: British band The Fall record the soundtrack to a ballet about William of Orange.
2009: Lady Gaga performs with the Bolshoi Ballet in Los Angeles, while playing a pink grand piano designed by Damien Hirst.
2014: New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck suggests creating a ballet for Beyoncé to dance.
Originally published in the July 2014 issue