Music: Rock's New Spin

From Sugar Ray to Limp Bizkit, rock bands are adding deejays. Are turntables the instrument of the future?

Get out your old record player. It's probably somewhere down there in the basement behind your broken-down Betamax, a Rubik's Cube or two, and a vinyl copy of Synchronicity. Cue up a record, and let it play. Congratulations--you're a musician. There may even be a spot for you on the rap-rock Family Values Tour.

Disc jockeys, of course, have been around for decades. In the 1970s hip-hop founding fathers Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash helped turn record spinning into an art. And rock acts--Aerosmith, R.E.M. and others--have long sought to bottle the lightning of hip-hop by collaborating with rappers. Today, though,...

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