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Roger Linn's Drum Machines

The remarkable story of Roger Linn, inventor of the drum machine.

The son of an opera singer and a music professor, Linn's invention revolutionised popular music.

He has inspired artists as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Heaven 17, and the Wu Tang Clan.

Exploited by shady businessmen, Linn has been a reclusive figure for decades.

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Roger Linn's Drum Machines

The remarkable story of Roger Linn, inventor of the drum machine.

The son of an opera singer and a music professor, Linn's invention revolutionised popular music.

He has inspired artists as diverse as Herbie Hancock, Heaven 17, and the Wu Tang Clan.

Exploited by shady businessmen, Linn has been a reclusive figure for decades.