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Key Appleseeds came here from Japan to play rhythm and blues in the country where it was born.

“I'm from Nagoya, Japan. There are no musicians in my family; in fact, I was really bad at music when I was a kid. So my mother still can't believe what I'm doing here.

"I first became interested in music when I was 15. The video clips of the Rolling Stones and the Pretenders made me feel like, "I gotta buy a guitar. I sang and wrote so hard when I was in high school because I didn't have anything except that. Then when I was 21, I passed an audition as a singer to make a band on a local TV show. Three months later I quit because I couldn't take singing in Japanese..."

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PBR Bike Men

Pocho, age 68, isn't a member of the Puerto Rico Schwinn Club. Shy and cheerful, he hangs around the edge of the group, and decorates his bicycle according to his own, spare vision.

“I been riding the bicycles for 60 years. I been decorating them for 15 years.

"I hang around with the guys, but I can’t ride too long ‘cause there’s something wrong with my leg—maybe it’s the age!

"I like to be different—my bicycle is decorated different from the other guys. It’s different from everybody! I do all the decorations myself. No one else does any decorations on my bicycle..."

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