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Ben Harper And Mom Ellen Reflect On A Lifetime Immersed In A Folk Music 'Wonderland'

Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times
Musician Ben Harper and his mom, Ellen Harper, inside their family-owned music store Folk Music Center in Claremont, CA.

Ellen and Ben Harper both grew up in the Folk Music Center in Claremont Calif., which Ellen's parents founded in 1958. They join Fresh Airto discuss Ellen's new memoir, Always a Song.

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