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New Geeks on the Block: Ben Folds Five at Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC

Jeff Apter, nyrock.com, March 1998

SOMETIMES PERSEVERANCE really does pay off. Take, for example, the rags-to-not-quite-riches rise of Ben Folds, who, along with Robert Sledge and Darren Jessee, make up the band Ben Folds Five. For close to a decade, Folds has been chasing an elusive pop dream, with unsuccessful pit stops in Nashville, Michigan, London and New York.

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