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How Old Musicians Were When They Made Their Classic Album

There's still some time to make your masterpiece. Just ask Kanye West, M.I.A., and LCD Soundsystem.

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22. Pink Floyd spent half a decade figuring out what to do without their original frontman Syd Barrett before they created Dark Side of the Moon, one of the biggest-selling albums in the history of music when they were in their late 20s.

29. Gary Young, the old guy in the original lineup of Pavement, was out by the time they began work on their second album. His replacement, Steve West, brought the average age down to 27.

38. The Flaming Lips had been around for over a decade before they made The Soft Bulletin, the record that changed the course of their career and turned them into that band who plays every single festival.

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