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Music industry news and analysis from The Nation
June 25, 2021
#FreeBritney Is Damn Right
The law has failed Britney Spears and likely many others—young, old, often female. Now it’s time to change it.
March 11, 2021
How Many Movies About Billie Holiday Does it Take…
to capture her immense contribution to music? Apparently more than three.
December 11, 2020
How Bob Dylan Wrote the Second Great American Songbook
The sale of the singer-songwriter’s catalogue is a reminder of his massive cultural legacy.
October 12, 2020
Stanley Crouch, 1945–2020
Even many of those who at times wanted to throttle Crouch will miss him now that he’s gone.
August 14, 2020
Neil Young’s Journey Through the Past
As he prepares to vote in his first American election, the eccentric singer-songwriter’s Archives project unearths his own lost history.
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May 29, 2020
How the CIA Learned to Rock
A new podcast illuminates why the spy agency preferred pop music in the cultural Cold War.
April 24, 2020
The Coronavirus Has Imposed a Fermata on the Music World
What can musicians do now? We can play to wash away some of the pain and grief.
December 30, 2019
10 of 2019’s Best Albums
The hybrid work of Julia Wolfe’s oratorio
Fire in My Mouth,
and Kris Davis’s
all showcase the experimental spirit of this year’s most exciting music.
November 14, 2019
Liz Phair on Everyday ‘Horror Stories’
The Grammy-nominated musician speaks to
about her new memoir.
January 3, 2019
Country Music Is Also Mexican Music
The Department of Homeland Security recruits agents at country festivals, but the musical genre knows no borders.