Music industry

Barrett Strong Wrote America’s Most Urgent Anti-War Song

Barrett Strong Wrote America’s Most Urgent Anti-War Song Barrett Strong Wrote America’s Most Urgent Anti-War Song

The Motown legend, who died last weekend, cowrote “War,” one of the most electrifying protest songs in American history.

Feb 1, 2023 / John Nichols

Brooklyn Nets basketball player Kyrie Irving claps looking into the camera at a pre-season game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staplers Center in Los Angeles.

Kyrie Irving and the Fraught History of Our Collective Liberation Kyrie Irving and the Fraught History of Our Collective Liberation

Kyrie's anti-Semitism isn’t new, but his allies are. And that’s terrifying.

Nov 1, 2022 / Dave Zirin

John Coltrane

Which Version of Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” Reigns Supreme? Which Version of Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” Reigns Supreme?

Is the latest posthumous addition to his canon released today the Holy Grail?

Oct 22, 2021 / Column / Ethan Iverson

Britney Spears posters

#FreeBritney Is Damn Right #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.

Jun 25, 2021 / Elie Mystal

Billie Holiday

How Many Movies About Billie Holiday Does it Take… How Many Movies About Billie Holiday Does it Take…

to capture her immense contribution to music? Apparently more than three.

Mar 11, 2021 / Ethan Iverson

Bob Dylan at Montfort Hall, Leicester (U.K.) in 1965.

How Bob Dylan Wrote the Second Great American Songbook 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.

Dec 11, 2020 / Jeet Heer

Stanley Crouch, 1945–2020

Stanley Crouch, 1945–2020 Stanley Crouch, 1945–2020

Even many of those who at times wanted to throttle Crouch will miss him now that he’s gone.

Oct 12, 2020 / Gene Seymour

Neil Young

Neil Young’s Journey Through the Past 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.

Aug 14, 2020 / John Semley

Rudolf Schenker plays guitar on stage to a large crowd

How the CIA Learned to Rock How the CIA Learned to Rock

A new podcast illuminates why the spy agency preferred pop music in the cultural Cold War.

May 29, 2020 / Jeet Heer

A conductor raises her baton in an orchestra pit, surrounded by musicians

The Coronavirus Has Imposed a Fermata on the Music World 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.

Apr 24, 2020 / no-paywall / Christian McBride

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