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Music news and analysis from The Nation
March 10, 2022
Covid and Canceled Gigs Have Left Musicians High and Dry
Yet most working musicians have been marginalized or excluded from current Covid relief funding.
February 17, 2022
Mitski’s Ghost Stories
The singer-songwriter’s new album,
, explores the terror of fame.
December 24, 2021
The Best Albums of 2021
Our music critic’s 10 favorite pieces of music from this year.
December 22, 2021
Soul Train and the Desire for Black Power
Don Cornelius’s faith that Black culture would attract a mass audience—and his devout belief that Black culture should be in the hands of Black people—make the program he created a radical touchstone 50 years after its debut.
Mark Anthony Neal
December 15, 2021
The Last Days of the Beatles
Does Peter Jackson’s eight-hour documentary give us the fullest picture of the band’s late history?
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December 15, 2021
The Greatest Teacher of America’s Great Art Form
The pianist Barry Harris, who died last week, dedicated his life to continuing the oral tradition of jazz improvisation.
December 1, 2021
Stephen Sondheim’s Art
Despite beginning his career at the end of musical theater’s golden age, Sondheim helped bring the form to its artistic zenith.
November 30, 2021
Judy Collins Remembers Stephen Sondheim
The singer and activist writes about discovering the “amazing, creative, thunderous force” of Sondheim’s music.
November 16, 2021
The Coolest Member of the Senate Is Retiring
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has used comic books to fight for a ban on land mines and brought the Grateful Dead to the Senate Dining Room.
October 22, 2021
Which Version of Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” Reigns Supreme?
Is the latest posthumous addition to his canon released today the Holy Grail?