Articles tagged with music

Rap on Trial Erik Nielson Andrea Dennis
Erik Nielson Andrea L. Dennis

Prosecutors use defendants’ rap lyrics to win cases despite the flimsiest evidence. Behind this rests a unique paranoia around hip hop and a long history of criminalizing black art. 

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Paul Hockenos

30 years after the Wall, the story of Berlin's anarchist utopia.

David Ritz Marvin Gaye
David Ritz

Grammy winner David Ritz, who cowrote Marvin Gaye’s legendary “Sexual Healing,” recalls how the song emerged from Gaye’s struggles with faith, drug addiction, and childhood abuse.

Ed Pavlic Aretha Franklin Amazing Grace
Ed Pavlić

‘Amazing Grace,’ the long-lost film of Franklin’s gospel album, offers a lesson in the deep connections between gospel and soul music.

Christopher Lebron

Kanye represents what happens when the liberties of artistic genius are confused for political insight.

Peter E. Gordon

A personal essay on family, death, and the healing power of music.

Christopher Lebron

What Afrofuturism can teach us about surviving Trump.

Jo Guldi

Mentorship is how the humanities justify themselves.

Hal Stucker

Overestimating the counterculture of the 1960s

Dave Byrne

A new collection of Lead Belly’s recordings.