Jan 15, 2016
How Bowie's predictions of the digital media revolution reshaped music, books, and journalism.
Dec 11, 2015
An immigrant's kid gave our Songbook eternal life.
Aug 26, 2015
When Europe lost the home of Mozart to war, America rebuilt it. When the U.S. lost the home of jazz to flood, it sold it to private speculators.
Jul 15, 2015
Retrospective projects like the library's new Punk Archive uncover D.C.'s radical past, but the scene remains at the center of the struggle for inclusion and human rights.
Mar 17, 2015
Bill Kristol blames rap music. And the fraternity's lawyer says the racist chanters were "tarred and feathered." (Yes, he did.)
Feb 27, 2015
When musician Warren Shadd decided to manufacture a line of high-tech pianos based on his own designs but with little capital, everyone thought he was crazy.
Feb 17, 2015
The selection of Queen Bey to deliver a song identified with Mahalia Jackson ignored the importance of spiritual conveyance in the music that moved a people to action.
Dec 16, 2014
The dangerous state of Zionism invites us to cherish the diaspora as Jewish cultural and religious homeland.
Oct 24, 2014
Jazz singers don’t usually rise to the top of the charts, but Cheek to Cheek topped Billboard’s list of best-sellers in the week after its release.
Jun 27, 2014
How much the Beatles helped create the '60s and how much the '60s helped create the Beatles is one of the great chicken-and-egg questions.
Mar 18, 2014
Once controversial, Metropolitan Opera broadcasts for movie-theater audiences have become a gateway for new (and returning) fans.
Dec 06, 2013
The composer reflects on his storied Broadway career in a new HBO documentary.
Nov 06, 2013
We can't fully understand American slavery and its legacy without mining the diversity of enslaved experience in scholarship as well as film.
Oct 28, 2013
The legendary singer-songwriter of the Velvet Underground died Sunday.
Sep 05, 2013
Somewhere in America Miley Cyrus is appropriating black culture, but she's certainly not the only artist—we've got a long and tangled history of it.
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