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Aretha, “Respect,” and the rise of second-wave feminism Read more

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Yo-Yo Ma's celebrated project for global understanding through music runs into Donald Trump's sour note. Read more

Working in America

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As the political class in Washington, D.C., struggles to carve a path of resistance to the incoming Trump administration, artists are leading the way. Institutional players in liberal politics should pay attention. Read more

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The late pop star eschewed tax-dodging chicanery and will still leave a sizable fortune to his heirs—as well as to the taxpayers who helped him succeed. Read more

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How Bowie's predictions of the digital media revolution reshaped music, books, and journalism.  Read more

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An immigrant's kid gave our Songbook eternal life.  Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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Bill Kristol blames rap music. And the fraternity's lawyer says the racist chanters were "tarred and feathered." (Yes, he did.) Read more

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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. Read more

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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.  Read more

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The dangerous state of Zionism invites us to cherish the diaspora as Jewish cultural and religious homeland. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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Once controversial, Metropolitan Opera broadcasts for movie-theater audiences have become a gateway for new (and returning) fans. Read more

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The composer reflects on his storied Broadway career in a new HBO documentary.  Read more

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We can't fully understand American slavery and its legacy without mining the diversity of enslaved experience in scholarship as well as film. Read more

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The legendary singer-songwriter of the Velvet Underground died Sunday.  Read more

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