It’s been a major issue since American popular music first expanded its sonic territory from traditional country and folk songs: the cultural appropriation of sounds, and even entire pieces, that became more marketable (and thus lucrative) once they were performed by a “safer” white voice....more
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David Bowie’s name is on everyone’s lips this week due to the sad passing of the legendary artist after an eighteen-month struggle with liver cancer. It is as difficult to summarize Bowie’s achievements as it is to define him. The innovator and musical polymath’s 111 hit singles—including “Young Americans,” “Starman,” “Under Pressure,” “Rebel Rebel,” and more—only crack the surface of a truly impressive catalog....more
If writing and rock music go together like peanut butter and jelly, this New York Times essay is the diagonally cut sandwich bread that delivers them to your taste buds.
In it, J. Robert Lennon probes the economic and artistic similarities between the two art forms, and recounts his experiences as both an author and a musician....more