“Against my better judgment, I found myself becoming an outlet for the resentments and niche preoccupations of the people who make speakers.”
“He sold 60 million books and 100 million records. Why was he forgotten?”
Six pieces that demonstrate the timelessness of ever-changing sonic traditions.
Earl King’s “discs were among the rare ones where the words were as important as the music, where blues guitar was balanced with second-line piano, and where the B-sides were as strong as the A-sides.”
Soul and gospel singer Candi Staton let no hardship stand in the way of her voice, one that helped define the music of her generation.
“And thus another Hollywood tradition was born: film choruses belting out perfectly nonsensical prose with utter conviction.”
“There was no obvious way to placate liberal employees and conservative users at the same time.” Casey Newton reports on the dynamics inside Facebook and shares a series of leaked audio recordings from internal meetings this summer.
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On Yoko Ono’s 1974 album “A Story,” and stepping out from behind the ever-present shadow of John Lennon.