Music

A researcher tested top musicians. The results were pretty surprising.

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The Prophet in the Library

The previously undiscovered speech that launched Leonard Cohen's career

When Leonard Cohen was asked about his plans for the future in 1964, he grinned and said “suicide.” This previously undiscovered speech recreates his thinking at the time.

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It is disturbing to see Beyoncé putting on a sad-face because the topic, for an hour, was the Holocaust. But it's also appropriate.

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Science had assumed music was so universal that it must be hard-wired into us. Maybe not.

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How it became OK for musicians to reject popular appeal.

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Fear of a White Genre

Hip-hop is getting whiter, but that doesn't mean the genre is doomed

More Macklemores doesn't mean the genre is doomed.

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The Minor Greatness of Benjamin Britten

How did England's best composer accomplish so much when he aimed for so little?

Benjamin Britten was England’s great hope for serious modern music. So why was he happy to make so many small, precious works—and do they stand the test of time?

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A New York Post columnist thinks it proved Jay Z is “a poor excuse for a husband.”

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Pete Seeger: "For Too Much of My Life, I Preached to the Converted"

A previously unpublished interview

A previously unpublished interview with Pete Seeger.

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A fascinating and obscure scholarly paper on Pete Seeger shows how he went from New Deal hero to McCarthy era untouchable to sixties radical icon to above-politics national icon.    

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