For centuries, black music, forged in bondage, has been the sound of complete artistic freedom. No wonder everybody is always stealing it. | The New York Times Magazine

Wesley Morris, The New York Times Magazine PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MICHAEL PAUL BRITTO. Featured Image got a friend who’s an incurable Pandora guy, and one Saturday while we were making dinner, he found a station called Yacht Rock. “A tongue-in-cheek name for the breezy sounds of late ’70s/early ’80s soft rock” is Pandora’s definition, accompanied…

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Kem and Maze deliver fond and fitting farewell concert for Tom Joyner | The St. Louis American

Kenya Vaughn Of The St. Louis American, The St. Louis American radio pioneer and syndicated morning show personality Tom Joyner sent shockwaves across the airwaves two years ago when he announced that he would be stepping down from his long-running syndicated morning show. “I’m putting in my two-year notice,” Joyner said on the show. “With…

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Hear Wade in the Water: An Unprecedented 26-Hour-Long Exploration of the African American Sacred Music Tradition | Open Culture

Open Culture, Open Culture may well be a truism to say that American music is African American music, but that doesn’t make it any less true. And when we reduce truths down to truisms they lose the granular detail that makes them interesting and relevant. Everyone knows, for example, that there would be no rock…

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Lead Belly | Folkways Recordings

Folkways Recordings, Folkways Recordings Belly is “the hard name of a harder man,” said Woody Guthrie of his friend and fellow American music icon who was born Huddie Ledbetter (c. 1888–1949). From the swamplands of Louisiana, the prisons of Texas, and the streets of New York City, Lead Belly and his music became cornerstones of…

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