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    Music as an expression of protest against class and racial divisions

    Music as an expression of protest against class and racial divisions

    “Violence only benefits those who have nothing to lose.” – Jean Paul Sartre The great pianist virtuoso Duke Ellington once said that, “the masters, frightened by the silence of their…

    How Eric Clapton Created the Classic Song “Layla”

    How Eric Clapton Created the Classic Song “Layla”

    The story of Eric Clapton and “Layla” has always bothered me because to understand it is to understand how fallible and crazed any of us can be when it comes…

    The Birth of Joy Division

    The Birth of Joy Division

    The Joy Division story has been told many times, yet it never stops seeming too bizarre to be true. Jon Savage, best known for his classic punk history, England’s Dreaming, was one of the band’s first chroniclers…

    The Accidental Perfection of the Beatles’ White Album

    The Accidental Perfection of the Beatles’ White Album

    To mark this month’s fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles’ ninth album, “The Beatles”—universally known as the White Album—several new expanded and enhanced editions are being released this week. These new versions were…

    About Led Zeppelin

    About Led Zeppelin

    What the Beatles were to the ’60s, Led Zeppelin were to the ’70s: a band so successful and innovative they wound up creating the prism through which their entire epoch…

    The Velvet Revolution of Claude Debussy

    The Velvet Revolution of Claude Debussy

    Claude Debussy died a century ago, but his music has not grown old. Bound only lightly to the past, it floats in time. As it coalesces, bar by bar, it…

    Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Electric Ladyland’

    Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Electric Ladyland’

    “We’ve been doing new tracks that are really fantastic and we’ve just been getting into them,” Jimi Hendrix told Rolling Stone in February 1968, right after he and the Experience had played San Francisco’s…

    Beatles’ Acid Test: How LSD Opened the Door to ‘Revolver’

    Beatles’ Acid Test: How LSD Opened the Door to ‘Revolver’

    Psychedelic drug inspired their masterpiece – but also opened wounds that never healed The story of Revolver began in a night of hell and illumination. “We’ve had LSD,” John Lennon told George Harrison. It was spring…

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