The Fairy Godmother of Rock
A profile of Stevie Nicks.
A profile of Stevie Nicks.
“I haven’t put out an album in 20 years. Let’s face it. I am an oldies act. I just don’t want it to be like when you watch Channel 13 and there’s the Delltones or some English band from the ’60s, and they’re real crotchety and they look terrible, and I go, ‘Oh, God, I don’t want to be on that show.’”
Patsy Cline’s hometown and the debate over her legacy.
The meaning of the Eurovision Song Contest.
An early profile of Justin Beiber.
A profile of the country music legend.
Fifty years ago, a gay, cross-dressing, black singer named Jackie Shane scored a surprise radio hit. A few years later, he disappeared.
Why our old narratives about race and culture “just don’t fit anymore.”
A profile of the Van Halen frontman.
A profile of the D.O.C., the rapper’s rapper, who ghostwrote for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.
How the Brooklynization of culture killed regional music scenes.
Conspiracy theories, utopian fantasies, and cult involvement surrounding the international standard of musical tuning.
A dying grandmother shares a story about meeting George Harrison.
"I went to my room a little catatonic, in a mixture of religious awe and fascination with my grandmother. I confirmed the information and yes, Rishikesh was that city in India where the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram was, where the Beatles had stayed in the late 1960s and where they had composed a bunch of songs. It was incredible that Gran had managed to associate the song I had played with all that. And remembered the song, and that it was by George, and included herself in the story, to boot."
An asshole learns to sing.
As mainstream rock declines and disappears from the radio, an examination of seven bands who were amongst the biggest of their respective eras.
On the 1866 murder of Laura Foster and the subsequent hanging of Tom Dula.
On the late singer Judee Sill, the virtual cemetery site Find a Grave, and memorials in the age of the Twitter RIP.
A profile of Richard and Karen Carpenter.
A profile of Lonny Breaux, post-fame.
Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show’s thrilling, scary, inept performance on German television.
After a divorce and in the midst of uncertainty, a woman impulsively buys an old piano.
"And now, X could not even appreciate the simple pleasure of background noise, for she could not play. She sat at the bench and looked at the keys, depressing one here and there, listening to the soft gasps of noise that vibrated from the strings inside the Steinway. She tumbled a few notes together; they sounded like little coughs, a disease she was uncertain of how to cure. She ran her hand over the smooth ebony finish; it reminded her of her pediatric patients, bubbled mounds of clay cherubs who had not yet been pulled like taffy into their angled adulthood."
After offending Richard Marx, the author meets him to hash things out.
From the latest winner of the National Book Award for Fiction: a former nun's infatuation with classical music leads to unexpected connections and actions.
" At any rate, she played Chopin. Played him in utter naturalness until the Mother Superior was forced to shut the cover to the keyboard and gently pull the stool away. Cecellia lifted the lid and played upon her knees. The poor scandalized dame dragged her from the keys. Cecellia crawled back. The Mother, at her wit's end, sank down and urged the young woman to pray. She herself spoke first in fear and then in certainty, saying that it was the very Devil who had managed to find a way to Cecellia's soul through the flashing doors of sixteenth notes. Her fears were confirmed when, not moments later, the gentle sister raised her arms and fists and struck the keys as though the instrument were stone and from the rock her thirst would be quenched. But only discord emerged."
A profile of Beck on the eve of his new album and nearly 20 years after the release of “Loser.”
Grammy-winning liner notes describing the rise, fall, and rebirth of Roky Erickson, who founded the psychedelic rock pioneers The Thirteenth Floor Elevators before a charge stemming from a single marijuana joint landed him in a Texas mental hospital.