Articles in Music
The Ed Sheeran Copyright Lawsuit Exposes The Absurdity of Music Ownership
Since there’s no such thing as true originality, litigating who invented what in music is absurd. But it’s also unfair when those who create art don’t see the rewards. We should try to make a world where music is owned by all and musicians don’t have to worry about making a living.
The Greatest Piano Player You’ve Never Heard
New Orleans R&B musician James Booker was a musical genius on the level of Beethoven.
The Fall’s Mark E. Smith Was a Cipher for Modern Populism
On the fifth anniversary of Smith’s death, making sense of a Past Gone Mad. Smith evinced a cultural bitterness that seemed to prefigure the working- and middle-class discontent we see today.
Can Music Theory Education Overcome its Whiteness Problem?
White European classical music dominates music education in the U.S. at all levels. Achieving racial justice in the field means diversifying personnel, curricula, and repertoires. Only then will students be able to enjoy and create the rich array of music created by the world’s people.
The Case for Prince
By appreciating just how good the Purple One was, we see what music can be and ought to be.
The Very Least We Could Do is Name the Maywood, IL Post Office After John Prine
We need a fitting tribute to a great American sage.
The Magic of Motown
And how a democratic workplace might have improved it…
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