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Dylan, the American Left, and What We Have Lost

Bob Dylan would no doubt be as distressed as the American corporate media to see an ideological interpretation of his 1960s anthems that helped win him the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Kor Element, Creator of Jill Stein’s Rap Anthem: We Need to Wake Up to the Possibility of Peace

In an exclusive interview with Truthdig, the poet, rapper and musician talks about “Christ consciousness,” his faith in the Green Party presidential nominee and the “political revolution” underway in the United States.

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 READ MORE



That Time Musician Anthony D’Amato Went to a Donald Trump Rally and Wrote a Song About It

And now for a Tuesday musical interlude, featuring the tuneful stylings of singer-songwriter Anthony D’Amato, who used his experience at a recent Trump rally in Long Island, N.Y., as research for his new song, “If You’re Gonna Build A Wall.”

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE



Neil Young Now OK With Donald Trump Using His Music

“He actually got a license to use it,” the musician said.

Posted on May 26, 2016 READ MORE


From the Archives: Michael Ratner on American Imperialism

The lawyer and human rights crusader, who died Wednesday, spoke on Truthdig Radio in 2013. To honor Ratner, we are reposting the audio of that interview.

Posted on May 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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The Man Who Invented Rock ’n’ Roll

This book is the story of Sam Phillips, who created the conditions for rock ’n’ roll, though he never wrote or played on any records, and his quest to rattle the foundations of American music and a country’s ideas about itself.

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Pop Icon David Bowie Dies of Cancer at 69

Legendary, trailblazing musician David Bowie, a pioneer of glam-rock in the 1970s, died in New York on Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer.

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A Conversation With Greil Marcus

Allen Barra sits down with cultural critic Greil Marcus to discuss “Real Life Rock,” a book compilation of Marcus’ “Real Life Rock Top Ten” columns written between 1986 and 2014, and “Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations,” his collection of William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in History of American Civilization 2013 at Harvard University.

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Children of the Stone

A fierce 8-year-old Palestinian boy, caught in a famous photograph throwing a rock at an Israeli soldier, grows up to become a great classical violist dedicated to bringing music and musical education to Palestinian children.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE



A Poet Captures the Devastation of the Syrian War

Syrian-American hip-hop artist and poet Omar Offendum shares his thoughts on the crisis in his home country in an intimate conversation on the “Uprising” radio program.

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Michael Stipe Blasts Donald Trump and His Ilk for Using R.E.M.’s Music: ‘Go F**k Yourselves’

Corporatist GOP candidate Donald Trump and vintage alterna-band R.E.M. both rose to prominence in the 1980s. The similarities between the two begin and end there.

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The Case for Backing President Kanye West in 2020

Using the singer and 2020 presidential hopeful’s progressive rap lyrics as the basis for a potential political platform, writer Osman Faruqi argues that “Kanye West would be the best president in U.S. history (seriously).”

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VIDEO: Josh Groban Puts the Best of Donald Trump’s Tweets to Music

The singer-songwriter has decided that some of Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s tweets deserve to be sung to the masses.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE



Neil Young Donates $100,000 in Support of Vermont’s GMO Disclosure Law

“I’m just a rock ’n’ roller who believes people should know what they’re eating,” the legendary singer said of his pledge.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE



Free-Jazz Pioneer Ornette Coleman Dies at 85

Coleman was one of the greats. He didn’t just innovate free jazz, he invented the term.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE


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John Legend and Common’s Performance of ‘Glory’ Is a Special Moment at the Oscars

With lyrics honoring Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and even the Ferguson protest movement, musicians John Legend and Common had many Academy Awards attendees in tears.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


ICYMI: Pharrell’s ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Grammy Performance

Credit singer Pharrell Williams for transforming his exhausted, saccharine hit into a Grammy protest against police officers’ killing of black men. Because he’s happy.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Watch Matter Move to Music

Nigel John Stanford is a New Zealand-based musician who uses sound to help create visual images.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The History of Rock ’n’ Roll in Ten Songs

Author Greil Marcus doesn’t explain these 10 songs (including one sung by Amy Winehouse, shown) or their power to thrill him; he tries to re-create in prose how it might have felt to perform them.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



Jennifer Hudson: Faith, Tragedy and New Music

Jennifer Hudson is preparing to release a new album, “JHUD,” in September—her third studio album and her first since the conclusion of the lengthy trial of the man who killed three of her closest family members—and her faith, in the wake of tragedy, is stronger than ever.

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Fighting (for) the Right to Party

The conventional left wisdom that music functions primarily as an occasion for the liberated expression of “collective joy” is all washed up. The carnivalesque spectacles are dead ends, channeling what might find political expression into narrowly personalized exercises in adolescent subjectivity.

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 READ MORE


Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Hobby Lobby Dissent Is Even Better When Set to Music

“Now the court, I fear,” Jonathan Mann sings, “has ventured into a minefield of slut-shaming geezers and religious extremism.”

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



In Hawaii, Cops Are Allowed to Have Sex With Prositutes

Under Hawaiian law, undercover police can have intercourse with sex workers, no questions asked; the unreliability of the Internet in terms of privacy is affecting the tech industry; and how much will we pay for streaming music? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE



What Does Math Have in Common With Art and Music?

Neurobiological studies show that mathematical formulas stimulate the same parts of the brain as music and art do; a writer questions our surveillance nightmares; meanwhile, gay youth find solace on the Internet. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 18, 2014 READ MORE


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Pete Seeger: Troubadour of Truth and Justice

Pete Seeger’s life, like the arc of the moral universe famously invoked by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., bent toward justice.

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Pete Seeger: ‘Democracy Now’ Remembers the Folk Icon With His Own Music and Words

Amy Goodman and the team from Democracy Now have put together a wonderful tribute to the late Pete Seeger, who died Monday.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Macklemore Fights Homophobia With ‘Same Love’ at Grammys

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert and Madonna together performed the anti-homophobic bigotry song “Same Love” live at the Grammys on Sunday.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


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Pete Seeger Outlasted the Bastards

Pete Seeger wasn’t one of those legendary performers who made the world a better place with music. He was the original. He was inimitable and unique and indomitable in his mission to bring light to the dark places.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



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How Beats Music Drove Me Back to Spotify

In an overcrowded market, Spotify holds on to a special cachet.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on the Role of Art in Rebellion

After a talk on the collapse of complex societies, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges answers an audience question: “Will it take [literature, music and art] to waken us to the empathy of other suffering or hardship?”

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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In Spain, Playing the Piano Could Land a Musician in Jail

Though music is commonly known to soothe the soul, professional pianist Laia Martin is being charged with causing her neighbor in Girona psychological damage with her constant playing. If found guilty of extreme counts of noise pollution, Martin will spend up to 20 months in prison.

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Lou Reed: A Tribute

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A special musical tribute to rock’s glam beat badass. Plus: The Syria dilemma, and the life and times of Glenn Greenwald.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Lou Reed: A Tribute

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: A special musical tribute to Rock’s glam beat badass. Plus: The Syria dilemma, and the life and times of Glenn Greenwald.

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Rock’s Revolutionary Poet, Lou Reed, Leaves Behind a ‘Great American Novel’

His music was at once simple, loud, beautiful, difficult and always pushing the culture faster than it was ready to move.

Posted on Oct 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Russia’s War on Gays Now Extends to Elton John

The pop icon has said he will go ahead with two concerts in Russia for the sake of his gay fans in that country, but conservative groups there are calling for a ban on the Rocket Man.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE



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WikiLeaks Lawyer on American Imperialism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Julian Assange’s attorney, Michael Ratner, has a front seat to history. Also: Is this the golden age of the black quarterback? And a feminist explains why women can love Eminem. Plus: Robert Scheer on the pope.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



Stop-and-Frisk: The World According to Questlove

Hip-hop hit a milestone this week, turning 40 years old. The same week, Federal District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin, in a 195-page ruling, declared the New York Police Department’s practice of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE


Obama Gives Russia the Hand

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Nato Green, Ninotchka Rosca, Phil Yu, Leilani Albano, Laura Carlsen, Bill Boyarsky, and Robert Scheer on racism three ways, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bradley Manning and Obama’s change of heart.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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A Little Bit of Everything

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Nato Green, Ninotchka Rosca, Phil Yu, Leilani Albano, Laura Carlsen, Bill Boyarsky, and Robert Scheer on racism three ways, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bradley Manning and Obama’s change of heart.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE



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The Joy of Singing Out of the Spotlight

“20 Feet From Stardom” is a joyous documentary about the lives and careers of backup singers. It has been a long time since I’ve had so much fun at a movie.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 READ MORE


Great Gatsby Economics

Those who defend our economic status quo have other alibis. We don’t need to make any structural changes in our economy, the argument goes. People who want to advance just need to understand that our new economic circumstances place a very high premium on education. Get a good education, and you will do OK.

Posted on Jun 16, 2013 READ MORE



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WTF? Beyonce and Anna Wintour Chair Punk Couture Exhibit

It’s hard not to imagine a genuine punk rocker gagging a little bit on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibition “PUNK: Chaos to Couture.”

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Flamenco Is ‘A Bird With Very Long Legs’ (Video)

Aging Spanish flamenco artist Manuel Molina gives sensitive, forceful expression to the common things of life: singing with the voice one has, learning trust and mistrust, going without food, and enjoying the company of friends.

Posted on Mar 27, 2013 READ MORE


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