Policy, Research & Politics

Cold War Propagandist: Nicolas Nabokov, JFK, and the Shostakovich Wars

We know that a totalitarian society can promote the arts in its own way — that it can arrange for splendid productions of opera and ballet, as it can arrange for the restoration of ancient and historic buildings. But art means more than the resuscitation of the past: it means the free and unconfined search for new ways of expressing the experience of the present and the vision of the future.

LARB

It’s Got a Great Beat, and You Can File a Lawsuit to It

Pop music isn’t made in a vacuum. Copying isn’t always bad. And a new trend pulling more pop stars into courtrooms is a dangerous one.

The New York Times

Indigenous song keepers reveal traditional ecological knowledge in music

Since the beginning of time, music has been a way of communicating observations of and experiences about the world. For Indigenous Peoples who have lived within their traditional territories for generations, music is a repository of ecological knowledge, with songs embedding ancestors’ knowledge, teachings and wisdom.

The Conversation

Why Don’t We Appreciate Local Music, And Why We Should

Examined across a lifespan, music is an ecosystem that can improve all our lives. Exposing infants, toddlers and children to music has many benefits. Music in school demands cognitive, organizational and management skills; children in bands and choirs must work well with others, and showing up is a prerequisite.

Offbeat

The Equivocal Business Of Women In The Music Industry

Do you recognise the woman on Germany’s 100 Deutsche Mark bill? It’s Clara Schumann, one of the few known female composers and pianists of classical music. Few women in the 19th century made it to fame in music-related professions.

Forbes

Brexit: le blues du rock britannique

Si certains comme John Lydon ou Morrissey défendent la sortie de l’UE, dans son immense majorité, le rock britannique reste classé à gauche, compagnon de route historique du Labour. Mais la large mobilisation des musiciens pour Corbyn n’a en rien évité la défaite des travaillistes. Le soutien des rockeurs serait-il devenu contre-productif ?

Libération

Vienna opera house stages first opera by woman

For the first time in its 150-year history, the Vienna State Opera is staging an opera by a woman.

BBC

Top 10 times metal musicians got involved in politics

Metal is inherently political, but some musicians go a step further than just writing songs.

Alt Press

Taylor Swift Will Receive First-Ever Woman of the Decade Honor at Billboard's Women in Music

The singer-songwriter is also being honored for her commitment to protecting creative rights, music education, literacy programs, cancer research, disaster relief and the Time's Up initiative.

Billboard


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