Policy, Research & Politics

It Was The 1950s. Soviet Russia. We Made Jazz Bootlegs In The Back Of The Store

Imagine living in a world where music is illegal, where simply owning a Beatles record could get you arrested and sent into the wilderness to die. Imagine knowing that, and still buying those records, sharing them with your friends, and spending hours upon hours figuring out how to make your own.


Turkish talent-show singer 'shot in head'

Mutlu Kaya, 19, who reportedly received death threats after appearing on Sesi Çok Güzel, remains in critical condition.

The Guardian

Iran: Radical website calls for murder of musician

On 1 May 2015, the ultra-conservative Iranian website Aba Shohada website announced a reward of approximately $155,000 for anyone who would blow up the concert venues of German-based Iranian musician Shahin Najafi.


No New Conductor Chosen for Berlin Philharmonic

Orchestral democracy can be hard. One hundred twenty-three musicians in the Berlin Philharmonic met for 11 hours on Monday to try to elect a new chief conductor and artistic director, but failed to agree on a candidate to succeed Simon Rattle when he leaves the post in 2018.

The New York Times

Songwriters And Streaming Services Battle Over Decades-Old Decree

If you look at the top songs on the Billboard charts, most of them were written by at least one professional songwriter. It's a real job.


Vilified, Venerated, Forbidden: Jazz in the Stalinist Era

The Stalinist regime's attitude toward jazz, a musical style with strong connotations of freedom, moved from censorship and restrictions to state sponsorship.


The Devil's Music: 1920s Jazz

When the new sound of jazz first spread across America in the early twentieth-century, it left delight and controversy in its wake.


Jazz Has Become The Least-Popular Genre In The U.S.

Has jazz become America's least-popular genre?

The Jazz Line

Islamic State issues ban on songs by American singer

ISIL stated that Madonna's songs are 'haram' (forbidden in Islam), since her music and performances, according to ISIL, "represent anti-Islamic values", specifying that anyone caught listening to her music will be punished with 80 lashes.


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