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Policy, Research & Politics

When Music is Torture

In discussions about negative uses of music, people sometimes ask whether or not the music in question even is music. But those discussions distract from the real issue, which is how the music is being used and its effect on people.

Culture Study

How music rocked Sri Lanka's ruling class

Standing on makeshift stages in a city park, groups of musicians banging electric guitars drove adoring crowds into a limb-shaking frenzy. They were also helping to make a revolution.

Nikkei Asia

Music Moment: 'One Zan' is inspired by the women's rights movement in Iran

Zan meaning women and Z meaning Generation Z - is bringing together writers, artists and musicians from around the world to help amplify the movement in Iran.


Gilberto Gil, la voix engagée du Brésil

Il est une figure majeure de la Música popular brasileira (MPB) des années 1960 et l'un des pères fondateurs de la « tropicália », mouvement musical de la contre-culture brésilienne. Retour sur une carrière musicale très politisée et une carrière politique très musicale !

Radio France

Elton John dejará de usar Twitter por las políticas de Elon Musk

El músico británico Elton John anunció este viernes que dejará de utilizar la red social Twitter a raíz de los cambios en su normativa introducidos por el nuevo propietario, Elon Musk que, según el artista, "permitirán que la desinformación florezca sin filtro".


Music industry reported to be less diverse than 2020

It has been reported that the music industry is less diverse than it was in 2020, with only 21.04% of individuals working in music identifying as Black, Asian or from an ethnically diverse background, compared to 22.3% two years previously.


We studied the ‘bibles’ of jazz standards – and found sexism lurking in the strangest place

We are two female jazz singers, jazz researchers and lovers of jazz. And we have discovered jazz gave us another shared experience – sexism.

The Conversation

Exploring the sound of the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz

On Nov. 20, 1969, a group of Indigenous Americans that called itself Indians of All Tribes, many of whom were UC Berkeley students, took boats in the early morning hours to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. They bypassed a Coast Guard blockade and took control of the island. The 19-month occupation that followed would be regarded as one of the greatest acts of political resistance in American Indian history.

Berkeley News

Protesting Rapper's Video Foretelling Iranian Regime's Future Leads To Arrest As Fans Fear For His Life

Toomaj Salehi's lyrical support for protesters in Iran has landed him behind bars before, but this time the popular rapper's fortune-telling has fans and family members fearing for his life.


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