The Pointy End

Misery of the mega-gig: can a huge show ever be a huge success?

From shoddy transport and barely-existent toilets, to trying to get the best view of the Foo Fighters in a vast bowl designed to watch sport, we run down the perils of the mega-show.

The Guardian

‘Ode to Joy’ has an odious history

It is a rare piece of music — any kind of music — that can bolster good as well as evil intentions. One classical work in particular has an uncanny, seductive power to become exactly what its fans want it to be.

The Star

Why Do We Love Music?

The reason why we love music so much can feel too obvious to even enumerate; we love it because we love it, duh. But for around 20 percent of the population, music can literally feel like a friend.

Bustle

The Tough Questions Vexing Pop Music Listeners

What happens when your favorite musician appropriates your culture, or is accused of sexual assault?

NPR

Le fromage et la musique font-ils bon ménage?

Après les moeurs, la musique semble pouvoir adoucir les... fromages. Des chercheurs et étudiants d'art bernois vont tenter l'expérience: ils vont laisser l'Emmental absorber de la musique pour influencer son affinage.

Le Vif

'Shocking' level of sexual harassment at music festivals

Nearly half of female festival goers (43%) under 40 say they have faced unwanted sexual behaviour at a music festival, a new survey suggests.

BBC

You vote for my pupil, I’ll vote for yours – the truth about music competitions

Who will break the stranglehold of the Fifa-style music professors?

The Spectator

Effects of ambient music and background noise on food sales

Retail atmospherics is becoming an increasingly important strategic tool for stores and restaurants.

Springer

Sex, drugs, and turbulence: the crazy world of celebrity private jets

For rock band in the seventies, renting the Starship was the ultimate status symbol.

The Telegraph


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