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'Jazz was the catalyst for change': Jim Marshall’s images of 60s festivals

Photographer Jim Marshall is known for iconic images of 60s rock stars. But his first great portraits were of the giants of jazz, captured on the eve of the civil rights era.

The Guardian

How Pop Culture Wore Out Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’

Leonard Cohen’s ballad “Hallelujah” has become so inescapable that the songwriter once asked for a break from his own track. “I think it’s a good song, but too many people sing it,” he told the Guardian in 2009, agreeing with a critic who asked for “a moratorium on ‘Hallelujah’ in movies and television shows.”

The New York Times

Asteroid Freddiemercury and 12 other peculiar things named after pop stars

An asteroid has been named after the late great Queen singer Freddie Mercury to honour what would have been his 70th birthday on 5 September.


Careless whisker: Universal to release album for cats

They are a particularly tough audience – picky, moody, often impossible to please – but cats represent an untapped music market, according to one of the world’s biggest record labels.

The Guardian

Infographic: Musicians Killed by Guns

Guns. They’re the tragic link between John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Kurt Cobain, Tupac and Biggie.


Is Pop Music Addicted to Hand Clapping?

Everyone knows how to clap their hands, but no one thinks clapping is cool.


What Killed the Jingle?

Marketing ditties once had a distinctive, hokey sound, but today’s advertisers have ditched them for standard pop songs.

The Atlantic

Expo 2015 and the Choral World

This event, which is held every five years, is assigned to a different city each time and gathers together the best that the various countries of the world have to offer on a specific theme.

International Choral Bullettin

Music is Medicine: Using Art Therapy to Repair Pathways in the Brain

Christine Blue was not expected to survive. After a car accident left the Cleveland area clarinetist in a coma, her doctors weren’t sure she’d even wake up, much less return to her new job as an elementary school band director.


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