John Lennon and Yoko Ono wrote Give Peace a Chance in a ‘bed-in’ in Montreal.
Ahead of International Peace Day celebrity musicians like Yoko Ono have released music for peace. But the same qualities that bring us together around music can also inflame conflict, from the Yugoslav civil wars to Northern Ireland.
If Swift's new single is anything to go by, the poet and the former 'pop princess' have an awful lot in common.
Ok, which one of you is trying to get attention? I can hear it in your voice.
Did we evolve the capacity to produce sublime music simply to get more sex? Or are we driven by higher ideals related to living together in harmony? Maybe it's a bit of both.
Shirley from Skyhooks in Countdown.
Audiences of a certain age still gush about Countdown, the ABC’s music show that ran between 1974 and 1987. The ritual of sitting down to watch the ABC at 6pm on a Sunday (and maybe again for the Saturday…
Music fans gather for the Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’ concert at California’s Altamont Speedway in 1969.
Musicians were able to connect with confused, scared and angry Americans – including those who supported the war – in a way actors, broadcasters and writers could not.
Swedish organist Anna von Hausswolff.
Other than church, the pipe organ is often perceived as belonging in horror movies. But there's more to the instrument that spans most musical genres.
Spotify, Apple Music and the like aren't working for indy artists.
A still from the documentary, Long Time Running, premiering at TIFF next month, captures frontman of the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, as he leads the band through a concert in Vancouver last summer. The writer attended the Tragically Hip’s final tour stop in Kingston, Ont.
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Good songs are like good poetry. Literature professor Robert Morrison reflects on The Tragically Hip's best song, "Ahead by a Century," and explains the politics of hope within the tune.
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From shy young boy to international superstar, Elvis became an unstoppable force.
Debussy’s Clair de Lune belongs to the Impressionist movement, which included visual artists like Claude Monet.
Debussy's Clair de Lune, meaning 'moonlight', is one of the most easily recognised pieces of music, but its origins are complex. The piece was influenced by poetry, Baroque music and the Impressionist movement.
Pied butcherbirds, such as this one, sing solos, duos and trios.
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Is birdsong simply a hard-wired, functional, primitive sound – or could we call it 'music'? Australia's pied butcherbirds show there are surprising overlaps between birds' and humans' musical abilities.
Valesca Fora do Eixo, Brazilian funk artist.
The sounds and sights of Brazilian feminist funk.
Four Seasons of the Canadian Flag, painted by Maxwell Newhouse for John Burge.
Composer John Burge speaks of his drive to create a musical piece to mark Canada's 150th year of confederation and to capture our collective experiences.
South African jazz legend Ray Phiri passed away after a long battle with lung cancer.
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Two of South Africa's finest musicians, Johnny Mekoa and Ray Phiri, died recently. The permeable terrain between genres their careers negotiated, is being replaced by rigid marketing categories.
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Expressing music into mathematical formulae can help us understand why some pieces and performances can send shivers down your spine.
Musicians protesting against government while holding instruments in Caracas, Venezuela.
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Musicians who learned how to play through a state-funded program called El Sistema are taking their instruments to the streets to protest the government.
Some musicians believe certain instruments, such as the trumpet, are more ‘masculine’.
Women are disturbingly under-represented in Australian jazz, with relatively few female composers and instrumentalists. What's holding them back? And what can be done about it?
The Slants in concert/Tommy Byrd/Flickr
Have American companies just been given the green light to deploy "edgy" branding that goes way too far?
Michael Jackson sings during the opening performance of a 13-city U.S. tour in 1988.
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The story of African-American music is a story of eclipsing expectations and subverting norms.
Bob Dylan in 1991.
Bob Dylan said songs are meant to be sung not read, and he has a point. Songs and poems obey different rules.