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Ella Fitzgerald’s flirtation with reefer songs

Just as Fitzgerald's career was taking off, jazz was under attack for its purported connection to drug culture. If she wanted to become a mainstream superstar, she needed to make a choice.
People watch Father John Misty perform at the 2015 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Are there too many music festivals?

Music festivals have been a boon to the music industry, but now we're starting to witness some pitfalls of commercial success: consolidation and creeping conformity.
The iconic Rage intro. Screenshot from Youtube

30 years of Rage, and no signs of quietening

ABC TV's Rage has so far weathered the storm of digital disruption to remain an important, and nostalgic, part of Australia's music industry.
Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry performs in 1980. AP Photo

Was Chuck Berry the lone genius he’s made out to be?

In 2000, Berry's longtime piano player sued him, claiming he never got any credit for songs he had co-written. Even though the case was dismissed, a St. Louis lawyer decided to investigate further.
Carl Seffner’s 1908 statue of J.S. Bach in front of St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, Germany. pixy/shutterstock

Decoding the music masterpieces: Bach’s The Art of Fugue

Johann Sebastian Bach's The Art of Fugue is a work of high art. But in keeping with the late works of artists such as Shakespeare, Beethoven and Goya, it contains elements of pathos, humour, gravity, exuberance and tragedy.
Butner Elementary School students sing patriotic music on Fort Bragg, North Carolina. April 2, 2009. Jessica M. Kuhn / U.S. Army

Stop obsessing over talent—everyone can sing

Children with difficulty singing can be labelled as 'nonmusical' by parents, teachers and pop culture. This toxic idea of 'talent' can deprive people of music's benefits for the rest of their lives.

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