John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the Hilton Hotel, Amsterdam, in 1969.
John Lennon's Revolution was panned by the radical media as a 'petty bourgeois cry of fear' in 1968. Then, in 1987 it was claimed by Nike to be the controversial soundtrack of its most seminal advert.
Violent protests over the poor delivery of basic municipal services occur frequently in South Africa.
South Africa's dysfuctional municipalities are characterised by very poor, or no delivery, of basic services such as refuse collection.
The Fab Four made a less than fabulous film.
The Rolling Stones performing in Hamburg during the ‘No Filter’ European tour: the band’s legacy is entwined with the pioneers of black American music.
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Pinching musical phrases and stylistic approaches has always been a part of art making and can be a respectful exchange. But shallow, ill-informed appropriation only perpetuates tired stereotypes.
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
The murderous cult leader's notoriety has not diminished over four decades in a US jail.
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.
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band : is this the best popular music has to offer?
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Dubbed the greatest album ever by Rolling Stone, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is turning 50. We asked six experts how it had stood the test of time and found opinions diverged widely.
Long after people with dementia have forgotten the names of their loved ones, they can still recall songs they learned in their teenage years.
The Beatles have released their early recordings in mono and the Rolling Stones are soon to follow suit. Fans think they sound better.
The 'Jesus' controversy is often considered a watershed moment in the Beatles’s career. And yet it remains largely misunderstood.
Prince performs during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
For those on Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Artists, their life expectancy is on par with the people of Chad, the nation with the lowest life expectancy in the world.
Has student learning kept pace with the changing way of listening to music?
The way we experience music has changed. So, what should the 21st-century music classroom look like?
The Sessions Live
A new show offers viewers the chance to be a fly on the wall at the Beatles recording sessions.
Groundbreaking: George Martin at home in 1996.
He brought to life the sound The Beatles could only hear in their imaginations.
Computer memory goes up; ours comes down.
The modern world's effect on our ability to remember has got an ugly name. But digital amnesia is not a one-way street. Technology may be helping us to remember more than it has caused us to forget.
The Beatles on Salisbury Plain whilst filming Help!
The first film to see The Beatles in technicolour is 50 years old.
Sir Paul McCartney thinks it’s ridiculous (but flattering) that people formally study The Beatles.
Sir Paul McCartney has been making some waves. On New Year’s Eve, Kanye West released a new single, Only One, a collaboration with The Beatles great on keys. On Twitter, Kanye’s fans reacted, wanting to…
Danger Mouse’s 2004 album belongs to a decades-long chain of musical practice.
The Grey Album
In early 2004, I downloaded The Grey Album, created by a then unknown producer named Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse). Like many others I did so as a result of the Grey Tuesday protests sponsored by cyber…
Rock ‘n’ roll’s demise has been protracted and painful.
Rock ‘n’ roll is turning 60 … about now. The exact date depends on who is doing the reminiscing. But should this event be treated as a birthday celebration or a memorial? In films such as Torn Curtain…