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After the likes of Joan Jett, Janis Joplin and Debbie Harry, why are women in rock still marginalised? Shutterstock

Harder, faster, louder: challenging sexism in the music industry

Why are women still marginalised in the rock industry? There are many reasons - from a male dominated music canon to belittling attitudes - but women are speaking up and lobbying for change.
Geoff Hill and Trevor Pearcey in 1952 with the CSIR Mk1, the world’s first computer to make music. University of Melbourne/MSE-CIS Heritage Collection

How Australia played the world’s first music on a computer

It might not sound like the best music in the world, but Australia was the first by a matter of months at playing a tune on a computer.
A young punk at Myanmar’s annual water festival in 2012. Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters

Friday essay: punk’s legacy, 40 years on

Punk gave women a voice; changed the dynamic between audiences and performers and offered music fans a DIY smorgasbord. On its 40th anniversary, that's worth celebrating.
Fifteen years ago, The Avalanches won four awards at the 15th Annual ARIA Music Awards. How has music changed in a decade and a half? AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Can The Avalanches flourish in a pop music world remade in their own image?

The Avalanches' legendary first album, Since I Left You, was a modern classic, built from more than 3500 music samples. Sixteen years on, they're finally releasing a second one - but will it resonate in an age when everyone samples?
Prince performs during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Steve Marcus/Reuters

Are pop stars destined to die young?

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.
Playing music is good for people at all stages in their lives – including the elderly. Jeremy Brooks

Ageing in harmony: why the third act of life should be musical

Music is a universal human habit, but it's particularly good for the elderly. From slowing cognitive decline to helping someone recover from a stroke, old age is a great time to pick up an instrument.
Women face serious barriers to reaching the upper echelons of classical composing and conducting. Nicki Mannix

The sound of silence: why aren’t Australia’s female composers being heard?

The rate of female composers working in Australia hasn't risen in seven years. At one leading ensemble, 41 of 47 composers commissioned have been men. What's going wrong, and how can it be fixed?
Joerg Cartstensen/EPA

Would you vote for a Eurovision Brexit?

Leave had a 20 point lead over Remain in a recent YouGov poll – but this Brexit referendum concerned Britain’s membership of the Eurovision Song Contest, not Europe.

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