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Samuel Johnson will play Molly Meldrum in Channel 7 miniseries Molly. Image courtesy of Channel 7.

How will ‘Molly’ help us remember Australian culture?

Molly Meldrum's life is coming to the small screen with a two-part miniseries. How faithfully can we expect the show to reproduce history? Taking a look at the soundtrack might provide a clue.
Kanye functions as a mirror for the most visible and occasionally garish values of his time. Charles Platiau/ Reuters

Friday essay: the sounds of Kanye West

Many have long forgotten the simple fact that Kanye West is one of the greatest producers of hip-hop in its history. A decade-long six-album streak of critically acclaimed albums rivals the greatest icons of pop.
David Bowie produced some of his most innovative work while living in divided Berlin. EPA/Nils Meilvang

David Bowie in the divided city of Berlin

Bowie’s life has been under the microscope since he burst on the scene in 1969 with the smash hit, Space Oddity. We examine how the divided city of Berlin saved this extraordinary artist at his lowest ebb.
It’s time to look back on a year of art and culture. Blake Danger Bentley. Melbourne street art

2015, the year that was: Arts + Culture

It's another year in Arts + Culture, so in case you missed it we've collected all the best coverage of screen, theatre, music, books and culture in one place.
It’s comforting to think that technology has its limits, that the album persists. Jared Hersch

What music sounded like in 2015

The hard numbers of sales, downloads, streams, and billboard charts seem to do all the work for us. But do these measures tell us anything meaningful about music's nature and value in 2015?
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The story of Silent Night

The carol 'Silent Night' has been translated into 140 languages and renditions have been sung by everyone, from Bing Crosby to Chewbacca. This is the story behind its success.
Jazz was the most influential musical movement of the 20th century. What’s its story? The Count Basie Orchestra.

Explainer: the history of jazz

Jazz evolved from the fringes of American society into one of the most influential, and enduring, musical movements of the 20th century. How did it get from what it was to what it is now?
Why should African graduates be honoured with a Latin song when the continent has plenty of its own music and ways of celebrating? Direct Relief/Flickr

Why Gaudeamus igitur has no place at graduations in African

A Latin song takes centre stage at graduation ceremonies around the world, including in South Africa. Isn't it time the continent used its own methods to celebrate major events?

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