Samuel Johnson will play Molly Meldrum in Channel 7 miniseries Molly.
Image courtesy of Channel 7.
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.
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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.
Not so distant echoes.
If we listen to the songs of displaced Syrians, just as we listen to the songs of victims of the Holocaust, we connect to displaced communities’ creativity, ingenuity and imagination.
Woody Guthrie lived in Fred Trump’s Beach Haven apartment complex for two years.
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In the 1950s, Woody Guthrie lived in one of Fred Trump's buildings. In newly discovered, never before published writings, Guthrie bitterly rails against the developer's color line.
A still from the music video for Lazarus.
The dark, disturbing imagery of Bowie's final album recalls how the artist inspired the goth movement of the 1970s and 1980s.
David Bowie produced some of his most innovative work while living in divided 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
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.
John James Audubon’s American Flamingo (1838).
A review of some of the top arts and culture stories from the past year.
It’s comforting to think that technology has its limits, that the album persists.
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?
Under David Willcocks, the Nine Lessons and Carols became world famous.
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.
Some new themes to look forward to.
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Where next for one of the best-known soundtracks in history?
Sinatra in 1950, just before his life’s great turning point.
His vocal chords haemorrhaged, he was dropped by Columbia records: in 1951, Sinatra’s career as America’s top pop singer seemed over.
In The Man with the Golden Arm, Frank Sinatra plays a poker-dealing junkie.
In his roles, Frank Sinatra often embodied the outsider, the man excluded from America's suburban success story.
Eagles of Death Metal members Jesse Hughes and guitarist Dave Catching pay their respects to the victims of the November 13 attacks.
Live music has been targeted by terrorism ... but it also offers an antidote to it.
Jazz was the most influential musical movement of the 20th century. What’s its story?
The Count Basie Orchestra.
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?
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?
Partial to Jeff Buckley? You're probably an empathiser...
Ice-T performing at a music festival.
Californian rap and jazz poetry may sound like an odd mix – but both are rooted in historic inequalities
Adele has joined Taylor Swift’s ranks in the war against the streaming culture of Spotify and Apple Music.