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Yothu Yindi performing in 2000. Their songs offered hope and strength to generations of Yolŋu people. Dean Lewins/AAP

My favourite album: Yothu Yindi’s Tribal Voice

The songs of Tribal Voice offered hope and strength to generations of Yolŋu people and gave audiences elsewhere a rare insight into the resolve and aspirations of Indigenous Australia.
The Beastie Boys in the music video for Sure Shot. Screenshot from Youtube

My favourite album: The Beastie Boys’ Ill Communication

The Beastie Boys' Ill Communication closed out hip-hop's Golden Age with a kaleidoscope of jazz-infused beats, bratty punk interludes and a deeper appreciation for storytelling.
St Vincent performing with Dave Grohl (at rear) after Nirvana was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York in 2014. Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Redefining the rock god – the new breed of electric guitar heroes

The airwaves were once dominated by rock gods delivering blistering guitar solos. Times have changed but a new crop of electric guitarists are strumming their way to glory.
A cross stitch recreation of Nirvana’s classic album cover by Mr X Stitch. Jamie Chalmers/flickr

Can an album still define the times? Oh Well. Whatever. Nevermind.

Nirvana's Nevermind was emblematic of the 1990s. But in today's fragmented digital age, can anyone nominate an album that defines the first or second decade of the 21st century?
Is the system broken? 'Record Player' via www.shutterstock.com

Are the Grammys really about good music?

After winning his Grammy in 1996, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder said, 'I don't think this means anything.' Was he right?
Punters cheer at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival. Revenue from live performances is growing. Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Why music is not lost

In Australia, musicians' total income actually went up last year. While the music industry still faces many challenges, there is now a world-wide push to boost artists' royalties paid by streaming services such as Spotify.

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