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Little Richard’s rock ‘n’ roll brought the margins to the center. Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images

The 1950s queer black performers who inspired Little Richard

Little Richard honed his craft as a teenage drag queen. In everything from his hairstyle to his lyrics, we see the influence of gay contemporaries like Esquerita and Billy Wright.
During their 1962 residency at Hamburg’s Star-Club, the Beatles had the opportunity of a lifetime: opening for Little Richard. Horst Fascher/K & K Ulf Kruger OHG/Redferns via Getty Images

How Little Richard helped launch the Beatles

When a 14-year-old Paul McCartney watched Little Richard in the hit film 'The Girl Can't Help It,' he couldn't have imagined that the two would one day take the stage together.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at Primavera Sound Festival on June 1 2018. Shutterstock/ChristianBertrand

Musical plagiarism: why it can be admirable to steal

To quote Nick Cave, "Plagiarism is an ugly word for what, in rock and roll, is a natural and necessary ... tendency ... and that is to steal".
People dance on their balcony in Barcelona, Spain, on April 25, 2020, as the lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus continues. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Music-making brings us together during the coronavirus pandemic

From balcony concerts to Zoom choirs, neuroscience shows why people are compelled to connect through music while the pandemic keeps them under stay-at-home orders.
Composer John Williams employed the relationship between music and emotions to great effect in film scores. In this file photo, Williams poses on the red carpet at the 2016 AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute to John Williams at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Invision/AP/Chris Pizzello)

45 years on, the ‘Jaws’ theme manipulates our emotions to inspire terror

The movie 'Jaws' opens with a truly iconic piece of music. Two notes have us on the edge of our seats in anticipation — how does music manipulate our emotions?
Using apps like Boomy and Voisey, aspiring pop artists can now use their phones to record and distribute their music — no talent required. (Shutterstock)

No musical talent, no problem — there are now apps for that

Aspiring singers can now use apps to record professional-sounding songs from their phones. This has the potential to disrupt the recording and publishing industry.

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