A virtuoso guitarist and songwriter, Green’s career was blighted by drug-amplified mental health problems.
Rap songs from Public Enemy and Ludacris have been heard at marches over the killing of George Floyd. But the history of Black American music as a form of protest dates back to the 19th century.
Little Richard swung between flamboyant performances and religious fervour - but he always came back to music. With news of his death at 87, musicians paid tribute to his huge rock ‘n’ roll legacy.
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”.
Mac Rebennack took the stage name Dr John and a persona based on a real-life voodoo prince.
Muslims are not new to America. The first Muslims came as slaves and left a deep influence on a host of music genres, such as the blues and jazz.
How can a band so slavishly derivative – and sometimes downright plagiaristic – be also considered radically innovative and influential?
Why shouldn't the Stones keep touring in their 70s?