Music

How Minneapolis made Prince

Minneapolis’ story began with a struggle over land

Why are pop songs getting sadder than they used to be?

The rise of negative lyrics in popular English-language songs is a fascinating phenomenon

‘The Wall’ cemented Pink Floyd’s fame – but destroyed the band

It marked the last time the four members of the band would record an album together

The Futurism of Hip Hop

Space, Electro and Science Fiction in Rap

What lost photos of Blue Notes say about South Africa’s jazz history

The story of the Blue Notes is inextricable from apartheid’s exiling of the musical imagination

Music that you help make: composition for video gaming draws on tradition and tech

Anchored by history and tradition, and enabled by cutting edge technology

Beatles: Abbey Road at 50 is a marker of how pop music grew up in the 1960s

Even at the end, they continued to point the way forward

Bruce Springsteen: an Aristotle for our times

‘I wanted to hear, and I wanted to know the whole American story.’