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Murder music – Songs of homicide

Before the invention of crime reporting there were the murder ballad. These songs described violent crimes and fearful retributions, and the listener was often...

Rock and school

Classic rock'n'roll needed both school days and school girls.   School is one of the narrative contexts that recur in rock'n'roll...

When the couple is a duo

Real and 'virtual' married partners who made pop music history.   It all started with Orpheus and Euridyce, the Greek myth...

El Sistema

Keep playing and injustice will pass you by. The ‘collective and democratic music’ experiment turns 40. El Sistema, one of the world’s most extraordinary...

The minstrel of faith

If God is on our side, why are we in such a mess? One of Bob Dylan’s best quotes runs as follows: “They said...

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