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Good music longreads

Articles featured in our weekly Stack newsletter.

New World Prophecy

Dvořák once predicted that American classical music would be rooted in the black vernacular.
The American Scholar

Punk Was Never Just for White Dudes

Underage rockers the Linda Lindas aren’t just punk rock’s future—they’re a throwback to its feminist origins.
Slate

How SoundScan Changed Everything We Knew About Popular Music

Thirty years ago, Billboard changed the way it tabulated its charts, turning the industry on its head
The Ringer

Shelved: The Velvet Underground's Fourth Album

The story of the Velvet Underground album that almost never was.
Longreads

The Post-Brexit New Wave

In a fractious U.K., a restless sound trembles to life
NPR

The Endless Life Cycle of Japanese City Pop

An American-influenced strain of vintage Japanese music has become a perennial cult hit online.
Pitchfork

Steal this Dan or: Don’t Burn Bridgers

A screed on the memeification of music
Insufficient Fare

Inside the Dirty Business of Hit Songwriting

Singers have taken credit and royalties for songs they didn't write for decades
Variety

DMX Leaves a Legacy of Passion, Unparalleled Success, and Pain

The gruff-voiced MC helped changed the course of hip-hop in the late ’90s
The Ringer

Start a blog

This is my occasional request that if you (1) have a focused interest and (2) post regularly about it on…
Disquiet

Vin Diesel, Arthur Russell and Me

Mixmaster Arthur Russell meets wannabe rapper Mark Sinclair (aka Vin Diesel). What could possibly go wrong?
Please Kill Me

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