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Good music longreads

Articles featured in our weekly Stack newsletter.

Dolly Parton Steers Her Empire Through the Pandemic

The country icon is making hard choices, expanding her slate of music, screen and branding projects
Billboard

Some Notes on Attunement

A voyage around Joni Mitchell.
The New Yorker

The Embarrassing 1,000-Year History of the Male Power Ballad

Their roots go all the way back to the 11th century
MEL

The Power and Business of Hip-Hop

Stories of hip-hop’s genius, influence, struggle, and endurance.
Longreads

Linkin Park T-Shirts Are All the Rage in China

Its Minutes to Midnight logo is everywhere in the most populous country in the world.
Wired

How Ennio Morricone Changed the Way Movies Sound

Remembering the legendary film composer who defined the sound of Spaghetti Westerns.
Pitchfork

The Magic of Rick Rubin Is in What He Doesn’t…

Explaining the legacy of the superproducer
The Ringer

Is This The End For "Urban" Music?

Industry stakeholders have been pushing to change the name since at least 2018.
NPR

Why "Bitter Sweet Symphony" Keeps Hitting

One of the best-known samples reveals that music is a flat circle
MEL

Tell It Like It Is

A History of Rhythm and Blues
Folklife

The coronavirus pandemic shut down live music.

All my concerts were postponed by the coronavirus, so why can’t I get a refund? It’s complicated.
Vox

Exploring Sailor Moon’s most magical soundtracks

The landmark anime series about interplanetary guardians and talking cats is a wild ride, and its music is even wilder
Dazed

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