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Good Medicine: The Band’s Classic Song, “The Weight,” Sung by Robbie Robertson, Ringo Starr & Special Guests from Around the World

Robbie Robertson’s “The Weight,” the Band’s most beloved song, has the quality of Dylan’s impressionistic narratives. Elliptical vignettes that seem to make very little sense at first listen, with a chorus that cuts right to the heart of the human predicament. “Robertson admits in his autobiography,” notes Patrick Doyle at Rolling Stone, “that he struggled to articulate to producer John Simon what the song was even about.” An artist needn’t understand a creation for it to resonate with l...
Tags: Google, Music, Japan, College, Los Angeles, Current Affairs, Rolling Stone, Bahrain, Ringo Starr, Facebook Twitter, Robertson, Dylan, Doyle, Allman Brothers, Josh Jones, Robbie

Bob Dylan Releases a Cryptic 17-Minute Song about the JFK Assassination: Hear a “Murder Most Foul”

Like an Old Testament prophet with smartphone, Bob Dylan has appeared the midst of catastrophe to drop a new previously unreleased track, “Murder Most Foul,” on Twitter. Ostensibly a 17-minute song about JFK’s assassination, it’s “the first evidence of original songwriting that we’ve had in eight years from one of the most original songwriters of our era,” writes Kevin Dettmar, Professor of English at Pomona College, for The New Yorker. The move seems like a weird one—“’weird’ with its f...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Bob Dylan, Dallas, Npr, Jfk, Hamlet, Rolling Stone, Jack, Kennedy, Facebook Twitter, Dylan, Lyndon Johnson, Andy Greene, Josh Jones

Nine Inch Nails Releases 2 Free Albums: They’re Now Ready to Download

Image by via Wikimedia Commons FYI: Nine Inch Nails has released two new albums to help you weather the global storm. Download them for free here. The offer comes prefaced with these words from the band... FRIENDS- WEIRD TIMES INDEED… AS THE NEWS SEEMS TO TURN EVER MORE GRIM BY THE HOUR, WE’VE FOUND OURSELVES VACILLATING WILDLY BETWEEN FEELING LIKE THERE MAY BE HOPE AT TIMES TO UTTER DESPAIR – OFTEN CHANGING MINUTE TO MINUTE. ALTHOUGH EACH OF US DEFINE OURSELVES AS ANTISOCIAL-TYPES WHO PREFER B...
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What’s the Function of Criticism? Pretty Much Pop: A Culture Podcast #36 with Critic Noah Berlatsky Do we need professional critics regulating our entertainment intake?  Noah has written for numerous publications including The Washington Post, The Atlantic, NBC News, The Guardian, Slate, and Vox, and his work has come up for discussion in multiple past Pretty Much Pop episodes. He was invited to join hosts Mark Linsenmayer, Erica Spyres, and Brian Hirt in spelling out the functions of criticism...
Tags: Google, Music, Film, College, Noah, Criticism, Atlantic, Bob Dylan, Literature, Vox, Mel Brooks, Hemingway, Mark, Facebook Twitter, Weiner, Ken Russell

Free: Austin City Limits Opens Up Video Archives During COVID-19 Pandemic

Austin City Limits--an PBS music program recorded live in Austin, Texas--has decided to open its archives "as a gift to music fans during the current live music moratorium." They write: "Starting March 23, the perennial television series will make fan-favorite episodes from the recently broadcast Season 45 available for streaming, in addition to the entire slate of programs from the previous two seasons of the acclaimed concert showcase. Over 35 ACL installments will be available to stre...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, London, College, Current Affairs, Jack White, Hyde Park, Robert Plant, Austin City Limits, Austin Texas, Facebook Twitter, Austin City, Billie Eilish, Raconteurs, Gary Clark Jr

Dead & Company Announces Couch Tour, Letting You Stream Free Concerts at Home

More free music/entertainment to carry you through these bleak, strange times. Dead & Company (the surviving members of the Grateful Dead plus John Mayer and Oteil Burbridge) are making concerts free to stream at home. And the first one gets underway tonight. They announced on Twitter: Stay at home this weekend and tune in to “One More Saturday Night”, a new #CouchTour series featuring your favorite Dead & Company shows, for FREE.   We’re kicking things off with the 12/2/17 Austin s...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, London, College, Atlanta, Austin, Hyde Park, Grateful Dead, John Mayer, Facebook Twitter, Dead Company, Oteil Burbridge, Lakewood Amphitheatre

Soothing, Uplifting Resources for Parents & Caregivers Stressed by the COVID-19 Crisis

When COVID-19 closed schools and shuttered theaters and concert venues, response was swift. Stars ranging from the Cincinnati zoo’s hippo Fiona to Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda leapt to share free content with suddenly homebound viewers. Coldplay’s frontman, Chris Martin, separated from his bandmates by international borders, played a mini gig at home, as did country star Keith Urban, with his wife, Nicole Kidman, lurking in the background. Choreographer Debbie Allen got people off the c...
Tags: Google, Music, Film, College, Life, Bbc, Nature, Nicole Kidman, Newcastle, Chris Martin, Coldplay, Shakespeare, Keith Urban, Hayao Miyazaki, Hamilton, Cincinnati

6 Minute Reprieve From the World’s Troubles, Courtesy of Tilda Swinton, Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, and Five Springer Spaniels

This video of Tilda Swinton’s Springer Spaniels cavorting in pastoral Scotland to a Handel aria performed by countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo won’t cure what ails you, but it is definitely good medicine. Swinton and her partner, artist Sandro Kopp, filmed the beautiful beasts in such a way as to highlight their doggy exuberance, whether moving as a pack or taking a solo turn. The title of the aria, "Rompo i Lacci," from the second act of Flavio, translates to “I break the laces,” and t...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Scotland, Life, Nature, K-12, Philadelphia, Opera, Tilda Swinton, Rumi, Facebook Twitter, Costanzo, Swinton, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Sandro Kopp

Linked Jazz: A Huge Data Visualization Maps the Relationships Between Countless Jazz Musicians & Restores Forgotten Women to Jazz History

Having watched the development of interactive data visualizations as a writer for Open Culture, I’ve seen my share of impressive examples, especially when it comes to mapping music. Perhaps the oldest such resource, the still-updating Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music, also happens to be one of the best for its comprehensiveness and witty tone. Another high achiever, The Universe of Miles Davis, released on what would have been Davis’ 90th birthday, is more focused but no less dense a collecti...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, Wikipedia, Data, United States, Davis, New Orleans, Jazz, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Carnegie Hall, Facebook Twitter, Pratt, Dave Brubeck

Bruce Springsteen Releases Live Concert Film Online: Watch “London Calling: Live In Hyde Park” and Practice Self Distancing

A message from Bruce: "Practice social distancing & stream ‘London Calling: Live In Hyde Park’ from the comfort of your own home, now on YouTube & Apple Music in its entirety for the 1st time!" Watch it all above. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider making a donation to our site. It's hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us continue providing the best free cultural and educational materials to learners everywhere. Also consider followin...
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Live Performers Now Streaming Shows, from their Homes to Yours: Neil Young, Coldplay, Broadway Stars, Metropolitan Operas & More

You've always read books in the comfort of your own home. Though it may not be the full cinematic experience, you can also watch films there, in a pinch. Now that such a pinch has come, in the form of coronavirus pandemic-related quarantines and other forms of isolation, few art forms must be feeling it more than live music and theatre. Though we've all watched recorded performances now and again, we know full well that nothing can quite replicate the felt energy of the live experience. ...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, Instagram, College, Theatre, San Francisco, House, Broadway, Elton John, Coldplay, Coachella, John Legend, Seoul, Keith Urban, Young

David Bowie’s Rise as Ziggy Stardust Documented in a New 300-Page Photo Book

Great rock photographers of the seventies often captured their subjects at their moodiest, as in Pennie Smith’s pensive tour photos of the Clash, or Kevin Cummins’ stark, sometimes explosive photos of Joy Division. These were bands best shot in black and white. Punk looked back to the rock of the fifties in its high-contrast simplicity. But the early seventies belonged to glam—or, more accurately, belonged to Ziggy Stardust, a character who demanded to be captured in full-color. Mick Rock was j...
Tags: Google, Photography, Music, College, Rock, David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, Dallas, Richard, Bowie, Ziggy Stardust, Facebook Twitter, Marlene Dietrich, Mick Rock, Josh Jones, Ziggy

The Met Opera Streaming Free Operas Online to Get You Through COVID-19

Image by Lechhansl, via Wikimedia Commons On its website, the Met Opera announced that "effective immediately, all performances have been canceled through March 31 because of coronavirus concerns." But that doesn't mean audiences can't get their fill of opera performances. According to Opera Wire, in an "effort to continue providing opera to its audience members, the Met Opera will host 'Nightly Met Opera Streams' on its official website to audiences worldwide." They add: These free streams wil...
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How Patti Smith “Saved” Rock and Roll: A New Video Makes the Case

Rock and roll has always had its huge stars: from its earliest beginnings as a cultural phenomenon of interracial and sexual anxiety, to its turn as the soundtrack of free love, good drugs, and civil unrest. By the early 70s, however, Polyphonic argues above, the music of rebellion had “lost its way,” become the province of superrich superstars in private jets and French chateaus. As the 60s crashed and burned with the deaths of major figures like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Jim Morr...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, New York City, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, Punk, Patti Smith, Smith, Iggy, Van Morrison, Ramones, Facebook Twitter, Gloria, Jim Morrison

Italians’ Nightly Singalongs Prove That Music Soothes the Savage Beast of Coronavirus Quarantine & Self-Isolation

It’s not like we’re maestros…it’s a moment of joy in this moment of anxiety. —Emma Santachiara, Rome As reported by The New York Times, Ms. Sanachiara, age 73, has joined the vast choir of ordinary Italians taking to their balconies and windows to participate in socially distant neighborhood singalongs as coronavirus rages through their country. The Internet has been exploding with messages of support and admiration for the quarantined citizens’ musical displays, which have a festive New...
Tags: Travel, Health, Google, Music, College, Life, Rome, Italy, Venice, Opera, Turin, Tom, Facebook Twitter, Puccini, Wuhan China, Negramaro

Covering Robert Johnson’s Blues Became a Rite of Rock ‘n’ Roll Passage: Hear Covers by The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Howlin’ Wolf, Lucinda Williams & More

American rock and roll originated from all corners of the country in the 1940s and 50s: from the exuberant gospel of the south, rollicking western swing of Texas, lean electric blues of Chicago, fast-paced Chicano music of L.A…. Truly a cultural melting pot, it represented the U.S to itself, amplifying and intensifying contemporary trends that continued right alongside the upstart new genre. But along with the deaths, arrests, and army stints of the music’s most famous stars at the e...
Tags: Google, Music, Texas, Mississippi, College, Chicago, New York Times, Bob Marley, Johnson, Richard, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Wolf, Madison Square Garden, Facebook Twitter, Clapton

Meet the Liverbirds, Britain’s First Female (and Now Forgotten) Rock Band

We never ever got as famous as the Beatles. But we started as friends, and we ended as friends. —Sylvia Saunders, The Liverbirds’ drummer John Lennon (a member of a band who in a parallel universe might’ve been billed as the male Liverbirds) announced that the all-female quartet would fail, a deeply inaccurate prediction. The band got a lot of attention, toured with The Kinks and The Rolling Stones, dismissed Brian Epstein when he pooh-poohed their desire to play in Hamburg, rejected an ...
Tags: Google, Gender, Music, College, New York City, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Liverpool, New York Times, Las Vegas, Lennon, Hamburg, Facebook Twitter, Liverpool Echo, Rolling Stones, Saunders

Hear the Sound of the Hagia Sophia Recreated in Authentic Byzantine Chant

Audio technology has made many exciting advances in the past few years, one of which enables recording engineers to capture the sound of a specific space and recreate it elsewhere. Through a process called “convolution reverb,” the sound of a concert hall or club can be portable, so to speak, and a band or group of singers in a studio can be made to sound as if they were performing in Carnegie Hall, or inside a cave or grain silo. Also being recreated are the sounds of gothic cathedrals ...
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Every Possible Melody Has Been Copyrighted, and They’re Now Released into the Public Domain

When Helen Keller was only twelve years old, she stood accused of plagiarizing a short story. A tribunal acquitted her of the charges, but when her dear friend Mark Twain read about the incident years later, he strenuously protested, exclaiming in a 1903 letter, “the kernel, the soul—let us go further and say the substance, the bulk, the actual and valuable material of all human utterance—is plagiarism.” Given the finite number of possible narratives, and combinations of phrases, words, ...
Tags: Google, Music, Technology, Law, Minneapolis, College, George Harrison, Woody Guthrie, Atlantic, Katy Perry, Mark Twain, Soundcloud, First Time, Public Domain, Zeppelin, Facebook Twitter

What Happened Hazel Scott? Meet the Brilliant Jazz Musician & Activist Who Disappeared into Obscurity When She Was Blacklisted During the McCarthy Era

Women in the entertainment business who have taken a stand against racism and state violence and oppression have often found their careers ruined as a result, their albums and performances boycotted, opportunities rescinded. This, according to Nina Simone, is what happened to her after she began her fight for Civil Rights with the ferocious “Mississippi Goddam.” She continued performing in Europe until the 1990s, but her cultural stock in her own country declined after the 60s. She was l...
Tags: Google, Europe, Music, New York, Hollywood, College, New York City, America, History, Fbi, Paris, Alicia Keys, Smithsonian, Jazz, Nina Simone, Mccarthy

We SONIC by Getting Quick Bite, Food and Create Memories

This post was sponsored as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. One of the best and worse things about parenting is your kids getting older. My oldest two are grown now and my youngest just turned 15 yesterday. Growing up, we used to go to SONIC for a quick bite to eat and one of the many SONIC Slushes. Afterwards, we would either go to the park or find a nearby basketball court to play on. Unfortunately, SONIC was all the way...
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The Documentary Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool Is Streaming Free for a Limited Time

PBS' American Masters series has released the new documentary, Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, and it's streaming free online for a limited time. (Some geo-restrictions may apply.) With full access to the Miles Davis Estate, "the film features never-before-seen footage, including studio outtakes from his recording sessions, rare photos and new interviews." Watch the trailer above. Stream the full documentary here. Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider ma...
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Janis Joplin’s Last TV Performance & Interview: The Dick Cavett Show (1970)

The best celebrity interviewers have the ability to show us how the stars are not like us at all—not only because of the entourages, wardrobes, and bank accounts, but because of the talent for which we revere them —and also how they’re kind of just like us after all: sharing the same insecurities, fears, doubts, forgetfulness, confusion, etc. They are, that is to say, real human beings. Like no other interviewer on network television before or since, Dick Cavett could draw all of this ou...
Tags: Google, Music, Television, College, George Harrison, Village Voice, Pbs, Janis Joplin, Dick Cavett, Facebook Twitter, Joplin, Cavett, Josh Jones, Howard Smith, Durham NC Follow, Maria Popova

The Peanuts Gang Performs Pink Floyd’s Classic Rock Opera in the Mashup “Charlie Brown vs. The Wall“

YouTuber Garren Lazar has hit upon a brilliant idea—take clips from Charles M. Schulz’s universally beloved Peanuts cartoons and cut them together with universally beloved (more or less) popular anthems like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Freebird,” and “Stayin’ Alive.” The huge emotions of these songs suit the oversized feelings of the comic’s characters, who were, all of them, variations of Schulz himself. As Jeff Kinney writes in his introduction to Chip Kidd’s book, On...
Tags: Google, Music, London, College, Pink Floyd, Charlie Brown, Facebook Twitter, Beckett, Li, Sartre, Lazar, Josh Jones, Ibsen, Schroeder, David Gilmour, Roger Waters

The Opera Database: Find Scores, Libretti & Synopses for Thousands of Operas Free Online

It’s not especially hard to get inexpensive tickets to the opera if you live in, say, New York. But it’s not so easy if you live hundreds of miles from a major opera house. Opera’s rarity, however, does not make it a “more elevated” form than, say, musical theater, argues Anthony Tommasini in The New York Times. Musicals may have market share, and opera may barely sustain itself from a dwindling pool of private donors, but the comic operas of Mozart once played broadly to mass audiences, “and t...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, China, New York Times, John Adams, Verdi, Mozart, Nixon, Facebook Twitter, Puccini, Bach, La Traviata, Josh Jones, Colin Marshall

How Nina Simone Became Hip Hop’s “Secret Weapon”: From Lauryn Hill to Jay Z and Kanye West

In 1996, the Fugees burst on the scene with “Ready or Not,” and most listeners were not ready: for the ominous, eclectic, Caribbean-inflected production, the smooth, sexy menace of Lauryn Hill’s hook (“you can’t hide / Gonna find you and take it slowly”), or the interplay of references in the breakout star’s rhymes. “Rap orgies with Porgy and Bess / Capture your bounty like Eliot Ness,” Hill raps, and then a few lines later, “So while you’re imitating Al Capone, I’ll be Nina Simone / And...
Tags: Google, Music, New York, College, Jay Z, Kanye West, West, Broadway, Timbaland, Lil Wayne, Nina Simone, Talib Kweli, Caribbean, Lauryn Hill, Hill, Facebook Twitter

Peanuts Rock: Watch the Peanuts Gang Play Classic Rock Songs by Queen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey & More

In a very crowded field, Garren Lazar's comical take on Queen’s "Bohemian Rhapsody" is a stand-out. Comical in the literal sense. Lazar, aka Super G, struck a rich vein when he thought to mash the Rolling Stones’ "Sympathy for the Devil" with footage culled from Charles Schulz’s animated Peanuts specials. And over the last six years, he’s mined a lot of gold, using Final Cut Pro to pair familiar clips of a drumming Pigpen, Snoopy slapping a double bass, and the iconic “Linus And Lucy” sc...
Tags: Google, Music, Comedy, Youtube, College, New York City, Chicago, Animation, Charlie Brown, Lucy, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Facebook Twitter, Charlie, Lazar, Schroeder, Schulz

How William S. Burroughs Influenced Rock and Roll, from the 1960s to Today

It can be difficult to know what to do sometimes with adding machine heir and Naked Lunch and Junky author William S. Burroughs. In the trickle-down academese of contemporary jargon, he is a “problematic” figure who doesn’t fit neatly inside anyone’s ideological comfort zone, what with his unrepentant heroin addiction, occult weirdness, conspiracy mongering, and extensive firsthand knowledge of criminal underworlds. There was no one better qualified to midwife the counterculture. NME’s L...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Radiohead, David Bowie, States, Thom Yorke, Nme, Steely Dan, Iggy Pop, Thurston Moore, Ministry, Zeppelin, Facebook Twitter, Burroughs, Duke Ellington

Electronic Musician Shows How He Uses His Prosthetic Arm to Control a Music Synthesizer with His Thoughts

The techno-futurist prophets of the late 20th century, from J.G. Ballard to William Gibson to Donna Haraway, were right, it turns out, about the intimate physical unions we would form with our machines. Haraway, professor emeritus of the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, proclaimed herself a cyborg back in 1985. Whether readers took her ideas as metaphor or proleptic social and scientific fact hardly matters in hindsight. Her voice...
Tags: Health, Google, Music, Technology, College, Neuroscience, William Gibson, Meyer, Kraftwerk, Born, Hari Kunzru, Daniel, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, University of California Santa Cruz, Donna Haraway

New Digital Archive Will Bring Medieval Chants Back to Life: Project Amra Will Feature 300 Digitized Manuscripts and Many Audio Recordings

Among historians of European Christianity, it long seemed a settled question that Irish Catholicism, the so-called “Celtic Rite,” differed significantly in the middle ages from its Roman counterpart. This despite the fact that the phrase Celtic Rite “must not be taken to imply any necessary homogeneity,” notes the Catholic Encyclopedia, “for the evidence such as it is, is in favour of considerable diversity.” Far from an insular religion, Irish Catholicism spread to France, Germany, Switzerland...
Tags: Google, Europe, Music, College, Religion, History, Vienna, Ireland, Dublin, Northern Spain, Patrick, Facebook Twitter, Buckley, Trinity College, Continental Europe, Durham NC Follow

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