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From Grace Jones’ erotic castle to Kraftwerk’s singing automatons to Kate Bush’s otherworldly hall of mirrors, these pre-MTV clips helped define what music videos could be.
With N.W.A’s biopic upon us, Eric Harvey explains how the gangsta rap originators’ work once acted as necessary counterprogramming to reality shows like “COPS” and how their mastery of media relates to our current moment of racialized police brutality.
Eric Harvey talks with Eric Weisbard about his new book, which argues that radio formats like Top 40 offer insight into cultural politics involving race, gender, and sexuality—a fact illustrated by the stories of the Isley Brothers, Dolly Parton, and more.
Eric Harvey explores how developments in streaming music are affecting ideas of taste, access, and ownership today, and what this shift means for fans and artists alike.
Devon Powers' new book Writing the Record chronicles the early days of rock journalism at The Village Voice. She talks with Eric Harvey about the evolving role of music critics through the years.
Graphic designer and album art pioneer Storm Thorgerson died yesterday at age 69. Eric Harvey pays tribute to the British artist's wildly eclectic, six-decade career and highlights nine of his most iconic covers, from Pink Floyd to the Mars Volta.
Author and musicologist Timothy Taylor talks to Eric Harvey about his new book, which tells the story of pop music's long relationship with consumer culture-- from early jingles to 60s counterculture to today's shifting definition of "selling out."
In the fall of 1982, the first compact disc went on sale. In this feature, our contributors recall their own rituals revolving around the shiny plastic discs, from second-hand triumphs, to pesky scratches, to insidious CD burning schemes.
In 1969, a Bob Dylan LP featuring unreleased material found its way into the world. Eric Harvey details how Great White Wonder predicted what we now know as the modern album leak.
Author Jonathan Sterne talks to Eric Harvey about his new book on the history of the mp3, including insights on the inherent contradictions of media corporations that rely on piracy and what the future holds for everyone's favorite type of music file.