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Tyler Mitchell: the photographer who made history with Beyoncé

On Monday, coinciding with the release of Vogue’s venerated September issue, the photographer Tyler Mitchell made history: two photos he’d taken of Beyoncé graced the cover of two different editions of the issue, making him the first black photographer to shoot a cover in the entirety of the …

Race & Ethnicity

'Hipster kryptonite': will CDs ever have a resurgence?

They may not be as conducive to nostalgia because we may not have had the chance to miss them as much Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow<p>A substantial CD collection was once the mark of the true muso, with the format hailed for its superior sound quality and , of course, compactness. But many collections now sit …

Vinyl Records

N.W.A’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’: 12 Things You Didn’t Know

Gangsta rap was already a growing genre when N.W.A released their full-length debut, <i>Straight Outta Compton</i>, but none of the group’s peers inspired …

Rap & Hip-Hop

How we made Smash Hits magazine

Neil Tennant would ask 'Does your mother play golf?' because the answer revealed if someone was posh<p><b>David Hepworth, editor</b><p>I was working in a record shop when a regular customer mentioned that Nick Logan was starting Smash Hits. I rang Nick and he said: “Can you come over tomorrow?” He’d put the …

U2

The Go-Go’s Gave Us the Beat and So Much More

When the Go-Go’s’ debut album came out in 1981, it provided sweet vindication for girls like me. I was a California-born punk-rock pirate marooned at a Midwestern public high school. No one invited smart-alecks to the prom, especially ones who openly mocked the idea of slow dancing to “Stairway to …

Music

Spike Lee Takes on the Klan

As the tagline appearing onscreen early in Spike Lee’s latest film exclaims (in capital letters, punctuated with an expletive), “BlacKkKlansman” is “Based on Some Fo’ Real, Fo’ Real” material. But instead of opening with his truth-is-crazier-than-fiction story of a black police officer named Ron …

20th Century

Jean-Paul Goude's best photograph: an androgynous Grace Jones

It was Grace saying goodbye to disco and decadence, and hello to a radiant future with me!<p>The first time I saw Grace was at a show at Les Mouches, a gay bar in New York, in 1974 or 1975. I already knew of Grace as a model, but I didn’t know she had a voice. I was agreeably surprised. Her aesthetic, …

Avant-garde

Seymour Stein, the man who signed Madonna: 'My ears got me through'

Seymour Stein loves the music business. And so he should, given he is one of the last old record guys – the kind who came up when rock’n’roll was the thing, who worked in the Brill Building, who talks about songs and records rather than streams and monetisation. The kind of guy who signed the …

Music

Devo on How ‘Whip It’ Changed Their Lives, Meeting the Rolling Stones

“I don’t think Devo would have hatched in a major city,” the group’s Jerry Casale says, looking back on the art-rockers’ early history in a excited …

Concerts

The Story of Phat Kat, “Carte Blanche,” and The Gods of Detroit Hip-Hop

Phat Kat’s legacy is unbreakably tethered to J Dilla’s. Even as far back as the early 1990s, Dilla kept a tight crew of artists around him in …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Billy Joel’s Got a Good Job and Hits in His Head

OYSTER BAY, N.Y. — “You see that boat out there?” Billy Joel asked, pointing beyond the dock and the helicopter pad in his backyard to Oyster Bay Harbor. “That’s an oyster boat — a dredge. I worked on one of those, when I was 17 or 18. I used to look up at these big houses and say, ‘You rich …

Music

The Official Top 20 best-selling cassettes of 2018 so far

Cassette sales more than doubled last year, and that growth is set to continue.<p>You may remember that last year, the humble cassette was experiencing …

Kylie Minogue

Rammellzee, From Living Letters to Living Sculpture

The graffiti writer, rapper, sculptor, quasi-outsider artist and unorthodox philosopher of language known as Rammellzee was given to enigmatic dissertations, and near the front of the bracing survey of his work, “Rammellzee: Racing for Thunder,” there is a media station with a telling page from one …

Art

Bettye Lavette: Soul Survivor

On a recent afternoon in the suburbs of northern New Jersey, Bettye Lavette sat at her kitchen table, a glass of chardonnay and a weed vape pen in …

Music

Ministry of Sound’s Love Island compilation

Have you heard Love Island: The Pool Party yet? You really shouldn’t. The compilation album features Little Mix and Cheat Codes’ Only You, and various other bangers in that modern vernacular where “summer” is a PC plugin, and DJ Khaled is only ever seconds away from shouting his own name. True to …

Love Island

'I’m always gonna be a nightmare’:​ ​how​ ​Bhad Bhabie​ ​went from meme to megastar MC

Just ​’cause I stand up for myself and I’m honest, that doesn’t mean I’m going to beat people up all the time<p>In September 2016, Danielle Bregoli – then 13 years old – flicked her straightened hair over her shoulder and pursed her lips while someone referred to her as the antichrist. Dr Phil, on …

East London

The surprising origins of the KISS merchandising machine that generated $100 million in the 1970s

It’s a common misconception that the band KISS had a master plan from their earliest beginnings. We recently told you how the marketing of the group …

Merchandising

Sorry to Bother You: why Boots Riley’s surreal race allegory is this year’s Get Out

Early on in Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You, wet-behind-the-ears telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) is smarting from yet another person hanging up on him. His co-worker Langston (Danny Glover) gives him a much-needed tip: success in this game requires him to ditch his natural tone and …

Jordan Peele

How we made: Roni Size on the Mercury-winning album New Forms

<b>Roni Size, AKA</b> <b>Ryan Williams, producer</b><p>I was born Ryan Owen Granville Williams but, because I was lighter-skinned, everyone called me Roni, after the only white character in the film Babylon. I was quite short and if my mates were talking about a girl, they’d say: “Oh, she’s Roni’s size.” So that’s …

England

Angry young women: how radical, female film-makers defined the spirit of '68

The summer season at the movies is traditionally a time for tentpoles and blockbusters, but this year’s wonder women don’t wear bulletproof bracelets. Independent cinemas are offering a sizzling summer of radical, intersectional film as an alternative to the franchise releases. A revival of radical …

Eugene Pitt, Doo-Wop Singer With Staying Power, Dies at 80

Eugene Pitt, the lead singer of the Jive Five, a doo-wop group that reached the Top 10 in 1961 with “My True Story” and endured long past doo-wop’s heyday by mingling their sound with ascendant genres like funk, disco and soul, died on June 29 at his home in Newberry, S.C. He was 80.<p>The cause was …

Vince Martin, ‘Cindy, Oh Cindy’ Singer, Early Folk-Rock Pioneer, Dead at 81

Vince Martin, an influential singer-songwriter in New York’s Greenwich Village and Florida’s Coconut Grove folk scenes, died in a nursing home …

Joy Division: "Love Will Tear Us Apart" - Pop-Anthologie

<i>Ein Song, dessen schmerzhafter Inhalt am musikalischen Arrangement förmlich abzuperlen scheint und der doch die Agonie des Liebesendes besingt wie</i> …

‘Not black enough’: the identity crisis that haunted Whitney Houston

“Sometimes it gets down to ‘You’re not black enough for them. You’re not R&B enough. You’re very pop. The white audience has taken you away from them.’” This was Whitney Houston, reflecting on the first significant setback of her career, when she was booed at the 1989 Soul Train Awards. By that …

Whitney Houston

The Big Business of Becoming Bhad Bhabie

<b>A</b>dam Kluger had a plan to save music. It was 2008: Piracy was up, streaming hadn’t taken off and the physical album had long been eclipsed by the digital single. On top of that, it was the middle of the recession; industry people were looking for ways to make up their losses. Kluger was a …

‘What a star he would be today’: the extraordinary musical legacy of Sylvester

He would be a judge on America’s Got Talent or he’d have his own syndicated series … who knows?<p>On a sunny Thursday afternoon, the theatre at the University of Sussex is playing host to an interdisciplinary academic conference. Its subject is disco, and today, more specifically, the singer …

San Francisco

As Reggae Celebrates 50 Years, Some of the Genre's Pioneers Look Back on Its Worldwide Ascent

Shifting ethics, social upheavals and escalations in political and civil rights protests all contributed to the chaotic, landmark year that was 1968. …

Bad Gyal: 'Young people feel really represented by reggaeton'

“A Spanish artist doesn’t get this big,” says Alba Farelo, better known as Bad Gyal. “And a Catalan artist – never.” It’s true: what started as a hastily recorded cover of Rihanna’s Work has spiralled into a highly unusual success story for the 21-year-old from Vilassar de Mar, a seaside town near …

Pusha T: ‘The Make America Great Again hat is this generation’s Ku Klux hood’

It was definitely good for hip-hop. What has been more energetic than this? Pusha T on his Drake beef<p>A surprising piece of trivia surfaced during the three-year wait for a new album by Pusha T. The rapper – whose cocaine-dusted songs detail the paranoia and luxury of his drug-slinging past on the …

Is Bezos holding Seattle hostage? The cost of being Amazon's home

Amazon is looking for a home for its second headquarters. But in its current home, critics say rising house prices and growing inequality have damaged the city<p><i>Image shows Seattle from 2015 to 2017</i><p>However they see Amazon, for good or ill, residents of the fastest-growing city in the US largely agree …

Jeff Bezos