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Spinning vinyl while cruising the interstate

<i>Photos by author.</i><p>I spotted this in-car record player mounted under the instrument panel of a late-1950s Dodge this past weekend at a car show, and it …

Vincent Van Gogh Found in a Photo from 1887

This group photo from 1887 is reportedly the first photo ever found of Vincent Van Gogh after he became an artist. If experts are correct, then the …

10 Blues Albums Rolling Stone Loved in the 1970s That You Never Heard

From 1970 to 1979, <i>Rolling Stone</i> reviewed thousands of albums, including hundreds of blues (and blues-rock) records, a few of which technically came …

Mirror Self Portraits from the Early Days of Photography

Staring into a mirror and taking a self-portrait with a camera is nothing new. People have been trying to find ways to take their photographs since …

Photography

Out to the 80s pirate radio massive ... from B-boys to dub fanatics, Kiss FM’s early days to crate-digging in Groove Records, skip back to the time when towerblock studios, parties, zines and even an illegal television station fuelled UK bass culture. Believe!

TV Stations

See Mary Ellen Mark’s Most Memorable Photo Essay

"Streets of the Lost: Runaway Kids eke out a mean life in Seattle"—LIFE magazine, July 1983.<br>Mary Ellen Mark—LIFE Magazine<p>1 of 5<p>Mary Ellen Mark …

The Best of Thelonious Monk

A treasure chest of jazz is being rereleased this week: “The Complete Riverside Recordings” of Thelonious Monk, a fifteen-disk set of his recording sessions, in the studio and live, for that seminal label. Spanning the period between 1955 and 1961, it's the core of his recorded legacy. The set …

Someday We'll All Be Free: 100 Hours Of Soulful Protest Music

All rhythm & blues is protest music — at least, that's one way of looking at it. The blues was the haunting soundtrack of newly-freed post-civil-war African-Americans trekking into big cities for work, while putrid Jim Crow laws served as a slap-in-the-face reminder that America was far from the …

An Oral History of Laurel Canyon, the 60s and 70s Music Mecca

They made music together, took drugs together, formed bands together, slept together. But none of the legends of the Laurel Canyon scene that flowered in L.A. in the late 60s and early 70s—Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, Linda Ronstadt, and others—remember it quite the same way.<p><i>When I first came out</i> …

For All Your Luck

Bicimaquinas – The Amazingly Useful Low-Tech Bicycle Machines of Guatemala

Cheap, eco-friendly machines, made from discarded bicycle parts and powered by pedalling, are all the rage in rural Guatemala. They’re called …

Snapshots of “Dangerous” Women

Coinciding with Women’s History Month, Rizzoli Publications will be releasing a book containing a collection of photographs gathered by art collector …

Neil Young Busking in Glasgow, 1976: The Story Behind the Footage

The day was April 2, 1976. Neil Young was flying into Glasgow, and a local camera crew was waiting at the airport to meet him. Director Murray Grigor …

‘Photography Made Difficult’: The Life and Work of Photojournalist W. Eugene Smith

“Photography Made Difficult” is a 1989 documentary about the career of renowned photojournalist William Eugene Smith, a man who helped to pioneer the …

Photojournalism

Hear the Earliest Known Talking Heads Recordings (1975)

We've featured a fair few early Talking Heads performances, from Dortmund and Rome in 1980 to Syracuse in 1978 all the way back to CBGB in 1975. But …

T Bone Walker: blues giant and musical innovator

T-Bone Walker, who died on March 16, 1975, may be forgotten by the wider public, but he remains one of the most innovative and influential musicians of the 20th century.<p>He was the first person to play blues on an electric guitar and led the way for <b>the late blues maestro BB King</b>, who said: “When I …

Lead Belly: the musician who influenced a generation

Lead Belly is one of great musical influences of the 20th century and his work is celebrated in a brilliant box set Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection<p>"No Lead Belly, no <b>Beatles</b>," George Harrison once said.<p>More than six decades after his death from Lou Gehrig's disease in 1949, the …

"Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks" @ Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum will be hosting “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks,” an exhibition that showcases the<p>Brooklyn Museum will be hosting “Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks,” an exhibition that showcases the personal archives of the all-around creative force Jean-Michel Basquiat. Set to launch this spring, …

Weapon of Mass Instruction: Artist Unveils Tank-Shaped Bookmobile to Promote Reading

Buenos Aires artist Raul Lemesoff recently re-configured an old Ford Falcon to look like a military tank. But instead of carting around ballistics, the tank has built-in shelves that can carry about 900 books. He's dubbed his creative mobile library as the “weapon of mass instruction.”<p>After working …

‘The Last of the Teddy Girls’: Ken Russell’s nearly lost photographs of London’s teenage girl gangs

Though Ken Russell wanted to be a ballet dancer, his father wouldn’t hear of it—no son of his would ever be seen in tights—so the young Russell …

How your pretentious local record store asshole got that way

The smug, judging record clerk is a sad cliche, but the stereotype exists for a reason. Not all of them start out that way. Sometimes it’s a process …

The early jazz album covers of Andy Warhol

<i>Thelonious Monk, Monk, 1954</i> <br>Before he became just about the most important person in the world in the 1960s, Andy Warhol made a living as a graphic …

For Musician Jack White, Any Old Guacamole Just Won't Do

Jack White, formerly of the White Stripes, must really hate bananas. Because according to his concert rider, which was recently made public, he doesn't want to lay eyes on one at his concerts.<p>A "rider" is the set of unusual contractual demands that some pop stars make of their hosts when they're on …

First Turntable Buying Guide | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Cameron Schaefer.</i><p>So, you’ve decided to get into vinyl. Perhaps the story I shared last month about my own …

Parquet Courts to Release Live at Third Man Records

Last June, Parquet Courts stopped by Jack White's Third Man Records in Nashville, Tennessee to play a show. Now, they've announced <i>Parquet Courts: Live at Third Man Records</i>, a recording of that performance, out on March 3. That's the cover art above. You can check out the track list below. Also …

Soft Focus

Francesca Woodman is probably best remembered for photographs she made of herself in the nude. Small gems of surreal portraiture that transmit an erotic charge, they merged her body with surroundings that sometimes included snakes as bondage gear. She made most of them while still a student at the …

The Last Time Lennon & McCartney Played Together Captured in A Toot And a Snore in ’74

The number of Beatles bootlegs—in every possible medium and state of quality—must approach infinity. A person could spend a lifetime acquiring, …

The Fifty Healthiest Foods, With a Recipe for Each

<i>Time</i> magazine curated a <b>list of the 50 healthiest foods known to nutrition science</b> and asked registered dietician, nutritionist and cookbook author …

Photo of Weasel Riding on a Woodpecker Spawns Hilarious Photoshop Meme

Chances are, you might've already seen this incredible photograph by Martin LeMay. It's the unforgettable sight of a weasel clinging to the back of a woodpecker in midair. LeMay and his wife encountered the two creatures while walking in a park in London. Although the weasel was trying to attack …

WWII War Paint: How Bomber-Jacket Art Emboldened Our Boys

As we reflect on Pearl Harbor Day, here’s something to keep in mind: The “men” who fought and died for the United States in World War II, were just …