Biopic Fito Páez: El Amor Después Del Amor (Love After Music) is, among other things, a gateway into Argentina’s most celebrated rock star’s songbook.
Art critic Alex Coles demonstrates in his convention-challenging Crooner: Singing from the Heart From Sinatra to Nas that crooning is a vocal style and image encompassing theatrical exaggeration and heartfelt reality.
Music documentary Born in Chicago captures the white musicians who bristled at 1950s American conformity and turned to Chicago blues for a whole new world.
While following the customary format of K-pop documentaries, My Con the Movie shows the candid, magnetic sides of each member of K-pop sensation Mamamoo.
In this excerpt from Jonathan Leal’s study of Black American jazz, Dreams in Double Time, bebop gives the music a “new accent” and the outsider citizenry a “new language” for counter-punching rebellion.
Singing the Cape Verde blues known as “morna”, the world-renowned Cesária Évora sang in local Creole to a slow tempo reflecting a melancholy state of mind. Her gentle, lulling timbre recounts some of the darkest moments of the volcanic island.
In The Philosophy of Modern Song, Bob Dylan conveys his thoughts in his signature styles, as in his lyrics, he can be plainspoken, gnomic, and over the top.
Bob Dylan’s The Philosophy of Modern Song is an awful book, awash with misogyny and crusty old man rants like a drunken, MAGA hat-wearing uncle.
Musician and author Tracy Santa has a way of seeing rock ‘n’ roll that imbues his memoir, The Tompo of the Ringing with broad appeal and larger relevance.
The Best Show creator Tom Scharpling talks with PopMatters about his memoir It Never Ends and how he reached the greatest phase of his radio/podcasting career.