Going Beyond the Neutron Dance with Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters

Ruth Pointer reflects on her multi-faceted career with the Pointer Sisters, honors the memory of her sister Bonnie, and shares the joy found in her music -- and fashion.


Reaching for the Sky: An Interview with Singer-Songwriter Bruce Sudano

How did Bruce Sudano become a superhero? PopMatters has the answer as Sudano celebrates the release of Spirals and reflects on his career from Brooklyn Dreams to Broadway.


Cosmic Dust and Interstellar Grooves: An Interview with Nona Hendryx

As guest Artistic Director for 'The Cosmic Synthesis of Sun Ra and Afrofuturism' at Harlem Stage, funk rock icon Nona Hendryx brings audiences to other dimensions.


Perfect Harmony: An Interview with Legendary Vocal Group the Waters

From Phil Spector's Wall of Sound to 20 Feet from Stardom, Julia, Maxine, Luther, and Oren Waters reflect on their six-decade career, including historic sessions with Herbie Hancock, Neil Diamond, Michael Jackson, and countless other music legends.


The Reason for the Season: A Christmas Chat with Dionne Warwick

Following the release of her latest album She's Back, the legendary Dionne Warwick delivers another musical gift with Dionne Warwick & the Voices of Christmas.


On the Raydio: An Interview with Ray Parker, Jr.

With a documentary and new album slated for 2020, GRAMMY-winning legend Ray Parker, Jr. reflects on his career from Motown to "Ghostbusters" and beyond.


Survival and Serendipity: An Interview with Northern Soul Legend P.P. Arnold

More than 50 years after her last solo album, Northern soul legend P.P. Arnold returns with a magnum opus produced by Ocean Colour Scene's Steve Cradock. Arnold discusses this and her long musical history working with the likes of the Small Faces, Ike & Tina Turner, and the Rolling Stones.


Rewards of a Lifetime: An Interview with Dionne Warwick

With her new album 'She's Back' plus a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award, Dionne Warwick remains a regal force among music legends.


The Maestro Speaks: An Interview with Musical Virtuoso Joseph Joubert

In this exclusive interview with PopMatters, Joseph Joubert revisits his remarkable career, from working with Diana Ross and Kathleen Battle to orchestrating Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals.


Mississippi to MoWest: An Interview with Grammy-Winning Legend Thelma Houston

On the eve of premiering her new single "ISLY (I Still Love You)", soul legend Thelma Houston revisits her landmark debut for Motown's boutique label, MoWest.


She's the Boss: From Oz to Eden with Diana Ross and Ashford & Simpson

In this PopMatters exclusive, legendary Motown songwriter/producer Valerie Simpson and the musicians behind The Boss recall how Ashford & Simpson brought Diana Ross back to number one.


Mahalo, Mary Magdalene: An Interview with Chart-Topping Grammy Winner Yvonne Elliman

Fifty years after leaving Honolulu for London, Yvonne Elliman retraces the road from Hawaii to Jesus Christ Superstar and Saturday Night Fever ... and back again.


Pretty in Pink Vinyl: An Interview with Disco Legend Alfa Anderson

From her very first vinyl release to her Legends of Vinyl (L.O.V.) Hall of Fame induction, former CHIC vocalist Alfa Anderson celebrates a year of solo triumphs.


Making Her Move: Olivia Newton-John's 'Physical' Phenomenon Revisited

In this PopMatters exclusive, producer John Farrar and the creative team behind Physical recall how Olivia Newton-John brought a Grammy-winning sensation from the studio to the screen.


"Can I Get a Witness?": An Interview with Macy Gray

Celebrating her tenth album, Macy Gray delivers a set of radiant gems on Ruby, bringing guests like Gary Clark, Jr. and Meghan Trainor along for her Mack Avenue debut.


"No Pause, Press Play": An Interview with Jazz Virtuoso Jon Batiste

Known to millions as the Late Show with Stephen Colbert's masterful MD, Jon Batiste makes a space for listeners "to feel and to think" on his Verve debut, Hollywood Africans.


"The Music of Life": An Interview with Disco Pioneer Marc Cerrone

From "Love in C Minor" to "Supernature", legendary drummer and producer Marc Cerrone recalls the classic recordings that propelled him to the forefront of disco and beyond.


'Summer' Fever: An Interview with Tony-Nominated Triple Threat Ariana DeBose

Putting the sizzle in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, Ariana DeBose charts her own course to Broadway stardom.


'African Queens' and Disco Royalty: An Interview with the Ritchie Family

Original Ritchie Family members Cassandra Wooten, Cheryl Mason-Dorman, and Gwendolyn Wesley, plus Philly soul songwriter Phil Hurtt, reflect on African Queens (1977), the trio's chart-topping homage to Nefertiti, Cleopatra, and the Queen of Sheba.


"A Lady Must Live": Interview with Broadway Legend Vivian Reed

As Broadway powerhouse Vivian Reed preps her critically acclaimed Lena Horne tribute for New York's Green Room 42, the two-time Tony Award nominee recalls a lifetime of career triumphs.


Jumping Over Rainbows: An Interview with Joan Armatrading

Inspired as ever, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading explores the complexity of love on her 21st album Not Too Far Away.

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Ready for Her Cue: An Interview with Soul Legend Valerie Simpson

With dazzle, flair, and "all that jazz", Songwriters Hall of Fame legend Valerie Simpson makes her Broadway debut as Matron "Mama" Morton in Chicago: The Musical.


Rock Solid Woman: 20 Essential Nona Hendryx Performances

Whether a nightbird in flight or a skindiver in transformation, Nona Hendryx is the quintessential Rock Solid Woman. PopMatters celebrates Joe's Pub at the Public's very first Vanguard Resident with 20 of her most unforgettable performances.

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