Loss of a jazz warrior: Abbey Lincoln

Vocalist, actress and activist Abbey Lincoln, who died Aug. 14 at age 80, captured the energy and drive of an era in recording and film as few others could.


“American Idol” is about young talent, not celebrities

Sooner or later every popular TV show  eventually flops, and "American Idol" last season appeared to be heading down that path - but the show must go on, right?


“Something for Everybody”

Devo, one of the original "new wave" bands of the '70s best known for their 1981 hit single "Whip It," has released their first new album in 20 years - with a relevant message.


CD for veterans and kin: Until You Come Home

With "Until You Come Home," singer-songwriter George Mann is able to offer up not only a strong musical statement on behalf of veterans of our recent wars but also one about his own fallen comrade, Julius Margolin.


American Idol disappoints, so far

There is truly something missing on American Idol this year.


Billy Bragg inspires hope and change at farmworker fest

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The Harvest of Hope, an event to help migrant workers, was held here in St. Augustine, Fla., over the March 13 weekend. To those who ask, what are the youth doing today to change the world? This event should give us great hope!


Musicians’ victory is good for all workers

CLEVELAND - Musicians at this city's famous orchestra are taking heat from phony populists, but their union's firmness sets an example that is good for the entire labor movement.


The best protest songs of the decade

This is the season of 'best of the year' and 'best of the decade' lists when it comes to books, movies, music and more. I decided to compile a list of some of the best and most influential protest music from the past ten years.


Yip Harburg, ‘Wizard of Oz’ songwriter & socialist

There is much to be told about the message of the holiday classic, "Wizard of Oz," beginning with its Oscar-winning lyricist Edgar Yipsel Harburg.


Woody Guthrie ‘in his prime’

After discovering master recordings of the legendary Woody Guthrie in a Brooklyn basement, Rounder Records released a four-disc boxed set, "My Dusty Road."

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