The Masked Marauders were the cockamamie creation of a bored rock critic. They still sold 100,000 albums.
Professional applauders, collectively known as the “claque,” helped mold the tastes of an uncertain audience.
Trippingly on the tongue? Yeah, right.
Nearly forgotten today, Jones thrilled audiences with classical music performances at the end of the nineteenth century.
Profiles of Betye Saar, Krista Franklin, Miles Davis, Basquiat, Kanye West, Faith Ringgold and more.
The 1896 version of crime sensationalism also taught the victim-blaming lesson “Stay Sexy, Don’t Get Murdered.”
“Soon May the Wellerman Come” is the heart of ShantyTok—but it’s not a sea shanty at all. Two authoritative essays roil the waters.
"M.T.A." is a humorous ditty about a never-ending subway ride. But it began in Boston's progressive political circles.
In the 17th century, Nathaniel Giles had the right to conscript young singers into the British royal children’s choir. He and a business partner went a step further.
The history of the guitar shows that musical instruments have been gendered—but just how changes over time.