“Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream…”

On August 8, 1966, Capitol Records released the Beatles album Revolver in the United States. (In the UK, the LP was released by Parlophone on August 5.) Revolver became an immediate chart-topper and is now widely considered to be one of the greatest albums in music history. It includes several especially famous and popular Beatle … Read more

“Carry Me Back to Old Virginny,” the song that made a pioneering Black songwriter famous — and infamous…

  How will Rap and Hip Hop songs by Black musicians that use the N-word and seemingly glorify the “thug life” be viewed 140 years from now? I don’t know for sure, of course. But I’m willing to guess there will be various conflicting views among people who are both Black and White. That’s certainly … Read more