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BLACK MUSIC HISTORY
(PART 1): OUT NOW

The special issue marks the first part of a project tracing the history of black music in America. We examine the historical and social contexts of a timeline that began alongside the atrocities of the slave trade and developed through centuries of struggle, injustice and staggering achievement, ultimately giving rise to the most influential genres of American music. 

This is a musical saga encompassing the triumph of jazz, the evolution of the blues, the birth of soul and R&B, the cultural appropriation and social ferment of rock ‘n’ roll and more. It’s about “St. James Infirmary,” “Rocket 88,” “Mississippi Goddam” and “What’s Going On.”  It’s also a tale of music-biz roots, from piano rolls and shellac 78s through the rise of Motown and beyond. In addition to telling this story through our lens, we’ll feature an incredible trove of classic images.

You can dive into the music explored in this packed issue by checking out our Spotify and Apple Music playlists.

OUT IN THE OPEN: THE LONG JOURNEY TO NASHVILLE PRIDE
Music City Pride. (6/24a)
ACKMAN ON UMG: "THE PERFECT BUSINESS"
Hedge fund chief is a big fan of Sir Lucian. (6/24a)
JEFF HARLESTON:
IT'S A NEW WORLD, MOST DEF
Wit and wisdom from a renaissance man (6/22a)
PRINCE: THE TRUTH COMES OUT
Purple prose. (6/24a)
JUSTIN TRANTER: THE HITS PRIDE SPECIAL INTERVIEW
An inspiring success story (6/24a)
RHYTHM, BLUES AND THE FUTURE
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
WHO'S NEXT?
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
JUST THE VAX, MA'AM
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
WORLDWIDE GROOVE
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?
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