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Judge Throws Out 57-Year-Old Copyright On “We Shall Overcome”

from ars technica A federal judge ruled (PDF) on Friday that the most famous verse of the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome” is not copyrighted. The ruling is a decisive, but still incomplete, win for the two plaintiffs. One of those plaintiffs is a charity group called the “We Shall Overcome Foundation” that’s making a movie about the song, and the […]

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The Evolution Of Recorded Music

from kottke The Recording Academy has produced a series of three short and breezy videos on the history of recorded music, from the wax cylinder phonograph to cassette tapes to CDs to MP3s. Interest piqued, I went to read more about the history of the CD. When developing the disc, the physical size of it […]

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The American Songbook: One Man’s Canon

from The New Yorker Here is a collection of precisely a hundred and twelve CDs—my absolute favorites from the American Songbook. I play them regularly on my radio programs on WNYC-FM, and they’ll be called upon to an even greater degree when a new streaming channel, the Jonathan Channel (named, I must hurriedly tell you, by […]

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Postscript: Lou Reed

from The New Yorker When I proposed marriage to someone with a song, Lou Reed did the work for me. I handed over a small mirror with a handwritten note, which said only, “I’ll be your mirror.” The lyrics sum up the work of marriage better than any song I know: “When you think the […]

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Dream Songs: The Music of the March on Washington

from The New Yorker Today is the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which brought roughly two hundred and fifty thousand men, women, and children, mostly African-American, to the nation’s capital. It’s best remembered for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream” speech, though that was only a corner […]

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A Striking Evolution In Jazz

from Ted.com Not without a struggle (and a measure of healthy angst), acclaimed pianist Eric Lewis is driving the next evolution of jazz — forging new musical alloys of classic blue note scuttles, delicate improvisations and heady alt rock hooks. Now, with a roster of sold-out shows and a growing list of celebrity supporters, his […]

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The Music Industry’s New Internet Problem

from BW.com Five years ago, New York-based graphic designer Gitamba Saila-Ngita spent around $100 a month buying CDs and digital downloads to fill his iPod. Now, he spends less than $10 each month on tunes. The reason? He gets almost all of his music from services like Imeem and Last.fm (CBS) where he can listen […]

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