Making Marx in the Music: A HyperHistory of New Music and Politics

No one can doubt that music has a big role to play in the world of political protest. The controversial musicians we read about in the papers, though, are mostly from the pop and folk genres. It’s not only that those musicians are more visible, though that’s certainly true as well. Classical music and jazz seem to have a more long-term, measured, even sublimated approach to political protest, slower to react and more deeply embedded in the structure of the music itself.

View From the East: Naming Names

Greg Sandow We might wish that music spoke for itself, and that we didn’t need special genre names to identify it. But that’s not how the world works. You ask someone what music they like. “Jazz,” they say, and you know what they mean, and whether you like jazz, too. So if they want you […]

NEA Releases Jazz Musician Study

Though jazz musicians might seem an unlikely topic for statistical study, the National Endowment for the Arts has released just that—a three-volume report titled “Changing the Beat: A Study of the Worklife of Jazz Musicians” is available for free download. The first volume, released last January, includes an executive summary providing report highlights. The study […]

Rock the (New Music) Vote: Masterprize 2003

If you need a warm up before the Democratic primary, you still have a few days left to vote for your favorite of the six compositions that have made it to the final round of the 2003 Masterprize competition. For those who find themselves frequently disagreeing with the new music cognoscenti who program concerts and […]