The most tragic histories can make the greatest songs, as the Indigo Girls’ “Rise of the Black Messiah” reminds us.
Articles by: Kasper Nijsen
Sixto Rodriguez’s music does not tell us to move on, to leave the past behind. It tells us that there is no choice.
When the world around us grows quiet, there is no better company than an album like the deeply underrated David Wiffen’s ‘Coast to Coast Fever.’
Phil Ochs would have – should have – turned 75 today. He’s needed more than ever in a world still on fire with wars and injustice and inequality.
As an angry young man, Bob Dylan had very few rivals. “Pay in Blood” shows that he is still in a league of his own as an angry old man, too.
Sometimes it’s best to give thanks. And sometimes it helps to have songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and others to remind us.
In September 1973, Chilean folk singer Victor Jara was brutally murdered, moving Joan Baez to produce a final homage and farewell.
With “Palabras Como Cuerpos,” Joaquin Sabina seems to take Phil Ochs’ motto to heart, realizing that in such an ugly time, the true protest is beauty.
We’re on the trail of the seemingly untraceable John Manning, a talented singer-songwriter who released a lone album, then disappeared.
When Mickey Newbury covered a song, he did it with such intensity that it’s hard to imagine it done any other way. Here’s another example.