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Nobel Winner Bob Dylan Releases Speech on How His Words and Songs Relate to Literature


The singer-songwriter connects his inspiration and his craft to the literary and cultural canon.

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‘Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary’ Brings the Jazz Legend to Life


On “This Is Happening,” John Scheinfeld discusses his new film about the revered American saxophonist and composer.

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‘This Land’: The Pro-Immigrant Radicalism of Lady Gaga and Woody Guthrie at the Super Bowl


By beginning with “God Bless America” and then switching to “This Land Is Your Land,” Lady Gaga offered a subtle but radical critique of the president’s policies.

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‘Notes of a Native Song’: Writer James Baldwin’s Work Resonates in the Time of Trump


Musical artist Stew’s ode to the literary icon is particularly welcome now, when Baldwin’s words have taken on fresh significance.

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‘The Source’ Delves Deeply Into the Tale of Chelsea Manning


Now playing in Los Angeles, the oratorio by Ted Hearne patches the whistleblower’s story together using songs, video, Twitter feeds, cable news reports, testimony and transcripts.

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‘Black Box’ Opera Reboots a Classic Form for a New Era


A hipper, grittier, more casual version of opera is attracting the interest of young audiences. It could save the venerable art form, plagued by certain stereotypes, from a dusty fate.

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Beyoncé’s Forceful Message About Cop Shootings of Sterling and Castile: ‘Stop Killing Us’


Beyoncé further embraced her hybrid role as political entertainer while posting an open letter about this week’s slayings of Alton Sterling and Philander Castile at the hands of police.

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That Time Musician Anthony D’Amato Went to a Donald Trump Rally and Wrote a Song About It


And now for a Tuesday musical interlude, featuring the tuneful stylings of singer-songwriter Anthony D’Amato, who used his experience at a recent Trump rally in Long Island, N.Y., as research for his new song, “If You’re Gonna Build A Wall.”

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Samantha Bee Gets Michelle Branch to Sing Most Fitting, Hilarious Goodbye Song to Ted Cruz (Video)


“Goodbye, you creepy soup-hoarding ghoul,” the singer chanted on Monday’s episode of “Full Frontal.” “I want to punch you and ignore you at the same time.”

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Prince’s Islamophilia as a Problem: ‘It’s Fun to Be in Islamic Countries’


The late musician Prince said in a 2011 interview in The Guardian: “It’s fun being in Islamic countries, to know there’s only one religion. There’s order. You wear a burqa. There’s no choice. People are happy with that.” But it’s not quite that simple.

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