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Pop Music’s Identity Crisis

Slate’s Carl Wilson on this year’s best summer tunes and how streaming is disrupting the music industry.

Nov. 17 2016 4:50 PM“Family Affair” and “Brown Sugar”The ’60s end, and things get complicated.
Oct. 18 2016 2:11 PMTo Shift the Way the World Is HeardHow “A Change Is Gonna Come” reveals the powers—and the limits—of political pop music.
April 14 2016 4:18 PMThese Turn-of-the-Century Jams Are the Throwbacks of the FutureThe Culture Gabfest builds a playlist.
April 30 2015 1:08 PMTween SpiritRevisiting an adolescence spent hunting for Nirvana rarities on CD bootlegs in dusty record stores.
Oct. 28 2016 11:10 AM“What the Woman Can Do With a Line”How Aretha Franklin made Sam Cooke’s greatest song her own.
Sept. 22 2016 12:24 PM“Blowin’ in the Wind” and “A Change Is Gonna Come”Two iconic protest anthems reveal the deeply interconnected—and interracial—roots of ’60s folk, soul, and rock ’n’ roll.
Oct. 2 2015 2:42 PMWhat Happened at Slate This Week?Senior editor Forrest Wickman read a few skeptical takes about Trump, Pope Francis, and #BannedBooksWeek.
April 20 2015 5:34 PMThe “How Does a New Orleans Musician Work?” TranscriptRead what Adam Davidson asked singer-songwriter Sarah Quintana about her workday.