Pop, Race, and the ’60s
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Pop, Race, and the ’60s

“Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” and “Ball and Chain”

Why Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin don’t fit into the standard narrative of the ’60s.

Nov. 17 2016 4:50 PM“Family Affair” and “Brown Sugar”The ’60s end, and things get complicated.
Oct. 20 2016 2:05 PM“Money (That’s What I Want)” and “We Can Work It Out”Are we living in the Beatles’ world, or Motown’s?
Oct. 6 2016 8:00 AM“Son of a Preacher Man” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water”What does it mean to say a record—or a singer—has “soul”?
Sept. 22 2016 12:24 PMIntroducing “Pop, Race, and the ’60s”A new Slate Academy asks how, across a decade of integration, rock music became “white.”
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.
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.
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.