Pop, Race, and the ’60s
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.