Jack Hamilton
Jack Hamilton Jack Hamilton

Jack Hamilton is Slate’s pop critic and assistant professor of American studies and media studies at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination.

Music
Dec. 6 2018 2:19 PMThe Most Important Album of 1968 Wasn’t The White Album. It Was Beggars Banquet.It saved the Rolling Stones, altered the trajectory of music history, and turns 50 this week.
Music
Oct. 18 2018 5:46 AMYou Never Thought That Hip-Hop Would Take It This FarWhy only certain rap hits endure—and why “Juicy” may be the exception.
Sports
Oct. 9 2018 5:50 AMWhole Lotta LoveESPN’s 20-hour documentary Basketball: A Love Story left me longing for Ken Burns.
Books
Aug. 24 2018 7:30 AM“The Great Minor City of America”A portrait of Oklahoma City as seen through its basketball team, its weird citizens, and its tornadoes.
Music
Aug. 16 2018 10:05 AMAretha Franklin Was the Defining Voice of the 20th CenturyNo one sang as well as her, and no singer changed pop music more.
Music
June 19 2018 2:53 PMXXXTentacion’s Death Deserves More Than IndifferenceEven if you don’t mourn for the controversial, violent rapper, his story, and his fans, shouldn’t be casually dismissed.
Music
June 11 2018 12:58 PMOn Kanye West’s New Album, the GOOD Music Rapper Focuses Simply on Good MusicKids See Ghosts is his first release in years that isn’t about his image.
Sports
May 14 2018 12:21 PMChokepointThe Houston Rockets are trying to vanquish the idea that they’re not clutch enough.
Sports
March 14 2018 2:33 PMHoo DreamsCan Virginia basketball transcend its plodding ways and make the Final Four?
Sports
Jan. 26 2018 1:18 PMWarriors Derangement SyndromeThe NBA is on the verge of a collective nervous breakdown.
The Music Club
Dec. 25 2017 9:00 AMThe Music Club, 2017Entry 3: This was a year of acute star fatigue.
Music
Dec. 19 2017 12:05 PMEminem’s New Album Is a Fiery and Much Needed Denunciation of Trump. It’s Also Terrible.Revival tries to be both a crowd-pleasing pop album and a middle finger to white America. It fails, but it might also get you back on his side.
Music
Oct. 23 2017 4:11 PMA New History of Rolling Stone Reveals Its Complicated, Compromised Relationship to Rock StarsThe first biography of the magazine’s founder is much more critical than HBO’s conveniently timed new documentary, and it’s a better tribute for it.
Brow Beat
Sept. 11 2017 2:00 PMThe Parts of Stephen King’s It the Movie Shouldn’t Have Omitted (No, Not the Child Sex Orgy)
Movies
Aug. 18 2017 4:40 PMRumble: The Indians Who Rocked the WorldThis sorely needed new documentary explores the influence of Native Americans on rock ’n’ roll. It turns out to be too big a subject for just one movie.
Music
Nov. 7 2018 7:12 PMBeastie Boys Book Re-creates the Pleasures of the Group’s Best AlbumsIt’s freewheeling, collaborative, revelatory, and brimming with gags.
Television
Oct. 15 2018 8:00 AMBig Mouth Is So Good It Almost Makes You Miss Middle School“Hormone monsters” and cartoon genitalia enliven a compassionate and nuanced depiction of teenage turmoil.
Movies
Sept. 9 2018 5:00 PMQuincy Jones Has Accomplished So Much That Even Netflix’s New Doc About Him Can’t Capture It AllThough it does capture the music legend at his most irreverent.
Music
Aug. 16 2018 7:48 PMAretha Franklin Was Also One of R&B’s Greatest PianistsEven if she’d been born without a voice, she would have made a killer session musician.
Television
July 25 2018 5:50 AMCastle Rock Is a Smart, Addictive Dive Into Stephen King’s World and WorkThe Hulu anthology is thick with references, but it’s not just for hardcore fans.
Books
June 12 2018 5:55 AMThe New Book About The Simpsons Is Hilarious, Joke-a-Minute, and Overstays Its WelcomeSpringfield Confidential recreates the best and worst of the game-changing sitcom.
Music
May 29 2018 3:00 PMPusha T’s New Album Is a Gift That Keeps on GivingDaytona is outstanding. The feud it stoked could be even better.
Movies
April 10 2018 1:22 PMUnsuspicious MindsHBO’s new two-part Elvis documentary offers a treasure trove of footage but whitewashes some aspects of his story.
Sports
Feb. 8 2018 6:02 PMKing’s RansomThe Cavaliers just blew up their entire roster to try to please LeBron James. It probably won’t work.
Books
Jan. 24 2018 9:30 AMThe Green and WhiteA novel about hip-hop, basketball, and painful whiteness in 1990s Boston.
Screen Time
Dec. 21 2017 9:30 AMSlate Critics Pick the Best Episodes of Children’s Television of All Time
Culturebox
Nov. 20 2017 5:03 PMCharles Manson Embodied the Worst of the 1960s—and Every Era SinceThe now-deceased cult leader weaponized the zeitgeist to make himself famous. Now he’s dead, but because of us, his fame will live forever.
Brow Beat
Sept. 25 2017 4:16 PMThe Concert for Charlottesville Was a Night of Stars, Tears, and Vague Platitudes
Music
Aug. 24 2017 4:26 PMThe War on Drugs’ New Album Doesn’t Reinvent the WheelInstead, it nearly perfects it.
The Slatest
Aug. 17 2017 10:26 AMUVA Is a Deeply Imperfect Place. Last Night’s Vigil Was the School at Its Best.

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