Jack Hamilton
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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.

The Slatest
Aug. 17 2017 10:26 AMUVA Is a Deeply Imperfect Place. Last Night’s Vigil Was the School at Its Best.
Music
June 26 2017 3:44 PMEbbs and FlowsOn his new album Big Fish Theory, Vince Staples reunites hip-hop with the dance floor.
Music
May 24 2017 1:21 PMSgt. Pepper’s Timing Was As Good As Its MusicFifty years ago, the Beatles released their masterpiece into a world ready to embrace a rock album as art.
Music
March 22 2017 9:30 AMDrake’s More Life Is Drake’s Best Album Because It Has the Least DrakeAnd that might be the most Drake thing about it.
Music
Feb. 22 2017 9:27 AMCould Anti-Trump Americans Make “FDT (F--- Donald Trump)” the No. 1 Song in the Country?Here’s how the United States could have its own “God Save the Queen” moment.
Hang Up And Listen
Jan. 23 2017 8:33 PMHang Up and Listen: The Lot of Ways to Lose EditionSlate’s sports podcast on the Patriots and Falcons, the Philadelphia 76ers, and baseball’s Hall of Fame voting.
Wonder Week
Dec. 18 2016 8:00 PMThe Greatest Creative Run in the History of Popular MusicIt’s Stevie Wonder’s “classic period.”
Music
Dec. 16 2016 7:42 AM808s and Heart EyesA new documentary—streaming now—is a nerdy love letter to the revolutionary drum machines.
Music
Nov. 14 2016 2:26 PMThe Return of the Love MovementOn A Tribe Called Quest’s first album in 18 years, its music is, amazingly, as timely as ever.
Pop, Race, and the ’60s
Nov. 4 2016 7:00 AM“Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” and “Ball and Chain”Why Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin don’t fit into the standard narrative of the ’60s.
Music
Oct. 7 2016 12:07 PMDanny Brown’s Dance Hall of MirrorsOn his captivating new album Atrocity Exhibition, the Detroit rapper makes his mind into a fun house.
Music
Oct. 6 2016 5:54 AMHow Rock and Roll Became WhiteAnd how the Rolling Stones, a band in love with black music, helped lead the way to rock’s segregated future.
Pop, Race, and the ’60s
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.
Culturebox
Aug. 30 2016 12:31 PMDe La Soul Is AliveThe legendary trio returns with their first album in over a decade, and it’s excellent.
Television
Aug. 17 2016 5:15 AMHow The Get Down Botches Hip-Hop HistoryFrom Grandmaster Flash’s turntable technique to Nas’ flow.
Music
July 1 2017 7:17 PMFamily BusinessJay Z’s juicy new album is both his best in years and a savvy hustle.
Music
June 21 2017 4:41 PMThe InfamousMobb Deep’s Prodigy was hip-hop’s greatest poet of fear.
Sports Nut
May 10 2017 10:24 AMThe Hero the NBA NeedsThe Cavs and Warriors are undefeated, but these playoffs belong to Isaiah Thomas.
Music
March 19 2017 4:38 PMRoll Over, BeethovenChuck Berry didn’t just invent rock and roll. He perfected it.
Sports Nut
Feb. 3 2017 5:53 AMHow to Pull for the Patriots in the Age of TrumpA guide for morally compromised New England fans.
The Music Club
Dec. 29 2016 5:45 AMThe Music Club, 2016My two favorite albums of the year both came from the same city.
Wonder Week
Dec. 18 2016 7:57 PMLove’s in Need of Love TodayIntroducing Wonder Week, a toast to Stevie’s greatness—and a reminder to appreciate the artists who inspire you, while they’re still around to hear it.
Pop, Race, and the ’60s
Nov. 17 2016 4:50 PM“Family Affair” and “Brown Sugar”The ’60s end, and things get complicated.
Sports Nut
Nov. 7 2016 1:54 PMThe Brangelina of the NBAParsing the divorce of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant.
Pop, Race, and the ’60s
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?
Pop, Race, and the ’60s
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”?
Television
Oct. 3 2016 2:26 PMWhat Luke Cage Takes From BlaxploitationAnd how this genre explains both the strengths and the flaws of the Netflix series.
Pop, Race, and the ’60s
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.”
Five-ring Circus
Aug. 19 2016 10:35 AMA Basketball Coalition of the WillingThe 2016 U.S. Olympic team isn’t dreamy, and it has nothing to redeem. It’s still incredibly fun to watch, and worth rooting for.
Culturebox
July 20 2016 5:30 AMWhen I First Heard Stakes Is HighHow De La Soul’s underappreciated album honored rap history without falling victim to gauzy nostalgia.

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