Underneath all the kitsch and marketing pomp, the Clash still have something to teach us about art as a site of struggle.
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Rock concerts can’t stop the ice sheets from melting.
Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival gave us a chance to laugh at rich kids. It also told us something about modern culture.
Inappropriate campaign music is the only good campaign music.
The murder of Alton Sterling attacked the idea that public space and culture should belong to those who produce them.
Independence Day: Resurgence reflects how little vision Hollywood — and neoliberalism — have left.
The Chinese Communist Party put out a hip-hop track praising Karl Marx. It’s as bad as you would expect.
Socialism will be the first absolute unleashing of creativity in human history.
It may be trite to say that Prince broke down boundaries, but that’s what made his music such a revelation.
Heavy metal should not be ceded to its racist elements.
David Bowie showed that even if artists can dream, they can never fully remove themselves from the world.
Though he became a Reaganite, Frank Sinatra’s early career was shaped by the Popular Front’s experiments in left-wing culture.
Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis speaks to the banality of terror in a world dominated by capital.
Bono’s mission isn’t simply to provide capitalism with a human face. It’s to ruin music in the process.
A recent book on musician Fred Ho reveals some starting points for a modern radical avant-garde.
Fred Ho’s dedication to challenging capitalism$’s logic through art only grew stronger in his final days.
Pete Seeger represented a musical tradition that can’t be divorced from American radicalism.