Tag: Folk Music

Kendrick Lamar Leads 2019 Grammy Nominees, and Women Dominate Major Categories

The rap stars Kendrick Lamar and Drake lead the list of nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards announced Friday, but right behind them is a crop of young and less heralded artists, notably women, after years of friction about diversity, including a major dust-up over gender representation after the last ceremony. The Instagram star turned […]

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Rosalía: The Pop Star Bringing Flamenco to a New Generation

MADRID — Plaza de Colón is a significant place for flamenco fans. The square in Madrid is where the funeral procession for one of the genre’s most celebrated artists, Lola Flores, began in 1995, and it is where many of the city’s major flamenco events take place. It was also here, in late October, that […]

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Critic’s Notebook: On ‘More Blood, More Tracks,’ Familiar Bob Dylan Songs Cut Closer to the Bone

Bob Dylan had crucial second thoughts just as he was about to release “Blood on the Tracks,” the indelible 1975 album filled with songs of separation, heartache, sorrow, rage and regret. Now it’s getting a revealing close-up. “More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14,” due Friday, unveils all of the initial sessions: the […]

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Readers’ Favorite Protest Songs: A Call to Make Some Noise

ImageJoan Baez and Bob Dylan at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1963. CreditAssociated Press What songs spur you to political action? In “Them’s Fightin’ Words: 10 Great Protest Songs,” Loudon Wainwright III, the singer-songwriter, reminisces about traveling to Newport, R.I., as a teenager to hear Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez rouse the crowd. […]

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Them’s Fightin’ Words: 10 Great Protest Songs

Political persuasion is rarely friendly, and there will be lots more yelling, blaming, placard-waving and marching before we get to the November midterm elections. But I hope there will be some fervent singing as well — maybe even some of what used to be called protest songs. I think of 16-year-old me in 1963, hitchhiking […]

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Critic’s Notebook: For Paul Simon and Joan Baez, Farewells Reckon With Past and Present

Mr. Simon, who has insisted that he is retiring from touring but not songwriting or performing, chose his farewell venue precisely: near the Unisphere, a symbol of 1960s global optimism, in the largest park in Queens. Mr. Simon was born in New Jersey but grew up in Queens, and he was grinning well before he […]

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