May 11, 2001 Reggae — with its island rhythms, religious roots, and frequently political messages — has held its place as a popular musical form for more than a quarter century. Today, on the 20th anniversary of Bob Marley's death, NPR's Tom Cole looks back at the history of the genre.
May 11, 2001 Music critic Milo Miles reviews the new documentary about Latin jazz, Calle 54.
May 5, 2001 Lisa talks with author Bill Milkowski about his book Swing It! An Annotated History of Jive. "Jive" encompased music, coded language, and indeed a whole way of life in the 1930s, '40s, and 50s. We play musical examples along with the conversation. (11:30) (Watson-Guptill Publications; ISBN: 0823
April 29, 2001 The favored mandolin of Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music, was sold this week for more than one million dollars. The instrument's new home is The Bill Monroe Foundation, based in Monroe's hometown of Rosine, Kentucky. Liane speaks with the foundation's executive director, Campbell Mercer.
April 24, 2001 NPR's Alex Van Oss reports on Lang Lang, a brilliant young pianist from China. The 18-year-old will make his Carnegie Hall debut this week in a performance with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Some critics already are hailing him as one of the great pianists of our time.
April 21, 2001 Scott talks with history professor and FDR biographer Patrick Maney about the enormous number of songs that were written for Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt during their time in the White House. (12:00) For more on this story, visit our FDR music feature page.
April 16, 2001 Joey Ramone, lead singer of the punk rock group, the Ramones, died of lymphoma yesterday. He was 49. The Ramones helped to define punk in the 1970s with songs like I Wanna be Sedated and Teenage Lobotomy.
April 13, 2001 A note on the anniversary of the first performance of George Friderich Handel's Messiah, for Easter in 1742.
April 11, 2001 Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to boost national pride. But some Russians are already plenty proud-- of their homegrown pop and rock music. NPR's Michele Kelemen reports from Moscow on a radio station called Nasha Radio — "our radio."
April 7, 2001 Scott speaks with David Prown of Red Bank, New Jersey, about what happened when Bruce Springsteen showed up unexpectedly at a local record store selling his new album.
March 23, 2001 Talking Blues is a song form that can trace its surface roots to a recording by the Greenville Trio in April of 1926. Its lineage goes much deeper -- to spirituals -- and an odd combination of the religious and the profane.
March 14, 2001 Linda Wertheimer talks to Nicholas McGegan, music director of the Gottingen Festival in Germany. He will conduct Gloria in Excelsis Deo, a composition for soprano and strings by George Frideric Handel, which has been rediscovered in a London library. Handel scholars in England and in this country have examined the work and believe that it is an authentic Handel piece and probably one of his earlier works.
March 13, 2001 Noah Adams talks with Ralph Gardner Jr., who is covering the Puffy Combs trial for the New York Observer about closing arguments in the Puffy Combs trial. Yesterday, the defense made their closing arguments, and today was the prosecution's turn. Gardner says today prosecutor Matthew Bogdanos started his summation of the state's case by playing recordings of emergency telephone calls after 3 people were wounded by gunfire on Dec. 27, 1999.
February 22, 2001 Last night's Grammy awards were a combination of the unusual and the mundane. NPR's Ina Jaffe reports.
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February 20, 2001 There will be organized protests against rapper Eminem's presence at this year's Grammy Awards. NPR's Rick Karr reports on the controversy and the music behind it.
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