• Honored onscreen and in sound, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, a messenger whose time is now

    Enlarge this image Beverly Glenn-Copeland Alex Sturrock/Grandstand PR Alex Sturrock/Grandstand PR Beverly Glenn-Copeland, or Glenn as he's known to friends, compares himself to a radio that's tuned to pick up certain frequencies. These ideas and sounds, which typically defy classification, come to him by way of what he calls the "Universal Broadcast System." He sees his role as merely to receive and transcribe them, then send them back into the world as music. Born in 1944, Copeland grew up in a planned racially integrated Philadelphia community known as Greenbelt Knoll. His father was a pianist, and his mother sang spirituals. Copeland left at age 17 to study classical music at McGill University in Montreal. ...

  • Musician Joanne Shenandoah, a powerful voice for Native culture, dies at 64

    Enlarge this image Joanne Shenandoah in 2020 at Hart's Falls Preserve, near the Hiawatha Institute for Indigenous Studies, an organization run by Shenandoah and her husband, Doug George-Kanentiio, in Hermon, N.Y. Jane Feldman/Courtesy of the artist Jane Feldman/Courtesy of the artist Legendary Native American musician Joanne Shenandoah, a trailblazer popular with both mainstream and Native audiences, has died. A multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer who collaborated with such musical icons as Robbie Robertson and Neil Young (as well as with this writer), Shenandoah won a Grammy award and was among the most lauded musicians in the history of the Native American Music Awards. According to her sister Vicky Schenandoah, ...

  • Stephen Sondheim, the Broadway legend, has died at 91

    Enlarge this image Composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim in New York in 1976. Sondheim died on Friday at age 91. R. Jones/Getty Images R. Jones/Getty Images Stephen Sondheim, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning Broadway songwriter has died at age 91. His death occurred early this morning, according to Aaron Meier at DKC O&M, the producers of Company on Broadway. Sondheim would have been the first to tell you he was a Broadway baby. As a teenager, he learned about theatrical songwriting from a master – Oscar Hammerstein, the author of Showboat and Oklahoma!, among others – and, by the time Sondheim was twenty seven, he had his first show, West Side Story, on Broadway. Even though he only wrote ...

  • New docuseries gives fans unprecedented access to The Beatles

    NPR Music critic Ann Powers reviews a new docuseries called "The Beatles: Get Back". It centers around hours of unseen footage of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Adblock test (Why?)

  • Paul McCartney knew he’d never top The Beatles — and that’s just fine with him

    The documentary Get Back revisits The Beatles' final days together. McCartney says he took the band's breakup hard: "I didn't know what to do at all." Originally broadcast Nov. 3, 2021. Adblock test (Why?)

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