The Sinatra Doctrine
by Rich Cohen
The dialectics of Paul Anka’s defiant ’70s anthem “My Way”: Thesis (Frank Sinatra), Antithesis (Elvis), Synthesis (Sid Vicious).
by Elisabeth Vincentelli
Introducing the dizzying conflagration of pop and geopolitics that is the Eurovision Song Contest.
Some Propositions Concerning the Lounge Lizards
by Rick Moody
Your memory of the best concert you ever saw in your life is not to be trusted, but that doesn’t make the memory less important.
The Vanishing Afro-American
by Howard Hampton
The Syncher, Not the Song
by Douglas Wolk
The key to a Moldovan-Romanian boy band’s destruction of Europe was a 99-second webcam video of a teenager from New Jersey.
in conversation with Ben Gibbard
Sex, drugs, and the ramifications of signing to a major label.
interviewed by Josh Kun
The Argentine singer’s quest to become the best listener in the world.
interviewed by Jon Caramanica
The Southern rap impresario, who grew up a fan of Letterman and Rich Little, went on to out-rap Jay-Z.
in conversation with Greil Marcus
Two authors of artistic responses to Bob Dylan discuss Bob Dylan’s artistic response to the world.
interviewed by Brandon Stosuy
Remapping the coordinates of metal with the lowest frequencies imaginable.
Famous Shovels in Twain: The 2006 Music Issue Compilation CD
compiled by Matthew Derby and Brandon Stosuy
Singing Together, Growing Apart: Breakup Duets Interpreted
by Mark Swartz with Frederick Woolverton, Ph.D.
Stuff I’ve Been Reading
by Nick Hornby
’s The Woman Who Waited
reviewed by Alix Ohlin
George Saunders’s In Persuasion Nation
reviewed by Adam Novy
Rachel Sherman’s The First Hurt
reviewed by Lara Tupper
Scott Snyder’s Voodoo Heart
reviewed by John Glassie
A. E. Stallings’s Hapax
reviewed by Milton L. Welch
T Cooper’s Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes
reviewed by Christine Lagorio
The Buddha Machine: Portable Ambient Music Generator
by Daniel Handler
A Brief History of Rock Music
by Paul Collins
by Sarah Vowell
Schema: The Ends of Innocence
by Gustavo Turner