A Life in Music
Nicholson Baker’s hero in his new novel is a blocked poet Paul Chowder, offering a wry, wistful homage to the singer-songwriters he’s practing to be. He’s also (about time!) a fantasy radio guy and a genial podcaster…
Paul Elie explains -- and jazz pianist Donal Fox demonstrates -- how J. S. Bach uniquely wrote music to be "re-invented," improvised on, colored in.
Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan is one of Pakistan's superstar singers, an embodiment of the dynamism inside South Asian music. He is singing village gone global, "classical" music gone wildly pop.
Zeb and Haniya, the Pakistani song duo, could set you to wondering all over again why musicians aren't asked to run the world.
Alan Lomax (1915 - 2002) gave American folklore a soundtrack in a lifetime of classic recordings of non-commercial musicians.
Anthony Burgess, the novelist most remembered for "A Clockwork Orange," dreamed of being famous for the music he composed.
Frank Sinatra -- in James Kaplan's new "life" -- is both tortured volcanic man and transcendent musician and artist.