History Stories
I Went With Johnny Cash to Folsom Prison
January 12, 2018

Fifty years later, one of the only reporters allowed inside recalls the iconic concert. Read More

Why Many Famous Figures Feared They’d Be Buried Alive
November 13, 2017

For centuries, people were terrified of being buried alive—for good reason. Read More

Why Elvis Presley Isn’t the King to Millennials
August 16, 2017

Does the King still hold appeal for a younger generation? Read More

The Hottest Social Scene in the 19th-Century American South
August 11, 2017

Singing schools are obsolete now, but they provided a rare chance to loosen up, socialize and learn something about music Read More

Why Hate Groups Went After Johnny Cash in the 1960s
August 2, 2017

Led by white supremacists, the bigoted boycott threatened Cash’s popularity in the South. Read More

The ‘Hepster Dictionary’ Was the First Dictionary Written By an African American
August 1, 2017

This glossary of Harlem jive that is thought to be the first dictionary written by an African American. Read More

When Manchester was “Mad” for Music
May 23, 2017

Manchester is one of the UK’s cultural hothouses. Read More

Fanny Mendelssohn Finally Gets Her Due
March 15, 2017

A musical wrong has been righted, as the long overlooked composer’s “lost” sonata makes its public debut. Read More

Judge Rules Copyright of “Happy Birthday to You” Invalid
September 24, 2015

A federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that the longstanding copyright claim on the ubiquitous birthday tune is invalid. Read More

The Day Dylan Went Electric
July 24, 2015

Bob Dylan shocked audiences at the Newport Folk Festival by strapping on an electric guitar and debuting a new rock ’n’ roll sound. Read More