The music reading list
Some choice reads on Shazam, Spotify, Ol Dirty Bastard, Sonos, Steve Albini, The Source, D’Angelo, Band Aid, Run the Jewels and much more
The record industry (and BBC Radio One) are rightly obsessed with Shazam metrics. Derek Thompson in The Atlantic ponders if this kind of data mining is good or bad for music.
Good primer on Daniel Ek, the man behind Spotify, from John Seabrook in The New Yorker
Steve Albini speaks (again)! 7,000 well chosen words.
Oral history (1): “it was all a dream/I used to read Word Up magazine”. Oral history of the Bad Boy label
Mo’ hip-hop mogulisms: Cortez Bryant on working with Lil’ Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Drake and many more
Oral history (2): the new James Brown biopic Get On Up opens on Friday so here’s the history of Mr Brown as told by his former bandmates
Why Fuse ODG turned down a slot on Band Aid: “Saying no to Bob Geldof was hard, but when I saw how negatively the lyrics portrayed Africa I had no choice”
ODB forever: a first-person account of the time Ol Dirty Bastard went to collect his government cheese in a limo. From The Dirty Version, Buddha Monk and Mickey Hess’ definitive Old Dirty Bastard biography.
Oral history (3): the inside story of The Source magazine
The ballad of NOLA’s original gangsta rappers
Life after disco: how Chic survived the 1980s
Oral history (4): D’Angelo from then to now
How John MacFarlane created the perfect wireless speaker in the shape of Sonos. Hmmm, Christmas….