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Breakdown: how did so many outlets bungle news of Tom Petty’s ‘death’?

Breakdown: how did so many outlets bungle news of Tom Petty’s ‘death’?

Emily Watkins October 3, 2017 8 Comments

News outlets were free fallin' into fake news cycles when CBS reported Tom Petty's death.

‘Many years from now’: Sgt Pepper’s is not the album you remember

‘Many years from now’: Sgt Pepper’s is not the album you remember

Charlie Lewis June 2, 2017 3 Comments

The primary appeal of Sgt Pepper has, from the very beginning, been as much about nostalgia as music.

Funky see, funky do: the story behind the most sampled drummer break in history

Funky see, funky do: the story behind the most sampled drummer break in history

Charlie Lewis April 7, 2017 5 Comments

The complicated legacy of a modestly remunerated session musician who changed pop music forever.

Guy Rundle’s Christmas carols to fill you with yuletide cheer

Guy Rundle’s Christmas carols to fill you with yuletide cheer

Guy Rundle December 23, 2016 5 Comments

A very Crikey Christmas.

Do pill-testing kits encourage illegal drug use?

Do pill-testing kits encourage illegal drug use?

Crikey Intern November 29, 2016 8 Comments

With summer music season upon us, the debate around pill testing has been revived. Should drug users be able to tell if they are consuming what they think they are, or does pill testing encourage drug use? Crikey intern Tamsin Rose reports.

Rundle: without arrogance, or even temper, Leonard Cohen summoned transcendence

Rundle: without arrogance, or even temper, Leonard Cohen summoned transcendence

Guy Rundle November 14, 2016 11 Comments

His voice was not suited to the times, at first; soon, the times remade themselves for his voice.

Bob Dylan should not have won a Nobel Prize for literature

Bob Dylan should not have won a Nobel Prize for literature

W H Chong October 20, 2016 6 Comments

If the Nobel committee wants to give out a prize for music, they need to create a category for music. Dylan's lyrics alone do not deserve a literature prize.

Music industry seeks to block non-existent KickAss piracy site

Josh Taylor July 22, 2016

Popular torrents website Kick Ass is dead. But the Australian music industry is suing anyway.

What went wrong at <em>Mess + Noise</em>?

What went wrong at Mess + Noise?

Crikey August 3, 2015

Mess + Noise covered all the music that the rest wouldn’t touch. Along the way, it provided an important early platform for some of Australia’s best music writers, writes former Mess + Noise contributor Annie Toller .

Barnesy working hard to make a living, but Reclaim Australia have done the right thing

Barnesy working hard to make a living, but Reclaim Australia have done the right thing

Helen Razer July 23, 2015 5 Comments

Jimmy Barnes has not said he is suing Reclaim Australia for promoting an anti-tolerance message he abhors. But he still could.