Phil Harrell

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'Fight The Power': A Tale Of 2 Anthems (With The Same Name)

Friday, December 07, 2018

NPR's American Anthem series brings together two songwriters — Ernie Isley of The Isley Brothers and Chuck D of Public Enemy — whose respective versions of "Fight the Power" eyed the same struggle.


Don't Get It Twisted: 'We're Not Gonna Take It' Can Be Anyone's Protest Song

Monday, August 27, 2018

Talk about ironic: Twisted Sister's 1984 anthem to bucking authority has since been adopted by religious entities, teachers and even politicians, each bending it to their own definition.


Jake Shears Strikes Out On His Own

Friday, August 10, 2018

Scissors Sisters won the hearts of Elton John, David Bowie and Bono before going on hiatus in 2012. Lead singer Jake Shears is back with a debut solo album, full of familiar quirks and dizzying fun.


Turning The Tables 2018 Shows The 'Change Within Tradition'

Monday, July 30, 2018

Ann Powers talks about curating NPR Music's new list of the 200 greatest songs of the 21st century by women and non-binary artists.


'I Still Feel Him:' Clyde Guevara's Debut Memorializes His Brother's Death

Monday, July 23, 2018

The rapper released his debut album July 20, the second anniversary of his brother's death. FreeJAH is an ode to his brother Jahiem, who was murdered after serving five years in prison.


What Is The Song Of The Summer?

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

From the joint debut of pop's royal couple to a "bro-country" act ceding the mic to a woman's perspective, music insiders give their picks for 2018's song of the summer.


Roger Daltrey Renews His Love For The 'Magical Music' Of American Soul

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

The voice of The Who taps into his early love of soul music with his ninth solo record, As Long as I Have You.


Low Cut Connie's Rise Is 'The Essence Of Rock And Roll'

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Low Cut Connie have always made music for the motel-bound Beverlys and diner waitress Connies of the world. Dirty Pictures (Part 2) is no different.


The Man Behind 'Left Shark' Explains His Viral Super Bowl Moment

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Three years ago, Bryan Gaw performed alongside Katy Perry in a blue shark costume and became an instant hit. Today he says he was playing a character: an everyday, imperfect person.


New Study Shows A Grave Lack Of Gender Diversity In The Music Industry

Friday, January 26, 2018

Among other findings, more than 90 percent of Grammy nominees in the past six years have been men.


Funk Carves Out A Groove At The Funk Music Hall Of Fame In Ohio

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Funk Music Hall of Fame and Exhibition Center honors genre greats like the Ohio Players, Isaac Hayes, James Brown and more.


'Dock Of The Bay' At 50: Why Otis Redding's Biggest Hit Almost Went Unheard

Monday, January 08, 2018

Released less than a month after the singer's death at 26, the posthumous smash became Redding's signature song. But it came close to not being released at all.


Morning Edition Looks Back On Some Of The Best Albums Of 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

From Lee Ann Womack to Ron Miles, a look back at some of the most well-regarded albums of 2017.


The Story Behind 'The Christmas Song'

Monday, December 25, 2017

Mel Tormé famously co-wrote one of the most well-known carols of all time in 1945. His son, James, tells the story of how the song came to be.


Soundtracks, Satire And A Sense Of Place: A Conversation With Randy Newman

Monday, August 07, 2017

After spending several decades writing beloved children's scores, Newman is back with the acerbic Dark Matter. Hear a conversation with Steve Inskeep, plus a performance of some original songs.


Lafayette Gilchrist Plays The 'Blues For Freddie Gray'

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The jazz pianist's latest album with his go-go backing band features a powerful song he wrote in tribute to the young Baltimore man who died in 2015 of injuries sustained in police custody.


Can't Prog Rock Get Any Respect Around Here?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Critic Lester Bangs once declared progressive rock "musical sterility at its pinnacle." David Weigel, author of The Show That Never Ends: The Rise And Fall Of Prog Rock, begs to differ.


Through My Sister's Eyes: Allison And Katie Crutchfield On Each Other's Music

Friday, July 14, 2017

As teens, the twins always played music together. Since then, their careers have led them in different, parallel directions. We asked each twin to share thoughts and memories about her sister's work.


'It Crackles With Life': Beauty Pill Returns

Sunday, April 26, 2015

A virus caused Chad Clark's heart to tear with every beat, giving him a 22 percent chance to live. Eleven years after Beauty Pill's debut LP, he and his band come back resilient.


3 Grads Of Historically Black Schools Enter Football Hall Of Fame

Saturday, August 02, 2014

The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducts seven new members Saturday, and three of them attended historically black colleges or universities — which haven't always gotten recognition from the NFL.