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The New York Times
5 min read

An Island in the Stream

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SOUNDCLOUD HAS BECOME A REAL POSSIBILITY. WHAT WOULD THAT MEAN FOR THE MUSIC CULTURE THAT THRIVES ON THE SITE? This summer, an engineer named Matthew Healy moved to Berlin to work at SoundCloud, a popular music-streaming service. He started his job on a Monday. On Thursday, a companywide meeting was called. Healy and his new co-workers assumed it was about the acquisition rumors swirling around the company. Instead, Healy learned that he and 172 other employees — roughly 40% of the company’s staff — were being laid off. “The rest of the day is a blur,” he wrote in a post a
The Atlantic
5 min read

The Very Human Return of Kesha

To use the language likely heard in music-industry boardrooms circa 2010, around the time of the great female pop-superstar boom, Kesha once benefitted from strong market differentiation. She wasn’t the cryptic alien provocateur Lady Gaga; she wasn’t the coy Betty Boop update Katy Perry; she wasn’t the unflappable fashion assassin Rihanna. She was the glorious, superheroic epitome of a very familiar type—the party girl. In neon face paint and with a dollar sign in her name, she squealed about brushing her teeth with booze and sleeping with the heirs to Mick Jagger. She was fun: the brand. But
The New York Times
3 min read
Pop Culture

Glen Campbell, Musical Omnivore

POP, FOLK, JAZZ OR COUNTRY, HE HAD AN UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO BEAUTY, HOWEVER SIMPLE OR ACCESSIBLE ITS EXPRESSION. NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE — Glen Campbell’s variety show, “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour,” was a fixture on the black-and-white Zenith console TV set in the den of my childhood home in suburban Chicago. It was my father’s show, being much too corny and strait-laced for an emerging adolescent like me to embrace, certainly not when the more subversive likes of the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix were to be had. Campbell, who died on Tuesday of Alzheimer’s, had his legions of fans, and his sh
Born to Run
Alex P., Scribd Editor
From the Editors

The Boss is back…

Bruce Springsteen’s much-anticipated memoir is especially intimate in his self-narrated audiobook. Written with his characteristic lyricism and honesty, it’s a memoir as much about an American rock star as about America itself.