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The White Stripes, Metallica and More to Appear on Bonnaroo’s Virtual Roo-Ality

Metallica, Dave Matthews and Friends, The White Stripes, James Brown and My Morning Jacket are among the 13 headline acts topping the bill with live…
Katherine Turman / September 16, 2020

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Kendrick Lamar, James Brown, 2Pac Song Streams See Huge Growth

Streams of protest songs both old and new have had a huge jump in streaming numbers this week. As protests continue to take…
SPIN Staff / June 5, 2020

The 35 Greatest Rock and Roll TV Moments Before the ’90s

From the Beatles to Iggy Pop, here are rock and roll's best television moments of all-time.
SPIN Staff / October 12, 2019

James Brown: Our 1988 Interview

This article originally appeared in the June 1988 issue of SPIN. Just as the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, with its circular stairway,…
Scott Cohen / October 5, 2019

Parliament-Funkadelic: Our 1985 Interview With George Clinton

This article originally appeared in the October 1985 issue of SPIN. Where it all began is a barbershop in Plainfield, New Jersey, back in…
Greg Tate / August 25, 2019

Fela Kuti: Our 1986 Interview

This article originally appeared in the July 1986 issue of SPIN. Nigeria's Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, political gadfly, king of Afrobeat, and preeminent pan-Africanist, regained…
Randall F. Grass / July 27, 2019

Al Sharpton Has Funny Stories About James Brown’s Diet

Anyone who follows Al Sharpton on Instagram knows he's in the best shape of his life, thanks in part to the early morning workouts he…
Tosten Burks / June 6, 2019

10 Tours That Changed the World

Can a rock concert change the world? Yes. For the better? Not necessarily.
SPIN Staff / May 22, 2019

Watch This Year’s Olympic Figure Skaters Perform to Beyoncé, U2, and Justin Bieber Thanks to a New Rule Change

After an International Skating Union rule change in 2014, 2018 is the first year that Olympic figure skaters have been allowed to perform to perform…
Rob Arcand / February 11, 2018

The 30 Weirdest Christmas Songs

Christmas songs are pretty fucking weird by definition. Whether praising the infant Jesus or celebrating the sounds, smells, and/or meteorological trends of late December in…
Richard Gehr / December 9, 2017

Listen to ‘Songs for Survival,’ Jay Z’s Playlist About Social Injustice

After sharing "Spiritual," an original protest song addressing police violence against African-Americans, Jay Z has returned to TIDAL with a curated playlist of activist music…
Anna Gaca / July 10, 2016

James Brown Biopic Spawns Trailer, Mick Jagger Interview

Today we get the first real taste of the upcoming Universal Pictures James Brown biopic, Get on Up, in the form of a full trailer.
Colin Stutz / July 18, 2014

D’Angelo to Honor James Brown at Hollywood Bowl Tribute Concert

A year ago, we enjoyed footage of D'Angelo's stunning 2012 comeback set at Bonnaroo and his excellent cover of Prince's "My Summertime Thang." Now the…
Dan Reilly / March 19, 2014

SPIN’s 10 Best Music Books of 2012

James Brown's life was as deep and mythic as his celebrated groove. In the magisterial, rollicking biography The One: The Life and Music of James…
Kenny Herzog / December 19, 2012

Hear Quentin Tarantino’s Brash 2Pac-James Brown ‘Django Unchained’ Mind-Meld

Rappers have been rapping over James Brown samples basically ever since there's been rapping. Tupac Shakur did it while he was alive; according to producer…
Marc Hogan / December 11, 2012
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