Why Musicians Should Get Political

Why Musicians Should Get Political

The 61st Annual Grammy Awards will be held this weekend in Los Angeles, and if you’re tuning in, there’s a strong chance you’ll be reminded of how musicians can serve as catalysts for political conversation. During last year’s telecast, Janelle Monáe delivered an...
The Fandango Doctrine

The Fandango Doctrine

America needs a new policy toward Mexico. I’m not talking about the renegotiation of NAFTA. But something that helps restore the amity and goodwill among people on both sides of the US-Mexico border. I’m calling on citizens to adopt the “Fandango Doctrine,” in which...
Congress, It’s Time to Pay Musicians

Congress, It’s Time to Pay Musicians

The Grammys are coming to New York City. And Congress just did. On Friday, the House Judiciary Committee held a field hearing in the city, where Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy, and the artists Aloe Blacc and Booker T. Jones appeared. They testified...