Black Power, black leadership and the black church all converged in the city of Aretha Franklin's youth. Once she had the means, she resolved to bring Detroit's potential with her.
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It is overwhelming to imagine just how many molecules and how many mountains Aretha Franklin has moved with her music.
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Fans of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin are mourning the singer's death. From presidents to locals in her adopted hometown of Detroit, they remembering her contributions and voice.
NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Thulani Davis about Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul," who died Thursday at 76. Davis says Franklin let the style of singing African-Americans knew from church blend into popular music.
Cattle raids, battles, betrayals and family loyalties are all commemorated in the ballads of the borderlands between Scotland and England, sometimes referred to as "the debatable lands".
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"We're still considered by virtually everybody as an indie band," says Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard.
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Hear McMurtry's take on the overall improvements in Top 40 music and how Beyonce's ground-breaking album Lemonade gave him partial inspiration to write a song on his latest album.
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Staff members of NPR remember the Queen of Soul beyond her No. 1 hits. These are Aretha Franklin's most essential deep cuts.
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The Queen of Soul rarely gave interviews, so we were delighted when she sat down for a Fresh Air interview in 1999.
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It's clear why Franklin was the undisputed Queen of Soul. Enjoy a playlist of the singer's biggest hits in a career that spanned decades and defied genre rules.
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Her music has been sung at marches and political rallies, heard in churches and on chain restaurant jukeboxes. Everything popular music can be is there in the songs of Aretha Franklin.
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One of the most powerful and beloved voices of all time died Thursday in Detroit.
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In the video for his first solo song in three years, Kurt Vile avoids payment while running errands by hopping from loading zone to zone.
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Beyonce sang it at Coachella. Kim Weston sang it at Wattstax. The song often called the "black national anthem" is still with us — in part because the struggle it describes never went away.
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On his debut EP, recorded with studio gurus Dan Auerbach and David Ferguson, Dee White does something very different with his vintage country tastes. Alison Krauss guests.
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Domenic Palermo channels a lifetime of tragedy into Nothing's blustery distortion, scorching riffs and stirring melodies.
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The Southern soul survivor has made an album about strength: a holistic shot in the arm to help you find the fortitude to fight.
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The British-born, Nashville-based singer-songwriter depicts the collision of self-importance and insecurity from an earthier, more conversational angle.
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In a summer full of anniversaries, the 1972 Wattstax concert in Los Angeles probably doesn't stick out. But Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia, of NPR's What's Good With Stretch and Bobbito podcast, have good reason to talk about it.
The quiet synth-pop song illuminates a delicate to-and-fro with a crush who maybe has eyes elsewhere.
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