Columbia Records

Grand Central: Linda Anderson, André Cymone, Morris Day, Terry Jackson, Prince, and William Doughty.

Prince and André Cymone formed the band Grand Central while still in high school

  In the early 1970s, the Way Community Center, a local recreation center in the heart of Black Minneapolis, hosted…

April 21st, 2016 | | Articles
Sly Stone Small Talk

A collection of art director John Berg’s iconic album covers

Former Columbia Records art director John Berg passed away last week. When we read his obituaries and other blogs that talk…

October 19th, 2015 | | The Album
Patrick Adams at the piano. Photos by Terry Adams.

Disco futurist Patrick Adams found his voice through the synthesizer

  By 1975, disco pioneer Patrick Adams had left his job as a songwriter, arranger, and producer at Perception Records…

May 26th, 2015 | | Articles

André Cymone plays the records that changed his life

  In 2012, writer Ericka Blount Danois searched out André Cymone and secured one of the first interviews from the…

September 18th, 2014 | | Articles

Almost two decades after Illmatic, Nas remains at the top of the list when the conversation turns to MCs, lyricists, and simply who’s the illest

Nas witnessed the conception of hip-hop. He watched it gestate in park jams near Queensbridge, Queens, where guys would plug up their equipment and DJ, or rap, or break-dance…

September 13th, 2013 | | Articles

The Soul of Stax Records

Stax brought undiluted Black culture to the masses.
The reward?
Most were lucky to get away with just the clothes on their back.

September 12th, 2013 | | Articles

Renaissance Man

Lenny Kravitz grew up singing classical music, learned to play multiple instruments like his idol Prince, absorbed the Beatles’ classic studio techniques, and espoused the virtues of vintage equipment before it was called retro. A student of the music who had a sustaining influence on his peers, he fought the stereotypes of the music industry and became a master of his game.

August 28th, 2012 | | Articles
Wax Poetics Issue 46 - George Benson/George Duke

Issue 46

George Benson / George Duke / Billy Cobham / Norman Connors / Tom Browne / Bernard Wright / Don Blackman / Lenny White / Marcus Miller / Weldon Irvine / Phil Cohran

April 25th, 2011 | | Wax Poetics Magazine
Beastie Boys

Licensed to Ill

Today is Frederick Jay “Rick” Rubin’s forty-eighth birthday. Rick was born on March 10, 1963, in Long Beach, New York,…

March 10th, 2011 | | Today in History
The Chamber Brothers

Time Has Come Today

Willie Chambers, guitarist and vocalist for the Chambers Brothers, turns seventy-three today. Made up of brothers Joe, Lester, George, and…

March 3rd, 2011 | | Today in History

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