The Runaways (from left to right, Jackie Fox, Joan Jett, Sandy West, Cherie Currie and Lita Ford)  in January 1976.

The Cruel Truth About Rock And Roll

Recent allegations that one of The Runaways was raped by the band’s manager remind us that sexual exploitation is part of rock’s foundation — and challenge the very idea that it is worth loving.

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Kayne West performing in New York City, 2012

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two writers dig to the bottom of why other people’s bad taste in music bothers us so much, and along the way, lay out the new rules for thinking and writing about pop.

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Hurray For The Riff Raff's Alynda Lee Segarra.

Hurray For The Riff Raff’s New Political Folk

The New Orleans-based bandleader Alynda Lee Segarra talks about the wide range of political and musical inspirations — from her Puerto Rican background to the Occupy movement and women’s rights in India — behind her band’s new album, Small Town Heroes.

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