Just on 60 years ago, Elvis Presley went into Sun Studio in Memphis and recorded his first ever single - “That’s All Right”. Along with his guitarist Scotty Moore, he produced a song that sparked a revolution in rock 'n roll and changed music forever.
This is the story of The Gramophone Company of London's early 20th century recording trips by donkey-back and train along the Silk Road and of the relationship of the music they recorded onto wax cylinders to Silk Road musicians today.
When Fairfax recently took the knife to its photo department, it was the push news photojournalist Tamara Dean needed to fully immerse herself in her critically acclaimed art career. Weekend Arts talks with her about this transition.
Following Andrew Bovell’s keynote speech at the National Play Festival, provoking audiences to address racism on our stages, we ask how Australia can we represented more accurately on stage and screen.
Why did that very modern 20th-century composer, Maurice Ravel, compose images of spectres, goblins and death? Gaspard de la Nuit is the title of one of the most arresting and spectacularly difficult works ever written for the piano, but this remarkable piano work by Ravel is actually a conversation between the composer and a little-known poet living more that 60 years earlier. And today's Into the Music feature enters into their dialogue—between the words and the music.
Willy Vlautin's books capture a quiet America, revealing stories that those of us living outside of it rarely get to hear. The characters we meet are struggling to pay for health care, battling with obesity and living with the effects of war.