George Harrison

Women practice yoga in front of Beatles-themed displays at the ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh

50 years on, India is celebrating the Beatles’ infamous trip to the country


When the Beatles embarked on their famous discovery of India to study transcendental meditation, the Indian government was far more wary.

Robert "RZA" Diggs is the founder of the Wu Tang Clan. He wrote "The Tao of Wu" in 2009, which made the New York Times best-seller list.

From the Jesuits to Ronald Reagan to RZA, the worldwide appeal of Daoism endures

Liam Payne, singer with British boy band One Direction, leaves the recording of the Band Aid 30 charity single in London on November 15, 2014.

Musicians hope One Direction and a classic Christmas song can help fight Ebola

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Music heard on the air for February 25, 2014

Music Heard on Air
Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg explains how the roots of Americana music lead back to Britain

Arts, Culture & Media

Careful, these songs will get stuck in your head: meet the earworm

Arts, Culture & Media

Surely you’ve experienced a song that gets stuck in your head, sometimes for no apparent reason, and won’t go away. Well, turns out there almost always IS a reason, and scientists are actually doing research to try and understand the phenomena.

An American guitar on an album from Mali

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Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traore is known for her use of traditional West African music. But on her new album, she uses an all-American electric guitar.

Remembering Ravi Shankar, the ‘Godfather of World Music’

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George Harrison famously called Ravi Shankar the “Godfather of World Music.” For children of the multicultural age, the late Shankar was something of a father figure.

Music earworms that stick in our heads

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How often does a tune intrude on your thoughts and plays and replays in never-ending loops? Scientists call these intrusive musical thoughts “ear worms.”

Remembering George Harrison and the Beatles with Louise Harrison

Fifty years ago, four young men named Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Pete Best stepped into a studio for the first time to record a few songs. They called themselves the Beat Brothers, and they were more or less a backup band for a singer named Tony Sheridan. The Beat Brothers did not […]