Rare Ravi Shankar footage released to mark centenary

This week would have seen the 100th birthday of the Indian musician Ravi Shankar, one of India’s most celebrated artists who famously taught Beatle George Harrison to play the sitar. 

Planned celebrations, including concerts at the London South Bank Centre and Carnegie Hall in New York, were postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The Forgotten History of ‘Soul Man’

“Soul Man,” written by creative duo Isaac Hayes and David Porter, soared into the popular music charts even as it expressed, at a difficult time, the pride of many black Americans. The song appeared at a crucial moment in the civil rights struggle. City after city was beset by rioting: New York and Philadelphia in 1964, Los Angeles in  1965, and Detroit in 1967—the year the song was written, recorded, and released.