This week, as a part of a broad digital relaunch, the New Yorker made everything in its archives dating back to 2007 available for free online. Just like that, a trove of previously restricted articles and essays by some of the best writers in the world can be picked freely, loosed from the fortified constraints of a subscriber paywall like apples from an overturned apple cart.
We combed through the bumper crop and pulled out 15 of the best music stories produced by the esteemed journalistic institution over the last seven years. Save, fave and peruse them now — the archival free-for-all only lasts until the fall, when a new paywall will go up.
The reign of Taylor Swift.
Sanneh tracks down Odd Future prodigy Earl Sweatshirt, then mysteriously marooned at a teenage bootcamp in Samoa.
The weird and crazily lucrative world of pop music mastermind Dr. Luke.
Behind the scenes with Ester Dean and Stargate, the songwriter and producers responsible for Rihanna’s hits.
The enduring legacy of ’80s hip-hop fashion innovator Dapper Dan.
Scooter Braun, the man responsible for Justin Bieber’s career, enters the spotlight.
The life and times of LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy.
Brad Paisley’s country music contradictions.
Backstage with Afrojack and Las Vegas’s dance music explosion.
The evolution of Kid Rock.
The rise of moody R&B tinkerers The xx.
The unlikely dominance of a Kansas-bred opera singer Joyce DiDonato.
At home with the late, great poet and musician Gil Scott-Heron.
What Questlove means to late night television.