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John Murph has held editorial positions at AARP The Magazine and BET, and written for the Washington Post, NPR Music, the Atlantic, the Root, DownBeat and other outlets. He lives and DJs in Washington, D.C.
A Place to Dance

A Place to Dance

Alumni of the Paradise Garage remember the club, and DJ, that redefined the discotheque.

D’Angelo’s ‘Voodoo’ Turns 20

D’Angelo’s ‘Voodoo’ Turns 20

The landmark R&B album transformed neo-soul, hip-hop, jazz and more, and these eight tracks prove it.

Mary J. Blige’s ‘My Life’ Turns 25

Mary J. Blige’s ‘My Life’ Turns 25

John Murph meditates on the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul’s 1994 masterpiece.

Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ Turns 35

Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ Turns 35

A musical and cultural analysis of the Queen of Pop’s early masterwork.

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