Required Reading: Collective Action and the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

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A Marvin Gaye mural by Aniekan Udofia in the 700 block of S Street, NW, DC (Photo by Elvert Barnes)

Required Reading is Parklife DC’s essay series on music appreciation.

Recently, Rolling Stone released a new list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, releasing a wave of responses. These responses to the list largely focused on content of the list, on issues of representation and of the position of various genres in the canon of popular music. Almost nothing, however, has been said about the form and structure of the list.

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