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Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Story Behind Songlines

By Russ Slater Johnson

The first-ever Songlines hit the shelves in early 1999, its genesis stemmed from a complaint about what constitutes ‘world music’. Here, current editor Russ Slater Johnson speaks to founding editor Simon Broughton about the magazine’s beginnings

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Songlines at WOMAD in 2000 (Photo by Alex Newby/Jon Lusk)

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