How we made Booker T and the MGs’ Green Onions

It was originally called Funky Onions but to laced-up, deep-south America, that sounded like a cuss word, so we had to retitle it Booker T Jones, organist I grew up in Memphis and by the time I was 17, I was learning saxophone, piano and Hammond organ, paid for by my paper round. I started going over to Billie Lee Riley, but something hadnt worked out. Hed packed up and left, so we had the studio to ourselves. We started playing around with a piano groove Id been performing in the clubs, trying to emulate Ray Charles. It sounded better on the organ, so I kept on playing that. Stax owner Jim Stewart liked what we were doing and wanted …

Anand Giridharadas: ‘What wealthy people do is rig the discourse’

The author of Winners Take All assesses the relationship between philanthropy and antiracism in an era of growing wealth among elite changemakers On the same day that Anand Giridharadas announced that he would be joining Time as an editor at large, I had the opportunity to talk with him about antiracism and America. A political analyst for MSNBC and author of the 2018 bestselling book Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, Giridharadas assesses the relationship between philanthropy and antiracism in an era of growing wealth among elite changemakers. Our wide-ranging conversation meandered from Malcolm X and Cedric Robinsons idea of racial capitalism to ruling-class dance moves. … One of the most important arguments you present in …