About Jody Rosen

Jody Rosen is Slate's music critic and the author of White Christmas: The Story of an American Song.

Songs of Atonement

By September 18, 2007

As pop song themes go, atonement is right up there with the biggies: sex, puppy love, devil worship. Songs of penance are especially ubiquitous in American popular music, and small wonder. So much American pop flows out straight out of … Read More