James A. Cosby
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Jim is an attorney and music writer living in Philadelphia. His first book, DEVIL’S MUSIC, HOLY ROLLERS, AND HILLBILLIES: HOW AMERICA GAVE BIRTH TO ROCK AND ROLL, will be published by McFarland & Company, Inc., next year. (Excerpted on PopMatters: http://tinyurl.com/lcp8qvh and below at “More Features”). Jim has previously published several law review articles on the parent-child relationship, and also previously wrote for MusicOMH.com. Jim can be contacted at [email protected]

Features // 8 Articles
Reviews // 3 Articles

Long Live the Beastie Boys: Their Five Most Underappreciated Songs | 21 Aug 2014 // 9:14 PM

PopMatters looks at five Beastie Boys songs that are not only underappreciated, but some of their best.

Five Ways 'Animal House' Changed the World | 27 Apr 2014 // 8:14 PM

Wherever the bar was set for '70s college parties, Animal House took that bar, broke it into kindling, and made a bonfire.


Made in America Festival 2015 | 19 Oct 2015 // 3:43 AM

Even though it is on Labor Day and it is called “Made in America", this fest has nothing to do with manufacturing jobs. Instead, this is Jay Z’s vision of a new – or renewed – sense of patriotism.

Dave Chappelle: 21 December 2013 - Philadelphia, PA | 14 Jan 2014 // 2:00 AM

Dave Chappelle jokes that Philly, as the birthplace of America, is "the perfect place to end my career".

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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