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., this June. (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 his work has appeared in various outlets such as Curator magazine online and Gonzo Today, and he previously wrote for MusicOMH.com. Jim can be contacted at [email protected]

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Reviews // 3 Articles

Rock Pioneer Lloyd Price Has a Couple of Stories to Tell | 2 Feb 2016 // 9:00 PM

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and rock pioneer Lloyd Price’s life has been much more interesting than yours or mine, from writing hits with Fats Domino to playing an influential role in the Rumble in the Jungle. Yet Price still has many more yarns to spin even now.

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.


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".

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"Rock Never Dies" Takes Shots at Celebrity Culture In a Surprisingly Effective Episode

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"Season 12's best episode yet isn't perfect, but well-done, with an excellent swan song performance by Rick Springfield.

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