Christian John Wikane
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PopMatters Contributing Editor

Christian John Wikane is a NYC-based journalist and music essayist. He's a Contributing Editor for PopMatters, where he's interviewed artists ranging from Paul McCartney to Janelle Monae. Since 2010, he's penned liner notes for nearly 200 CD re-issues by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, countless Grammy winners, and legends of R&B, rock, pop, dance, and jazz. He's curated and moderated two events at the Apollo Theater for Apollo Education's "Live Wire" series, including "Legendary: A Conversation with Melba Moore & Dionne Warwick" (2016) and "Bold Soul Sisters" (2015), a panel discussion with Nona Hendryx, Ruth Pointer, Kathy Sledge, and Rochelle Fleming. He is the author of the five-part oral history Casablanca Records: Play It Again (PopMatters, 2009). Follow him on Twitter @CJWikaneNYC. 

Features // 77 Articles
Reviews // 142 Articles
Blogs // 51 Articles
//Features

Five Lives in 15 Broad Strokes: An Interview With LaChanze | 13 Mar 2017 // 10:00 PM

Through a one-woman show and new EP, "Feeling Good" celebrates the multi-faceted life of Tony Award-winning performer LaChanze.

The Spirit In Her Soul Is Free: An Interview With Linda Clifford | 16 Feb 2017 // 10:00 PM

From Curtis Mayfield to Neil Simon, the legendary Linda Clifford recalls how she capped the '70s with two full servings of spunk and sophistication.

//Reviews

All the WOO in the World: An All-star Benefit for P-Funk Legend Bernie Worrell | 18 Apr 2016 // 5:30 AM

The Wizard of WOO got his due as Nona Hendryx brought together George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Living Colour, David Byrne, Meryl Streep, and dozens more.

Sarah Dash Birthday Celebration: 23 August 2015 - New York | 17 Sep 2015 // 5:00 AM

From singing on Keith Richards’ new album to leading Broadway and R&B legends on "Lady Marmalade", Sarah Dash had a lot to celebrate during her birthday bash at 54 Below.

//Blogs

David Bronson - "Task" (video) (Premiere) | 24 Jun 2015 // 3:00 AM

As David Bronson prepares for his appearance at Joe's Pub in New York City, his song "Task" takes flight in a paper world created by Johannes Labusch.

David Bronson - "Song of Life" (video) (Premiere) | 8 Apr 2015 // 3:00 AM

What is the meaning of life? David Bronson's collaboration with photographer Ben Goldstein on "Song of Life" just might have the answer.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

Tibet House's 30th Anniversary Benefit Concert Celebrated Philip Glass' 80th

// Notes from the Road

"Philip Glass, the artistic director of the Tibet House benefits, celebrated his 80th birthday at this year's annual benefit with performances from Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Brittany Howard, Sufjan Stevens and more.

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