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. For the past three years, he's penned liner notes for more than 100 CD re-issues by legends of R&B, rock, pop, dance, and jazz. Since 2008, he's produced and hosted Three of Hearts: A Benefit for The Family Center at Joe's Pub. He is the author of the five-part oral history Casablanca Records: Play It Again (PopMatters, 2009). Follow him on Twitter @CJWikaneNYC. 

Features // 72 Articles
Reviews // 141 Articles
Blogs // 51 Articles
//Features

Fame, Faith, and a Meaningful Life: An Interview With Ruth Pointer | 1 Feb 2016 // 8:00 PM

Why is Ruth Pointer so excited? Her new memoir celebrates three decades of sobriety and a lifetime of survival.

Finding Success Before "Fame": Robin Clark and Carlos Alomar Trace Their Uptown Roots | 3 Dec 2015 // 8:30 PM

Robin Clark and Carlos Alomar, who actually lived "Uptown Funk", retrace their uptown roots, their breakthrough at the Apollo Theater, and how they brought funk to Sesame Street.

//Reviews

Sarah Dash Birthday Celebration: 23 August 2015 - New York | 17 Sep 2015 // 4:00 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.

Melba Moore Honors Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson and More at New York Show | 5 May 2015 // 5:00 AM

In her sold-out return to the Metropolitan Room, Melba Moore honored legendary ladies of song.

//Blogs

David Bronson - "Task" (video) (Premiere) | 24 Jun 2015 // 2:00 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 // 2:00 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

Beyoncé and When Music Writing Becomes Activism

// Sound Affects

"The overall response to Beyoncé's "Formation" has been startlingly positive, but mostly for reasons attached to political agendas. It's time to investigate this trend.

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