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Derek Beres
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Derek Beres is the author of five books, including Global Beat Fusion: The History of the Future of Music, an insightful gaze into the new world mythology being created by global electronica, and the novel, Mysterious Distance. His photojournalism has appeared in dozens of magazines, focused on the international music scene. He is also a NY-based yoga instructor, as well as DJ and producer in EarthRise SoundSystem.


Features

Wednesday, March 18 2009

The Decline of Men: How the American Male Is Tuning Out, Giving Up, and Flipping Off His Future

If men were a product, the marketplace is saying it’s outlived its shelf life. Author Guy Garcia considers how to reshape men to fit the modern world in The Decline of Men.


Sunday, July 20 2008

Pathways to Creation: Exploring Sacred Music in Fes, Morocco

PopMatters goes to Morocco for the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music to honor and share the world’s great spiritual music traditions. At this 14th annual festival, Derek Beres would hear the indigenous sounds of Vietnam, Tunisia, Norway, Pakistan, Belgium, America, and much more.


Columns

Sunday, January 17 2010

Top 10 Global Albums of 2009

The top 10 "world music" CDs of 2009, stretching from Africa and the French Caribbean to New Zealand and Brooklyn.


Monday, November 30 2009

Bela and Boban in Budapest

The first phrase to learn in Budapest has to be "Maga sokkal jobban tud angolul, mint én magyarul", or “Your English is far better than my Hungarian.”


Tuesday, October 20 2009

Bluegrass Grows in Brooklyn

The Five Deadly Venoms are leading the charge of a thriving bluegrass scene in Brooklyn.


Monday, September 21 2009

Brazilian Funk and Cuban Soul Heat Up the Northern Climes

A killer samba beat and an irresistible Cuban Sway: Brazil's futuristic Otto and Cuban expat Alex Cuba deliver soulful sounds.


Tuesday, August 25 2009

Tuva Meets Technology

From the ‘non-existent’ land of Siberia comes the long-existing sound of Tuvan drumming and throat singing.


Reviews

Tuesday, February 17 2009

James Baldwin's Turkish Decade by Magdalena Zaborowska

Zaborowska's dedication and passion for the subject of James Baldwin shines through; if only the dry touch of academia were far lighter.


Wednesday, February 4 2009

The World Is What It Is by Patrick French

It may be difficult not to judge the man behind the Nobel-prize winning words, but this exploration of the author's life, career, and political stances will enthrall and outrage the reader.


Tuesday, January 20 2009

Hello, Everybody! by Anthony J. Rudel

If you’re concerned with how media has developed and want to wager a guess about its future, this provides a textbook example of what to expect.


Tuesday, December 16 2008

South Park: The Cult of Cartman - Revelations

Cartman shows us gaping holes in our cultural and individual patterns: elitism, fundamentalism, and overt and habitual ignorance.


Sunday, December 14 2008

Death with Interruptions by Jose Saramago

Saramago’s novels are meditations to be experienced by those willing to journey down the labyrinthine mazes he constructs.


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