Sean Murphy
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Sean Murphy loves music, books, and movies and can't imagine a world without sub-titles. He was born in northern Virginia and has never found a compelling reason to leave. He studied English at George Mason University and has an MA in Literature. One of his thesis papers dealt with the utopian impulse in '70s rock (which, depending upon one's perspective, at least partially explains why he opted not to purse that PhD in Cultural Studies). During his time at PopMatters he has written extensively about music, movies and books, and his column "The Amazing Pudding" appears every other month. His memoir Please Talk about Me When I'm Gone was published in 2013; his novel Not To Mention a Nice Life will be available in June 2015. Visit him online at

Features // 31 Articles
Columns // 14 Articles
Reviews // 85 Articles
Blogs // 114 Articles

A Portrait of the Boss As a Young Man: On Bruce Springsteen's First Seven Albums | 5 Feb 2015 // 9:20 PM

The go-for-broke inspiration Bruce Springsteen became legendary for providing in his songs initially sprang from the most authentic source: himself.

What Is and What Will Always Be: A Fresh Look at Led Zeppelin's Familiar Masterpieces | 11 Aug 2014 // 9:14 PM

With the exception of the Beatles, no other band has loomed quite so large as Led Zeppelin, to the extent that we’ll never run out of things to say: good, bad and great.


Jethro Tull: Back to Basics (Sort Of) | 19 Mar 2015 // 9:30 PM

After the back-to-back-to-back brilliance of their previous three albums, a letdown seemed inevitable; amazingly, Ian Anderson & Co. raised the bar, instead.

The Moody Blues: Masters of the Mini Epic | 20 Nov 2014 // 9:30 PM

While so many of their progressive rock contemporaries were writing novels in the form of side-long suites, the Moody Blues were masters of the short story.


'Pedro' Is a Glorious Romp Full of Stories That Only Pedro Martinez Can Tell | 18 Jun 2015 // 9:05 PM

No one can say Pedro did not walk the walk.

Schizophonia: Cantorial Recordings Reimagined | 13 May 2015 // 10:00 PM

Schizophonia set a new bar for ways we can imagine intersections between the old school, the spiritual, and the evanescent.


Orrin Keepnews: Hero for America's Music | 18 Mar 2015 // 5:00 AM

Orrin Keepnews didn't just encourage and oversee some of the most important jazz recordings in history; he rolled up his sleeves and helped shape their final form.

The Cream of Cream: Their 10 Best Songs | 3 Dec 2014 // 4:00 AM

These ten selections, some more obscure than others, are chosen to represent the songs where the British power trio was most focused, most locked-in, and most original.

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