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 in 2015. Visit him online at

Features // 32 Articles
Columns // 16 Articles
Reviews // 86 Articles
Blogs // 114 Articles

Never Say Nevermore: Edgar Allan Poe's 10 Best Stories | 28 Oct 2015 // 8:30 PM

Poe endures as an artist who made his life’s work a deeper than healthy dive into the messy engine of human foibles, obsessions and misdeeds.

A Portrait of the Boss As a Young Man: On Bruce Springsteen's First Seven Albums | 5 Feb 2015 // 8:20 PM

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


The 25 Best Classic Progressive Rock Albums | 16 Nov 2015 // 8:00 PM

The purpose of this column has been to revisit, reassess and, above all, celebrate classic prog rock, so it’s inevitable we name names and select the best of the best.

Reappraising Ian Anderson's 'Minstrel in the Gallery' | 4 Aug 2015 // 8:30 PM

Minstrel in the Gallery seems as autobiographical as any Jethro Tull album, before or after, and there is a vulnerability and sensitivity that the songwriter was simply growing into.


'Five Easy Pieces' Must Be Appreciated on Its Own Cantankerous Terms | 29 Jul 2015 // 8:10 PM

As the hippie hangover from the ‘60s begins in earnest, Jack Nicholson's Bobby Dupea has neither tuned in nor entirely dropped out.

'Pedro' Is a Glorious Romp Full of Stories That Only Pedro Martinez Can Tell | 18 Jun 2015 // 8:05 PM

No one can say Pedro did not walk the walk.


Orrin Keepnews: Hero for America's Music | 18 Mar 2015 // 4:00 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 // 3:00 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.

//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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