Sean Murphy
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Sean Murphy has been publishing fiction, reviews (music, movie, book, food), and essays on the technology industry for almost twenty years . During his time at PopMatters he has written extensively about music, movies and books, and his column "The Amazing Pudding" celebrates all-things Prog-Rock. His memoir Please Talk about Me When I'm Gone was published in 2013; his novel Not To Mention a Nice Life in 2015. Murphy is currently the writer-in-residence at the Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Martha’s Vineyard.Visit him online at @bullmurph and

Features // 41 Articles
Columns // 16 Articles
Reviews // 88 Articles
Blogs // 114 Articles

How to Kill a Cliché: Celebrating Sam Shepard | 8 Aug 2017 // 5:59 AM

Sam Shepard somehow managed to incorporate (and yes, transcend) virtually every cliché of Americana, distilling it into his own, unique persona.

The 100 Best Classic Progressive Rock Songs: Part 5, 20-1 | 31 Mar 2017 // 2:21 AM

Welcome back, my friends to the show that never ends. It's the 100 best classic progressive rock songs.


The 25 Best Classic Progressive Rock Albums | 16 Nov 2015 // 9:00 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 // 9:30 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.


Vinyl. Album. Cover. Art: A Definitive History and Showcase in a Genre-shattering Collective | 10 May 2017 // 9:45 PM

Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey “Po” Powell of Hipgnosis could scarcely have imagined the ways their album art would impact culture.

Led Zeppelin Loathed, Loved, Copied, Scrutinized and Glorified | 14 Sep 2016 // 9:05 PM

For Zeppelin fanatics, Marc Roberty’s book will become an enduring bible of the good times, the bad times and even the boring times.


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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Treasuring Memories of Paul McCartney on 'One on One' Tour

// Notes from the Road

"McCartney welcomed Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt out for a song at Madison Square Garden.

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