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Stuart Henderson
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Stuart Henderson is a culture critic and historian. He is the author of Making the Scene: Yorkville and Hip Toronto in the 1960s (University of Toronto Press, 2011).  All of this is fun, but he’d rather be camping. Twitter: @henderstu


Wednesday, December 11 2013

"Crumbs on the Trail": A Conversation with Nora Guthrie About Her Father, Woody Guthrie

With a newly uncovered collection of songs Woody Guthrie recorded for the government, his daughter Nora talks about who he really was, what she learns from the scholars that come in, and how Woody could write five songs a day.

Wednesday, October 16 2013

Freeing Yourself from Whatever's Spooking You: A Conversation with Brendan Canning

PopMatters talks with Brendan Canning, the co-founder of Broken Social Scene, about his gorgeous, intimate solo record You Gots 2 Chill.

Monday, September 9 2013

"All of Its Variety and Splendor": Van Dyke Parks on Harry Nilsson

Harry Nilsson was one pop music's greatest enigmas, a genius wrapped in his own vices. With the release of the expansive The RCA Albums Collection. To help tell his story, the legendary Van Dyke Parks talks to PopMatters about his old friend and collaborator Harry Nilsson.

Wednesday, February 27 2013

Down the Road to Massey Hall: A Conversation with Whitehorse

Doucet and McClelland open up about their life on the road, the commanding influence of Neil Young, their upcoming gig at Toronto’s Massey Hall, and breaking the "cardinal rule" of the music biz: starting a band with your life-partner.

Tuesday, December 4 2012

The Best Canadian Albums of 2012

From extraordinary singer-songwriters to blistering punk, experimental electronica to shimmery pop, this list demonstrates something of the breadth of talent, and the range of possibilities being explored in Canadian music today.


Thursday, August 19 2010

Rambo's Hold Will Never Let (Us) Go

The essential point of this series of all the Rambo films, muddy as it has been made by the hateful final installment, is that Rambo represents the failure of the American people to come to terms with their misadventure in Vietnam.


Tuesday, December 10 2013

Dwight Yoakam: 21st Century Hits – Best of 2000-2012

There's no reason not to pick this one up if you’re looking for a tight compilation of recent music from one of the greats. As a document of a transitional period in Yoakam’s lengthy career, it works well.

Thursday, November 7 2013

All Our Happy Days Are Stupid: 24 October 2013 - Toronto

Sheila Heti (author of the brilliant, convention-defying novel How Should a Person Be) wrote a play over a decade ago, but no one could figure out how to stage it. Until now.

Wednesday, July 10 2013

Na Na Na, You’re Gonna Have a Good Time with 'Fat Albert And The Cosby Kids'

During the tumultuous '60s, the playful, silly, but ultimately lesson-based adventures of the "Cosby Kids" proved funny to adults but even funnier to inner city children who could readily identify with these archetypal misfits.

Wednesday, May 8 2013

Natalie Maines: Mother

These diverse songs allow Maines to showcase her uncanny knack for delivering a wealth of emotional information without over-playing her hand.

Tuesday, April 2 2013

George Jones: The Complete United Artists Solo Singles

This uneven collection presents all 16 singles (and their B-sides) Jones released in a highly creative period between 1962 and 1966.

Soul Power [23.Feb.10]
Z [19.Nov.09]
Katyn [27.Aug.09]
Ulysses [26.Aug.09]
Legally Blondes [12.May.09]
Choke [23.Mar.09]
CSNY / Déjà Vu [3.Nov.08]
Chicago 10 [14.Oct.08]
Privilege [19.Aug.08]
The Forbidden Zone [19.Aug.08]
Stonewall [19.Jun.08]
An Eye For An Eye [17.Jun.08]
Fine Dead Girls [5.May.08]
A Global Warning? [14.Apr.08]
En La Cama [2.Apr.08]
Miss Julie [21.Feb.08]
Fancey: Schmancey [20.Jan.08]
The Ten [13.Jan.08]
A Mighty Heart [15.Nov.07]
I Was Nineteen [13.Nov.07]
Allegro [22.Oct.07]
Species IV [1.Oct.07]
The Camden 28 [20.Sep.07]
All My Loving [17.Sep.07]


Thursday, April 11 2013

Daniel Romano Plays a Royal Medley (Video) (PopMatters Premiere)

Check out this exclusive short film by the terrific filmmakers at Southern Souls capturing country troubadour Daniel Romano playing two songs from Come Cry With Me.

Thursday, April 4 2013

The Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association (2013)

This conference is largely about intellectual engagement with “hobbies”. But, importantly, it is designed to offer a space in which the meaning(s) of such “hobbies” can be taken seriously.

Wednesday, March 13 2013

Program - "Waiting" (video) (PopMatters Premiere)

Toronto's buzzy Volcano Playground have renamed themselves Program, and have offered PopMatters readers an exclusive look at the brand new (amazing) video for their lead single "Waiting".

Wednesday, March 13 2013

Former Grateful Dead Drummer Mickey Hart Working For Hurricane Relief

Download a new song by the Mickey Hart Band and help raise money for people affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Tuesday, February 12 2013

When It Comes to Love: A Conversation with Lori Nuic

The two-time winner of Best Pop Artist at the Toronto Independent Music Awards, alternative soul singer Lori Nuic is a rising star.

Noted and Notable: New GY!BE and More (Sound Affects) [11.Oct.12]
TIFF 2012: Day 5: 'To the Wonder' + 'End of Watch' (Notes from the Road) [14.Sep.12]
Slakah the Beatchild and his Slakadeliqs (Sound Affects) [10.May.12]
Let's Talk About Jim Cuddy (Sound Affects) [26.Apr.12]
Toronto International Film Festival 2011: 'The Day' (Notes from the Road) [23.Sep.11]
Toronto International Film Festival 2011: 'Elles' (Notes from the Road) [15.Sep.11]
100 Essential Directors - John Ford (Mixed Media) [8.Sep.11]
100 Essential Directors - Woody Allen (Mixed Media) [2.Aug.11]
Sunset Boulevard, Roman, Holiday and Sabrina (Consuming Consumables) [10.Dec.09]
Toronto International Film Festival 2009: Part 5 (Notes from the Road) [17.Sep.09]
Toronto International Film Festival 2009: Part 4 (Notes from the Road) [16.Sep.09]
Toronto International Film Festival 2009: Part 2 (Notes from the Road) [14.Sep.09]
Toronto International Film Festival 2009: Part 1 (Notes from the Road) [13.Sep.09]
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