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Steven Horowitz has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa, where he continues to teach a three-credit online course on “Rock and Roll in America”. He has written for many different popular and academic publications including American Music, Paste and the Icon. Horowitz is a firm believer in Paul Goodman’s neofunctional perspective on culture and that Sam Cooke was right, a change is gonna come.


Features

Sunday, May 8 2011

Everywhere She Goes: An Interview with Lissie

The Rock Island native got huge in Europe before starting a glorious iTunes-assisted crossover to America, and speaks to PopMatters about what it all means ...


Thursday, February 10 2011

"Comfortable Just Being Me": An Interview with Teddy Thompson

With the release of his acclaimed new album Bella, Teddy Thompson talks to PopMatters about the joys of Tom Jones and why he never wants to be compared to Michael Bublé ...


Wednesday, October 14 2009

You Only Live Once: An Interview With Nancy Sinatra

"When I die, I already know what my obituary will be, 'Frank’s daughter died with her boots on!' Ha.”


Tuesday, June 2 2009

Songwriting and Social Activism: An Interview With Nellie McKay

"If you keep your opinions and knowledge to yourself, it doesn’t change anything." McKay talks to PopMatters about her current projects, social activism, and philosophy of life in general.


Wednesday, April 8 2009

A Haunted Aura: An Interview with Marianne Faithfull

"I consider myself an artist and suffering has nothing to do with it. Look, I know there are some terrible things happening in the world. That doesn‘t make the world a better place."


Reviews

Thursday, April 23 2015

Pokey LaFarge: Something in the Water

The music sounds old, as if it was meant to be played on a 78 rpm turntable, but without the scratchiness.


Tuesday, April 21 2015

Peggy Lee: At Last: The Lost Radio Recordings

Forty four tracks from Lee’s radio show that she never recorded later and have, for the most part, not been heard since they originally aired.


Wednesday, April 15 2015

Bettye LaVette: Child of the Seventies

This re-release provides evidence that Bettye LaVette should have been famous decades earlier.


Monday, April 6 2015

Ray Wylie Hubbard: The Ruffian's Misfortune

Perhaps this is the true ruffian’s misfortune: one mellows with age. Hubbard tries to pretend otherwise by snarling and playing blues licks.


Monday, March 23 2015

Nellie McKay: My Weekly Reader

The assortment of different tunes here suggests McKay understands the complexity of the past and reveals her empathy for a more hopeful time when love and peace were fresh thoughts rather than a debased slogan.


Imelda May: Tribal [26.Aug.14]
Phox: Phox [30.Jul.14]
Karen Dalton: 1966 [22.Jan.12]
The Unthanks: Last [17.Apr.11]
Ron Isley: Mr. I [27.Jan.11]
Phoebe Snow: Live [15.Feb.09]
Taj Mahal: Maestro [22.Jan.09]
DeLeon/DeLeon [9.Dec.08]
Lucinda Williams [7.Jul.08]
Geoff Muldaur [14.May.08]
Bananarama: Drama [14.May.06]
Mark Kozelek [16.Jun.05]
Laura Cantrell [15.Jun.05]
Jimmy Webb [21.May.05]
Matisyahu [7.Feb.05]
Balfa Toujours [22.Nov.04]

Blogs

Thursday, May 5 2011

A Happy Family from the Land of Oz


Wednesday, April 6 2011

We Are All One

P.T.Anderson's ode to being alone.


Wiseguy, Huh? (Mixed Media) [21.Mar.11]
Loretta Lynn Shines on "Fist City" (Mixed Media) [18.Feb.11]
Paul Thorn Can Lift You Up (Mixed Media) [30.Jan.11]
The Guilty Pleasure of Matt Morris (Mixed Media) [5.Jan.11]
Nellie McKay on the Radio (Mixed Media) [18.Oct.10]
The Queen Is Gone, But Not Forgotten (Mixed Media) [1.Oct.10]
Summertime in All of Its Glory (Mixed Media) [3.Sep.10]
The Most Beautiful Sound in the World (Mixed Media) [1.Sep.10]
The Dark Side of the Boat (Mixed Media) [26.Aug.10]
Peyton Place Redux (Mixed Media) [11.Aug.10]
Joe and Vicki Price Got the Blues (Mixed Media) [22.Jul.10]
Janis Joplin: The Woodstock Experience (Consuming Consumables) [10.Dec.09]
Wanderlust Festival Day 3 (Notes from the Road) [9.Aug.09]
LISTEN - Sugar Hill Records: A Retrospective (Consuming Consumables) [7.Dec.06]
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