Articles tagged history

‘Under the Big Black Sun’ Tells of an L.A. Before the Kids From Orange County Arrived

They had the neutron bomb, The Masque, and all the youthful energy you'd ever want to muster. What became of the early L.A. punks, then?

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‘Elvis & Nixon’ and Histories and Fates Captured in a Photo

Even as this film gets bogged down in jokes and speculations, it makes the point that performance is its own kind of truth.

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How the US Government Spins ‘The War on Leakers’

Lloyd C. Gardner makes an alarming case for the elusiveness of American democracy and the astounding ignorance in which it operates.

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1 Apr 2016 // 3:00 AM

The Banjo: America’s African Instrument

Laurent Dubois' biography of one of America’s iconic folk instruments spans continents and cultures. In this excerpt, we explore the banjo's humble origins.

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‘Small Town Talk’ Both Celebrates and Interrogates Woodstock’s Past

If you're looking for a true-to-life portrait of the way cultural memory evolves and is shaped within the context of a small town, this is a profound case study.

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The Paper Trail: An Unexpected History of a Revolutionary Invention

Paper created a world in which free thinking could flourish, and brought disciplines from science to music into a new age.

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The Brazen Age: New York City and the American Empire: Politics, Art, and Bohemia

In this excerpt of David Reid's rich and thorough history of New York City, 1945 -1950, we read of Albert Camus' first impression of the city as “a hideous, inhuman city" of "violent light".

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The Sensual Machine: ‘The Typewriter Revolution’

Richard Polt’s work is simply a confessional love letter to a most charming and pioneering creation.

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Waiting for Buddy Guy: Chicago Blues at the Crossroads

In the late '70s and early '80s, British blues fan Alan Harper became a transatlantic pilgrim to Chicago. He came to listen to the blues. This rich memoir captures not only the music, but the memories of many of Chicago's great blues legends and others who lived during this important era.

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‘Small Town Talk’ and the Rise and Fall of Woodstock

Small Town Talk offers an in-depth look at the rise and fall of not only the town of Woodstock, but also those who made an icon of '60s idealism.

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‘Heads’ Traverses the Intracranial Landscape of Minds Set Loose By Myriad Chemical Compounds

In his sprawling exploration of psychedelic America, Jarnow finds himself ensconced within the Deadhead camp, often to the disservice of other acid-forged scenes.

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An Epoch of Annihilation Whose Consequences Still Reverberate

In Fire and Blood, Historian Enzo Traverso sets his sights on two concepts: the facile equation of totalitarianisms, and the equally facile belief in the inevitability of historical progress.

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The American Story in 6.5 Hours: Criterion Restores Jan Troell’s Emigration Epic

Jan Troell's masterful double header looks like two films and plays like one as it takes the Nilsson family from 19th century Sweden to life in the new world.

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‘No Más Bebés’: Sterilized Without Consent

As the struggle for reproductive rights continues, we might look back on history in order to understand the consequences of denying women sovereignty over their own bodies.

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The Story Is In His Eyes in ‘The Finest Hours’

Ray's (Casey Affleck) eyes tell their own story, more hauntingly and more urgently, than any of the plot's clunky machinations.

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Night Riders and Matinee Movies: The Relationship Between the KKK and American Film

This book could not be timelier, given the nativist and racist rhetoric inflaming discourse among America's Republican Party presidential hopefuls.

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The Moon, the Marquise and Other Sad Romantics

Eric Rohmer and Heinrich Von Kleist converge in a parallax of misguided literary loves.

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13 Jan 2016 // 3:05 AM

Beer Is a Funny Thing

The Comic Book Story of Beer shows how the evolution of beer parallels the evolution of civilization. Bottoms up to civilization!

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‘Chuck Norris vs. Communism’ and the End of Television

Unable to find food to eat, working long hours for precious little compensation, living in cramped, cold quarters, Romanians sought hope in "video nights".

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‘Dreams Rewired’ Provides a Poetic Gloss on a Well-known Story

Dreams Rewired isn't in the business of recovery or even analysis. Instead, it gestures, it implies, it signifies.

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'SUPERHOTLine Miami' Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

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"SUPERHOTLine Miami provides a perfect case study in how slow-motion affects the pace and tone of a game.

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