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The Best Music Books of 2012
19 Dec 2012 // 4:00 PM

This year's best books about music include thought-provoking reads on how music works, in-depth histories of the underground, and soul-searching autobiographies from legendary (and not-so-legendary) performers.

//Columns

That Thing That Makes Funk Funky: 'The One: The Life and Music of James Brown'
18 Apr 2012 // 5:00 PM

James Brown – an untrained musician, mind you, operating on not much more than feel, instinct and desire – revolutionized black pop music, setting off depth charges that would still be exploding a decade hence.

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James Brown was a key social figure whose life intersected with significant racial trends
29 Mar 2012 // 6:35 AM

Music is well said to be the speech of angels, the 18th-century Scottish essayist Thomas Carlyle wrote. But then, he never spent any time with

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The Best and Worst Films of Spring 2015

// Short Ends and Leader

"January through April is a time typically made up of award season leftovers, pre-summer spectacle, and more than a few throwaways. Here are PopMatters' choices for the best and worst of the last four months.

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