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Wednesday, December 19 2012

The Best Music Books of 2012

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

Wednesday, April 18 2012

That Thing That Makes Funk Funky: 'The One: The Life and Music of James Brown'

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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Thursday, March 29 2012

James Brown was a key social figure whose life intersected with significant racial trends

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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