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Sunday, April 27 2014

Five Ways 'Animal House' Changed the World

Wherever the bar was set for '70s college parties, Animal House took that bar, broke it into kindling, and made a bonfire.


Monday, April 14 2014

Sam Cooke's "Tennessee Waltz": A Cultural Geography

With his rendition of "Tennessee Waltz" for his 1964 Copacabana shows, Sam Cooke proceeded to do the impossible: he made the waltz swing.


Sunday, July 15 2007

Part 1: Beethoven to Phil Ochs (1824-1965)

Psalm 100 instructs, "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!". What more joyful sound than the life-affirming song of protest, for that is the sound wrenched from the deepest grief and suffering, from exhausted and diseased lungs, and the voice raised in tuneful protest is among the most beautiful of human sounds. Sing out, indeed!


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Thursday, February 11 2010

Evolution of a Song - "A Change Is Gonna Come" (videos)

I remember looking through a friend's Rolling Stone as a freshman in college. It was the issue that touted the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".


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