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July 2009

Patti Smith: Peace and Noise

At a recent exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland, I was fortunate enough to catch a glimpse at Robert Mapplethorpe’s “


Disco’s Not Dead

In praise of disco on the anniversary of the notorious disco demolition day.


A Thriller in His Own Right: MJ and the Desegregation of Popular Music and Culture

Before the international frenzy that Barack Obama commanded following his historic presidential campaign and win, Michael Jackson was the global face of black exceptionalism and


Michael Jackson and Our Vision of Diversity

Inclusiveness, all the Jackson’s music seems to say, is the underlying means of respecting one another, and the planet. That’s a genuinely mature message for any artist to relay.


“Grits Ain’t Groceries’‘: A Semi-Definitive Guide to Food at Blues Festivals Everywhere

Sorry but I couldn’t find a video of Little Milton doing his signature tune (don’t worry he takes his well-deserved bow later anyway).


One Hit Wonder: Garth Brooks

The second biggest selling artist of all time in the United States only had one single become a Top 40 hit.


June 2009

Turn Off the Lights: Cultivating Love to Get Through Summer

One sure way to care is a sure investment in health. Health, like love, cannot be bought, but cultivated, and oils the wings of love. So here’s a tip on summer cultivation, a sure way of taking care of your partner from someone who is in the midst of the seven-year itch.


Three More Memorable Albums from 1999

Sometimes it's tough to get a large group of people to agree on anything. Here are three more personal favorites from 1999 that didn't make the cut for PopMatters'' overall feature.


‘Thriller’ Was the Apex of Modern Pop

My mom only had two albums in her car when I was growing up—the Eagles’ Hotel California and Michael Jackson’s Thriller. And given


One Hit Wonder: DNA

DNA made "Tom's Diner" into an international sensation but barely profited from their work.


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