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The Day the Specials Kicked Their Doc Martens Boots Against the Door

The ska revival kicked to life by the Specials blended previous subcultural styles in their own Cuisinart: Kingston, Jamaica, Mod, Skinhead and Jamaican rude-boy.

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To paraphrase art critic Peter Schjeldahl, beauty is a kind of action and reaction between the work and the viewer, or the listener, or the reader. Beauty happens.

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Hangin’ Loose: Exploring British Soul in the Music of Loose Ends

Loose Ends cultivated an art in supreme sophistication with their groundbreaking experiments in British soul and R&B during the '80s. Decades later, their music remains as potent as it was when it first graced the airwaves and clubs of both the UK and US.

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“At the Service of the Song”: A Conversation with Angelique Kidjo

Angelique Kidjo speaks with conviction and humour about the major issues that drive her, such as the promotion of African music, the education of women, and our shared destiny as a people.

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Kent Finlay, Dreamer

Cheatham Street Warehouse founder Finlay was one of the world’s best-known and best-loved promoters, mentors, and gurus of Texas music.

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Why Does Paul Bowles’ 70-Year-Old Existential Masterpiece Continue to Test Our Limits?

The Sheltering Sky is itself a test of limits: its form is an exploration of how far one can go in novel writing.

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Jessica Jones breaks the Marvel superhero mold in a distinctly postmodern way.

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The authors of Inventing the Future ask: why think local, when there’s a world to win?

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Sweet Dreams Are Made of This: An Interview With Dave Stewart

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What Bowie's music describes, again and again, is that we were endlessly, relentlessly killing ourselves.

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The Resolution of a Lifespan: James Dean in ‘Giant’

In Giant, James Dean plays a character so desperate to belong that he winds up becoming a perverted reflection of it.

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Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and rock pioneer Lloyd Price’s life has been much more interesting than yours or mine, from writing hits with Fats Domino to playing an influential role in the Rumble in the Jungle. Yet Price still has many more yarns to spin even now.

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The From the Vault series adds infinite layers of the Rolling Stones' performances for diehard and casual fans alike.

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Liberal-leaning American TV news is hopelessly lost in a Manichean tug-of-war with right-wing infotainment.

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Double Take: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969)

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"The two Steves at Double Take are often mistaken for Paul Newman and Robert Redford; so it's appropriate that they shoot it out over Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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