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20 Questions: Bruce Greenwood

The prolific actor Bruce Greenwood shows up as yet another character for 20 Questions -- this time as a rather erudite cake designer with a mean edge on a ’53 Telecaster.

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Looking Back at the Avant Garde

These two new DVDs help us take a look back at forward thinkers, and although no one will like all these films equally, the whole is an experience not only edifying but, at its most radical, even pleasurable.

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Reinventing Don Imus: Anatomy of an Excuse

Imus traffics in the tropes of hip-hop and black culture in general on an occasional, selective basis -- a cafeteria approach to cultural exploration as obvious as it is insincere.

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Lone Wolf and Cub Part 1: History and Influences

This unparalleled tale of honor and vengeance illustrates the full scope of human drama. In this introductory feature, appearing monthly, a brief overview of the series is sketched.

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30 Nov 2009 // 10:00 PM

Bela and Boban in Budapest

The first phrase to learn in Budapest has to be "Maga sokkal jobban tud angolul, mint én magyarul", or “Your English is far better than my Hungarian.”

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“We’re Trying to Make Our Own Kind of Mythology”: An Interview with Wild Beasts

Bruce Springsteen? Drowning rats? Steve Reich and the joyous art of hedonism? These are the least interesting topics that Wild Beasts talk about following a year of well-deserved acclaim for their sophomore album.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Does Middle-age Awfully Well

Bruce Springsteen, among others, is not above hammering nails into the coffin of the open-road mythology that he’s built for himself.

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29 Nov 2009 // 10:00 PM

Selling Out to Survive

Placing songs in advertising remains a touchy subject. PopMatters spoke with a few artists whose music has appeared in advertising to find out what motivates them to do what some people claim is “selling out.”

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The World Is All There Is: An Interview with Fool’s Gold

Rising Afropop titans Fool's Gold are bringing a unique cultural heritage to rock music: singing in Hebrew, changing their lineup with virtually every performance, and having one hell of a time shattering conventions ...

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Are We All Mythtaken About Star Wars?

Fans are mistaken about Return of the Jedi and Luke Skywalker (dismissing the Ewoks, and Skywalker is deemed a wuss). Might they also be wrong about the prequel trilogy? And how.

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The Story of a Soul Survivor: ‘Private Dancer’ at 25

On the eve of Tina Turner's 70th birthday, PopMatters salutes the 25th anniversary of Private Dancer. Join us as we celebrate the making of a modern classic while David Bowie, Nona Hendryx, Janelle Monáe, Bryan Adams, and more than 20 artists and producers pay tribute to the girl form Nutbush who conquered the world stage.

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The Gospel According to Butch: Part 3—The Artist

Here songwriting is the focal point and Walker talks about his time working with Avril Lavigne, gives props to "The Macarena", and how he shouldn't try to make songs that are "post-gleeful".

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“With Our Love, We Can Save the World”: The Beatles Within and Without the Late ‘60s Zeitgeist

The Beatles were consistently constructed as symbolic avatars for the social and cultural shifts of their time and place, even while they were still in the midst of that time and place.

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In My Own Life: 20 Indirect Beatle Memories

Unlike other bands that have come and gone, the actual fabric of my life is laced with unusual -- and even eccentric -- reminders of the Fab Four's impact.

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Spinach and Broccoli Music: An Interview with Composer and Drummer John Hollenbeck

John Hollenbeck recombines the familiar in compositions that are startlingly new. His new Eternal Interlude is among the best jazz of 2009. Here, he explains his quirky, fresh methods.

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‘Revolution in the Head; The Beatles’ Records and the Sixties’ by Ian MacDonald

Every corner of this book is filled with characterful touches. You can look, but you will not find this level of writing in any other Beatles book.

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23 Nov 2009 // 9:59 PM

Squanto: The Ultimate Guide

Even anglers like myself yearn for guides with fishing IQs as rich as Squanto's, a Patuxet Native American who taught the Pilgrims how to fish.

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20 Questions: Sandra Brown

Bestselling author Sandra Brown chats about her weep-inducing, wavering confidence and advises that one should be wary of hiring a discount hit man.

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The Death and Rebirth of Black Glossies

Much as Ebony and Vibe crackled with the sense of discovery in their heydays, Arise feels like the magazine that’s got its finger on the pulse of today’s black pop.

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20 Beatles Buried Treasures

A list of the nearest things in the most overexposed catalogue in the history of popular music to “deep tracks”.

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