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The Boy Who Would Be The Beast of the Apocalpyse: Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, Mythology, and the Human

Hellboy essentially argues that biology indeed need not be destiny, and that to exist as a human means something more than possessing a certain normative appearance.

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Part Five: Defining the Legacy

The sale to PolyGram, the death of Neil Bogart -- the dawn of the 1980s signaled the end of an era for Casablanca. Three decades since the label's fearless leader last stood inside the Casbah, artists and executives explain his genius and define the legacy of the label.

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Hip-Hop Marketing in the Digital Era

In the Digital Age, music and information sit at our fingertips. How do rappers use tools, new and old, to distinguish themselves from the competition?

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Vinyl Dependent: The Needle and the Damage Done

The independent record store lives another day. But how long can the vinyl lifeline continue to keep them afloat?

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Curatorial Casablanca

You know KISS and Donna Summer but what about Platypus and Gloria Scott? Herewith, a guide to underappreciated gems from the Casablanca catalog.

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FM Supreme [Chicago, IL]

FM Supreme may be young, but she's well on her way toward creating awareness and building momentum for social and personal action using hip-hop, spoken word, and youth activism.

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Part Four: Dancing on the Pinnacle: 1978-1979

Between 1978 and 1979, Casablanca could do no wrong.Trailing just behind CBS Records, Casablanca was the most successful record company in the U.S. Its artists gathered Oscar wins, number one albums, Grammy Awards, and even more platinum and gold discs.

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Hip-notized by a Male Billie Holiday

Discovering the first collection of duets between popular singer Tony Bennett and jazz pianist Bill Evans popped my top and buttered my bread.

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Nosaj Thing [Los Angeles]

Nosaj Thing's music is mysterious and provocative, bringing a rumbling intensity and highly individual style to both remixes and his own work.

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Hockey Skatin’ Singing Cowgirls

Country music ain’t the sole purview of the southern part of the northern hemisphere: Canada has its share of fireside soul(ful) singers, too.

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Part Three: Pushing the Envelope, 1977-1978

PolyGram, a group of "macho men", and Star Wars bolstered Casablanca at retail, on radio, and in the clubs. While expanding the roster and its partnerships, the label also landed its first number one single.

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Red Menace in the Mirror: Identity, Politics and Identity Politics in Superman Red Son

In writer Mark Millar's visionary recasting of Superman as a Soviet dictator, questions of personal and social identity become the staging point for a central drama around global justice.

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18 Aug 2009 // 9:58 PM

Vinyl Spin Cycle

Each time I sheepishly purchase another CD, I’m digging myself further into the technological hole, and falling farther behind the cool vinyl-playing crowd.

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Like ‘The New York Times’—with a Pink Boa and a Tiara

Local LGBT papers are a vital part of our community. They bind us together, and they have played a major role in the development of that community. If only they were more inclusive.

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Part Two: Painting the Building, 1975-1977

KISS came "Alive" in 1975. So did Parliament and Donna Summer. In a dramatic reversal of its uncertain beginnings, Casablanca cultivated a colony of successful acts and expanded its reach with boutique labels and partnerships in the film industry.

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17 Aug 2009 // 9:59 PM

Remaking History: An Interview with Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino talks about his decision to rewrite world history with Inglourious Basterds and the critical reaction to his recent films.

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Is Alyse Myers’ Life More Important Than Yours?

Ding dong! Ding dong! Another dysfunctional-family memoir bearing a terrible secret is at the door!

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Part One: Leading the Camel to Water, 1974-1975

Casablanca was not an instant success but Neil Bogart, a dreamer and a doer, was undeterred. Part I examines how the sheik of Casablanca led his camel out of the desert.

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Three Days, Forty Years, Six Discs

It's the enticing performances of the smaller acts -- and not the explosions of the big ones -- that made Woodstock such a singular event.

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“No Dad, What About You?!”: The John Hughes Generation Conflict

John Hughes went to bat for us teenagers against the evil Baby Boomer adults and the damage their material expectations inflicted on the classic American nuclear family.

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The Specter of Multiplayer Hangs Over 'Door Kickers'

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"Door Kickers is not a multiplayer game, but for a while there, I couldn’t tell the difference.

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