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The MJ Top Ten Tribute

The ultimate list of icons to pay performance tribute to THE icon.

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Thriller, Nevermore: Michael Jackson’s Tell-Tale Obsession with Edgar Allan Poe

Much has been made of Michael Jackson’s identification with the character of Peter Pan, but the late singer had another literary devotion that didn’t make it into his obituaries: He was an Edgar Allan Poe fanatic.

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Peter Pan Has Left the Building

The King of Pop’s life and times reads like a parallel social history of the United States since Ike’s White House tenure.

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R.I.P. Michael Jackson

What I distinctly remember was the incredible sense of awe I felt when Michael took the stage. I was totally captivated. He struck such a defiant opening pose, I was intimidated by the man.

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Tell ‘em That It’s Human Nature

All of the allegations and weirdness aside, Michael Jackson made an impact on music and culture that few ever have. It's for that reason that I cannot help but be at least mildly moved by his passing.

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My Michael

As an adult, I haven’t the foggiest idea of what a “King of Pop” is or does, but as a six-year-old, I was pretty sure Michael Jackson invented music.

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Win the Ultimate Michael Jackson Discography on MP3

Sign up with Lala to receive our Michael Jackson playlist for free and be entered to win a complete Michael Jackson discography on MP3.

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Viva Africa: An Interview with Amadou & Mariam and BLK JKS

African music, often exiled from the pop mainstream, is making a new incursion in the U.S. Darling speaks to two major African artists, plus highlights the best new releases.

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2009 Silverdocs Documentary Festival

Silverdocs 2009 was a rewarding and refreshing event, offering classic and independent documentaries and previewing several that will crop up over the next year or two on TV and art house screens.

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The Futility of Truth or Reconciliation in Waltz with Bashir

Although it examines culpability and responsibility in service of truth and reconciliation, this film fails to address the structures of power, and arguably perpetuates the very atrocities that it sets out to condemn.

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Long Live the King: Remembering Michael Jackson

As the world mourns the passing of its definitive pop star, we must ask ourselves why his death means so much to us -- and where the legacy of one of the greatest entertainers of all time now stands.

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Five Days in March: Uncle Tupelo’s Quiet Revolution

Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy may have left country behind, but in 1992, he helped redefine the sound of alt-country.

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October - December 1999: Mos Def to Jay-Z

Part 5 covers albums from October through December, highlighted by the political rock of Rage Against the Machine and Joe Strummer, as well as major league hip-hop from Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch, Q-Tip and Jay-Z.

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Black Hollywood: Blaxploitation and Advancing an Independent Black Cinema

In recent history, the myriad commercial and social reactions to so-called Blaxploitation films made feasible the rise of a robust, intelligent, and independent black cinema in the US.

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August - October 1999: Dixie Chicks to the Bloodhound Gang

Part 4 brings a superb sophomore turn from the Dixie Chicks while Garth Brooks goes kinda nuts. British rock stands proud with Muse, Gomez, and Supergrass and the schlocky, corporate rock of Creed rockets to the top of the U.S. charts.

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Snagged by Bishop—Hook, Line & Sinker

Like the lakes we fish in, there are great treasures lurking in those depths, and great depth lurking in those treasures.

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June - August 1999: The White Stripes to Andrew Bird

Part 3 covers albums from June through August, highlighted by the debut of the White Stripes and stellar electronic music from Basement Jaxx, the Chemical Brothers, and µ-Ziq and hip-hop from Missy Elliott and Kool Keith.

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Miles Davis: Sketches of Spain (Legacy Edition)

The secret to creating music that stands the test of time is to create timeless music: Sketches of Spain was, and remains, quite unlike anything else created in the jazz idiom.

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Augusten Burroughs: The View Through a Saltine Cracker

As a memoirist, Burroughs is highly skilled at the art of aestheticized self-pity.

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March - June 1999: The Olivia Tremor Control to Pavement

PopMatters turns 10 this year and to celebrate we are looking back at the popular music that defined the year of our birth. Part 2 covers albums from March through June, highlighted by monster hits from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Moby and Dido.

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Saul Williams Commands Attention at Summerstage (Photos + Video)

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"Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.

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