Recent Features
Alina Simone’s Indie Rock World Comes Alive in ‘You Must Go and Win’

Ukrainian-born musician Alina Simone traces her bizarre journey through the indie rock world, from disastrous Craigslist auditions with sketchy producers to catching fleas in a Williamsburg sublet. She begins her tale in a strange place called Kharkov.

READ more
We Can Be Heroes: Talking ‘Supergods’ with Grant Morrison

Grant Morrison’s ability to make connections between seemingly humdrum events and grandiose ideas becomes infectious. Reading Supergods and immersing in his ideas gives one as much kick as a radioactive spider bite.

READ more
Frustrated Fantasies: Misperceptions of Fandom and ‘Gone With the Wind’

The value of fandom is often underestimated. Rather than the stereotyped burnt-out housewives or socially inept teenagers that obsessively and indiscriminately consume popular culture, fans are active agents.

READ more
No One Is Untouchable: Not Federico Garcia Lorca, Not Ai Weiwei

Governments tend to take on their worst form, to devolve to their most horrific manifestation, when they kill artists. Artists look out into the horrors of the world, and inevitably, the horrors sometimes reach back.

READ more
Are We Not New Wave?: Modern Pop at the Turn of the 1980s

In the early '80s, new wave’s most successful acts -- groups like the Cars, the Police, the Talking Heads, and newcomers the Go-Go’s -- had established themselves among the upper echelon of critically acclaimed and top-selling rock artists.

READ more
The Hate for Southern Hip-Hop: Why So Serious?

The way some of us disparage Southern rap, you'd think rappers like Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame had recorded a record dissing Kool G. Rap and Big Daddy Kane.

READ more
An Honorable Escape: Georgette Heyer Remakes Jane Austen

Repetition -- of plots, characters, editions -- is not a disadvantage in romance book publishing industry. It's the very reason for being, though it must be carefully managed to prevent satiety.

READ more
A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E.M. Forster

All his life Morgan Forster lived in a world imprisoned by prejudice against homosexuals. He was 16 when Oscar Wilde was sent to prison, and he died the year after the Stonewall riots.

READ more
Print-On-Demand and the Future of Independent Publishing, Part 2

PopMatters speaks to major figureheads in the POD industry to determine where it is, what it can do, and most importantly, where it's going ...

READ more
“I Get Recognized at Least Once a Day”: An Interview with Kristen Schaal

She wrote The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex and is the Women's Issues Correspondent on The Daily Show. The upfront female comic sits down to talk to PopMatters about comedy, fame, and so much more ...

READ more
Talking Animals and Harsh Realities: An Interview with Kazu Kibuishi

Despite its target audience -- middle grade, or 10-12-year-olds, Amulet has a lot of crossover appeal. But Kibuishi doesn’t consider adult, or even teen readers, during his process -- beyond himself, that is.

READ more

7 Jul 2011 // 10:00 PM

Bob Marley: The Untold Story

Bob Marley’s story is that of an archetype, which is why it continues to have such a powerful and ever-growing resonance: it embodies, among other themes, political repression, metaphysical and artistic insights, gangland warfare, and various periods in a mystical wilderness.

READ more
Print-On-Demand and the Future of Independent Publishing, Part 1

In part one of this two-part look at the world of Print-On-Demand books, PopMatters speaks to major figureheads in the POD industry to determine where it is, what it can do, and most importantly, where it's going ...

READ more
20 Questions: Simon Van Booy

Simon Van Booy’s Everything Beautiful Began After published this month. It’s a perfect summer novel for romantic intellectuals. Read here on PopMatters who this romantic would take a bullet for.

READ more
‘Norwegian Wood’ Is Pretty Onscreen, But Puzzling

Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood has been referred to as the "Japanese Catcher in the Rye", but J. D. Salinger said that his book was not actable and he would never sell the rights to Hollywood. Maybe Murakami should have listened to Salinger.

READ more
Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY and the Lost Story of 1970

David Browne’s Fire and Rain tells the story of four iconic albums of 1970 and the lives, times, and constantly intertwining personal ties of the remarkable artists who made them.

READ more
Enmeshed In Modernity: Malcolm Turvey’s ‘The Filming of Modern Life’

Most of these films have been studied to death, then autopsied, buried, exhumed, and autopsied again, but Malcolm Turvey unearths some fresh perspectives and in the process, provides a nice corrective to long-misguided notions.

READ more
Tommy McKearney’s ‘The Provisional IRA Is an Insider’s Analysis of the Dream and the Reality

A contemporary analysis of the main IRA force in its 40 years "from insurrection to parliament", from a participant not in a seminar but a cell, as an operative and not as a professor, a volunteer and a leader of the IRA -- not a reporter.

READ more

23 Jun 2011 // 10:00 PM

Enter Night: A Biography of Metallica

While Ride the Lightning was Metallica’s first exceptionally accomplished recording, Master of Puppets would swiftly become recognised as their first stone cold masterpiece; their Led Zeppelin II; their Ziggy Stardust; their legacy. There would never be a Metallica album quite like it again.

READ more
Dylan As Text, Sub-Text, Ur-Text in ‘Bob Dylan: Like a Complete Unknown’

This is Bob Dylan as shifting text, not just layered like pages, back or front, or over-laid like a palimpsest, but cross-wise and motile as a termite.

READ more
More Recent Features
//Mixed media
//Blogs

'Sugar Hill' Breaks Out the Old-School Zombies

// Short Ends and Leader

"Sugar Hill was made in a world before ordinary shuffling, Romero-type zombies took over the cinema world.

READ the article