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Deciphering the Jay-Z Code

He's got 99 problems but a book ain't one. Jay-Z's nonlinear memoir illuminates rap as personal narrative, lyric poetry, and transformative medium.

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23 Dec 2010 // 10:00 PM

Clash City

Marcus Gray's book about London Calling inspires a journey around the London of the Clash. There's a huge sense of disaffection in this city, a feeling that the government protects only the rich and will leave the poor to suffer the recession – it’s like 1979 all over again, and London is still calling, calling out into an atmosphere of impending catastrophe.

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15 Dec 2010 // 10:00 PM

Who Owns Punk History?

A folkloric examination of the interview manuscripts of punk historian Jon Savage and The England's Dreaming Tapes.

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20 Questions: James McManus

James McManus is one of those writers who can write about any topic and no matter the subject, and you'll be hooked. But you don’t have to be a gambler to get caught up in the thrill of Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker. He hooks us here at PopMatters 20 Questions.

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None Are So Blind As Those Who Will Not See: ‘The Mind’s Eye’ by Oliver Sacks

In this telling of his own encounter with blindness, the neurologist and author Oliver Sacks reminds us that there are few human failings worse than taking for granted life and its manifold hidden miracles.

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‘Life’: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rolling Stone

Because Keith Richards lived the book he’s written, he’s written a book that lives on.

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Hip-Hop’s Laboratory of Language

What do William Wordsworth, Robert Frost, Ice Cube, and Ghostface Killah have in common? Finally, they all appear in anthologies.

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Rosanne Cash: More Than Just a Legend’s Daughter

Rosanne Cash’s lyricism plays on the page as if she’s on stage with guitar in hand. You can hear the music as you read. PopMatters Jaime Karnes talks with this gifted writer of songs and stories.

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Hüsker Dü: The Story of the Noise-Pop Pioneers Who Launched Modern Rock

What the world really needs is a straight-up account of one of the most important rock groups of all time. Now we have it in the form of music scribe Andrew Earles.

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Jimi Hendrix, the Patron Saint of Alt-Blackness

Forty years after his death, Jimi Hendrix looms larger - and deeper - than ever within the black cultural pantheon. Even though he wasn't really 'black'.

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20 Questions: Catherine Coulter

Prior to becoming a New York Times bestselling author, Catherine Coulter worked on Wall Street writing funny speeches for an actuarial honcho. “I've never done anything that would land me in prison,” she swears to PopMatters 20 Questions.

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7 Nov 2010 // 9:00 PM

Fab: The Life of Paul McCartney

Post-war Britain seemed to embrace colour and change. A creative and cultural renaissance was taking place in the heart of the capital, one that caught the attention of the world, and Paul was at the centre of it.

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The Best You Can Is Good Enough: Radiohead vs. The Corporate Machine

PopMatters' coverage of Kid A's 10th anniversary concludes with an exclusive excerpt from Marvin Lin's forthcoming 33 1/3 book about the album, here discussing why the band decided to abandon all conventional publicity mechanisms to promote the album, and what such gestures ultimately said about the band's mindset at the time ...

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President Obama and The Long Fade

Two new books on the Obama presidency make clear that the dream, such as it was, is over -- though not necessarily in the way you'd think. Whether or not something has actually died, the obituary has already been written for Barack Obama's promise of progressive reform

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2 Nov 2010 // 10:00 PM

Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker

"Nothing is more natural, or more essential to human achievement," writes James McManus, "than gambling— than risking something, taking a chance."

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1 Nov 2010 // 10:00 PM

A Very Irregular Head: The Life of Syd Barrett

Pink Floyd's ‘Interstellar Overdrive’ was a zeitgeist moment in the development of English pop music, the moment when pop liberated itself from its blues roots.

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Ray Bradbury Wrote Me Back

My affinity for Ray Bradbury's work is rooted in his "accidental novels", as well as in the collections that plunder what is seemingly a limitless vault of manuscripts.

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20 Questions: Tom Payne

What is it that fills our eyes with stars and makes us desire to lift one among us upon an altar – and then consider setting fire to the altar? Tom Payne ponders this proclivity in his new book, Fame.

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‘Poltergeist’: Home Sweet Hell

James Kahn’s version of Poltergeist is a rare example of a book written after a movie is released, which results in a riveting read.

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Excerpt from Alex Ross’ New Book ‘Listen to This’

I don't listen to music to be civilized; writes the author of The Rest Is Noise, sometimes, I listen precisely to escape the ordered world.

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