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Monday, September 15 2003

“Everyone I Know Goes Away in the End”: A Tribute to Johnny Cash

Not a great lover or follower of country music -- hey, what could a bunch of twangy bejeweled cowpokes say to me, a snotty punk brat from Manchester, England, right?


The Last Great Rebel

Johnny Cash pushed insurgent separatism to the hilt. He cemented his iconoclastic status in 1965 when he showed up wearing all black and a scowl at the usually pastel and buoyant church of county music, the Grand Ole Opry.


Johnny Cash Made the Most Punk-Rock Album Ever. In 1969.

What Johnny Cash did on At San Quentin defies belief. He made the angriest, balliest, toughest, most punk rock album of all time.


The Man in Black

It would be too easy to call him an everyman, too cliché, too trite. And yet, that is what he was, an everyman, a singer and songwriter who plumbed our souls and made each of us real and alive in his music. Johnny Cash, country icon and rock and roll founder, died Friday of complications from diabetes, leaving behind nearly 50 years of remarkable music and a legacy of innovation.


Thursday, September 11 2003

She Ain’t No Joke

Independent hip-hop artist Flo Brown chats with PopMatters music critic Felicia Pride on Whateva Comes to Mind, her recently released album.


Tuesday, September 9 2003

Shhhhhhh . . . Warren Zevon’s sleeping . . .

Warren Zevon outlived his doctor's diagnosis by several months. Originally, all he claimed he wanted to do was live to see the next James Bond film; instead, he turned 'four months left to live' into an entire year.


Friday, August 22 2003

100 From 1977-2003

PopMatters' diverse band of merry critics are pleased to bring you their ideas of songs that have influenced whole genres and generations. Indeed, everyone of these songs is a 'classic' in some fashion, and therefore deserving an entry into our hallowed list.


100 From 1977-2003

PopMatters diverse band of merry critics are pleased to bring you their ideas of songs that have influenced whole genres and generations. Indeed, everyone of these songs is a 'classic' in some fashion, and therefore deserving an entry into our hallowed list.


100 From 1977-2003

PopMatters diverse band of merry critics are pleased to bring you their ideas of songs that have influenced whole genres and generations. Indeed, everyone of these songs is a 'classic' in some fashion, and therefore deserving an entry into our hallowed list.


100 From 1977-2003

PopMatters diverse band of merry critics are pleased to bring you their ideas of songs that have influenced whole genres and generations. Indeed, everyone of these songs is a 'classic' in some fashion, and therefore deserving an entry into our hallowed list.


100 From 1977-2003

PopMatters diverse band of merry critics are pleased to bring you their ideas of songs that have influenced whole genres and generations. Indeed, everyone of these songs is a 'classic' in some fashion, and therefore deserving an entry into our hallowed list.


100 From 1977-2003

PopMatters diverse band of merry critics are pleased to bring you their ideas of songs that have influenced whole genres and generations. Indeed, everyone of these songs is a 'classic' in some fashion, and therefore deserving an entry into our hallowed list.


100 From 1977-2003

PopMatters diverse band of merry critics are pleased to bring you their ideas of songs that have influenced whole genres and generations. Indeed, everyone of these songs is a 'classic' in some fashion, and therefore deserving an entry into our hallowed list.


100 From 1977-2003

PopMatters diverse band of merry critics are pleased to bring you their ideas of songs that have influenced whole genres and generations. Indeed, everyone of these songs is a 'classic' in some fashion, and therefore deserving an entry into our hallowed list.


100 From 1977-2003

PopMatters diverse band of merry critics are pleased to bring you their ideas of songs that have influenced whole genres and generations. Indeed, everyone of these songs is a 'classic' in some fashion, and therefore deserving an entry into our hallowed list.


100 From 1977-2003

PopMatters diverse band of merry critics are pleased to bring you their ideas of songs that have influenced whole genres and generations. Indeed, everyone of these songs is a 'classic' in some fashion, and therefore deserving an entry into our hallowed list.


100 From 1977-2003

PopMatters diverse band of merry critics are pleased to bring you their ideas of songs that have influenced whole genres and generations. Indeed, everyone of these songs is a 'classic' in some fashion, and therefore deserving an entry into our hallowed list.


Friday, August 8 2003

Hip-Hop’s Holy Trinity

In Eminem (née Marshall Mathers), Andre 'Dr. Dre' Young, found what most music critics deem as hip-hop's great white hope, and together, in 50 Cent, they found the next Biggie and Tupac rolled into one. Their Shady/Aftermath/G-Unit stronghold in the music industry positions them as a certified holy trinity.


Thursday, August 7 2003

He Shot the Boss

'Springsteen was my guinea pig,' Ceccola told me in a 1999 interview. 'He was how I really learned to take a decent picture.'


Thursday, July 31 2003

Honest Pop: An Interview with Brady Brock

Outside of the hubbub of Top 40 are the hardworking artists who create what's known as indie pop -- catchy songs with a sincere edge written by masterful storytellers. PopMatters caught up with one of them -- New York-based Brady Brock - to get feel for what inspired his music.


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