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Friday, June 28 2002

Hard Hitting Blues: Every Picture Tells A Story, Don’t It?

The most telling connection between blues and boxing were the bluesmen themselves who had also been fighters. But evidence of this association can be seen elsewhere, if you happen to look in the right places. If you're lucky, there it is, staring you straight back in the face, just like the early blues and R&B posters do.

Hard Hitting Blues: How’d a White Boy Get the Blues

Popa Chubby is one of today's rising blues musicians and one of the blues' biggest fight fans.

Hard Hitting Blues: Johnny “Clyde” Copeland

Like many bluesmen -- and any boxer -- Texas guitarslinger Johnny Copeland got knocked down a lot, but he always fought hard to get back up.

Hard Hitting Blues: Requiem for a Heavyweight: Jackie Wilson

Jackie Wilson will be recognized as a superb gloveman who wasn't afraid to mix it up in the corners, only to be brought down by the same habits he acquired when he was learning to harness his amazing gifts.

Hard Hitting Blues: Baby Workout: Jackie Wilson

His tragic career will always be offered as an object lesson in power and greed (not to mention the fate of the black man in entertainment).

Hard Hitting Blues: Blues, Boxing, and Work

Comparing bluesmen to boxers is a parlor game -- okay, a saloon pastime -- worth trying once or twice.

Tuesday, June 25 2002

The Legend of the Lipstick Killers

The record business perceived the Dolls as too dangerous, too radical, too frightening even to be in the same room with, too hard to sell. Every time Leber and I talked to record people we came across an invisible wall. Could they play as well as the Allman Brothers? What is this gender bending thing? Are they gay?

Tuesday, June 11 2002

This Is It

PopMatters' own bring to the surface a dozen under-the-radar musicians who are sure to blow your mind 'and' your speakers.

Tuesday, June 4 2002

Tyson Meade is a Rock God

Meade was the real ugly truth. During the 1960s and '70s he grew up gay in the nowhere north Oklahoma oil outpost of Bartlesville, where football and Our Lord Jesus Christ rule the roost and homosexuality is considered unnatural and satanic. Music was his only salvation...

Monday, June 3 2002

The Cult of Personality

Ahh, Gary Wilson. For the performer who is as much performance artist as he is lounge act, a pat fairy tale simply will not do. His fade into obscurity came largely because no one could understand his music; today, it still sounds light years ahead of its time and maybe not even of this planet.

Tuesday, May 14 2002

An Interview with Drew Parsons of American Hi-Fi

The combination of four sweaty, unassuming guys proudly displaying their heavy metal T-shirts whilst belting out a brand of classic-influenced modern rock that gave them their name, is not the conventional way a new band manages to break through in today's ultra competitive, MTV dominated music industry, but that's exactly how American Hi-Fi have managed it.

Monday, May 6 2002

Hip-Hop and Beyond: Hip-Hop Comes to Berkeley

The Jay Zs and Ja Rules of the world would no longer be role models to black youth if we all had a more prominent role in their lives.

Saturday, May 4 2002

Los Imposibles Hombres Impasibles: Café Tacuba at the Crossroads

The real key to Café Tacuba is the fact that all four members write beautiful songs.

Working the Borders: The Tijuana and Monterrey Scenes

Tijuana and Monterrey are both closer to the U.S. border than they are to Mexico City, and both have enthusiastic and committed local music scenes that have little to do with trying to sound like 'chilangos' (natives of Mexico City) and everything to do with musical hybridism.

Thursday, May 2 2002

Ain’t Trickin’ Me

As soon as word got out that Left Eye was dead, the news-and-entertainment industry kicked into a depressingly familiar gear.

Tuesday, April 30 2002

Tell Me When It’s Over: The Paisley Underground Reconsidered

The Rain Parade Steve Wynn   If you ask Steve Wynn for one of his favorite memories from his days playing on the Los Angeles

Thursday, April 25 2002

Goodbye, Layne

I remember the feeling of sadness when I read that Staley had taken to wearing fingerless gloves, presumably to hide the puncture wounds on the backs on his hands, from injecting heroin when his other veins refused to cooperate.

Friday, April 19 2002

South by Southwest on a Shoestring: A Diary

Schwartz writes about her odyssey at this year's South By Southwest Festival in the 'Home of Live Music' [Austin, Texas]; the place where 'Music Still Matters.'

South by Southwest on a Shoestring: A Diary

Schwartz writes about her odyssey at this year's South By Southwest Festival in the 'Home of Live Music' [Austin, Texas]; the place where 'Music Still Matters.'

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