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Chuck Berry was not only the true king of rock 'n' roll, the architect and originator -- he was also an astute anthropologist of American culture.
30 May 2017
Where Elvis meets Nixon is the narrative of a poor boy smothered by the star-making machinery, Kanye meets Trump is a mixture of bi-polar manic depression, hubris, and misdirected energies.
27 Mar 2017
He played bass with Elvis & Ray Charles. Produced everyone from Joan Baez to Jimmy Buffett. Norbert Putnam is a living legend, and with the release of the deluxe edition of Elvis at Stax, Putnam shares tons of stories with PopMatters, all of them gems.
10 Sep 2013
While today rock is ubiquitous, few of us really understand the nuts and bolts of rock’s beginnings and especially not of rock’s crucial debt to the so-called "holy rollers" of the Pentecostal church. That Pentecostal-rock connection is a key to understanding what makes rock 'n' roll what it is.
James A. Cosby
07 Apr 2013
One wonders if Elvis, the Beatles, the Who, et. al. would have gained such importance had TV not been available.
30 Oct 2012
Elvis was a hero to most... but that's beside the point. He has loomed as large as any other artist during the past few decades. Here are 10 examples of his enduring influence.
17 Aug 2011
Writer Chris Roberson's offer of a bold new Elric as struggling with notions of American identity on a grand historical scale couldn't be more timeous. But does he lose the quintessential nature of Moorcock's command over various genre?
10 Jul 2011
Albin J. Zak III argues that rock 'n' roll evolved more than it spontaneously erupted, with much of what came to be associated with rock having roots in music that had nothing to do with rock.
09 Mar 2011
Here are Rolling Stone's picks for the top 10 greatest Beatles songs. Do you agree or disagree with their picks? Let’s discuss it below in the comments section.
30 Aug 2010
In an episode of the popular sitcom Family Guy, Peter Griffin meets a genie who grants him three wishes, and one of his wishes is to have his own theme music wherever he goes -- what a great idea, especially now that it's so easy to carry your music with you.
11 Aug 2010
Sometimes you watch Elvis movies for the songs or for the sheer cinematic presence of the man himself. Sometimes you actually watch an Elvis movie for the story. In this package, both reasons for watching are fulfilled.
01 Aug 2010
It is now possible to see Bing Crosby’s success not as a prior model against which Elvis Presley would assert himself, but rather, as a template that Elvis would adapt and exploit.
21 Jul 2010
Hot on the heels of the phenomenal success of his so called "'68 Comeback Special", Elvis Presley made one of the smartest moves of his career by returning to Memphis to record an album.
12 Aug 2009
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