James A. Cosby
Jim is an attorney and author, originally from Kent, WA, and living in Philadelphia for the last 20+ years. Jim is a graduate of the University of Washington and Temple University School of Law. He has published legal scholarship on children's rights and the Constitution, as well as writing on music-related topics as a regular contributor to PopMatters since 2013, and publishing works with outlets such as MusicOMH.com, Gonzo Today, and Curator Magazine. Jim has written some leading retrospectives on groups such as The Posies and Teenage Fanclub, and interviewed some of rock's most compelling figures, including Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Lloyd Price and Beastie Boys, as well as, most recently, Andrew W.K. Jim's first book, on the origins of rock music, was Devil's Music, Holy Rollers, and Hillbillies: How America Gave Birth to Rock and Roll (McFarland, 2016) (Kirkus: "illuminating and intriguing"; Minnesota Public Radio Rock Book Club Selection). He is almost done with the follow-up (working title): The Triumph of Rock: A Story of Rebellion, Mental Health and Jesus. The most underrated rock song of all-time, you ask? Probably Bachman-Turner Overdrive's "Hey You".
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and rock pioneer Lloyd Price’s life has been much more interesting than yours or mine, from writing hits with Fats Domino to playing an influential role in the Rumble in the Jungle. Yet Price still has many more yarns to spin even now.
02 Feb 2016
PopMatters looks at five Beastie Boys songs that are not only underappreciated, but some of their best.
21 Aug 2014
12 Years a Slave is every bit as intense as one might imagine, though not completely depressing, whereas Django Unchained aestheticizes its extreme violence.
11 Feb 2014
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia pushes the boundaries of human decency -- in a good way.
19 Nov 2013
From an odd and tragic childhood, to life as an underground metalhead, to crazy success, James Hetfield has managed a mountain of rage quite well.
17 Nov 2013
Martin Scorsese is a master filmmaker and often just as brilliant at incorporating music into his work. Nowhere have those skills shone brighter than in Goodfellas.
04 Nov 2013
Can the white and non-white, racially progressive, pro-gay rights, middle and lower middle-classes embrace a notion of patriotism as much as any other Americans? Jay-Z thinks so, and for the second year in a row, he was right.
10 Sep 2013
While the crowd dances to the beat of Jimi Hendrix’s soul/psychedelic classic, “Fire”, Robert Downey, Jr.’s character has a moment of reflection, but casts it aside and throws himself into the dance.
03 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
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