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Woodstock 50's Cautionary Example: Memories of a Cancelled Free Festival

Wrapping up the Woodstock 50 saga, our reporter tells what caused the festival's cancellation and what the future might hold for the Woodstock brand.

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Woodstock 50's Doom and Gloom: Caught in a Devil's Bargain

A crowded music festival market and the changing tastes of younger generations means the Woodstock has lost a lot of its cultural cache and may no longer be so relevant to music fans.

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Woodstock at 50: From Glorified Historic Disaster to Modern Day Joke

In part one of our series on Woodstock at 50, we document the troubled history of Woodstock Enterprises and its failure to capitalize on its historic brand. The failure of Woodstock 50 is hardcoded in the organization's past.

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A Travelogue of Jon Hassell's 'Fourth World' Journey Into the Mystical

Fourth Word truly is a world unto itself, a vision of avant-garde experimentation that influenced numerous composers in its wake.

Jason Gross
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Is Corporate Sponsorship Now Long-Form Journalism’s Last Hope?

How did Red Bull come to support and invest in long-form journalism at a time when this style of writing seemed as doomed as the typewriter, record stores and other art industry phenoms that have been wiped out by the Internet?

Jason Gross
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Reconsidering the Beatles at Their Psych Height with ‘Magical Mystery Tour’

Even with all of the incredibly strong material which continued to stretch out what was possible with pop music, the U.S. version of Magical Mystery Tour is never really given the love it deserves. The album represents not just the height of their psych phase but also the end of it.

Jason Gross
Film

100 Essential Directors - Maya Deren

100 Essential Directors celebrates directors of distinct vision, who have honed their respective crafts, who have brought something new and exciting to the medium, and who continue to push the boundaries of the form.

Jason Gross
Music

Nick Lowe: Labour of Lust

Long-awaited reissue of Nick Lowe's second album means you don't pay big bucks on eBay for a classic.

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More Dates When the Movies Died

I was inspired to come up with a list of 10 more dates that meant bad news for the film business. Some of them are actually what you'd call mixed blessings and there's a lot more villains to be found.

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Music Journalism Faces Shake-Ups, Shake-Downs and High Tech Show-Downs in 2010

2010 was a time of changes for big publications and known writers plus experiments in new media and technology, as everyone goes on groping for possible solutions within the ever-changing tech world.

Jason Gross
Music

Publicists Dish on Their Preferences... Print Vs. Online

What was the real meaning behind this question of print vs. online? Is one preferable now? If so, why? My guess was that print carried more weight but was that really the case, especially nowadays?

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There's No Heaven: The Death of John Lennon

The murder of John Lennon was more than just the end of the Beatles. It was the end of a specific segment of pop culture.

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Arcade Fire: Lonely at the Top

Arcade Fire top the Billboard charts, but how much of a win is it really for them and Merge Records and where do each of them go from here?


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