Author: Jon Cummings

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Jesus of Cool, Music, Popdose

Jesus of Cool: In Praise of Robbie Williams

“England and America are two countries separated by a common language.” —George Bernard Shaw In July 1998 my wife, my...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: “Jericho” Walls Come Tumbling Down … Again

“It’s not a country, it’s a company.” The most politically daring drama on network television comes to a likely...

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Jesus of Cool, Music, Popdose

Jesus of Cool: The Worst Number One Songs of the ’70s

It’s time for the third installment in our six-part series (assuming I finish before the end of the decade) documenting the most...

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Music, Popdose Interviews

Popdose Interview: Eddie Money

Eddie Money knows he’s an archetype, and he doesn’t mind it one bit. His 15-year run of AOR hits and arena-rock stardom, from...

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Jesus of Cool, Music, Popdose

Jesus of Cool: Rousing the Rabble for the Rock Hall of Fame

Patti Myers wants her favorite band in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — and she wants you to help get them there. “If you are...

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Jesus of Cool, Music, Popdose

Jesus of Cool: Carlene Carter, Back and “Stronger”

As any loyal Popdose reader with a lingering affection for British power pop surely knows, the name of this column is cribbed from Nick...

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Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: “After All” and Al Jarreau’s Crossover Dream

At first glance, the video for Al Jarreau’s 1984 single “After All” seems simple enough. Jarreau sings on a soundstage...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Patriotism and the Mind-Body Problem

To no one’s surprise, Republicans this week trotted out what promises to be one of their primary lines of attack against Barack...

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Jesus of Cool, Music, Popdose

Jesus of Cool: The Worst Number One Songs of the ’60s

You’d think that slogging through the detritus of the 1960s would be a more delicate maneuver than slinging the shite of the...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Films They Won’t Be Celebrating on Oscar Night

Looking back on a year that many critics hail as one of Hollywood’s best ever, it’s difficult to ignore the fact that many of...

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Jesus of Cool, Music, Popdose

Jesus of Cool: Rock Wars 1980 – Shooting Star vs. Touch

I would hope that every music geek had a friend growing up like my friend John – a guy who was just as passionate about music as you...

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Current Events, Music, Political Culture

Political Culture: Songs for the Stump

Silly Republicans: Don’t you know heartland rock is for Democrats? We seem to go through this every election cycle: Another GOP...

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Jesus of Cool, Music, Popdose

Jesus of Cool: The Worst #1 Hits of The ’50s

Welcome to the first installment of an occasional series that dares you to wallow in the very worst of the very best — or...

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Current Events, Music, Political Culture

Political Culture: Rise Up With Fists — 21st-Century Protest Songs

While driving through L.A.’s Laurel Canyon on Super Tuesday, I let Jesus take the wheel for a moment as I steered my iPod past the...

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Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: One Grammy Worth Caring About

Grammy week is upon us, and I couldn’t be less excited. I used to live for the Grammys during the early part of the year, just like I...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: No Sex, Please, We’re American

Last week the Federal Communications Commission harrumphed briefly to life, handing down one of its outrageous and seemingly arbitrary...

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Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: In Praise of Mandy Moore

Here in the etherworldly state of Serious Pop Culture Fandom, Internet division, it’s traditional to set impossibly high quality...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Rudy and the First Amendment, Part Two

“In Rudy Giuliani’s New York, where the curtain is being lowered on civil rights and civil liberties, anyone who dares to...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Rudy and the First Amendment, Part One

“Freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want. Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of...

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Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: Pop Goes My Heart — 10 Great Films About the Music Biz

Ladies and gentlemen, the best music-movie moment of 2007: kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/S0A7dtdc-nU" width="425"...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: “November” Spawns a Monster

“Why do they hate me?” wails Nathan Lane as the fictional (but not too fictional) President Charles H.P. Smith, early in David...

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Jesus of Cool, Music

Jesus of Cool: John Hughes, Sixteen Candles, and a Kiss … of Death

If you were a GenXer coming of age in the 1980s, moviegoing meant heavy doses of Harrison Ford, too much Tom Cruise, an occasional journey...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: The Bush Administration’s Funny Games

Py Korry’s excellent piece the other day about the John Woo torture memo got me thinking about, of all things, a movie trailer that...

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Music, Popdose Guides

The Popdose Guide to Nanci Griffith

Nanci Griffith is arguably the most important folk-music artist of her generation. That statement is risky not so much because there are so...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Colbert/Stewart ’08 — Now More Than Ever

Forget Times Square, forget the BCS, forget Iowa, forget Dave and Jay’s returns last Wednesday: 2008 officially gets underway Monday...

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Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Will Hollywood Matter in 2008?

“Who cares what I think? I’m not the president. I’m just a storyteller, man.” So says Bob Dylan — or, at...