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Book Review: Tony Kashani, “Movies Change Lives”

Don't scoff! Movie can changes lives -- and that's not always a good thing....

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The Popdose Interview: Dan Pavelich, Creator of Just Say Uncle

The funny pages have gone digital, and have become a labor of love more than money. Dan Pavelich discusses how....

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Comics Review: Swamp Thing (2016)

Home may be hell, but welcome home, Swamp Thing....

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Bookshelf: What Would Bill Bryson Think?

Perhaps it’s my rabid Anglophilia, but one of my favorite books is Bill Bryson’s Notes from a Small Island, in which the American...

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In Memoriam: Harper Lee (1926-2016)

The search for the Great American Novel is a foolish one....

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Popdose Rewind: An Interview With Author Andrew Maraniss

Popdose spoke with author Andrew Maraniss in September 2014 about his bio of pioneer Perry Wallace....

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Dw. Dunphy On… What Do We Do With Non-Canonical Media?

This is not your grandfather's Superman...but is that Superman at all anymore?...

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Synergy Cinema: We Get the “Star Wars”/”Avengers” Crossover Movie We Deserve

Let me say right off the bat that I love Stan Lee. If he hadn’t revolutionized superhero comics at Marvel back in the 1960s, I don’t...

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BOOK REVIEW: Chrissie Hynde, “Reckless: My Life as a Pretender”

I’m a Pretenders fangirl, not an objective reviewer. Like Chrissie Hynde, I grew up in Northeast Ohio. I was in high school when...

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Book Review: Ben Marshall, “The Who: 50 Years — The Official History”

With all the incredible events, programs, releases and moments we’ve been fortunate enough to see, hear and experience this year, the...

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A Fan's Notes, Books, Music

A Fan’s Notes: Notable Music Books of 2015

Ken Shane recommends some of the year's best music books...

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Book Review: “Van Halen Rising” by Greg Renoff

Greg Renoff's "Van Halen Rising" charts the early triumphs, mishaps and wildness of the band that saved heavy metal....

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COMICS REVIEW: Bitch Planet, Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine

Bitch Planet makes no bones about being a dangerous object. The bold, garish cover art seems made to be viewed under a black light. The...

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Book Review: “The James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late Capitalism”

Are songs featured in James Bond movies forgettable? ...

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Book Review: “Becoming Darkness”

A teenage girl uncovers dark secrets about her world in this tale of vampires and an alternate reality where Germany won WWII....

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Book Review: Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart, “Clockwork Lives”

Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart return to the world of Albion in "Clockwork Lives"...

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Book Review: “The Best Small Fictions 2015”

Writing fiction is both art and science, but never does it feel more like a science than when the fiction is very short. The traditional...

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Book Review: Daniel Makagon, “Underground: The Subterranean Culture of D.I.Y. Punk Shows”

This is, to a great extent, one of those books I wish was around when I was playing in a band – certainly, when I was 18 and in my...

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Book Review: “Lois Lane: Fallout”

This novel should be an enjoyable read for anyone who enjoys gaming, comic books or just plain old nail biting mystery and thrills....

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Book Review: Bob Suren, “Crate Digger: An Obsession With Punk Records”

This is not your standard recount of a punk album collector’s purchases and memories of the records he bought over the years;...

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Comics Review: “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency”

Get ready to re-engage with the interconnectedness of all things....

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Book Review: Kevin Prested, “Punk USA: The Rise and Fall of Lookout Records”

Kevin Prested does a fine job with his detailed history of Lookout Records, the Berkeley, California-based independent record label which...

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Book Review: Mark Blake, “Pretend You’re in a War: The Who & the Sixties”

In this period of celebration for The Who’s 50th Anniversary comes this excellent book by Mark Blake.  Pretend You’re In A...

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Book Review: Simon Philo, “British Invasion: The Crosscurrents of Musical Influence”

Another study (as opposed to pop history biography) that examines the qualities of the bands that came to the United States in the wake of...

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Book Review: David Ensminger, “Mavericks of Sound”

Mavericks of Sound: Conversations with the Artists Who Shaped Indie and Roots Music (to give it its full title), is a compendium of...

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Comics Review: “Walter Simonson’s Ragnarok”

Alert: This is a comic you'll be talking about 20 years from now....

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Comics Review: Howard The Duck #1

Trapped in a world made for mass-consumption....

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Book Review: “Geek Rock: An Exploration of Music and Subculture”

In Geek Rock: An Exploration of Music and Subculture, editors Alex DiBlasi and Victoria Willis examine the intertwining of “geek...

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A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: Christine Sneed

Author Christine Sneed talks about a few of her favorite movies....

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Book Review: Casey Harison, “Feed Back: The Who and Their Generation”

The first rock bio I ever bought was in 1979, when I was 14.  It was about The Who, Headliners by John Swenson, as I had just become a...