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Curtis Mayfield

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Curtis Mayfield — Keep On Keeping On

Curtis Mayfield was 14 years old when he joined the group that would become the Impressions. He was born in Chicago in 1942 and by the time...

Rufus Thomas

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Rufus Thomas, “Walking the Dog”

“His music … brought a great deal of joy to the world, but his personality brought even more, conveying a message of grit,...

Stax '68

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Stax ’68 — A Memphis Story

1968 was a momentous year for the nation, the city of Memphis, and Stax Records...

Dw. Dunphy On..., Music

Dw. Dunphy On… Carpenters Were Never Cool

There was nothing hip about Karen and Richard, and that's why they succeeded....

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Jazz Don't Hurt, Music

Jazz Don’t Hurt: Taking a Stand With “Conscious Jazz”

Drummer Ted Sirota and his band Rebel Souls have a new record out called Seize the Time (Naim Jazz, 2009). It’s an explicitly...

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The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture: The Big Three, Part Two

Last week I began a three-part series about the three biggest movie taboos, at least in American cinema — the things we seem to often...

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Book Reviews, Books

Book Review: John West, “The Last Goodnights: Assisting My Parents with Their Suicides”

John West – The Last Goodnights: Assisting My Parents with Their Suicides (2009, Counterpoint) purchase this book (Amazon) As a...

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Current Events

Donkey Kong: “We Heart Obama” (What Did You Expect?)

Well, the big night arrived, and the three of us gathered together to experience this historic moment in America the only way we knew...