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“Transracial” Pop Culture

Michiko Kakutani reviews Leon E. Wynter’s American Skin: Anyone who’s been watching television the last couple of years will be familiar with what Leon E. Wynter calls “the browning of mainstream commercial culture” in America. It’s not just the high profile of black superstars like Michael Jordan and Oprah, and mixed-race celebrities like Tiger Woods (and the “American Idol” runner-up ... Read More »

New Carter Family Bio

There is an evocative review of the new Carter family bio in the NY Times: Today’s popular musicians, morbidly alive to the anxiety of influence, labor to manufacture strangeness. (Except in Nashville, where they labor to manufacture normality.) But the Carters’ strangeness was just them being them. Like Dock Boggs and the Stanley Brothers, the Carters lived in the remote ... Read More »

The Hammonds

Sons of legends never have it easy. Life is difficult enough without the burden of comparisons impossible to meet. Most either run screaming in another direction or coast in the slipstream of parental greatness. Perhaps most difficult of all is the attempt to achieve independence within the same field. Such has been the noble pursuit and ultimate success of John ... Read More »

Dead Won’t Die

Reviews of the new Dead bio and an assessment of the band's career. Read More »

Inside Classic Rock Tracks

Just as New Shimmer is both a desert topping and a floor wax, Inside Classic Rock Tracks is both a handy tool for songwriters and producers seeking inspiration, and a nice guide for listeners, providing new insights into songs heard on the radio every day. Read More »