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JASON ISBELL: following The Drive By Truckers

“Most of my favorite stories—whether they’re books or movies or songs—throughout history, have happened at this moment of transition, when there’s a person—who is writing this or creating this—who isn’t completely certain of what’s going to happen next,”
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more murder on the dancefloor for SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR

But the way that “Murder on the Dancefloor” has delighted people is, I think, a mark of what great pop music can do
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THE MONKEES: Made In Hollywood

This absorbing new book...offers an intelligent, insightful look at the many factors that melded to create the Monkees phenomenon and the band's lasting impact.
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DOES TRUTH MATTER?

They say that truth is stranger than fiction, but it’s also frequently far more interesting. Bohemian Rhapsody greatly downplayed Mercury’s life (and his queerness) to more fully position him as a sad gay cautionary tale.
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THE BATTLE OF THE BLUES AND GREYS

just another word for nothing left to lose for a prophet and a pilgrim and a pusher and the last priest in the world walking in a free world of Orwellian surveillance filming and recording for posterity whispering of conspiracy twisting of truth falsifying of fact distorting of data infecting of information more informed than ever before yet knowing less and certain of nothing except poets writing in their voice unspoken that freedom is a state of mind
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YOU´D BETTER GET IT WHILE YOU CAN

songs he acknowledges writers like Townes Van Zandt who, like Chip Taylor himself, seemed too good to be commercial (although that phrase surely doesn´t, (and nor should it), exist.
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A WHOLE LOT OF ELVIS

This cool, unhurried movie, as it is described on the RogerEbert.com web site, is firmly anchored by a spectacularly modulated performance by Caillee Spaeney.. The 25-year-old plays 14 so damn well that the viewer almost doubts that she’ll be able to credibly age into a woman nearing 30. But she does, beautifully. As Elvis, Jacob Elordi towers over her; the contrast is an exaggeration from real-life but an effective one. This Elvis is soft-spoken, given to discomfiting bursts of anger as he comes to rely more and more on medications to boost energy and get to sleep; all the stuff that killed the man, in the end, is here in ostensibly more manageable form, but Coppola’s storytelling does convey its insidious creep. The movie enjoys getting into some of Presley’s early ‘60s idiosyncrasies; he goes through a Bible-study phase, reads the Autobiography of a Yogi, and even experiments with LSD with Priscilla. Coppola’s brief depiction of their trip is one of the more credible accounts of psychedelic experience in recent film. And all this time, even through movie-set affairs rumored and/or real, he keeps Priscilla chaste until after marriage. And then knocks her up immediately.

ONLY SHADES OF GREY

Nevertheless I think both dad and I learned something about ourselves and others through watching the film,….though we perhaps couldn´t have articulated that we now had an understanding of stereo-typing and the dangers it presents. It was our first small step on the road to understanding and tolerance (although even that word can be misconstrued as being pejorative, surely?).
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CAPOTE: IN COLD BLOOD

Capote´s distinctive, high-pitched voice and odd vocal mannerisms were bought to life in Philip Seymour Hoffman's Oscar-winning portrayal of him in the 2005 movie, Capote.