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Roger Deakins: The Academy’s Unluckiest Visionary Genius

Cinematographer Roger Deakins is one of the best, and one of the unluckiest, men working in Hollywood today,

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James McMurtry Lays Down The Singer-Songwriter Law (INTERVIEW)

Following a week that saw the passing of one of rock music’s top songwriters in Tom Petty, it brings to mind how important words are to the songs we love. Not just a beat or ...

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Tom Petty 1950-2017: Recollections From Music Journalist At Early Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ 1977 Show

Tom Petty’s sudden passing is, in a word, a shock, one that deals another blow to everyone who appreciated this sturdy heartland rocker and bearer of the flame passed down from Dylan and the Byrds ...

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Tom Petty 1950-2017: Ten Career Reflections On A Great American Musical Hero

Tom Petty should go down in rock history as the music’s greatest individual role model. If that sounds like an audacious claim, just take a cursory look at how this native Floridian navigated his way ...

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I Was There When: The Who Ignited The Springfield (MA) Civic Center December 14, 1975

The setlist for this mid-December (12/14/75 to be exact) performance by the Who at the Springfield Civic Center in Massachusetts may look like a bountiful roster of hits, but it didn’t exactly come off that ...

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Tales From The Golden Road: Ha Ha Tonka Barnstorm the West Coast With Old 97’s

Plenty of people go to see bands when they come through their town, but most people don’t think about everything that it takes to get those bands to their favorite club. Being on tour for ...

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Randy Newman ‘Dark Matter’ Release Week – The Classic Songwriter’s Ten Essential Songs (LIST)

Randy Newman might be the most misunderstood American songwriter of the 20th century. This is no exaggeration. For nearly half a century, Newman has been unfairly pigeonholed as either a novelty singer or a merciless ...

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Pearls Before Swine, Tom Rapp & The First Dawning of American Psych Folk: Revisiting’City of Gold’ & ‘Beautiful Lies You Could Live In’

Pearls Before Swine are placed in the liner notes somewhere between the Incredible String Band, Mimi & Richard Farina, Tim Buckley…and Love. Some have likened one of these albums to alt-country but that’s only a ...

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SONG PREMIERE: Matt Siffert Gets Darkly Poetic and Builds Ethereal Soundscapes on “January 25”

Matt Siffert was raised in New York City by a psychologist mother, and as a result he spent much of his teenage years devouring books about the subject. But around the same time this was going ...

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Macca at 75- Paul McCartney’s 10 Most Left of Center Songs (LIST)

It goes without saying that Paul McCartney is one of — if not the — greatest songwriter of our time. That’s not to negate the efforts of those that clearly come close — Bob Dylan, ...

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