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Protecting Pop’s Pilloried Plagiarists

It’s the sincerest form of flattery, and it’s not going away, but imitation as a means of creation does not enjoy the acceptance it once did. What once was homage is now plagiarism. Guest Weekling Charlie Clissitt goes to bat for practitioners of the age-old art of looking over the shoulders of giants. Continue reading




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Three Perfect Albums, Ten Years Later

Three career defining albums by three very different artists, reappraised ten years later.




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Rolling Disclosures: An Interview with the Paranoid Style

A far-ranging interview with one of our favorite bands.




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Fender Jazz

I had only recently discovered the glories of a naked body entwined with mine and, like every sex neophyte since time began, I had figured nothing would ever compare. I was wrong.




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The Most Revealing Prince Video

The most revealing Prince video. Watch it while you can.




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U2: All That You Can’t Leave Behind

Everyone else may hate U2, but Kurt Baumeister will always love them in spite of themselves.




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Prince, Todd, RuPaul, & Me

Prince and I did not get off, so to speak, on the good foot. While he would ultimately influence me – both personally and musically – as much as Bowie or the Beatles (my Trinity), his presence initially challenged the most important friendship of my life. Then, it cemented that friendship, and led to funk n’ roll adventures alongside a superstar-in-exile named RuPaul.




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Bob Dylan’s Lover: Imagined

What happens when Bob Dylan starts talking to you about the woman he loves? Darren Anderson channels it here.




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How I Became Pretentious

Why should you and I should be more pretentious? In his soon-to-be released book-length essay, PRETENTIOUSNESS: WHY IT MATTERS (see raves here in the Economist, the Guardian, the Spectator and even Vice), Dan Fox defends it beautifully. “Pretension is permission … Continue reading




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