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“The Baby Needed Milk”: Collectivity According to Diane Gilliam Fisher

Creative Activism : Conversations on Music, Film, Literature, and Other Radical Arts

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...Several lessons about the most profound aspects and artistic priorities of Diane Gilliam Fisher’s poetry can be learned from a quick look at her other artistic project: quilting. First is that she brings together different pieces (bits...

“Visible, Horrible, Ugly”: Toxicity According to John Sabraw

Creative Activism : Conversations on Music, Film, Literature, and Other Radical Arts

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...A striking new phrase was coined to describe a body of work by artist John Sabraw: “toxic art.” Sabraw’s series of paintings under this rubric are gorgeous, sensuous, and colorful—and done with paints created from polluting runoff from...

“Power and Powerlessness”: Detecting History According to Sara Paretsky

Creative Activism : Conversations on Music, Film, Literature, and Other Radical Arts

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...The work of mystery writer Sara Paretsky, which currently spans more than three decades, offers a stunning example of the depth and seriousness of popular fiction—all too frequently considered lower on familiar cultural hierarchies than...

Band on the ruins: Meditations on music and motion

Music and the road : Essays on the interplay of music and the popular culture of the American road

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...Chicago roots—late ’50s, early ’60s I was a budding high-school beatnik who read Kerouac’s On the Road in 1957, and with my Russian-born partner in crime, Alex, read poetry, frequented jazz clubs, and sowed our version of bohemian...

Kanye’s Night at the Museum: The Iconoclast Goes to Work

Robert Loss

Robert Loss is an assistant professor in Writing, Literature, and Philosophy at Columbus College of Art and Design, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Nothing Has Been Done Before : Seeking the New in 21st-Century American Popular Music

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...You’re standing alone in an immense hall of a museum in the middle of the night. The executive director and chief curator gave you a tour, and as they tripped over themselves—“We’re honored you’re visiting us, Mr. West, or should we call...

“Sometimes I Get Political, Sometimes I Get Offensive”: Pushing Back According to Dallas Wayne

Creative Activism : Conversations on Music, Film, Literature, and Other Radical Arts

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

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...“Just jump in and grab it,” Dallas Wayne told me in an effort to summarize how to write country music that speaks to social realities. Wayne’s music “grabs it” so well that despite his frequent engagement of serious content, his songs...

Wesley Willis’ Rock ’N’ Roll Will Never Die. (1996)

Phillip Crandall

Phillip Crandall lives in South Florida and is a former editor for FHM Magazine. His freelance writing has appeared in ESPN The Magazine, Maxim, and whatever other publications at which his scattered friends have taken up shop. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The 33 1/3 B-Sides

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...Wesley Willis head-butted me hard enough for the hundreds inside Common Grounds in Gainesville, Florida, to have heard. We repeated “rah” and “raow” to each other in a rock-star communion every bit as life-affirming as I had hoped, and when...
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...The “original” Sonny Boy Williamson is not to be confused with Sonny Boy Williamson II. Though unrelated, both were blues harmonica players. But where the second Sonny Boy Williamson (born Aleck Miller) played an electrified blues harp...

The Dells’ There Is (1968)

Joe Bucciero

Joe Bucciero is a writer born in Chicago and based in New York. He helps edit the music zine AdHoc and the journal Blank Forms, and has written for the Quietus, the Brooklyn Rail, Los Angeles Review of Books, and others. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The 33 1/3 B-Sides

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...On November 21, 1958, The Dells were riding in a station wagon on the Ohio Turnpike en route to their next gig. The five Dells had been singing together since the early 1950s while students at Thornton High in Harvey, Illinois, a south...

Going Out/Coming Back

David Pichaske

David Pichaske is Professor of English at Southwest Minnesota State University. He is the author of many books, several related to rural literature and themes, including Rooted: Six Midwest Writers of Place. He has published on a range of subjects from rock music and American culture to T.S. Eliot and Chaucer. A three-time Fulbright Lecturer to Central Europe and Outer Mongolia, Pichaske is the author of Poland in Transition: 1989-1991. As editor of Spoon River Poetry Press, Pichaske has published Leo Dangel, Bill Holm, Norbert Blei, Linda Hasselstrom, Bill Kloefkorn, and Dave Etter, among significant rural writers. He first published on Dylan in 1972. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Song of the North Country : A Midwest Framework to the Songs of Bob Dylan

Continuum, 2010

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...“Probably sometimes I’d like to go back for a while. Everybody goes back to where they came from, I guess.” The Archetypal Journey It was Carl Jung himself who once pointed out that although most people do not know why...