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David Cassidy — RIP

The variety show star as teen phenomenon, without the talent to make the leap into pop that reflected contemporary values until I remember that Terry Jacks and The Carpenters reflected the Nixon seventies as surely as CSNY and Alice Cooper. … Continue reading

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It couldn’t have been that easy to forget about me: Tom Petty’s legacy

The thing is, there was always a good Tom Petty song. Casual listening is easy these days. In the same way you’d satisfy your curiosity about an old friend by visiting her Facebook page, or how you’d say hello to … Continue reading

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Harry Dean Stanton — RIP

He had a face like a map: flat but riven with the topography of many lands, in his case states, for Harry Dean Stanton was as American as the interstate system. Paris, Texas made this clear. The 1984 Palme d’Or … Continue reading

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I’m curious to know exactly how you are: the best of Grant Hart’s Hüsker Dü material

I don’t have much else to say that I haven’t already. 1. The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill 2. Green Eyes 3. Diane 4. Books About UFOs 5. Turn on the News 6. Pink Turns to Blue 7. Never … Continue reading

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You’ll have light and you’ll never be cold: Grant Hart — RIP

What is it with men named Grant? Like the Australian with the surname McLennan, our Grant was a fount of melody. He could no sooner write a dull chorus than a deejay release a commercial track without a Justin Bieber … Continue reading

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Holger Czukay — RIP

A shame David Lynch didn’t use “Oh Yeah” to score scenes set in Twin Peaks’ in-between dimension where Killer Bob and The Man From Another Place glower and speak backwards. It was Holger Czukay’s fate to record music so far-out … Continue reading

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Ideas about thoughts: John Ashbery — RIP

Fuming, the late Butler Waugh blamed himself for asking his undergraduate writing composition students to bring favorite poems to class. Some brought song lyrics, which he could accept; others brought Hallmark verse, which he could not. “It’s probably too much … Continue reading

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Who is the Gaucho? Walter Becker — RIP

As with many synth pop duos, listeners assumed the lead singer had the brains. One spin of Donald Fagen’s The Nightfly confirmed what Fagen and the late Walter Becker insisted: Steely Dan’s lyrics, notably the most sardonic ones, were Becker’s. … Continue reading

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Jeanne Moreau — RIP

Yielding to the demands of biology, male film critics can’t resist encomia to actresses. I understand — the camera is supposed to capture the allure of figures who become less human because a screen divides us. From the start Jeanne … Continue reading

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The Manchester dead and the primacy of pop

Men dedicated to mass slaughter don’t distinguish attendees at the Bataclan from Ariana Grande fans. But what made the choice of a Grande show particularly gruesome was demographics: Grande’s audience consists mostly of young women and gay men, two groups … Continue reading

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Chris Cornell – RIP

What a voice — as a physical instrument it had elasticity and power. Not many rock baritones could boast such gifts. In Soundgarden, Chris Cornell also brought the charisma of a front man who’d studied his seventies rock god manuals, … Continue reading

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Jonathan Demme: ‘inventiveness and visual intelligence’ to concert films

Slate’s Sam Adams uses a just released Justin Timberlake concert picture to adduce Jonathan Demme’s genius for shooting concert performances: But despite the victory-lap setup, Demme frames the concert as just another day on the job, especially for musicians and … Continue reading

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