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Most Americans don't like instrumental music.

Does it seem to you that feminism this past year was just one long gargle over the meaning of Monica? That the biggest women's issue was whether oral sex is sex?

For the past year and a half, I've been spending most of my time between 1922 and 1979--the years of Charles Mingus's birth and death, since I'm writing his biography, due to be published next ye

On the eve of the New York premiere of his

Symphony No.

I didn't realize how much I was counting on Larry Flynt until I noticed I had spent Monday evening trying to find on the Web or TV a report of the much-anticipated news conference in which h

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The quivering throngs of teen-aged girls, The Nation’s reviewer wrote, said much more about the susceptibility of Americans to fashionable trends than it did about the talent or novelty of the group itself.

March 8, 2014

Eric with the latest reviews and Reed on accountability in mainstream journalism. 

February 26, 2014

Public performances of the ‘Ode to Joy’ have been organized around the world, from an IKEA in suburban Detroit to a mall in Hong Kong.

February 12, 2014

The singer and activist’s enduring remorse over his friend’s death is a testament to his compassion. 

January 29, 2014

Musically, Seeger was both a songwriter and, like his idol Woody Guthrie, a great interpreter of America’s most resonant folk traditions.

January 28, 2014

In a life of memorable moments, one of the most important was the day Seeger sang “Give Peace a Chance” with half a million people.

January 28, 2014

The legendary American folk singer and activist died Tuesday at the age of 94. 

January 28, 2014

Eric with the latest reviews. 

January 27, 2014

The Israeli musician shares his thoughts on the American Jewish community and collaborating with Palestinian artists.

January 16, 2014

NPR does a segment on Following the Ninth, a new film co-produced by Greg Mitchell.

January 14, 2014