Ive got a new "Think Again" column called "CNN Sells Itself Again (and Again)" here. You can guess what it’s about.
This week on Moyers (and we note with considerable regret that this feature has only two weeks to go…) How did Big Finance grow so powerful that its hijinks nearly brought down the global economy – and what hope is there for real reform with Washington politicians on Wall Street’s payroll? Bill Moyers talks with authors Simon Johnson and James Kwak, two of the nation’s most respected economic experts and authors of the new book 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown. Also on the program, Bill Moyers talks with FCC commissioner Michael Copps about recent court decisions on net neutrality and media ownership rules.
Alter-reviews: Sal on Jeff Beck, Eric on new/old Dead:
As part of the British holy trinity of guitar players, a Jeff Beck, unlike Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, has never really tried hard to stay in the limelight. Content with fixing up his car collection, the occasional guest appearance, and brief touring when he needs money for some new hemis, Jeff Beck has released only 10 albums of new material since his most successful release, "Blow By Blow," 35 years ago. So a new record is an event, especially when it’s as good as "Emotion & Commotion."
If you are a fan of Jeff Beck then his first record in seven years should not disappoint you. What had initially started as a classical record with an orchestra, has expanded to include a little of all that Jeff Beck has offered in the past, from blues to fusion to funk. What’s most important is his playing, which seems to get more sublime with each passing year. "Emotion & Commotion" is musical, I will say that. It may not be what you want out of Jeff Beck, if you’re still waiting for another "Beck-Ola," but it is never boring. The only Beck originals on the record, "Hammerhead" and "Serene, most resemble the material on the mid-seventies records "Blow By Blow" and "Wired." And songs you may think you don’t need to hear again, like "I Put A Spell On You" and "Over The Rainbow," are so perfectly executed by Beck, they actually sound fresh. Guest vocalists Joss Stone and Imelda May are used sparingly and with great affect, as is the orchestra, particularly on the emotional one-two punch of "Lilac Wine" and "Nessun Dorma."