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  • February 23, 2000

    Lennon’s MI5-FBI Files

    The headline in the Sunday Times of London was spectacular: Lennon Funded Terrorists and Trotskyists. It was also erroneous.

    Jon Wiener

  • January 27, 2000

    Was It Good Party Music?

    Lionel Trilling once commented that "if ever we want to remind ourselves of the nature and power of art, we have only to think of how accurate reactionary governments are in their awareness of th

    Jeremy Eichler

  • September 30, 1999

    Noise From Underground

    For more information about Positive Force, or to send donations to the Arthur S. Flemming Center, write to Positive Force, 3510 North 8th Street, Arlington, VA 22201. Checks should be made payable to Emmaus Services for the Aging.

    Johnny Temple

  • May 6, 1999

    Waits: Guthrie’s Heir?

    Tom Waits is an imaginary hobo. He cruises the oddball corners of American pop culture, collecting the deft and moving and loopy short takes he sees and imagines there.

    Gene Santoro

  • April 1, 1999

    The Jazz Singer

    Most Americans don't like instrumental music.

    Gene Santoro


  • February 18, 1999

    The Dynasty of Mingus

    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

    Gene Santoro

  • February 4, 1999

    Ellington Hits 100

    On the eve of the New York premiere of his Symphony No.

    Albert Murray