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Of Licks and Riffs
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The Guts of What Made Chuck Berry Great

Berry was great not because of what he led to but because of what he was.

The Rosebud Blooms
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More Able Than Kane

Yes, Citizen Kane is great, but that’s not the half of it. The more Orson Welles was forced to improvise and budget down, the better he got.

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Greater Than Gatsby

We ought to be borne back ceaselessly into Fitzgerald’s genius—and not just to his reputed masterwork.

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Blues Upside Your Head

New collections of classic works by Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters enable a better appreciation of a beloved but understudied genre of American music.

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The Electric Coachman

Two recent archival releases strengthen the case that Jimi Hendrix was more like Bach than he was like The Beatles.

Coltrane’s Ark

John Coltrane's stunning musical output in 1965 is open to deeper examination, thanks to a new studio archive release.

Monster Rally

Universal Studios has refurbished and reissued some of its classic horror fare going back to the early 1930s. Some of this stuff turns out to be scarier than ever, for reasons you wouldn’t expect.

The Great Stone Face

The recent release of a series of 1930s-era two-reelers reminds us how great Buster Keaton was even when he wasn't at this best. The Great Stone Face was no slapstick peddler, but a true harbinger of film comedy as an art form.

Elvis Lives!

A new five-disc set of the King's recordings begs the question: Was he really all that good?

Take Me Back to Tulsa

Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys still defy musical categorization.

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Red Tape

Trump is ready to streamline energy regulations, but that won’t be a big help to oil companies’ bottom line.

He Said He Said

All corruption revelations are due to tactical leaking in Russia. So who’s out to get Dmitry Medvedev?

Nuclear Strategy

A technical fix to America’s aging warheads could raise tensions with Russia by undermining its nuclear deterrent.

K-12 Blues

Teenagers from abroad overwhelmingly think that American schools demand less of them than schools in their home countries.

Crude Economics

Riyadh is effectively ceding market share directly to US frackers.

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The GOP Congressional caucus is in chaos as it tries to ram through Obamacare repeal.

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