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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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Pressuring Pyongyang

An analysis of their trade flows suggests so.

RIP

We are greatly saddened here at The American Interest to hear about the death of our friend, colleague, and mentor Zbigniew Brzezinski.

China's Big Money Diplomacy

China wants to help Egypt construct a new capital—but can they follow through?

social norms

The President’s assault on P.C. was at least partly successful. That is both good and bad.

Alliances and Allies

It’s time our allies, and our foreign policy establishment, engage with our President’s worldview on its own terms.

Minya Attack

28 Copts killed in point-blank attack on pilgrims.

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