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Rock-and-Roll
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Elvis as Thespian

The King’s contribution to the film canon.

Film Noir
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The Past Was Yours

A look at Robert Mitchum’s greatest picture on his centennial.

The Year of Ella
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Stage Gone Long

A consideration of Ella Fitzgerald’s best performance in her centennial year.

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.

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Hugging the News Cycle
German Election Watch

Polls in Germany show strong support for Merkel and the status quo—but storm clouds loom beyond Sunday’s elections.

Crude Economics

The UK’s most important energy resource is on the rebound.

Asia's Game of Thrones

As Myanmar cracks down on the Rohingya and the West wags fingers, Beijing sees an opportunity.

The Ethanol Expansion

Corn ethanol may be a good fit for China, but it’s still a disastrous policy here in the United States.

Land of the Rising Gun

As North Korea’s missiles fly over Japan, the debate about Tokyo’s defense posture is heating up.

Russia and the West

NATO is alarmed about Moscow’s major military exercises with Belarus—but too much panic could play right into Russia’s hands.

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