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Review: Stonewall Uprising

Kate Davis and David Heilbroner, the talented indie documentarians who made last year's Waiting for Armageddon , seem confined by the strictures of PBS's long-running American Experience series in their straitlaced ode to gay liberation.
Well-meaning but sedate look at the '60s gay-rights movement
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 18, 2010
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Eat, pray, shove

So after all the roarings and the thumpings and the garlands and the scandals, after all the sex and the jazz and the fires on the moon and the women’s-libbers howling for his blood and the glass bouncing off Gore Vidal’s head, the old lion ends his days
Cooking with Mailer in two new memoirs
By JAMES PARKER  |  April 02, 2010
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Camera shy

Haven't we heard this story before?
Mike Tyson pops the paps. Plus, Rocky Top hits bottom.
By MATT TAIBBI  |  November 20, 2009
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Soul training

Mayer Hawthorne rose to instant retro-pop acclaim the same way that everyone from Al Green to Michael Jackson moved on up — work and luck.
Suddenly, Mayer Hawthorne is running retro-pop
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  September 25, 2009
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Taking care of business

Boston is one of the healthiest markets for live roots music in the country. Here are the 10 roots shows we don't want to miss this fall.
Digging for gold in the roots and world-music scene
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  September 18, 2009
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Review: Jesse Fuller | Move on Down the Line

If you were a real hip folkie circa 1961-'64, chances are you were into the inimitable Jesse Fuller.
Fledg'ling (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  September 11, 2009


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Go back in time

Last weekend was Pride weekend here in Portland, and though rain made its own appearances occasionally, it didn't stop hundreds — even thousands — of people from, well, coming out and celebrating.
Gay and lesbian Mainers revisit the last 25 years
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  June 26, 2009
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Mixed messages

Given the sound of its first track (which is also the title of the album), you'd have every reason to think that 3play+'s debut CD is about to plunge you into Bill Frisell–style Americana.
3play+ do what they wanna; Melody Gardot follows her instincts
By JON GARELICK  |  June 05, 2009
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Steve Earle | Townes

In case it wasn't clear already, Steve Earle idolizes Townes Van Zandt, the Texas singer-songwriter who died in 1997 after decades of soul-shaking music and life-obliterating demons.
New West (2009)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  May 08, 2009
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Roots of spring

Homegrown recordings from Boston and beyond
Homegrown recordings from Boston and beyond
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 18, 2009
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Voice of regeneration

Havens, who comes to the MFA this Sunday, has been following his muse since he was a child.
Richie Havens rages on 40 years after Woodstock
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 16, 2008


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Back Beat

On a Sunday afternoon in December of 1997 I hooked up with the poet Jim McCrary at a Greenwich Village saloon.  
At last, Kerouac and Burroughs's co-authored noir novel, And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks , resurfaces
By GEORGE KIMBALL  |  October 22, 2008

Crossword: ''A little bit of everything''


More random words in a mesh
By MATT JONES  |  July 09, 2008
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Trying to fail

Brooks draws absurdities of both the theater and New York City with both mischief and affection, and MSMT’s production is impishly, lovingly true to that spirit.
MSMT finds a hit in a flop
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  July 02, 2008
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Ed Sanders

Beer Cans on the Moon still met with a deserved shrug.
Sanders' Truckstop | Collector's Choice
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  March 05, 2008
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Sideshow and tell

She goes by the name Baby Dee, even though she was born in Cleveland in 1953.
The strange and wonderful world of Baby Dee
By WERNER TRIESCHMANN  |  January 28, 2008


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Wild boys and girls

The series includes some of the liveliest and most adult entertainment in the history of the movie industry.
‘Vice vs. Virtue’ at Harvard
By STEVE VINEBERG  |  January 15, 2008
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Agent Zimmerman

I had just removed his hand — gently, I hope — from my knee when the man in the off-white linen suit told me that he was the one who recruited Bob Dylan into the CIA.
Bob Dylan? A CIA spy? Wait . . . now it all makes sense. (Or as much sense as his lyrics make, anyway.)
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 20, 2007
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Not so sentimental Education

The Education of Charlie Banks can prove an education for the close-minded critic.
Fred Durst gets passing grades with Charlie Banks
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 09, 2007
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Looking for love

It’s 1969 in New York, but the promiscuity of the sexual revolution has not had its way with Barney Cashman.
A Neil Simon play makes the Portland Players red hot
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  November 07, 2007
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Home grown terror

Cathy Wilkerson, 62-year-old math teacher and mother of one, was famous long ago, as a member of the radical political collective Weatherman.
Cathy Wilkerson's memoir of the Weather Underground recalls a time when revolution seemed possible
By CLIF GARBODEN  |  October 25, 2007


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Rocker moms

In Sharon, there’s one garage that’s been a breeding ground for a very different kind of band.
HRT come straight outta Sharon
By STEVEN LEE BEEBER  |  October 08, 2007
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Local color

Bill Flanagan certainly had a lot of himself and Rhode Island to bring to his second novel.
Bill Flanagan’s TV eye shines in New Bedlam
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 28, 2007
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Alice Neel

The true artist, so goes the myth, labors in bohemian obscurity in search of truth and beauty.
An unexpectedly complex documentary
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 15, 2007
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Village folk

Suzanne Vega’s Beauty and Crime is a sleek collection of New York City stories, all pop-song trim, but bubbling with an undercurrent of experimentation.
Suzanne Vega gets into the sounds of the city
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 07, 2007
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Far out

Carol Abbe sat very still on the international flight taking her from Beirut to Taipei.
As the war escalates, a onetime hippie chick reflects on the groovy time she spent in Afghanistan and Iran in the late ’60s
By LAUREN WOLFE  |  May 04, 2007


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Visions of isolation

In Edward Hopper’s world, everyone is lost in an unending rut of office overtime, rattling El trains, cheap fluorescent diners, and bad dates.
Edward Hopper's master works at the MFA
By GREG COOK  |  May 02, 2007
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Cool papa, hot mama

Between Phil Spector’s becoming rock and roll’s first teen millionaire and the rock tycoons who emerged some decades later lies the rise of the hippie aristocrat.
John Phillips’s solo album, Karen Dalton’s In My Own Time
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  April 30, 2007
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Radical dude

Cameron Jamie grew up in the ’burbs.
Cameron Jamie at MIT, Edward Hopper at the MFA, and the 2007 Annual at the DeCordova
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  April 24, 2007
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A life in music

Why is that we install a stop light after an accident?
Celebrating Ken Lyon's back pages
By BOB GULLA  |  April 10, 2007