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Conflict or what?

With Passover just around the corner, I detected a decidedly non-kosher element in the Other Paper on Monday.
The Journal takes out an ad; siding with Keith; mad about Phoebe
By RUDY CHEEKS  |  April 15, 2011
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Excerpt: Evening’s Empire by BIll Flanagan

In this chapter, "The Drugs Don't Work," aging rock star Emerson Cutler and his manager, Jack Flynn, are seeking inspiration — and desperately trying to jumpstart his career.
An excerpt from Bill Flanagan’s new novel, Evening’s Empire , the true story of a band that never existed
By BILL FLANAGAN  |  February 05, 2010
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Review: Pirate Radio

A rusty, red-painted trawler bobs in the waves of the North Atlantic. Inside is a claustrophobic warren of rooms: tiny, brine-smelling bunks, a well-stocked bar, and, crucially, a broadcast booth, its shelves crammed with the latest 45s and LPs, its turn
Richard Curtis’s boat rocks
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 13, 2009
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Queen Latifah

Queen Latifah is never going to be Billie Holiday.
Trav'lin Light | Verve
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  December 31, 2007
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The heart of soul

“At Stax Records, I learned the formula for success,” says William Bell.
At 50, Stax Records keeps on beating
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  March 20, 2007
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Seminal ska

Heartbeat Records’ Studio One reissue series continues not only to shore up the legacy of Studio One honcho Coxsone Dodd but to present an expansive, rich portrait of Jamaican popular music.
More gems from the Studio One vaults
By WAYNE MARSHALL  |  December 06, 2006


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Diamond in the rough

If today’s pop-music business is, as it was in the ’60s, driven largely by songwriters and producers who choose singers to put across their latest concoctions hoping for a hit, why does so much current pop feel so utterly charmless? Jackie DeShannon li
Jackie De Shannon’s eternal promise
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  August 01, 2006
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Primadonna

This article originally appeared in the July 29, 1986 issue of the Boston Phoenix .
Madonna alters female adolescence
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  July 26, 2006