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Cracked Actor

Sounding ever more familiar? Chris O’Leary writes: It’s one of the most brutal lines Bowie ever wrote: “Forget that I’m fifty, ’cause you just got paid.” While the song basically ends at 1:40, the guitar and harmonica extend the track for four more 12-bar choruses, starting a fifth as the track fades out, suggesting the…

Tradition is a Temple

At last, now available on DVD. The blurb: [A] modern look at traditional New Orleans music, drawing upon the city’s unique heritage to examine the fragility of tradition itself. The performance-based music documentary highlights the resilience of New Orleans musicians, accustomed to hardship and dedicated to their city, their culture, and their music… The non-fiction…

The Fats Domino Story

As one might expect there will be a plethora of shallow obituaries and a flurry of mediocre books but the best sources and likely to remain so are Rick Coleman’s Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Joseph Lauro’s The Big Beat: The Story of Fats Domino and His Band (available on…