“Packaging” The Haiti Fundraising Telethon

It will be interesting to track how this Friday’s Haiti fundraising telethon “packages” this most horrifying tragedy. Major fundraisers featuring primarily rock-era music performances had a 30 year history at this point, which begins with 1971’s Concert for Bangladesh, a Madison Square Garden show (and later film) that George Harrison organized to call attention to…

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Underwear Bomber & 9/11 Culture

In my book, 9/11 Culture, I took note of the fact that the two most famous alleged terrorists in US custody (the so-called shoe bomber) and Zacarais Moussaoui are both Black Europeans.  African American journalist Sheryl McCarthy suggested that the last thing African Americans need is to have the first guys tried in the US…

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Happy 75th Birthday, Elvis! Your Legacy Is The Music Of Modern America

Born January 8, 1935 I want us to think about Elvis Presley as many things: but for our own moment it might be most relevant to think of what he taught about creating hybrids, combining seemingly distinct strains of music into a seamless new whole. It is second nature to us now: for all of…

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