Ashley M. Jones discusses her new poetry collection, REPARATIONS NOW!.
Tags: Ashley M. Jones, black bodies, Christianity, dark thing, faith, generational trauma, George Wallace, God, historical trauma, Hub City Press, intergenerational trauma, Jacqueline Allen Trimble, James Brown, lynching, lynchings, Magic City Gospel, Mary Szybist, Mary Turner, Maxine Waters, poems, poetry, R&B, Racism, religion, Reparations, Reparations Now!, slavery, spirituality, White Supremacy
James Brown and Patrick O’Neil discuss WRITING YOUR WAY TO RECOVERY.
Tags: addiction, alcohol, alcohol use disorder, Anarchy at the Circle K, Apology to the Young Addict, collaboration, craft, creative writing, drinking, drug abuse, drug use, drugs, dyslexia, dyslexic, Gun Needle Spoon, Heroin, incarceration, James Brown, journaling, los angeles, memoir, Patrick O'Neil, philip lopate, prison, recovery, sobriety, Sue William Silverman, The Los Angeles Diaries, This River, Tim Hillegonds, triggers, Vivian Gornick, Voices on Addiction, Writing Your Way to Recovery
Gina Frangello discusses her debut memoir, BLOW YOUR HOUSE DOWN.
Tags: A life in men, affair, aging, Blow Your House Down, breast cancer, cancer, carmen maria machado, chronic illness, Claudia Rankine, David Ulin, debut memoir, disability, divorce, Every Kind of Wanting, extramarital affair, feminism, feminist, gender inequality, Gina Frangello, illness, infidelity, James Brown, Joan Didion, Kathy Acker, Kiese Laymon, l'ecriture feminine, Lidia Yuknavitch, Maggie Nelson, marriage, Mary Karr, Maxine Hong Kingston, memoir, memory, motherhood, mothers, mothers and daughters, My Sister's Continent, Pam Houston, Patti Smith, relationships, representation, Roxane Gay, sarah manguso, sexism, Slut Lullabies, Sophia Stewart, The Argonauts, The Two Kinds of Decay, The Woman Warrior, This River, Toni Morrison, unreliable narrator, Vivian Gornick, women's bodies
Kelly Harris-DeBerry discusses her debut poetry collection, FREEDOM KNOWS MY NAME.
Tags: Alabama, american south, appropriation, avery r. young, black women, Broadside Press, Cleveland, debut collection, Demetrie McLorn, Eloise Greenfield, Erica L. Williams, feminism, feminist, Freedom Knows My Name, gentrification, Gil-Scott heron, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Brown, Jayne Cortez, Jessica Krug, Kalamu ya Salaam, Kathryn Stockett, Kelly Harris-DeBerry, Langston Hughes, Last Poets, Lucille Clifton, Mari Evans, MFA, Midwest, migration, New Orleans, Nikki Giovanni, ntozake shange, Ohio, Paule Marshall, poems, poetry, Rachel Dolezal, racial inequality, Racism, Rita Dove, Sarah Webster Fabio, Scott Woods, Sonia Sanchez, The Help, Third World Press, Toni Morrison, Wanda Coleman, White Supremacy, Xavier Review Press, zora neale hurston
Literary events in and around L.A. this week!
Tags: Amy Meyerson, Betsy Heredia, Chip Jacobs, Colin O’Brady, Courtney Friel, Darlene Kriesal, David Kipen, Emerson Forester, Eric Timmons, Eve Brandstein, Gwenyth Mapes, Hannah Sward, Helena Lipstadt, Iuri M. Lara, James Brown, Jenny Lee, Jerry Mitchell, Jessica Wilson Cardenas, Jim Pascoe, Lady Narrator, los angeles, Lydia Fitzpatrick, Marianne Dissard, Mark Hyman, Mat Osman, matthew specktor, Mike ThePoet Sonsksen, Nathan Torres, Notable LA, notable los angeles, Patrick O'Neil, Paul Hawken, Peter Meech, Robert Ward, Sarah Kozloff, Sheila J Sadr, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Steve Erickson, Tanya Ward Goodman, Tom Lutz, Wes Kriesel, William Deverell
Books releasing in the first half of 2020 that we can’t wait to read!
Tags: A Fish Growing Lungs, A Nail the Evening Hangs On, A Sinking Ship Is Still a Ship, Alberto Rios, Alexandra Chang, Alice Notley, All Adults Here, All My Mother's Lovers, Alysia Sawchyn, Apology to the Young Addict, Ariel Francisco, Before and After the Book Deal, Birthright, Brandon Taylor, C Pam Zhang, Carl Phillips, Carolyn Forche, Cathy Park Hong, Charles Yu, Chelsea Bieker, Children of the Land, Claire Comstock-Gay, Cleanness, courtney maum, Cynthia Cruz, Danez Smith, Days of Distraction, Deborah Paredez, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers, Emily St. Mandel, Emma Copley Eisenberg, Emma Straub, Eric Tran, Erin Khar, Fairest, For the Ride, Foreign Bodies, Frances Cha, garth greenwell, George Abraham, Godshot, Guidebooks for the Dead, Homie, How Much Of These Hills Is Gold, If I Had Your Face, Ilana Masad, In the Lateness of the World, Include Me Out, Inconvenient Daughter, Interior Chinatown, James Brown, Jenn Shapland, John Freeman, John Murillo, Justin Phillip Reed, Katherine Silver, Kathryn Scanlan, Keep Moving, Kimiko Hahn, Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry, Lakewood, Later: My Life at the Edge of the World, Lauren J. Sharkey, Lidia Yuknavitch, Little Gods, Madame Clairevoyant’s Guide to the Stars, Maggie Smith, Maisy Card, María Sonia Cristoff, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Marie-Helene Bertino, Mark Doty, Maxine Mei-Fung Chung, Megan Giddings, Meng Jin, Meredith Talusan, Minor Feelings, Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning, Monica Sok, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, Natalie Diaz, Not go away is my name, Obit, Pale Colors in a Tall Field, parakeet, Paul Lisicky, Philip Metres, Postcolonial Love Poem, Quotients, Real Life, Rick Barot, Rift Zone, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Samantha Irby, Sandra Meeks, Sejal Shah, Shrapnel Maps, Still, Strung Out, tess taylor, The Dominant Animal, The Eighth Girl, The Galleons, The Glass Hotel, The Gutter Spread Guide to Prayer, The Malevolent Volume, The Park, The Third Rainbow Girl, The Tilt Torn Away from the Seasons, These Ghosts Are Family, This Is One Way to Dance, Tracy O'Neill, Verge, Victoria Chang, What Is the Grass, What to Read When, Wow No Thank You, Year of the Dog
You will now find some version of the list below. It is imperfect. ...more
Tags: 10cc, Allman Brothers, american music club, Amon Düül II, Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin, Arvo Part, Astor Piazzolla, Beastie Boys, Beck, belle and sebastian, Bent, Best of Lists, beyonce, Big Star, Bill Crofut, Bill Frisell, billie holiday, Blondie, bob dylan, bob marley, Bonnie Raitt, Booker T. and the M.G.’s, Brian Eno, bruce springsteen, Buddy Guy, Built to Spill, Buzzcocks, Captain Beefheart, Carl Stone, Carmen McRae, Carol King, cat power, Charles Mingus, Charlie Hayden, Chrissie Hynde, Cocteau Twins, Crazy Horse, d'angelo, Dave Brubeck, david bowie, david byrne, dB's, death cab for cutie, depeche mode, Derek and the Dominos, Digable Planets, Dionne Warwick, Duke Ellington, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Edith Frost, Eliane Radigue, Ella Fitzgerald, Elliot Smith, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, Eric Dolphy, Erik Darling, Fairport Convention, fleetwood mac, Flying Burrito Brothers, Frank Ocean, frank sinatra, Frank Zappa, Frederic George Handel, Fripp & Eno, Galaxie 500, Galt MacDermot, Genesis, Gentle Giant, George Harrison, Gillian Welch, Glenn Branca, Glenn Gould, graham parker, grateful dead, Gregg Allman, Guided by Voices, GusGus, Harry Smith, Hatfield and the North, High Fidelity, Howard Shore, Husker Du, Jack Bruce, James, James Brown, Jefferson Airplane, Jethro Tull, Joanna Newsom, John Cale, John Coltrane, Joni Mitchell, Joshua Redman, Judee Sill, Judy Collins, kanye west, King Crimson, KT Tunstall, la monte young, Lauryn Hill, Leonard Cohen, lists, liz phair, Lothar and the Hand People, louis armstrong, Madonna, marshall crenshaw, Marvin Gaye, Massive Attack, Max Indian, Meredith Monk, Meshell Ndegeocello, mission of burma, Morcheeba, Music, music criticism, Nas, neil young, Neutral Milk Hotel, new order, nick cave, nick drake, Nick Hornby, Nina Simone, Nirvana, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, NWA, Oren Ambarchi, Otis Redding, Patti Smith, Paul Simon, Pavement, Pearl Jam, Pere Ubu, Phil Spector, Philip Glass, Pink Floyd, PJ Harvey, prince, Procol Harum, Professor Longhair, Public Enemy, Public Image Limited, Queen, R.E.M., radiohead, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Ravi Shankar, Ray Charles, Return to Forever, richard and linda thompson, rick moody, rickie lee jones, Roxy Music, Rufus, Rush, Sam & Dave, Sarah Vaughan, Shawn Colvin, Silver Apples, Simon & Garfunkel, Simple Minds, Skylab, Sly & the Family Stone, Soft Machine, Sonic Youth, Sonny Rollins, Spacemen 3, Sparks, Steely Dan, Steve Forbert, Steve Reich, Steve Tibbets, Stevie Wonder, Sun City Girls, Sun Ra, swinging modern sounds, T. Rex, Taj Mahal, Talking Heads, television, terry riley, the beach boys, The Byrds, The Chieftains, The Church, the clash, the cure, The Doors, The Fall, the feelies, The Flaming Lips, The Jackson Five, the jam, The Jayhawks, The Kinks, The Lounge Lizards, The Magnetic Fields, The Mekons, The Minutemen, The Modern Lovers, The Necks, The Pharcyde, the Pixies, The Pogues, The Police, The Pretenders, The Pretty Things, the rolling stones, the roots, The Sea and the Cake, The Sex Pistols, The Stone Roses, The Stooges, The Tragically Hip, The Velvet Underground, The Verve, The Who, The Zombies, Thelonious Monk, They Might Be Giants, This Mortal Coil, Thunderclap Newman, Todd Rundgren, Tom Petty, Tom Wait, Toots and the Maytals, tracy chapman, traffic, Tunng, U. Srinivas, U2, Van Morrison, Violent Femmes, Warren G, Wilco, Willie Nelson, World Party, Wu-Tang Clan, XTC, Yes, Young Marble Giants, Zero 7
[T]he most essential thing is actually a kind of worldview, a mindset—or maybe it’s an ideology. ...more
Tags: 000 Bands, 600, Ad-Rock, addiction, Allyson McCabe, Beastie Boys, Chain and the Gang, digital, economic crisis, Esme Blegvad, Felt Letters, Ian Svenonius, indie rock, Internet, James Brown, Mike Watt, modernism, Music, music industry, Nation of Ulysses, neurosis, nineties, ocd, pet sounds, Pitchfork, punk, records, Soft Focus, suicide, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group, superstition, The Make-Up, The Psychic Soviet, touring, vice, vinyl, Wanted/Needed/Loved, Washington DC, Weird War
Everyone knows funk music reached its heyday in the 1970s, but even legends like James Brown and George Clinton were hard pressed to compete with funk powerhouse The Isley Brothers in 1975. The title track “The Heat Is On (Part 1 & 2),” from their record of the same name, is a hard-driving, wall-shaking revelation that takes […]
In addition to his song “Spiritual,” which deals with the issue of police brutality, Jay Z has released a playlist of songs to get us through the crushing violence lately exposed by social media. “Songs for Survival” includes music by Beyoncé, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Common, Outkast, Gil Scott-Heron, Fela Kuti, Kendrick Lamar, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Kanye West, and others. You can listen to […]
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I started thinking about additional, more slantwise ways we might talk about his legacy. What if I organized a bunch of guitar players? ...more
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You don’t need to know him personally, you say. You get the best of Prince through his music. Maybe that’s the truth, and maybe it isn’t. ...more
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British photographer Derek Ridgers discusses his fetish for nightclub portraits and what it’s been like to shoot the London underground scene for nearly four decades.
Tags: 78-87 London Youth, August Sander, Blitz Kids, britain, cameras, clubs, counterculture, Derek Ridgers, dominatrix, Helen Levitt, Hoppy, Interviews, James Brown, Keith Richards, Ken Russell, London, night clubs, photography, portraits, punk, rock, skinhead, Skinheads: 1979-1984, Steven Berkoff, teddy boys, The Dark Carnival, The Dark Carnival: Portraits From The Endless Night, the rumpus, Trina Calderon, United Kingdom, Vivian Maier, Vivienne Westwood
James Brown is known for creating a thing called funk, but it was the song “Cold Sweat,” co-written with his bandleader Pee Wee Ellis and released in 1967, that truly encapsulated this new genre of music. The track exploded all kinds of boundaries. Without a distinct melody, it treated every piece as a rhythm instrument. In the two-part […]
What I want/need/love most are the tools that allow me to document what I see and experience, at home and in my travels, now and in the future. ...more
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Patrick O’Neil talks about his debut memoir
Gun Needle Spoon, being big in France, the drug/recovery genre, and writing through trauma. ...more
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Lizzie Karr’s influences range from Ani DiFranco to James Brown. The Godfather of Soul’s funkiness is apparent in Karr’s latest single, “Run Like A Girl,” which trades DiFranco-style staccato verses for punchy horn lines. The Bay Area artist recently toured the Pacific Northwest in support of her new record Like It’s Bad. “I was tired […]
We want the intent. Whatever happened basically to the ethnic man, it happened through trials and tribulations. There’s no intent to make them better. Martin Luther King—and Black Panthers organized to start riots. SNCC—the hate groups, whether it was the Panthers or whether it was the Klansmen, or whether it was they called the self-defense […]
The NYT‘s section Books of the Times reviews RJ Smith’s biography of James Brown, The One, which came out earlier this spring: “This book’s sparkle speaks for itself, as does Mr. Smith’s ability to take on his screaming, moaning, kinetically blessed, unbeatably shrewd subject.” Smith covers Brown’s life from his childhood in the rural South […]