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‘Birmingham is not a dying city. It is dead.’

On Sept/ 15, 1963, the Ku Klux Klan set off a bomb at Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church, killing four young girls. On Sept. 16, civil liberties lawyer CHUCK MORGAN spoke out.
by David McGee
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Tutti Camarata in the studio with Annette: ‘…there was a quality to her voice—a sincerity—that I thought would work.’

Beautiful Music: Mr. Disney, Annette and ‘Tutti’

Part 2 of a two-part tribute to the late ANNETTE FUNICELLO, who died of multiple sclerosis at age 70 on April 8. This installment focuses on Annette's studio work with producer TUTTI CAMARATA.
by David McGee
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The Meaning of Folk-Rock

'The Meaning of Folk-Rock,' an excerpt from CHRISTOPHER HILL's essential 'INTO THE MYSTIC: THE VISIONARY and ECSTATIC ROOTS OF 1960S ROCK AND ROLL'
by David McGee
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Reality Check

An ad from Malaysian Airlines that needs to be retired, if it isn't already...
by David McGee
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The Elite Half Hundred of 2014 (Part 2)

THE 442s and FARMER JASON bookend Nos. 26-50 of the ELITE HALF HUNDRED OF 2014.
by David McGee
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Forevermore

His voice belongs to the ages now: Cleveland Duncan, lead tenor of The Penguins, died on November 6, shortly after casting his ballot in the Presidential election. Remembering the great lead singer who made 'Earth Angel' immortal.
by David McGee
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A Gathering of Voices, in Celebration and Covenant

Continuing a journey embarked upon three albums ago, MOIRA SMILEY & VOCO and The Choir of YOU bring voices, instruments and a gumbo of American and Eastern European folk music together on LAUGHTER OUT OF TEARS.
by David McGee
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The True Meaning of Passover

Author-essayist CHARLES S. WEINBLATT explains why Passover and Easter are occasions for people of all faiths to 'eradicate the evil that surrounds us,' and declares, 'The rebirth of this spirit is the true meaning of Passover.'
by David McGee
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Turn the Tide: Benefit Concert in NYC for Hurricane Sandy Victims

On Dec. 2 some stellar New York City working musicians are getting together for a benefit to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. All the particulars are here.
by David McGee
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Hailing An American Treasure

Hailing An American Treasure

From TheBluegrassSpecial.com's December 2010 issue, Chip Stern's insightful, impassioned missive concerning the life and music of Dave Brubeck on the occasion of the master's impending 90th birthday.
by David McGee
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Thoughts on Passover

In 'Thoughts on Passover,' RABBIE STEPHEN LEWIS FUCHS reflects on this sacred occasion as a time 'to work for the day when all people everywhere are free of Pharaoh-like bondage and able to practice their religion freely.'
by David McGee
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Beyond the So-Called First Thanksgiving: 5 Children’s Books That Set the Record Straight

Five new books offer young readers a more nuanced, and accurate, account of the so-called First Thanksgiving. While Thanksgiving is a good time to grab people’s attention about Wampanoag-European interactions, it does not ne...
by David McGee
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