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‘Perhaps the Richest Body of Stories by Any North American Writer of His Generation’

THE LIBRARY OF AMERICA is publishing a two-volume set of John Updike's Collected Stories. CHRISTOPHER CARDUFF, the estate-appointed editor of Updike's posthumous publications, discusses the project.
by David McGee
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Pt. I: ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ & The Lost Punctuation Mark

What Americans hear when they listen to 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' is not anything like what the English peasants meant when they first sang this song more than 500 years ago. So claims best selling author ACE COLLINS.
by David McGee
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Singing the Travels: Imani Uzuri Finds the Bold Heart and Global Soul of Home on The Gypsy Diaries

The mysterious figure on the moonlit railway platform, the passersby on the dusty road are not strangers; they are friends and fellow travelers. And to stunning vocalist and thoughtful, globally inspired composer Imani Uzuri, t...
by David McGee
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Voicemail Transcriber Gives New Meaning to Pop Lyrics

As currently constituted, voicemail transcription, a promising but troubled technology, is giving new meaning to pop lyrics. Contributing editor MICHAEL SIGMAN files a first-person report on same.
by David McGee
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How Will Musicians Control Their Credits in the Digital Age?

ProMusicDB is a new organization dedicated to giving musicians past and present proper credit, and thus remuneration, for recording sessions they play on. ProMusic DB founder CHRISTY CROWL explains.
by David McGee
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Ravi Shankar: The Spirit and The Legacy Live On

Ravi Shankar: The Spirit and The Legacy Live On

Sitar master RAVI SHANKAR passed away on December 11 at the age of 92. Herewith a tribute to the life and legacy of the man George Harrison extolled as the 'Godfather of World Music.'
by David McGee
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Herb, Herby, Herbert. Daddy.

LIterate, witty, loving, insightful: a daughter remembers her unique father on the occasion of the centennial of his birth.
by David McGee
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The Elite Half Hundred of 2015, Part 1

TONY BENNETT & BILL CHARLAP lead this year's Deep Roots Elite Half Hundred selections of 2015's top albums (excluding our Album of the Year selections). Part 1 covers the Top 25.
by David McGee
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Rewarding and Unpredictable: An Appreciation of Elliott Carter (1908-2012)

ELLIOTT CARTER: AN APPRECIATION--America's greatest living composer died on November 5 at the age of 103. Herewith an appreciation of this visionary's rewarding and unpredictable music.
by David McGee
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‘A Man of Exceptional Character’

Oklahoma football great STEVE DAVIS died in a plane crash in Indiana on March 18. As the quarterback of the OU Sooners from '73--'75, Davis won two national championships, three Big 8 titles and 32 of 34 games.
by David McGee
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Raymond Myles and the Rocky Road to Redemption

MICHAEL SIGMAN on the late New Orleans gospel icon RAYMOND MYLES and a documentarian's attempt to finish a film about Myles's tragically short life and timeless musical legacy.
by David McGee
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He Wrote ‘Two Steps from the Blues’

TEXAS JOHNNY BROWN, who died in Houston on July 1, will always be remembered for writing Bobby Blue Bland's classic "Two Steps from the Blues." But there was more...
by David McGee
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