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‘Isn’t That a Lovely Thing?’

From his 1960 book MY FATHER, CHARLIE CHAPLIN, JR. remembers his father's 'ruthless determination for perfection' and its effect on the family when Chaplin pere was writing 'MODERN TIMES'
by David McGee
 

 
 

‘Tenor Hits From the Age of the Talkies’

Reigning tenor king JONAS KAUFFMAN assays a charming collection of songs from a special time in Germany's history, the era of Sally Bowles and the Kit Kat Club
by David McGee
 

 

 

‘He Brought a Certain Level of Class to the Blues’: Remembering Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, 1930-2013

American music lost a giant with the passing of BOBBY 'BLUE' BLAND. Our tribute offers an overview of his career and a guide to his essential recordings.
by David McGee
 

 
 

‘Welcome Has No Boundaries’

Zimbabwe's beloved OLIVER 'TUKU' MTUKUDZI has released his 61st album, SARAWOGA, of songs of hope and respect. 'There's always something to talk about,' he tells us, and then proves it.
by David McGee
 

 

 

‘Human Hands Getting Real Close to the Word of God’

An interview with Michele Clark Jenkins, co-editor of the Sisters In Faith Holy Bible, a new resource for African American women, 'a sister-to-sister guide through the Word of God,' as Ms. Jenkins says.
by David McGee
 

 
 

‘As long as you can look fearlessly at the sky, you’ll know you’re pure within’

Introduced on stage in 2005, James Whitbourn's Annelies, the first adaptation of Anne Frank's diary into a large-scale choral work, will at last be released on CD on Jan. 22. Here's our preview of the first important recording ...
by David McGee
 

 

 

The Mystery Endures

MELODY GARDOT's brilliant CURRENCY OF MAN, finds this unique artist on intimate terms with 'chaos at any moment.' Dark, but empathetic, the new CD is all that, and more.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Swinging the Pendulum on Pit Bulls

Esquire writer-at-large TOM JUNOD is among those leading the charge to change public perceptions about pit bulls. TALKING ANIMALS host DUNCAN STRAUSS sits down with Junod to clear the air about these misunderstood canines.
by David McGee
 

 

 

Jesse Winchester: Talk Memphis

JESSE WINCHESTER Tribute, Part 2: a Jesse monologue, his most extensive comments on his years in and abiding love for Memphis--'It was the world to me'--from an interview with Crossroads to Freedom.
by David McGee
 

 
 

99 RIVER STREET (1953)

99 RIVER STREET is a forgotten gem of the film noir genre. Directed by PHIL KARLSON and starring JOHN PAYNE and EVELYN KEYES, it foreshadows Raging Bull.
by David McGee