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Articles from Vol. 265, No. 6, August 25

Anthology of American Folk Music
Edited by Harry Smith. Smithsonian/Folkways Recordings. 6 CDs. $79. Not long ago I heard a performance by the Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes. Hayes is a master of the long-phrased, lyrical style of eastern County Clare, where he grew up in a family...
Big Words, Small Divisions
Jill Nelson tells a rich little story in her new book, Straight, No Chaser. She's sitting in a bar, chating with a black man who suddenly tells her that he would never consider dating a black woman. Why? she asks as nondefensively as possible. Too...
Bill Burroughs and the Biopirates
William Burroughs, drug aficionado and man of letters, took his last trip last week. An inveterate tourist of the psychic interior, he also voyaged to the remoter corners of the planet in search of exotic refinements in the alteration of consciousness....
Career Girls
I will take as provisional the farewell played out at the end of Career Girls, when old college chums Hannah (Katrin Cartlidge) and Annie (Lynda Steadman) share a hug on a railway platform. Not that I want to see them again. But I do expect the filmmaker...
Corporate Rock Sucks
With this special issue, we tune in to another province of the National Entertainment State--popular music. Music is big business, overseen by synergy-seeking transnational executives. It is relentlessly sold, and it sells--everything from toilet...
Death-House Troubadour: Steve Earle Rocks 'N' Rants against Capital Punishment
Heavy hearts, forgotten goodbyes, gritty living, trains, self-destruction and lost highways: Steve Earle pens and records songs that dish out the traditional fare of country music. And he does it so well he's been covered by Travis Tritt (who had...
Girls 'N' Spice: All Things Nice?
It's 8:12 A.M. The feminist mom, who looks like she just got shot out of a wind turbine and has a cheap chardonnay hangover, is making pancakes for four 8-year-old girls having a sleep-over party. Let's just say that she's not in the most festive...
Guantanamera
Tomas Gutierrez Alea died in 1996, full of years and honor, having recently completed one last film to take its place among his landmarks of Cuban cinema, such as Death of a Bureaucrat, Memories, of Underdevelopment and Strawberry and Chocolate. For...
India: Come Together
At midnight fifty years ago on August 15, India attained independence from the British Empire. The India that was born in 1947 was in a very real sense a new creation: a state that made fellow citizens of the Ladakhi and the Laccadivian for the first...
Indies' Reservations
The year began on an upbeat note for independent music when, "for the first time in the history of modern music," as the indies' trade group proudly noted, the independent record labels captured the largest share of the U.S. market, ahead of all of...
JazzFest Madness
Every year, the end of June brings jazz-festival season to New York City, and along with the volatile mix of hypercondensed time frames and musical outpourings comes the sniping that keeps the small cultural village called the jazz community such...
Money for Nothing
"Political speech," wrote George Orwell, is "largely the defense of the indefensible." That explains why President Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich are puffing the "balanced budget agreement" in ways that would put P.T. Barnum to shame--"historic,"...
On the Charts, off the Covers: For Hip-Hop Acts That Boom, the Media Have No Room
Calling out around the world, Jim Farber, a music reporter for New York's Daily News, broke a story earlier this year that no one wanted to dance to. He called out the factionalism that splits American popular culture, separating music into black...
Pop Invades Classical Space: Can Disney Save Classical Music from a Mickey Mouse World?
I was 6 years old when Fantasia came out in 1940 and thought it neat, as we said then, when Mickey Mouse mounted the podium after his turn as the sorcerer's apprentice and shook hands with Leopold Stokowski. More than one grown-up doused my enthusiasm...
Reggae Says No to 'Politricks.' (Music and Politics in Jamaica)
We refuse to he/What you wanted us to be/We are what we are/That's the way it's going to be. --"Babylon System," Bob Marley Last year, Jamaica's prime ministerial campaign received its unofficial launch only after reggae deejay and rapper Buju Banton...
Rockin' Rush: Radio Pirate
Every weekday millions of Americans awaiting a fix of right-wing raving switch on their radios and hear the distinctive, funky bass riff from new-wave rocker Chrissie Hynde's song "My City Was Gone." Then the 1984 Pretenders tune fades, and the conservative...
Shake Your Booty
It's been quite a show up on the second floor of the Hart Senate office building as lurid tales circulate of Buddhist nuns and people with surnames like Huang, Ng and Trie laundering campaign funds sent to the Democrats. That was a very wide net our...
The Media Nation: Music
Ted Turner holds 10% of stock, TCI chairman John Malone's Liberty Media controls 9%, L.A. investment firm The Capital Group has 7.5% and Seagram holds 5% TIME WARNER 1996 revenue; $23.7 billion MUSIC Rock/Pop/Rap: Warner Bros. (R.E.M.)...
U2's Crash: Why Pop Flops
For any rock music fan opposed to cultural hegemony or self-righteous sanctimony, it is difficult to resist gloating over the fact that U2's Pop album and its ongoing U.S. tour have bombed. The tour's most noteworthy emblem is a gigantic stage prop...
Who Controls the Music?
Wouldn't it be nice if rock and roll was once a good time pure and simple--and not a cutthroat business, too? Sadly, that sweet music always had the Man behind it, counting the receipts and yelling "Shake your money-maker!" At first, there were crafty...