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Remembering Prince

Two years ago today, we lost Prince. The New Yorker’s piece from two years ago is still one of the best “memorials”: Miles Davis, in his autobiography, compared Prince to Duke Ellington; one might be tempted to add Miles himself to that comparison. When we discuss artists so transcendently brilliant and impossibly prolific, their rarities […]

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No Criminal Charges in Prince’s Death

Variety: Carver County attorney Mark Metz said in a press conference on Thursday that Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose, and that charges won’t be filed in the investigation into the musician’s death.

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As Prince Heirs Stew, Bankers & Lawyers Cash in on Estate

Billboard: As the second anniversary of Prince’s death approaches, his heirs have yet to collect a dollar of his estimated $200 million estate. But bankers, lawyers and consultants have earned millions from it. The long saga to settle the estate provides a cautionary tale about dying without a will, as Prince did when he died […]

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Ed Hochuli retiring as NFL referee

Kevin Seifert writing at ESPN: NFL referee Ed Hochuli has retired, the league announced Tuesday, ending a colorful career that made him one of the most recognized game officials in American sports.

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Kevin Smith Tweets He Suffered a ‘Massive Heart Attack’

The Hollywood Reporter at Billboard.com: Kevin Smith (Clerks) in the early morning hours of Monday tweeted a selfie from a hospital bed, saying he had survived a “massive” heart attack. The photo he posted on Twitter shortly after 3 a.m. ET/midnight PT showed him covered in tubes and wearing a hospital gown. “After the first […]

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Prince on film: from humble MTV beginnings to camp masterpiece “Purple Rain”

Michaelangelo Matos writing at Salon: With all due respect to “Dirty Mind,” “Purple Rain,” “Parade,” and “Sign O’ the Times,” “1999” remains the most widely imitated record of Prince’s career.

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In Yoakam’s world, country is not like a vintage auto that’s too precious to drive…

Mark Demming reviewing the album “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…” at the All Music Guide: One described as “the man who was too country for Nashville,” Dwight Yoakam has always been an artist who is passionate about the themes and variations of classic country, but he’s never treated his beloved Bakersfield sound as a museum piece. […]

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What’s happening just offscreen of famous album covers?

Kottke: On his Instagram account, Igor Lipchanskiy is imagining what’s happening just “offscreen” of musical album covers. Hilarious.

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Speaking of collusion (and treason)…

The Vietnam War, Episode 7: The Veneer of Civilization (June 1968 – May 1969) at 51:55-55:42, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick (2017): NARRATOR: But on October 31st [1968], just five days before the election, the president himself made a surprise announcement.  He was stopping all bombing of North Vietnam.  There had been real progress in Paris, […]

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Star Wars at 40

Star Wars, a film which has unfortunately come to be known as Episode IV: A New Hope, was released 40 years ago today. Although I didn’t see it on opening night, or even opening weekend, I did see it soon thereafter (you have to be able to get a ride when you’re eleven…), and I […]

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