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Entries by Mike Ragogna from 10/2009

An Interview with Author David Comfort on The Rock & Roll Book of the Dead

| Posted 10.02.2009 | Entertainment

"There's no simple answer to who John Lennon was. Sure, he was a great leader and a peacenik; on the other hand, he was an incredibly violent, narcissistic guy. That was the other side of him, and people just don't want to hear that."

HuffPost Reviews: Alice In Chains, Rosanne Cash, Kiss, and more, plus a Brandi Carlile Interview, and This Week's New Albums

| Posted 10.05.2009 | Entertainment

With Layne Staley's death, Alice In Chains was all but done. But fourteen years later, here we are with something that sounds a lot like what the group would have had they returned to the studio a couple years later.

HuffPost Reviews: Hall & Oates, Baez & Dylan, Simon & Ondrasik, and More

| Posted 10.12.2009 | Entertainment

Filled to the brim with radio staples like "Sara Smile," "Maneater," "Rich Girl," and about 25 other significant charters, Hall and Oates' new 74-track assembly truly is one of the best box sets ever released.

How Sweet The Sound: An Interview With Joan Baez

| Posted 10.14.2009 | Entertainment

For most of the fifty years since she debuted at the Newport Folk Festival, Joan Baez has dedicated her life and music to fighting for equality and social justice, and for bringing about positive change in the world.

Still Awesome After All These Years: An Interview With Producer Phil Ramone

| Posted 10.16.2009 | Entertainment

Over the years, this innovative producer and engineer has been at the board behind many classic records, earning fifteen Grammy awards.

HuffPost Reviews: Twilight's New Moon, Kerouac's Big Sur, Cohen's Isle Of Wight, and more including This Week's New Albums

| Posted 10.19.2009 | Entertainment

Leading off with Death Cab For Cutie's infectious "Meet Me On The Equinox," New Moonmay be after your traditional teen market's pop dollars, but they're also attempting to tap into 20-something angst.

One Fast Move or I'm Gone: An Interview with Son Volt's Jay Farrar and Death Cab For Cutie's Benjamin Gibbard

| Posted 10.21.2009 | Entertainment

Although Son Volt's Jay Farrar and Death Cab For Cutie's Benjamin Gibbard create music from two different perspectives their blend on the soundtrack One Fast Move Or I'm Gone: Kerouac's Big Sur syncs perfectly.

HuffPost Reviews: Jack Johnson, R.E.M., Train, Dolly, Carly, and More, Plus U2 Plays The Rose Bowl, and This Week's New Albums

| Posted 10.26.2009 | Entertainment

In 2008, Jack Johnson toured the world with his Sleep Through The Static concerts, the best of these shows assembled for his new CD/DVD En Concert.

An Interview With Train, Plus The New Soulsavers Video, and More

| Posted 10.28.2009 | Entertainment

An interview with Train -- conducted over thousands of miles, from scores of hotel rooms -- about their new album, Save Me, San Francisco.

It Takes The Village: Interviews with Shelby Lynne, Rickie Lee Jones, Michael Timmins, John Oates, Amos Lee, Rachael Yamagata, Steve Berlin, and More

| Posted 10.30.2009 | Entertainment

It's a little surprising that until now, no one has put together a tribute album to folk's fertile days in New York's Greenwich Village.