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Music and Movements: The Tradition Continues

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The 1960s folk music scene was a chapter in a long story, one that began decades earlier and that continues today as a new generation of singers and songwriters connect -- directly and indirectly -- to the burgeoning progressive movements that are rippling across the country.

Fred W. McDarrah: Save the Village

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 04.06.2014 | New York
Anne Margaret Daniel

Fred W. McDarrah: Save the Village takes its name from the words painted on the side of an artist's studio on Greenwich Avenue, demolished in 1960 and memorably photographed by McDarrah. Its shadows remain in the literary and cultural walking tours that lace the neighborhood.

Breaking Bad's Junkyard Dog: Actor Larry Hankin

Steve Karras | Posted 04.03.2014 | Comedy
Steve Karras

Tall, lanky, hip, delightfully buffoonish at times, yet serious, Hankin is the quintessential "that guy," instantly recognizable as Mr. Heckles on Friends or 'the Other Kramer,' who stole the raisins, on the pilot episode of Seinfeld.

Celebrating Progressive Patriotism on the Fourth of July

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans have an equal right to claim the flag as their own. Progressives understand that people can disagree with their government and still love their country and its ideals.

A Chat With ASCAP President Paul Williams, Plus Exclusives from Modern Machines, Eli Mardock, Matthew J. Tow and Creed Bratton

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.01.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Eli Mardock is premiering a new song with us today called "If You're With Me, Then You're Against Me." The haunting and dream-like tune appears on the Nebraskan singer/songwriter's debut full length, Everything Happens For The First Time.

Searching for Sugar Man at Guild Hall: Alec Baldwin, Honorary Chairman of the Board

Regina Weinreich | Posted 09.06.2012 | Home
Regina Weinreich

Searching for Sugar Man tells singer/songwriter Sixto Rodriguez's remarkable story, showing this performer as a construction worker raising a family in a ramshackle house, contrasted with his command of thousands at a concert.

Progressives Should Take Back the Flag

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The flag, as a symbol of the nation, is not owned by the administration in power, but by the people. We battle over what it means, but all Americans -- across the political spectrum -- have an equal right to claim the flag as their own.

From The Beach Boys & Randy Newman to Fleet Foxes & Skrillex: A Conversation With Van Dyke Parks, Plus Calling JB Baretsky's Bluff

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.21.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

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15 Things You Should Probably Know About Van Dyke Parks

Michael Sigman | Posted 10.11.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

This "sui generis" Southern gentleman, raconteur and erstwhile child actor defies linear explication. Here are 15 semi-random items for the not-yet initiated.

Scars On 45's New Video and Download, Plus Chatting with Vanessa Carlton, Dan Bern and David Bromberg

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Here's the latest video by the Chop Shop Records' act Scars On 45, the title track to their Give Me Something EP.

The Political Bob Dylan

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

Bob Dylan's off-and-on engagement with politics is intriguing. But his peace and justice songs have had a life of their own.

The Music and Its Message: Songs of Protest and Cultural Identity

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

2011-03-22-ochs.jpg Two thrilling new musical documentaries place great emphasis on the importance of a song's lyrics while paying homage to their creators.

Phil Ochs, Tom Paine, And There But for Fortune

Bruce E. Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce E. Levine

The afterlife of the man once called "Tom Paine with a guitar" has, for the last 30 years, paralleled that of Tom Paine himself. Both Ochs and Paine were discarded by their respective mainstream worlds.

HuffPost Review: Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Bowser's documentary shows Ochs to be driven by his political beliefs, shattered by the deaths of John F. Kennedy and disillusioned by the ineffectiveness of protest against the Vietnam War.

MOVIE REVIEW: 'Phil Ochs - There But For Fortune'

Jonah Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jonah Green

"Phil Ochs - There But For Fortune", a new documentary about the late folk singer Phil Ochs, had its New York premiere on Wednesday. Friends and famil...

Phil Ochs Lives!

Michael Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Simmons

The late Phil Ochs, one of the greatest singer/songwriters of the 1960s in a rarified perch with Dylan, Joni and Cohen, wasn't a household name but he was big enough to have affected a lot of people.

There But For (a $5.4 Billion) Fortune

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dave Astor

Here's the tale of a New Jersey newspaper that lost a reader after publishing the net worth of a man so filthy rich he needs a shoe stretcher for his wallet.

It's Always the Old to Lead Us to the War/It's Always the Young to Fall

Freddie Gershon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Freddie Gershon

I think of Phil Ochs on July 4. Phil was a cult contemporary of Bob Dylan from the 60s and 70s. And Phil wrote a song called "Another Country."

Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology): A Playlist For Earth Day

David Wild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wild

Here's an Earth Day playlist of songs about taking better care of Planet Earth, better care of one another and better care of ourselves.

Rekers, Jindal and the Impressive Hypocrisy of the Far Right

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Bobby Jindal and George Rekers are not alone, but exemplify a willful blindness to the real world consequences of ideological extremism that has become something of the sina qua non of the far right.

An Interview With Buffy Sainte-Marie, Plus Train and Digital 45 Updates

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

This being Woodstock Week, it seemed a perfect time to catch-up with this artist whose music influenced many of those who appeared at the culture-changing event.