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Ken Emerson writes primarily about music and culture. He is the author of Doo-Dah!: Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Popular Culture and Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era and co-editor of Rethinking the Urban Agenda: Reinvigorating the Liberal Tradition in New York City and Urban America. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, The Boston Globe, U.S.A. Today, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, People magazine, The Nation, The New Republic, The Village Voice, and The Boston Phoenix.