Opinion

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Song and struggle: “The Internationale"

This is the first installment of what is intended to be a series on the rich left-wing musical tradition.

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"American Idol" is a slice of America

If you're not into "American Idol" and think it has no place in this publication, stop reading now, and direct your anti-popular culture comments and criticisms elsewhere.

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Pete Postlethwaite gave us the great “Brassed Off”

The great British actor Pete Postlethwaite, who died of cancer Jan. 2 at 64, starred in one of the most progressive films that came out of England in the 1990s.

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Lead Belly: A stunning life in pictures

"Good Night Irene" is one of the best-known songs in American culture. A new book gives us a chance to know the man who wrote it.

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Communism at the opera

Communism has taken over the stage at the Los Angeles Opera, and soon will be occupying opera houses in Vienna and Paris!

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Metal musicians fight for better world

In recent years, musicians have begun to weigh in on important social, economic, and especially environmental issues.

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Irwin Silber, a craftsman of the folk revival, dies at 84

Irwin Silber, the primary craftsman of the urban folk song revival, died Sept. 8.

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The global pop militancy of M.I.A.

Some on the left may dismiss her as indulging in postmodern "identity politics" - M.I.A. herself has said that her work explores her "otherness."

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Loss of a jazz warrior: Abbey Lincoln

Vocalist, actress and activist Abbey Lincoln, who died Aug. 14 at age 80, captured the energy and drive of an era in recording and film as few others could.

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“American Idol” is about young talent, not celebrities

Sooner or later every popular TV show  eventually flops, and "American Idol" last season appeared to be heading down that path - but the show must go on, right?

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