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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Music Feature: Corin Ashley — A Spectacular Return by Blake Maddux

The Malden resident’s new album is particularly impressive under the circumstances -- he suffered a major stroke in January 2016.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Music Appreciation: The Sadies — Still Going Strong on “Northern Passages” by Blake Maddux

The album Northern Passages has left me without any doubt that The Sadies are worthy of every iota of praise they have received.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Concert Review: Men at Work’s Colin Hay — Solo Success Achieved by Blake Maddux

Colin Hay need no longer worry about job security as a touring and recording artist.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Book Review: “In the Midnight Hour” — The Tempestuous Life of Wilson Pickett by Blake Maddux

Tony Fletcher’s research is impeccable, his sources are unimpeachable, and his style is thoroughly engaging.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Music Interview: Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols — A “Lonely Boy” by Blake Maddux

Having long gotten “the short end of the stick,” Sex Pistols founding member Steve Jones decided to write his autobiography.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Music Interview: Tommy Stinson — The Living Embodiment of Rock-and-Roll? by Blake Maddux

Anything Could Happen is a 12-song collection that is as good as anything that a fan could have hoped for from Tommy Stinson.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Music Interview: Kristin Hersh — Making the Best Music of Her Life by Blake Maddux

"There should never have been the cult of the rock star. That just shouldn’t have happened."

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fuse Book Interview: William F. Buckley on TV’s “Firing Line” — “Open to Debate” by Blake Maddux

"Conservatism was his perspective, but William F. Buckley was really interested in having the other side on and having real discussions."

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Music Interview: Jay Ferguson of Sloan — Celebrating “One Chord to Another” by Blake Maddux

"I’d be happy to start making a new record tomorrow, but I don’t know if we’ve all decided what the next move is."

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Fuse Book Review: Altamont — Rock’s Worst Day? by Blake Maddux

As a work of history, a journalistic account, and an astute study of a troubled subculture, Altamont is so engrossing that it almost disarms criticism.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Fuse Music Interview: Rob Sheffield on David Bowie by Blake Maddux

"It might sound a little kooky comparing David Bowie to poet William Butler Yeats, but they had similar pitfalls as artists."

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Fuse Book Review: “How to Listen to Jazz” — A Helpful Earful by Blake Maddux

Readers inspired to take a listening journey from Gioia's historical perspective will benefit greatly from his delineation of jazz's various forms.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Fuse Interview: Talking to Rising Comedian Michael “Myq” Kaplan by Blake Maddux

"There comes a decision-making process where some of the jokes, I’m like, I’m glad I never have to tell that one again."

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Fuse Music Interview: Paul Collins — The Still Reigning King of Power Pop by Blake Maddux

After more than four decades, Paul Collins is still keeping The Beat

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Fuse Music Interview: Country Singer Susan Cattaneo — Making it as a Musician in Boston by Blake Maddux

"I love analyzing songs and finding out what makes them tick and what makes them wonderful."

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fuse Music Interview: The Flamin’ Groovies — “The most famous unknown band in the world” by Blake Maddux

Cyril Jordan of The Flamin' Goovies, which will perform at the Brighton Music Hall tomorrow, talks about smoking pot with Edward Kennedy and impressing The Rolling Stones.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fuse Book Review: “The Law of the Land” — How Geography Influenced the Constitution by Blake Maddux

It is nice to know that there is someone as cultivated and enthusiastic about constitutional history as Professor Akhil Reed Amar.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Fuse Album Review: Singer Songwriter Bryan McPherson — Protester and Performer by Blake Maddux

Bryan McPherson has come a long way from writing songs in the room next to mine in North Cambridge and then busking at Porter and Harvard Squares.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Fuse Music Interview: Andrew Grant Jackson on 1965, Music’s ‘Annus Mirabilis’ by Blake Maddux

1965 was the year in which the leading artists in American and British popular music pushed themselves beyond making albums that mixed covers with subpar originals.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Fuse Book Review: “Shame” — Racism and the Sins of Paternalistic Liberalism by Blake Maddux

According to Shelby Steele, white liberals “dissociate” themselves from the past sins of white America by subscribing to the “poetic truth” that the United States is “characterolog…

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fuse Book Review: “Madison’s Music” — Listen to the Melody of the First Amendment? by Blake Maddux

If James Madison was so verbose that his draft version of the First Amendment could be cut in half, then he can hardly be called an artist with words.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Fuse Books Interview: Heather Cox Richardson on the History of the Republican Party — Going Full Circle by Blake Maddux

In this book, Boston College historian Heather Cox Richardson explores the (d)evolution of the Republican Party from its founding in 1854 through the presidency of George W. Bush.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Fuse Book Review: An Informative Tour of Randy Revolutionary Times by Blake Maddux

This book is a valuable reminder that “the men associated with an era of supposed morality and Christian values of monogamy and marriage have nearly all been linked to infidelity and sex o…

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Fuse Book Interview: JFK, Conservative? by Blake Maddux

In his book, Ira Stoll argues that John F. Kennedy was, "by the standards of both his time and our own, a conservative."

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Fuse Interview: Historian Maureen Ogle on the American Mystique of Meat by Blake Maddux

"If, as a reader, you're expecting the standard rap on meat, then, well, you're in for an unexpected history."

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