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Friday, November 15, 2019

Book Review: “The Cult of Trump” — Deprogramming the GOP by Blake Maddux

When someone recommended to Steven Hassan he write a volume called The Cult of Trump, “it just seemed like the most important book I could write, frankly.” The post Book Review: “The C…

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Author Interview: Pulitzer Prize Winner David W. Blight — Speaking of Frederick Douglass in the Witch City by Blake Maddux

"You can read Frederick Douglass forever and still just encounter new things, new ideas, new passages, new phrases. He’s that kind of writer. It’s like reading Emerson or even Shakespear…

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Music Interview:Musician and Writer Robert Forster — Life Before and After The Go-Betweens by Blake Maddux

Robert Forster was apparently spot-on when he proclaimed that The Go-Betweens "were too good for the bloody charts.” The post Music Interview:Musician and Writer Robert Forster — Life Be…

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Author Interview: Tim O’Brien — The Sound of a Father’s Voice by Blake Maddux

I wanted to give my kids this gift of a book about them and for them. The post Author Interview: Tim O’Brien — The Sound of a Father’s Voice appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Music Interview: Talking to Rocker Amy Rigby — Musician Turned Author by Blake Maddux

“I’ve put out records by myself before, but this is like 10 times the work!” The post Music Interview: Talking to Rocker Amy Rigby — Musician Turned Author appeared first on The Arts…

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Monday, September 30, 2019

Author Interview: Will Birch Talks about Nick Lowe — Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Bassist, and Cult Figure by Blake Maddux

Will Birch's biography Cruel to Be Kind effortlessly details the six decade career of rocker Nick Lowe. The post Author Interview: Will Birch Talks about Nick Lowe — Singer, Songwriter, Pr…

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Music Interview: Mike Adams At His Honest Weight — Curb Your Skepticism by Blake Maddux

“Honest weight” has more to with like karats of gold, maybe. The “weight” being the value of something. It kind of alludes to that a little bit. The post Music Interview: Mike Adams …

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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Rock Feature: Roger Daltrey of The Who — How Can He Afford to Tour? by Blake Maddux

If there is any theme that runs throughout the story of Roger Daltrey’s life as he tells it, it’s that he has always needed more money to – as he so folksily puts it – “pay the bil…

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Book Interview: Jay Wexler on the State of “Our Non-Christian Nation” by Blake Maddux

The book deals with how Atheists, Wiccans, Summums, Muslims, and Satanists “fought to have their voices heard” in communities dominated by Christians and others who were skeptical of the…

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Rock Interview: Nils Lofgren — Being “Blue With Lou” by Blake Maddux

"Since the late ‘60s I’ve been up and down the Northeast corridor, and Boston’s always one of our favorite stops." The post Rock Interview: Nils Lofgren — Being “Blue With Lou” a…

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Book Review: “The Ideas That Made America” — Not Made in America by Blake Maddux

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen’s The Ideas That Made America makes for an exciting, if quicksilver, tour through intellectual history. The post Book Review: “The Ideas That Made America” …

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Rock Preview: A Salute to the New Wave That Followed on the Heels of the First Wave by Blake Maddux

Dino Cattaneo saw an opportunity to mark another ruby anniversary with the help of “killer” – his word of choice – local artists. The post Rock Preview: A Salute to the New Wave Tha…

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Rock Album Review: Juliana Hatfield’s “Weird” — In Customary Fine Form by Blake Maddux

Overall, Juliana Hatfield's Weird is closer to good than to great. The post Rock Album Review: Juliana Hatfield’s “Weird” — In Customary Fine Form appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Book Interview: Tina Cassidy on the Woman Who Made Women’s Sufferage Happen by Blake Maddux

Tina Cassidy talks about her revealing and enjoyable new book about how a woman’s right to vote became enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. The post Book Interview: Tina Cassidy on the Woma…

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Music Interview: Martin Phillipps of The Chills by Blake Maddux

It would appear that Martin Phillipps and company are experiencing a late-career renaissance that bodes well for their future. The post Music Interview: Martin Phillipps of The Chills appear…

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Music Interview: Talking With Colin Blunstone — Post-Zombies by Blake Maddux

"It’s a very exciting prospect that your peers think your worthy to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame." The post Music Interview: Talking With Colin Blunstone — Post-Zo…

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Rock, Pop, and Folk Feature: Favorite Albums of 2018 — The Delightful Dozen by Blake Maddux

Here are 12 albums that come out in 2018 that I liked.

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Book Interview: The Story of Robert Pollard and Guided By Voices by Blake Maddux

The author’s combination of knowledge and experience has resulted in a boisterous chronicle of one of indie rock’s least probable but most luminous and unremitting stars.

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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Book Interview: Robert W. Fieseler on the legacy of the “Tinderbox” by Blake Maddux

The first book on the largest mass killing of gays and lesbians in the United States until the 2016 massacre at Pulse.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Music Interview: Thomas Dolby — Music, Entrepreneurship, and Academia. by Blake Maddux

"Rather than encourage the machines to behave like machines, I chose to find ways to sort of use them to create a very cinematic and atmospheric soundscapes."

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Book Review: “Dreaming The Beatles” — A Missed Opportunity by Blake Maddux

Rob Sheffield seemed to have promised a whale of an original tale but delivered only a few goldfish.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Music Interview: Jesse Colin Young and his Boston Roots by Blake Maddux

Jesse Colin Young's best material is worthy of favorable comparisons to Tom Rush, Gordon Lightfoot, and the unrelated Neil Young.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Pop Rock CD Review: Sloan’s “12” — By Jove, they’ve done it again! by Blake Maddux

Sloan is a brand that stands for high-quality, retro-flavored pop that is rarely hackneyed or derivative.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Book/Music Feature: “Astral Weeks: A Secret History of 1968” by Blake Maddux

Dedham native and Boston University graduate Ryan H. Walsh wanted to learn more about the local connections to what he calls his “favorite album of all time.”

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Music Interview: Vancouver’s Dan Bejar, Leader of the band Destroyer by Blake Maddux

"There’s not too many people wanting their money back, thinking that they’re at a Pig Destroyer show or Destroyer 666."

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Book Interview: Why Does Bob Dylan Matter? by Blake Maddux

"I see him as the greatest artist of the English language, it happens to be in song, of the second half of the 20th century.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Music Interview: Badfinger’s “Straight Up” — Live and Complete by Blake Maddux

"Playing with John Lennon was a big deal. He was very cool and very nice. Very much like the John Lennon that you imagine, you know."

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Music/Book Interview: Ann Powers — On Love, Sex, and Popular Music by Blake Maddux

“As morality shifts,” NPR's Ann Powers writes, “music does, too, helping people navigate those boundaries.”

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Book Interview: Danny Goldberg on the Essence of Hippiness by Blake Maddux

"To me, '67 was a year that was different from what came after it."

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Music Interview: Matthew Sweet — Power Pop Master by Blake Maddux

Matthew Sweet and Tommy Keene return to town to brighten the Music Hall in Allston.

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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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