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Why Is Pop Culture So Obsessed With the Past?

Sunday, April 05, 2015

How come many of the latest pop songs sound as if they could have been released decades ago? Music journalist Simon Reynolds tells Steve Paulson that our obsession with our immediate past could get in the way of future creativity.

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The Thin Line Between Inspiration and Imitation

Sunday, April 05, 2015

The recent "Blurred Lines" copyright decision has again raised questions about the limits of copyright law, and the disinction between inspiration and imitation. UCLA law professor Kal Raustiala believes the verdict sets a risky precedent for artists and misunderstands the way the creative process works.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Why Is Pop Culture So Obsessed With The Past?

Sunday, April 05, 2015

How come many of the latest pop songs sound as if they could have been released decades ago? Music journalist Simon Reynolds tells Steve Paulson that our obsession with our immediate past could get in the way of future creativity.

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Infographic: Rock and Pop Hits of Summer 1993

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Here's a look at the pop, dance, and rock hits that made Billboard's 1993 end-of-year "Hot 100" list. Billy Joel's,  "The River of Dreams," Soul Asylum's, "Runaway Train," and Michael Jackson's, "Will You Be There," are among the timeless classics and one-hit wonders highlighted below that graced the airwaves during the summer of 1993. Check out pics of all the pop and rock artists that made the list and brush up on details for songs released during the summer. (Details include position on the Billboard list, artist name, song title and single release date). 

Rock/pop hits, summer '93

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New Angle On The 'Man In The Mirror'

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Music writer Bill Wyman reviewed Untouchable, a new book about Michael Jackson, for The New Yorker and joins us with his take.

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