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There’s not a word in the English language to describe how cool Slim Gaillard was.


Victor Young and his Singing Strings

Tolkien’s First Monsters

Even before Gollum, Shelob, and the Nazgul, JRR Tolkien had monsters on the brain.

Drum Boogie…Revisited.

When you wanted a rare or even obscure 78, Records Revisited on West 33rd in New York was your place. Unless, that is, it ...

The Times They Are a-Changin’

Bob Dylan's own lyrics gave him pause on the evening of November 23, 1963.


Wicked author Gregory Maguire did much to elicit sympathy for the Wicked Witch of the West.

Buskers Unite!

Some virtuoso musicians hone their craft with classical training in gilded music halls. And some…some take to the streets.

A Grand And Glorious Feeling

Jack Hylton would become one of Britain’s foremost bandleaders, but got his start in barrooms…at the age of 8.


John Gielgud reads Ozymandias, from Columbia’s 1939 “Voices of Poetry” collection.

Open, Parachute!

The history books are full of names of inventors who have, through struggle and determination, brought innovation to humankind. But what of those who ...

100 Years of Woody Guthrie – The Ballad of October 16th

Beethoven vs. Napoleon

Beethoven initially considered Napoleon a kindred spirit; indeed, they were more or less the same age, grew up in modest households, and neither had ...
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