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  • Birthplace of rock 'n' roll? Memphis has plenty of evidence in its favor

    Birthplace of rock 'n' roll? Memphis has plenty of evidence in its favor
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - This port city on the Mississippi River calls itself the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. Its credentials? The Memphis Recording Service, forerunner of Sun Studio, in 1951 recorded "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, which some people say was the first rock 'n' roll record.
  • Lupe Fiasco a voice of reason amid the violence

    Lupe Fiasco a voice of reason amid the violence
    For Lupe Fiasco, it was in some ways a heartbreaking year. In an interview last summer with MTV he broke down as he watched a 2006 video of himself and friends in his old West Side neighborhood, the laughter and easy camaraderie undercut by the...

    Album review: Alabama Shakes, 'Boys & Girls' ✭✭✭

    Album review: Alabama Shakes, 'Boys & Girls' ✭✭✭
    3 stars (out of 4) This still-green quartet was just a small-town northern Alabama bar band a year ago. Now Alabama Shakes is one of the most talked-about new rock acts thanks in part to some good fortune (an early anointing by Drive By Truckers’...

    Australian film 'The Sapphires' finds its American soul

    Australian film 'The Sapphires' finds its American soul
    "The Sapphires," which opens Friday, is the crowd-pleasing, based-on-actual-people story of four young Aboriginal women who team up with a male Irish manager and perform for American troops in Vietnam, so it's covering its bases internationally. The...

    Aretha Franklin, America and the origin of the 'spirit feel'

    Aretha Franklin, America and the origin of the 'spirit feel'
    The gospel-truth, if you believe most of the history books: Aretha Franklin didn’t really find her true voice until she began working with producer Jerry Wexler at Atlantic Records in 1967. "My idea was to make good tracks, use the best players,...