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Placebo rediscover cro-magnon relics; culturcide revive 1985; Randy Newman says the past ain't what it used to be

 

10) Blues Poems, edited by Kevin Young (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets) Dozens of poems, from the Harlem Renaissance to the present, not too many songs. Rhythms are sometimes forced, but when they're not--as with Gayle Jones's "Deep Song," or Langston Hughes's "Song for a Dark Girl," a rewrite of "Dixie" as a lynching lyric--it's like a whole literature exhaling. And there are continual surprises, like half-cast spells or whispers of forgotten curses, as with Melvin B. Tolson's late '30s "Sootie Joe," where a minstrel speaks through a chimney sweep: "Somebody has to black hisself up/For somebody else to stay white."

 

Redeemed by "Redemption": Joe Strummer covers Bob Marley on 'Streetcore'
Tori Krimes
Redeemed by "Redemption": Joe Strummer covers Bob Marley on 'Streetcore'

Thanks to Cecily of Radio K for "Combat Baby"

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