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  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Review: Music of the Wild West

    The Music of the Wild West produced by John McEuen,Varese Sarabande Records, Studio City, Calif., 2007, $13.98. One of the best things about the 1993 10-hour documentary series The Wild West was the award-winning music produced by John...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Review: Smithsonian Folkways

    Smithsonian Folkways Ralph Rinzler Archives Jeff Place spends most of his waking hours communing with Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lead Belly, Big Bill Broonzy and hundreds of regular folks whose voices and music were preserved for...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Book Review: Playing the Changes

    Playing the Changes: Milt Hinton’s Life in Stories and Photographs Milt Hinton, with David Berger and Holly Maxson, Vanderbilt, 384 pp., 260 photos, $75 Milt Hinton spanned much jazz history. He also changed it: The master of the...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Look Away Dixie Land

    The song’s origins are murky, and its lyrics border on nonsensical. In its lifetime it has invigorated dance hall drunks, given zest to presidential campaigns and inspired military ardor with partisan lyrics. It’s also been abhorred by...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    America’s Civil War Letters from Readers- November 2009

    Head and shoulders I thought your readers would like to know that the picture of Abraham Lincoln on p. 65 of the September 2009 issue is a fake. Lincoln’s head has been placed on the body of Francis P. Blair Jr., the U.S. senator from...

  • American History Magazine

    The Day the Music Died

    Buddy Holly’s death 50 years ago forced a generation to confront its mortality. Every night brought the same relentless dream. She went to sleep, knowing he waited, still her husband, forever young, with his life spread before him. Then...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Review: Music

    Let Freedom Sing: The Music of the Civil Rights Movement TimeLife, 3 CDs, $44.98  Spanning 70 years of soulful sounds driving (and growing out of) the struggle for African-American equality, these 58 tunes include the self-evident...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: Rock ’n’ Roll Soldier

    Rock ’n’ Roll Soldier, A Memoir by Dean Ellis Kohler with Susan VanHecke, HarperCollins, 2009 In a famous Bill Mauldin cartoon from World War II, a U.S. Army infantryman says to an engineer laboring to lay a useable road in the mud:...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Book Review: W.C. Handy

    W.C. Handy: The Life and Times of the Man Who Made the Blues by David Robertson; Knopf That William Christopher Handy insisted on anointing himself the “father of the blues” has been seen since his death in 1958 at age 84 as canny...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Review: The Jazz Loft Project

    The Jazz Loft Project New York Public Library for the Performing Arts The Jazz Loft Project by Sam Stephenson; Knopf Eugene Smith was a driven, supremely talented man who wanted his photography to change the world—and it did. At his...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    CWT Review: Kilted Warriors

    Kilted Warriors: Music of the 79th New York Volunteer Infantry CD by the 79th Regimental Band, Field Music and Bagpipes, Celtboy Records, Ltd, celtboy.org The 79th New York Volunteer Infantry was primarily made up of Americans of Scottish...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam News- August 2011

    More Names Added to Memory Book and The Wall AT THE ANNUAL Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s Memory Day ceremony at The Wall on April 18, 93 Vietnam veterans who died prematurely because of the war, but who did not meet the Department of...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    She Spurns the Northern Scum!

    Politically incorrect lyrics in our state songs change slower than the times. Although most of us wouldn’t know it, all 50 states have their own songs—some official, some not. The tunes, lyrics and level of sophistication vary as much...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Civil War Today- August 2011

    First Sesquicentennial Stamps Released The first in a series of “Forever” stamps commemorating the 150th anniversary of the war are now available from your local post office. Two 1861 events, the bombardment of Fort Sumter and the...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Arms and Men: Pump Up the Volume

    From trumpets at Jericho to Eminem at Fallujah, music and sound have been valuable weapons. Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore leads his helicopter gunships in over the beach. Loudspeakers on the choppers blast Richard Wagner’s “The Ride...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    God Bless America in Vietnam

    A logistics officer’s mundane quest for supplies found uncommon goodwill and true heroes. In late fall 1967, I was assigned to the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) as an adviser to the South Vietnamese Army and local militia....