Merle Haggard’s Okie from Muskogee

Okie from Muskogee Rachel Lee Rubin takes us inside Merle Haggard’s career, the controversy and innovation of Okie from Muskogee, and the mark Haggard left on country music. Merle Haggard’s Okie from Muskogee is now available—grab your copy here. In this post I want to introduce my book about Merle Haggard’s most controversial album, Okie from Muskogee: Live from Muskogee, Oklahoma, an album noteworthy above all for the way its title cut energized numerous important national conversations. Almost exactly two years ago Haggard, a Bakersfield country music legend, died on April…

Andrew W.K. & You’re Not Alone: In Solidarity and In Celebration

On the release date of Andrew W.K.’s new album, and just over a week after he was named the American Association of Suicidology’s Person of the Year, author Phillip Crandall reflects on the significant messages AWK’s music holds for us all. Last week, the American Association of Suicidology named Andrew W.K. their 2018 Person of the Year, an award Andrew accepted with genuine, validating humility on behalf of: – “every person who has struggled and overcome, and struggled and fallen — for I have been both” – “every person who’s…