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April 2016

New Kids on the Block Week – Day 5: Video Vault: A Tale of Two “Please Don’t Go Girl”s

TO CELEBRATE THE RECENT RELEASE OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  HANGIN’ TOUGH, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE FOURTH AND FINAL INSTALLMENT OF NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK WEEK BY AUTHOR REBECCA WALLWORK! In my book, one of the main factors I consider when exploring why Hangin’ Tough was so successful is the music videos. Blockheads are intimately familiar […]

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New Kids on the Block Week – Day 4: How Hangin’ Tough Hit It Big: An Interview with Charlie Walk

TO CELEBRATE THE RECENT RELEASE OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  HANGIN’ TOUGH, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE THIRD INSTALLMENT OF NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK WEEK BY AUTHOR REBECCA WALLWORK! Something that surprised me in the research for my book on Hangin’ Tough was the notion that the album’s label, Columbia (part of what was then CBS

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New Kids on the Block Week – Day 2: Somebody Said Somebody

TO CELEBRATE THE RECENT RELEASE OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  HANGIN’ TOUGH, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE SECOND INSTALLMENT OF NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK WEEK BY AUTHOR REBECCA WALLWORK! “New Kids on the Block sucked a lot of dick / Boy-girl groups make me sick.” — Eminem, “Marshall Mathers” The year was 1989 and the U.S.

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New Kids on the Block Week – Day 1: My name is Rebecca, and I’m a Blockhead

TO CELEBRATE THE RECENT RELEASE OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  HANGIN’ TOUGH, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK WEEK BY AUTHOR REBECCA WALLWORK! Before New Kids, my friends and I had crushes on boys in higher grades, guys who never gave us the time of day. These five guys from

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Grateful Dead Week – Day 5: Video Vault: “Hard to Handle”

TO CELEBRATE THE RECENT RELEASE OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  WORKINGMAN’S DEAD, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE FIFTH AND FINAL INSTALLMENT OF GRATEFUL DEAD WEEK BY AUTHOR BUZZ POOLE! Unlike the bounty of high-quality audio recordings of the Grateful Dead from 1969 and 1970 – the Workingman’s Dead era – decent video footage from that time is

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Grateful Dead Week – Day 4: On Seeing and Feeling the Dead Live

TO CELEBRATE TODAY’S RELEASE OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  WORKINGMAN’S DEAD, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE FOURTH INSTALLMENT OF GRATEFUL DEAD WEEK BY AUTHOR BUZZ POOLE! Okay, by now you get it – I love Workingman’s Dead and I love the Grateful Dead. My passion isn’t so blinding, however, that I can’t accept that this distinctive body

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Grateful Dead Week – Day 3: Day of the Dead

TO CELEBRATE TOMORROW’S RELEASE OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  WORKINGMAN’S DEAD, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE THIRD INSTALLMENT OF GRATEFUL DEAD WEEK BY AUTHOR BUZZ POOLE! Covering the Grateful Dead has been its own cottage industry since before Jerry Garcia died in 1995. Back in 1991, Deadicated featured a cast of seemingly unusual suspects offering up their

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Grateful Dead Week – Day 1: Excerpt from Workingman’s Dead

TO CELEBRATE THIS WEEK’S RELEASE (APRIL 21st) OF OUR 33 1/3 ON  WORKINGMAN’S DEAD, WE’RE PLEASED TO BRING YOU THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF GRATEFUL DEAD WEEK BY AUTHOR BUZZ POOLE! THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM  GRATEFUL DEAD’S WORKINGMAN’S DEAD. COPYRIGHT © 2016 BY BUZZ POOLE. In 1934, with the publication of American Ballads and Folk Songs, father and

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