It is a startling image to match a startling tale. The soon-to-be-released autobiography of Samantha Geimer, raped at age 13 by director Roman Polanski, is gaining attention for its cover as well as its content.
ONE TRUE VINE Mavis Staples (Warner) The second collaboration between soul great Mavis Staples and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, like the first, owes as much to Tweedy’s deft guidance and production skills as it does to Staples’ power-punch vocals. He manages to plug into the emotional centre of a singer bought up on gospel, who became a powerful voice for the US civil rights movement.
Almost four years after his shocking death, the bizarre life and sorry demise of Michael Jackson will play out again in a US$40 billion civil trial that pits the singer’s family against the organisers of a musical comeback that never happened.
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The drug-related violence in Mexico is harrowing and depressing. It poses a growing danger to Mexican civil society, the Mexican economy and the U.S
Post-Civil War America was a graceless murk of brownstones, soft-coal soot and ungainly walnut furniture.
“Wanted: Employment as mercenary on full-time or job contract basis.
FOLK SINGING Anything called a hootenanny ought to be shot on sight, but the whole country is having one. A hootenanny is to folk singing what a jam session is to jazz and all over the U.S
It was the final act in what Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper called “one of the biggest acts of civil disobedience in modern times.” Chafing under a court order that banned the press from naming a top player with an English soccer club who was alleged to have had an affair with a reality TV star, Britons took to Twitter. By May 21, details of the affair had been leaked so widely on the internet that over 50,000 users had tweeted the name of the player: Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs.
“Welcome to Memphis,” boomed Ben Outlaw, the airport Hertz rental car bus driver, over the speaker system, “home of barbeque, the Civil Rights Museum, riverboats, Graceland and the 100-year flood. You can’t beat that!” Indeed, regional tourists flocked to Memphis on Monday as the Mississippi River began to crest at 48 ft