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SOUND GRAMMAR: THE BEST ALBUMS OF 2015

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

By Jeffrey St Clair of CounterPunch Kamasi Washington: The Epic (Brainfeeder) LA tenor man Kamasi Washington’s daringly encyclopedic record, backed by a big band and choir, struck me with the same force that Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew did the first time I dropped the needle on that revolutionary album. The Epic ...

THE RISE AND FALL OF DEATH ROW RECORDS

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

With Straight Outta Compton just out in the cinemas, Jeffrey St Clair revisits S Leigh Savidge and Jeff Scheftel's 2001 documentary, Welcome To Death Row, the label that came after NWA and housed three of hip-hop's biggest stars - Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur and Dr Dre. In the end, although ...

THE BUDDHA OF THE BLUES

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Click here to Tie A Yellow Ribbon For Amos Yee. Free 16-year-old prisoner of conscience Amos Yee: The $ingapore authorities must immediately and unconditionally release teenager Amos Yee, who is facing a minimum of 18 months of reformative training after criticising the late $ingapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew online. - ...

CHARLIE HADEN: THE GREAT LIBERATOR

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

You have to be fearless to be an artist. The life of the late bassist Charlie Haden (August 6, 1937 - July 11, 2014) was punctuated with many such moments. He recorded tunes to his leftist heroes, formed the Liberation Music Orchestra, toured outside of the usual jazz circuits, got ...

THE ECONOMICS OF CONTEMPT

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Well, the first black president of America is not much different from the bush before him. Statistic after statistic offers evidence that black Americans aren't doing any better today. What's going on? By Jeffrey St Clair. If it's spring, it must be time for Barack Obama's annual drive-by of black America, ...

100 BEST NON-FICTION BOOKS OF THE 20th CENTURY (AND BEYOND) IN ENGLISH

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

As the clock clicked down on the arrival of the new millennium, Alex and I were bemused at the spate of “100 best of the century lists” pouring forth from the New York Times, the New Yorker, Salon, the Guardian and other liberal publications. The lists were predictable and not ...

THE 10 BEST ALBUMS OF 2011

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Out Of Bounds magazine calls CounterPunch "America's Best Political Newsletter". Here, CounterPunch's co-editor Jeffrey St Clair surveys the past year's music releases. MILES DAVIS QUINTET Live in Europe ’67 [Columbia] Long-awaited release of five live gigs (two captured on DVD) by the second Miles Davis Quintet recorded at the band’s creative apogee. ...

OCCUPY THE SYSTEM

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Things are getting really weird around here. In hundreds of cities people are finding their voice. And we are all listening. Has the inequality gap just become too intolerable - especially to those 99% who see only a future of mindless toil and crippling debt? Is the democratic system as we ...

THE MASTERS OF PERFIDY

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

When AIG crashed in 2008, it turned sheepishly to the insurer of last resort for rescue: the U.S. government, and "too big to fail" became the mantra of the bailout. And the U.S. government was so sympathetic to the plight of these corporate titans that it sanctioned more than US$450 ...