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Marvel in the Pink, Supports Breasts

Marvel in the Pink, Supports Breasts

By sdsichero in News with Benefits on June 26, 2012

Marvel Entertainment will be pairing up with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure in October and showing a pink front. For that month covers for many popular books will have pink-themed variants. Also, all Marvel super hero titles that month will have a special one-page advertorial educating readers about breast cancer.

Rave Ups:  It Still Moves by Amanda Petrusich

Rave Ups: It Still Moves by Amanda Petrusich

By in Blog on June 26, 2012

Published by Faber & Faber in 2008, It Still Moves is one part road trip dairy, one part cultural study, and one part musicological thesis.  The author Amanda Petrusich a contributing writer for Pitchfork.com and tons of other music publications.  She has also written one other book:  Pink Moon (about the classic Nick Drake album of the same name) as a part of the 33 1/3 series by Continuum Books.  I found her writing to be well thought out, organized, and meticulously researched.  She uses a well planned road trip to a string of important musical destinations as a vehicle to parcel the more historical/factual info in as a story.   The travel portion of the book does come off as a little forced at times, as she very obviously tried to make the best of a few of the less than inspirational experiences at a few of the featured locations.  Overall the book does a wonderful job at delivering a full/wide view of American Music, hitting all the cornerstones of what “Americana” is thought of, including The Blues, Country, Folk, and the more recent interpretations and combinations of the those styles. The book is composed of 17 parts including an introduction and epilogue. Here is a rough guide to what they cover: Intro – Just that, acts to identify what the book is going to try to accomplish which is mainly to discover just what “Americana” is. Chapter 1 – Examination of the American Highway, and how that relates to American music. Chapter 2 – Focuses on the history of the Blues kicked off with a visit to Beale Street in Memphis Tennessee. Chapter 3 – Sam Phillips, Sun Records, and the birth of Rock N Roll also in Memphis. Chapter 4 – Elvis Presley and his impact on popular music with a visit to Graceland. Chapter 5 – Further examination of the Blues through travels to Clarksdale Mississippi. Chapter 6 – Country music by way of Nashville Tennessee. Chapter 7 – Alternative Country Chapter 8 – Continued travels through Virginia and Kentucky. Chapter 9 – Minstrel shows and early radio. Chapter 10 – Appalachian folk music, The Carter Family, and early Country music. Chapter 11 – Americana by way of Cracker Barrel. Chapter 12 – John Lomax, Leadbelly, Moses Asch, and Folkways Records. Chapter 13 – Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music and Smithsonian Folkways. Chapter 14 – Woody Guthrie, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, and the Folk revival of the 1960s. Chapter 15 – Independent Folk. Epilogue – Continued ruminations on the definition of Americana. The driving question here is “What is Americana?”, which I think is an important one to ask.   Although I’m not sure the book fully answers it, then again I’m not sure any book can or should try.  Americana, at least when it relates to music, is just one of those terms that is too complicated to define.  Whenever you are trying to precisely define a label that is used as a shortcut to describe an art form you inevitably will get your self into trouble.  It is a journal full of pitfalls, contradictions,  and personal opinion.  Although I personally often fall back on the genre/sub-genre/style labels in my writing, I try not to be restrictive with my labels when setting something in stone.  Take Neil Young for instance, can you really say he is strictly a “country-rock” artist?  If you do, you are completely omitting all of his work that does not exactly fit into that label.  I prefer to keep it simple and classify things in general terms like Pop/Rock. Just for fun here is a link to the Webster Dictionary definition of Americana. I would also like to offer a playlist of music that is directly mentioned in the book or inspired by the books subject. Originally Pubished at:

Mars Attacks Sells Out, Destroying Comic Book Industry

Mars Attacks Sells Out, Destroying Comic Book Industry

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on June 25, 2012

IDW's Mars Attacks has been successfull, validating the publishing strategy of printing 56 variant covers for a comic book.

Salvador Larroca and X-Treme X-Men Prove that Wolverine's Gun is Bigger Than Yours

Salvador Larroca and X-Treme X-Men Prove that Wolverine's Gun is Bigger Than Yours

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on June 25, 2012

Marvel plugs a hole for titles starring Wolverine with X-Treme X-Men, bursting out of the pages of Astonishing X-Men.

Justice League Dark #10 preview

Justice League Dark #10 preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on June 25, 2012

Welcome to The House Of Mystery !

Some Digital Numbers to Chew On

Some Digital Numbers to Chew On

By Christian Hoffer in News with Benefits on June 25, 2012

An analysis of Comixology's 2011 and 2012 sales.

Kick-Ass Movie Sequel News

Kick-Ass Movie Sequel News

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on June 25, 2012

Some new details have emerged about the upcoming Kick-Ass movie sequel.

Valiant: Archer & Armstrong #1 Preview

Valiant: Archer & Armstrong #1 Preview

By Royal Nonesuch in Previews on June 25, 2012

Take a look at this five page lettered preview of Archer & Armstrong from Valiant Comics!

Green Lantern: New Guardians #10 preview

Green Lantern: New Guardians #10 preview

By IvCNuB4 in News with Benefits on June 25, 2012

"The Fall Of The Blue Lanterns" !

The Legend of Korra 1.11 & 12: Skeletons in the Closet/Endgame

The Legend of Korra 1.11 & 12: Skeletons in the Closet/Endgame

By Zechs in Reviews on June 25, 2012

The season finale is here and it's all come down to Korra vs. Amon!

Firestorm #10 preview

Firestorm #10 preview

By IvCNuB4 in Previews on June 25, 2012

Bow Before Raksashi !

SDCC: Wolverine - Victim of War?

SDCC: Wolverine - Victim of War?

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on June 25, 2012

Will Wolverine's grievous burn wounds ever heal?

SDCC: Thor - This is War?

SDCC: Thor - This is War?

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on June 25, 2012

Marvel has sent out a Thor-related teaser for the Amazing Spider-Man panel at San Diego Comic Con.

Marvel's Gay Wedding Causes Massive Homosexual Outbreak in San Francisco

Marvel's Gay Wedding Causes Massive Homosexual Outbreak in San Francisco

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on June 25, 2012

Astonishing X-Men #51 came out just last week, but it has already caused a major increase in homosexual activity, particularly in San Francisco.

Guillem March Responds to Catwoman Controversy

Guillem March Responds to Catwoman Controversy

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on June 25, 2012

Guillem March takes a stand against those who spoke out against his anatomically correct Catwoman cover.

The Newsroom: “We Just Decided To” – Episode 1 Review

The Newsroom: “We Just Decided To” – Episode 1 Review

By 365Dom in Reviews on June 25, 2012

Who else is excited to watch the news, now?

Just a Little More Blud: Who Watches the Comic Strip Men?

Just a Little More Blud: Who Watches the Comic Strip Men?

By SuperginraiX in Webcomics on June 25, 2012

After our black and white prequel, we get the Blud in full color glory!

Savage Hawkman #10 preview

Savage Hawkman #10 preview

By IvCNuB4 in News with Benefits on June 24, 2012

"Thirsty For Blood"

Voodoo #10 preview

Voodoo #10 preview

By IvCNuB4 in News with Benefits on June 23, 2012

Voodoo in bondage !

Dave Gibbons' and Madefire's Digital Comics Platform Raises Questions About the Future of Comics

Dave Gibbons' and Madefire's Digital Comics Platform Raises Questions About the Future of Comics

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on June 23, 2012

Madefire may have created a truly innovative new way to create and read digital comics... but you'll need an iPad if you want to read them.

C'Mon Now: The Marriage of Storm and Black Panther

C'Mon Now: The Marriage of Storm and Black Panther

By Linwood Knight, Greg DAE in Features on June 23, 2012

Linwood Knight and Greg DAE discuss the marriage of Marvel Comic's Storm and Black Panther.

Powers on FX: Still Not Dead

Powers on FX: Still Not Dead

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on June 22, 2012

The Powers TV show on FX is still in development. Just so you know.

Going to HeroesCon This Weekend?  So is Valiant!

Going to HeroesCon This Weekend? So is Valiant!

By Royal Nonesuch in News with Benefits on June 22, 2012

Take a look at Valiant's schedule for this weekend's HeroesCon!

Aquaman #10 preview

Aquaman #10 preview

By IvCNuB4 in News with Benefits on June 22, 2012

VOSTOK-X arrives on Earth !

Adam Kubert's Avengers Vs. X-Men #8 Cover Proves Cyclops Was Right

Adam Kubert's Avengers Vs. X-Men #8 Cover Proves Cyclops Was Right

By Jude Terror in News with Benefits on June 22, 2012

Finally, definitive proof in the ongoing debate that the X-Men are right in Avengers vs. X-Men!

Contest: Win a Brand X With Russell Brand Poster (and get some free swag too)

Contest: Win a Brand X With Russell Brand Poster (and get some free swag too)

By Royal Nonesuch in Features on June 22, 2012

Enter to win a poster from FX, as well as a gift card, to celebrate the premiere of Brand X With Russell Brand!

VS.! - Creators' Rights

VS.! - Creators' Rights

By Jude Terror in Features on June 22, 2012

GHERU returns to VS.! to face newcomer Xaraan in a battle to the death over the touchy subject of creators' rights!

DC Needs More Opinions about the New 52

DC Needs More Opinions about the New 52

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on June 22, 2012

Nielsen is doing another survey for DC.

Mark Millar to Receive Doctorate of Gratuitous , Over the Top Violence

Mark Millar to Receive Doctorate of Gratuitous , Over the Top Violence

By ThanosCopter in News with Benefits on June 22, 2012

Another Scottish writer is receiving an honorary title. 

Marvel Preview: MARVEL ZOMBIES DESTROY! #4

Marvel Preview: MARVEL ZOMBIES DESTROY! #4

By PREVIEWtron in Previews on June 22, 2012

Courtesy of Marvel Comics, here's an advance preview of MARVEL ZOMBIES DESTROY! #4, in stores on 06/27/2012!

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