I’d never thought much about the hit 1982 tune by California rock band Toto. “Africa” had always kind of just been there. But one day, seemingly apropos of nothing, the song sprung itself on me and I was hooked.
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From September 3, 2016, to September 16, 2017, no solo women scored a No. 1 single in the U.S. Almost coinciding with the beginnings of the Trump era, this was the longest stretch of No. 1 singles without a solo lead woman artist in decades.
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Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, William Burroughs, Richard Wagner, Sid Vicious, V. S. Naipaul, John Galliano, Norman Mailer, Ezra Pound, Caravaggio, Floyd Mayweather, though if we start listing athletes we’ll never stop.
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The 50th anniversary of Rolling Stone magazine has arrived, and not without fanfare. Joe Hagan’s biography of co-founder Jann Wenner appeared in October to stellar reviews, and earlier this month, HBO aired Alex Gibney’s documentary film about the magazine’s history.
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Bill Waggoner, a longtime email marketer who the Las Vegas Review Journal called a “spam king” in 2003, recently found himself in an ironic situation: He became so inundated with robocalls that he was forced to change his phone number.
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This week, rapper Lil Peep died of a suspected overdose. Hip-hop has always been open about recreational drug use – but how did constant references to depression and prescription painkillers move into the mainstream?
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There’s a moment in “The Autobiography of Gucci Mane,” the thirty-seven-year-old rapper’s literary début, that neatly captures one of its more surprising themes: his struggle to be seen.
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