Paul Morris is an avid Portland, Oregon record album collector who, in his words, will “share his enthusiasm for the artists who created album covers in the ‘40’s and ‘50’s.” In addition to being a collector of the art, he is a scholar of it. This edition focuses on Everest Records, the last of several new labels that Alex Steinweiss helped launch, […] Continue reading »
“The thing to do is to exploit the meaning of the life you have.”
– Ralph Ellison, 1960[…] Continue reading »
This excerpt from cultural historian Gerald Early’s essay from The Sammy Davis Jr Reader is a provocative reminder of Davis’ important role in breaking down racial barriers, and how the racism he faced led to his rebellion against it that was “couched in terms of seeking the acceptance of whites, but seeking […] Continue reading »
“Great Encounters” are book excerpts that chronicle famous encounters among twentieth-century cultural icons. This edition tells the story of the importance Miles Davis placed on his friendship with boxer Sugar Ray Robinson in 1954, when he was trying to kick his drug addiction.[…] Continue reading »
No amount of hype from the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight could possibly revive contemporary boxing, but it does remind us that it once held a position of prominence in 20th Century America. This photo exhibit is evidence of its sporting (and artistic) significance.
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