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15 Minutes with You: Lou Reed, 1942-2013

“Ah, baby, you’re so vicious…” Reading on Facebook today that Lou Reed had died, I had one of those visceral reactions. I literally felt it in my gut. It was as though someone had punched me. Hard. With a flower. Lou Reed was too tough to die. He was too gentle to die. He was…

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Open Letter to the Randolph County Board of “Education”

Earlier this morning, I sent the following letter to the Randolph County Board of “Education.” For those who haven’t read the news, this board voted to ban Ralph Ellison’s literary classic Invisible Man from the schools’ reading list. For me, this terrible decision was very personal. I was educated in the small Randolph County town of Asheboro. So, I…

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Mark Kemp (from Wikipedia)

Mark Segal Kemp (born April 10, 1960, Asheboro, North Carolina) is an American music journalist and author. A graduate of East Carolina University, he has served as music editor of Rolling Stone and vice president of music editorial for MTV Networks. In 1997 he received a Grammy nomination for his liner notes to the CD…