Opinion

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Rage rocker Morello: "This is a union town" (with video)

Tom Morello's solo act saw his return to political activism through music after a year of playing with apolitical rock band Audioslave.

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Song and struggle: "Hold the Fort"

With its pro-union and military themes and its emphasis on solidarity, the song reflected the experience of the embattled working class.

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Song and struggle: “The Internationale"

This is the first installment of what is intended to be a series on the rich left-wing musical tradition.

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"American Idol" is a slice of America

If you're not into "American Idol" and think it has no place in this publication, stop reading now, and direct your anti-popular culture comments and criticisms elsewhere.

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Pete Postlethwaite gave us the great “Brassed Off”

The great British actor Pete Postlethwaite, who died of cancer Jan. 2 at 64, starred in one of the most progressive films that came out of England in the 1990s.

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Lead Belly: A stunning life in pictures

"Good Night Irene" is one of the best-known songs in American culture. A new book gives us a chance to know the man who wrote it.

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Communism at the opera

Communism has taken over the stage at the Los Angeles Opera, and soon will be occupying opera houses in Vienna and Paris!

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Metal musicians fight for better world

In recent years, musicians have begun to weigh in on important social, economic, and especially environmental issues.

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Irwin Silber, a craftsman of the folk revival, dies at 84

Irwin Silber, the primary craftsman of the urban folk song revival, died Sept. 8.

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The global pop militancy of M.I.A.

Some on the left may dismiss her as indulging in postmodern "identity politics" - M.I.A. herself has said that her work explores her "otherness."

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