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    Jimi Hendrix Wreaks Havoc on the Lulu Show, Gets Banned From the BBC (1969)

    Can you imagine Jimi Hendrix singing a duet with Lulu? Well, neither could Hendrix. So when the...

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    What Did People Eat in Medieval Times? A Video Series and New Cookbook Explain

    A couple days ago, Open Culture’s Ayun Halliday brought us the delightfully amusing medieval comics of...

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    The Creepy 13th-Century Melody That Shows Up in Movies Again & Again: An Introduction to “Dies Irae”

    The number of iconic scenes in cinema history can and do fill textbooks hundreds of pages...

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    Is the Live Music Experience Irreplaceable? Pretty Much Pop #11

    Surely technological advances have made it unnecessary to ever leave the house, right? Is there still...

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    Visit the Homes That Great Architects Designed for Themselves: Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius & Frank Gehry

    However impressive the buildings they design in the eminence of middle- and old age, most architects...

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    John Milton’s Hand Annotated Copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio: A New Discovery by a Cambridge Scholar

    Perhaps the most well-read writer of his time, English poet John Milton “knew the biblical languages,...

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    How Sergio Leone Made Music an Actor in His Spaghetti Westerns, Creating a Perfect Harmony of Sound & Image

    Nearly everyone who's heard music has also received intense feelings from music. "We know that music...

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    Imagined Medieval Comics Illuminate the Absurdities of Modern Life

    In 2005, the U.S. Department of Agriculture revised its famous food pyramid, jettisoning the familiar hierarchical graphic...

  • Discover the Jacobean Traveling Library: The 17th Century Precursor to the Kindle

    Image courtesy of the University at Leeds In the striking image above, you can see an...

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    Watch Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Taking Batting Practice in Strikingly Restored Footage (1931)

    How would Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and other famous ballplayers of bygone eras fare if put...

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    Bob Moog Demonstrates His Revolutionary Moog Model D Synthesizer

    There are far better players of Bob Moog’s wonderous analog synthesizers than Bob Moog himself--from Wendy...

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    Charles Bukowski Explains What Good Writing and the Good Life Have in Common

    I have no politics, I observe. I have no sides except the side of the human...

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    How E.E. Cummings Writes a Poem

    Most of us encounter E.E. Cummings at an early age; his poems for adults regularly appear...

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    How Eric Clapton Created the Classic Song “Layla”

    The story of Eric Clapton and “Layla” has always bothered me because to understand it is...