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Rock songs that first had the blues

Flavorwire put up eight famous rock hits that were originally blues songs.

“every monster is a person who has stopped pretending”: Colson Whitehead talks zombies at Edinburgh international book festival

MacArthur “genius” Colson Whitehead is one of several writers who has recently incorporated zombies into their work. Whitehead discusses the influence the genre has had on him, and explains that experimenting within it allowed him “to tap into universal ideas about survival and trauma.”

Fifth annual Outside Lands a celebration of music and “all that is the Bay Area”

This year’s Outside Lands music festival featured local food, drink, and art, and boasted performances by Bay Area acts Neil Young and Metallica who, as frontman James Hetfield announced mid-set, were “very grateful to be playing in the backyard of the greatest city.” This year’s line-up also included a surprise appearance by Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, who joined Norah Jones onstage during her rendition of the Dead’s “It Must Have Been the Roses.”


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