Episode #1317

Worshipping David Bowie, Becoming Michael Jackson

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Friday, April 27, 2012

David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust (Thuany Gabriela/flickr)

Kurt Andersen talks with Tracy K. Smith, whose Life on Mars (which pays homage to David Bowie) just won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry.  Michael Jackson impersonators keep their idol’s legacy alive.  And the lead singer of the band Of Montreal learns everything he needs to know from Mick and Keith.

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Tracy K. Smith: Life on Mars

It’s the first poem about David Bowie to win the Pulitzer Prize. Tracy K. Smith’s collection Life on Mars contains many references to the man she salutes as the “Pope of Pop." Smith admits she became “kind of obsessed” with Bowie’s extraterrestrial alter ego Ziggy Stardust late. He seemed ...

Poem: "Don't You Wonder Sometimes"

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Living Tributes to Michael Jackson

The years since 2009 have been good for Michael Jackson impersonators. After the pop star died on the verge of a comeback show, fans have wanted to see the closest thing available. “They want to go through me,” says impersonator Sean Vezina, “to get to him.”  Vezina may not look ...

Slideshow: Impersonator & Tribute Artists

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Stephen Greenblatt: The Swerve

An epic poem written more than 2,000 years ago by a Roman named Lucretius may be one of Western culture's most profound examples of art anticipating scientific discovery and modern thought. The poem is called "On the Nature of Things", and it presents all kinds of radical philosophical ...

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Aha Moment: The Rolling Stones and Of Montreal

The band Of Montreal is known for its theatrical, over-the-top shows. Frontman Kevin Barnes’ antics and flamboyant costumes recall the heyday of glam rock. Barnes wasn’t a born performer — as a teenager, he was a loner, painfully shy. On a family camping trip, his uncle brought along a guitar ...

Bonus Track: Kevin Barnes covers the Rolling Stones’ “Under My Thumb”

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Ramkishin Samat from Philadelphia

Are you still accepting poems with references to music and musicians?

If you are, please let me know because I would like to submit a poem....

Thanks!

May. 23 2012 02:51 PM

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