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Review: Bang Your Head
The Rise and Fall of Heavy Metal

Upon receiving this book as a gift from a rather thoughtful fan, I was skeptical about a written account of the time period of metal as it was once known, largely because I’ve read countless articles, essays, and interviews by hack music journalists, businesspeople, angry parents, religious nuts, anti-metal hipsters, came-too-lates and every other outsider […]

The “Ranch House” Dilemma

Ever since I was little, I’ve been a Brady Bunch fan. Not in the casual sense, but a dyed-in-the-wool fanatic with an insane knowledge of each and every episode, what season they were in, one-shot character name knowledge, extensive trivia, and the list goes on (and, yes, I even read Growing Up Brady and own […]

The Golden Age of Independent TV

Before the rise of The Little Three (UPN, WB, and FOX), there were once independently-owned television stations in the United States. If you were an American born in the 1980s or later, you probably either never saw them or never even heard of them, but they actually existed — no network, no affiliation — and […]