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5 Famous Riots and the Art They Inspired

With the chaos in the streets of London this week, we’ve been reading up on other riots in history. One thing several had in common: in addition to wreaking general havoc, they’ve inspired hit singles, feature films and more. 1. The Zoot Suit Riots That swinging, eponymous Cherry Poppin’ Daddies song that was all over the radio [...]

The Late Movies: “Purple Rain” Covers (Plus the Original!)

Purple Rain goddess Apollonia turns 52 today. To honor the most notable partner of the Purple One, we’ve rounded up an assortment of covers of the signature song from the duo’s 1984 film. Happy birthday, girl! Prince Dred Scott Enrique Iglesias Tori Amos Darius Rucker Ben Harper Natasha Bedingfield Tom Jones

The Late Movies: What Song Are You Listening To? (London, Copenhagen, Singapore, Lisbon, Philadelphia)

Two weeks ago, I pointed to a street video from New York, in which filmmaker Ty Cullen asked passersby who wore headphones “Hey, what song are you listening to?” Commenters asked for more versions of the video from different cities, and I’m glad to oblige — other filmmakers around the world have followed suit and [...]