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The Devil Wears Headphones: A Brief History of Backmasking

A while back, I was browsing at a favorite used book shop and found a paperback called Backward Masking Unmasked. Written in 1983 by a youth minister named Jacob Aranza, it’s an unintentionally hilarious attempt to expose the alleged backward Satanic messages in rock music. For example, in the chapter called “Which Way Are The Eagles [...]

The Most Influential Musician You’ve Never Heard Of

For a guy who was a major pioneer of rock ‘n’ roll and rap, not to mention the music video, Louis Jordan is criminally underappreciated. During the 1940s and early 50s, the saxophone-playing singer and bandleader had a whopping 54 hits (18 of them reached #1) in a style called jumpin’ jive. A high-spirited amalgam [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Cher

Cher’s done a little bit of everything. She’s blown up the pop charts, hosted a hit variety show, and even won an Oscar. Let’s take a look at five things you might not know about the woman who was born Cherilyn Sarkisian. 1. She Sang on More Famous Songs Than You Think Before she struck out as [...]