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10 Minutes with Superstar Drummer Sly Dunbar (The Interview)

Sly Dunbar at drums

By Stephen A. Cooper Sly Dunbar is one of the most innovative and influential drummers of all time. Individually and together with his “riddim twin” bassist Robbie Shakespeare, ...

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Scientist vs. Cooper (The Interview: Round 1)

By Stephen A. Cooper Discussing his partnership with producer Phillip “Winta” James, reggae star Protoje said – in an interview with WaxPoetics, two years before the duo released “A Matter of ...

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Op-Ed: When will journalism grapple with the ethics of interviewing mentally ill arrestees?

By Stephen A. Cooper When, in a December 2016 column for The Hill, I accused the New York Times, the venerable “Gray Lady” of American journalism, of violating basic journalistic ethics in ...

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Larry McDonald Is “Fattening the Pulse of the Rhythm” (The Interview)

By Stephen A. Cooper If you’re a music lover the only thing better than interviewing Larry McDonald, one of the best percussionists in the world, is interviewing him ...

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OpEd: The prospective gassing of human beings in Alabama is an abomination

By Stephen A. Cooper When, in October 2016, I wrote “[d]eath row inmates in Alabama are human guinea pigs” because the state’s capital punishment regime — specifically its barbaric, often ...

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Sister Carol: “Reggae Inna Mi Blood” (The Interview)

Photos and Interview by Stephen A. Cooper Sister Carol, respectfully and affectionately known as the “Black Cinderella” and “Mother Culture,” is both a pioneer and pillar of reggae ...

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Rastalogy Respected at 1st L.A. Reggae Vegan Fest

By Stephen A. Cooper In an introductory essay to “Yes, Rasta” (Powerhouse Books 2000) – described by the New Yorker as “a book of dramatic black-and-white portraits of Rastafarians set against a ...

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Lee “Scratch” Perry: ‘Higher than Moses’ (The Interview)

Interview and photos by Stephen A. Cooper My reggae sixth sense told me it’d be a good idea to buy an extra Rasta-colored ring on the off-chance legendary ...

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Glimpsing Steinbeck’s “Collective Mind” Through Steve Hauk’s Stories

By Stephen A. Cooper Reflecting on “the soul of artists and writers,” nineteenth-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche observed that art “performs the task of preserving, even touching up extinct, ...

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Protoje’s Penetrating Perspective (The Interview)

By Stephen A. Cooper As much or more than any album in recent memory, in any genre, reggae star Protoje’s “A Matter of Time” – released at the ...

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Toots Hibbert: “It takes time to build a mansion” (The Interview)

By Stephen A. Cooper In his rollicking tell-all book, “The Half That’s Never Been Told: The Real-Life Reggae Adventures of Doctor Dread” (Akashic Books 2015), Gary Himelfarb a.k.a. ...

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Rootsman Garth Dennis Reflects On Reggae’s Richness

By Stephen A. Cooper Rudolph “Garth” Dennis occupies a storied, honorific place in the history of reggae music: In addition to a lengthy stretch as a lead singer ...

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Reggae on the Mountain: Best Reggae Venue in Los Angeles (The Interview)

By Stephen A. Cooper In mid-July, when summer’s heat sears L.A., Angelenos and savvy outsiders know the best, most refreshing, rejuvenating thing to do is to go to ...

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Blaze Mob: “Musical Messages That’ll Last Forever” (The Interview)

By Stephen A. Cooper On a recent Tuesday as the sun descended in Los Angeles, disappearing in an earthy, caramelly glow, the Melody Lounge in Chinatown was set ...

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Op-Ed: Alabama has been torturing poor people for a long time.

By Stephen A. Cooper If you have a high-profile lawyer with powerful friends and you’re tortured while on death row in Alabama, everyone in the nation not only ...

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