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And Now, a Hook from Our Sponsor

Awaiting takeoff on a recent flight I had no choice but to watch the little screen in front of me once it turned on. It was a United Airlines promo with snippets of… 443 more words

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The Boy Hook: The Zombies, "Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914)" (1968)

July 28 is my birthday and also the day when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, now counted as the official start of World War I. (Let’s go back and ask Austria-Hungary: “Would you like to start World War I?”)[1] Today is the 100th anniversary of the larger event and the 61st anniversary of the smaller one. 209 more words

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Improvised, continued: Derek Bailey, "Moment" (2000)


Is Roy Lichtenstein a great comic strip artist? No, he’s a great avant-garde artist who uses comic strip style. This is confusing. But you need to understand this to understand why Lichtenstein is in the Museum of Modern Art. 468 more words

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Improvised: Jimi Hendrix, "Star Spangled Banner" (1969) and John Bonham, "Moby Dick" (1970)


Improvisation is a tricky subject in hooks study because it can be taken as opposing the whole hook premise of wanting to hear a certain bit of music again and again. 1,220 more words

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