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Neil Diamond: The Earliest Days Of A 'Solitary Man'

Diamond has sold 128 million records and written and recorded 37 Top 40 songs. But in the early 1960s, rock historian Ed Ward says, Diamond was writing songs for other musicians while struggling to get his own career off the ground.

Neil Diamond: The Earliest Days Of A 'Solitary Man'
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Iggy Pop: A Punk Rocker Devoted To Imperfection

Over the course of 40 years, Iggy Pop has changed from a noisy brat with seemingly no chance at stardom to a widely respected founder of punk. A new box set, Roadkill Rising, collects many of his unreleased concert bootlegs.

Iggy Pop: A Punk Rocker Devoted To Imperfection
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Book Reviews

'Big Girl Small': Humiliation, High School Style

Rachel DeWoskin's novel follows a gutsy 16-year-old girl navigating her way at a new performing arts high school. The book is a distinctive addition to the already packed library of coming-of-age stories.

'Big Girl Small': Humiliation, High School Style
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Bad Apple Proverbs: There's One In Every Bunch

The phrase "a few bad apples" is much more popular now than it was decades ago. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the phrase may owe its popularity to a change in meaning — and The Osmond Brothers.

Bad Apple Proverbs: There's One In Every Bunch
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The Beastie Boys: Hip-Hop With A Dash Of 'Hot Sauce'

Hot Sauce Committee Part Two is the first Beastie Boys album since the all-instrumental 2007 collection The Mix-Up. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the new record is fresh and vital because it sounds so old-fashioned and defiant.

The Beastie Boys: Hip-Hop With A Dash Of 'Hot Sauce'
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The Beastie Boys: The Fresh Air Interview

In a 2006 interview, Terry Gross sits down with Mike D, MCA and Ad-Rock to talk about The Beastie Boys' 2006 concert movie Awesome; I...Shot That! and their 25 years making hip-hop.

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Anton Yelchin (left) and Mel Gibson each confront their own demons in Jodie Foster's dark comedy The Beaver. Yelchin, who plays Gibson's son, uses conventional psychotherapy, while Gibson — playing a despondent business owner — uses a hand puppet. Ken Regan/Summit Entertainment hide caption

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'The Beaver': Redemption For Mel Gibson?

David Edelstein's friends all say they just won't see a Mel Gibson movie. But Edelstein says the actor's new film The Beaver, directed by Jodie Foster, might be worth a look — if only for a certain cameo appearance.

'The Beaver': Redemption For Mel Gibson?
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Broadway Playwright Arthur Laurents Dies At 93

Laurents, best known for writing the books for the landmark Broadway musicals Gypsy and West Side Story, died Thursday. Fresh Air remembers the writer and director with excerpts from a 1990 interview.

Broadway Playwright Arthur Laurents Dies At 93
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Three New Action Movies Battle At The Box Office

A trio of rousing adventure flicks — Fast Five, 13 Assassins and Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen -- all opened this past week. David Edelstein says each one is pretty singular, in its own way.

Three New Action Movies Battle At The Box Office
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