Odetta, "Queen Of American Folk Music," Dead At 77

Odetta, the singer whom Rosa Parks adored and Martin Luther King Jr. called the queen of American folk music, died yesterday at the age of 77. She was, by all accounts, a legend, with a powerful voice, and the prison songs and work songs of the Deep South shaped her life. Odetta sang at the march on Washington in… » 12/03/08 11:00am 12/03/08 11:00am

Grateful Dead: Death As A Passport To Celebrity

A scholar is now making the case that "the modern obsession with celebrity" started with an 18th century interest in obituaries » 11/06/08 4:30pm 11/06/08 4:30pm. If by "obsession" she means "morbid curiosity" and by "celebrity," "notoriety," than maybe. Either way, it's clear that we've always had a sick fascination with other people's antics — and their…