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Don Harrison: Writer, editor, DJ, musician, archivist.
Don Harrison: Writer, editor, DJ, musician, archivist.

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Straight Edge on the Tube
Straight Edge music comes to public television! I recently wrote about "sXe," a new documentary by student filmmakers at Virginia Commonwealth University that takes a look at Richmond, Virginia's thriving straight edge punk scene. It gets an airing on local...
Straight Edge on the Tube
Straight Edge on the Tube
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Bound to the Fire: Virginia's Enslaved Cooks
Kelley Fanto Deetz says she’s “restoring culinary justice” with her new book, "Bound to the Fire: How Virginia's Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine."  “I think food is an important part of everyone’s culture, and it’s a topic that allows you to s...
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The World of Saw Black
Saw Black 's warbly, idiosyncratic voice and plaintive country-rock brings to mind the best of Neil Young, and he doesn’t hide the stylistic influence. “My dad was always listening to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; my mom also loved Neil Young,” Black reca...
The World of Saw Black
The World of Saw Black
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Dangerous History at Blackbeard's Festival
"What people know about pirates is what they've seen in the movies, and that's as far from reality as you can get," says Randy Gnatowsky. "Like walking the plank. That wasn't done until the movies came out." Gnatowsky, a retired 30-year veteran of the Hampt...
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How to Read Nancy
In the world of Ernie Bushmiller's classic comic strip, "Nancy," it was all about the gag. "It was whatever works," Paul Karasik says. "Maybe you look inside Nancy's brain, or Ernie's hand suddenly jams in the final panel, anything to deliver the goods. Eve...
How to Read Nancy
How to Read Nancy
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Interview with Victor Wooten
Victor Wooten is best known as the much-celebrated low end of the Grammy-winning jazz-fusion group Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. He's also an educator, an author and a solo bandleader who has been playing music professionally since he was a small boy. He's...
Interview with Victor Wooten
Interview with Victor Wooten
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The Fallen Angels: It's a Long Way Down
I don't normally put my "smaller" work on this blog - reviews, previews, blurbs-- but my recent piece in The Washingtonian on the legendary Washington D.C. psych band, The Fallen Angels , grew out of a longer feature that I wrote for the magazine that got c...
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Interview with Bettye LaVette
"Bettye LaVette does Bob Dylan. It's like those movies they did in the '50s, like 'Dracula Meets Frankenstein.'"  For years, Detroit native Betty LaVette was the secret weapon of soul, beloved by music purists and record collectors, but comparatively little...
Interview with Bettye LaVette
Interview with Bettye LaVette
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A History of Jazz in Virginia
Even in unlikely hamlets like Bedford, Suffolk and Lawrenceville (home of legendary saxophonist Sheldon Powell , pictured), Virginia has been one of jazz music’s most fertile growing fields. My cover feature on Virginia's jazz history is now online at the V...
A History of Jazz in Virginia
A History of Jazz in Virginia
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Reel Life: How to Make a Documentary
Thanks to advances in technology and online distribution, it’s never been easier for budding Michael Moores to make and market their own documentaries. But what does it take to create reality-based films? For a recent feature in Richmond Magazine , I picked...
Reel Life: How to Make a Documentary
Reel Life: How to Make a Documentary
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