If you could take a hot air balloon in 1875 and drift through the squalid sky above St. Louis, you'd see a city bustling with breweries, horse-drawn carriages, trains skimming the riverfront and ferries chugging beneath the Eads Bridge. Such was the view granted to a group of artists who took to t ... More >>
Updated with response from Akin's spokesperson Rick Tyler. In 1995, a month before the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people, Todd Akin sent a local militia group what he later called "a courtesy letter." The now-defunct group, the 1st Missouri Volunteers militia, had invited Akin to spea ... More >>
SoundExchange is a not-for-profit entrusted by the Library of Congress to collect and distribute digital performance royalties for bands. That includes SIRIUS, Pandora and more. So far, it's found the rightful owner of some $1 billion in royalties, but paying up has proven a challenge. The organizat ... More >>
A pre-electric recording session. Courtesy of the Library of CongressThe Library of Congress just launched the National Jukebox, a free service that lets you stream some 10,000 recordings made between 1901 and 1925. Right now, they're all releases on labels now owned by Sony Music, which gave ... More >>
image viaThomas Jefferson left his mark on his copy of Opera omnia, Graece et Latin by Dionysius of Halicarnassus.Thanks to some stellar research by the historians at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's Virginia estate, Washington University librarians have learned that a cache of 74 books that ha ... More >>
Jon ScorfinaMore so than any other form of black wax, the vinyl 78 has endured, preserving an essential portion of 20th century American music, culture and history. It's ironic, then, that you're more likely to find 78s collecting mold in a landfill than you are to find the hugely over-presse ... More >>
This week's Riverfront Times explores our city's literary history. Check back throughout the week for online-only maps and articles supplementing this week's cover story. Let's not forget the east side. Library of CongressW.E.B. DuBoisAfter the 1917 race riots in East St. Louis, the NAACP ... More >>
This week's Riverfront Times explores our city's literary history. Check back throughout the week for online-only maps and articles supplementing this week's cover story. Two scenes from north city. Library of CongressDick Gregory in 1964.First, the comedian Dick Gregory's memories of the c ... More >>
image viaToday marks the 189th anniversary of Missouri's statehood. It's not really an auspicious number, so there aren't many celebrations going on. The closest one appears to be a concert at the First Missouri State Capitol Historical Site in St. Charles at 7 p.m. We were going to complain ... More >>
Last week's feature story regaled you, dear reader, with the unusual journey of Rachel Amratiel, nee Thomas Hibdon IV -- a Persian Gulf War veteran, carpenter and cross-dresser who pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges after becoming a woman (kind of a long story). We wrote that Hibdon, befor ... More >>
Though it's unlikely Ichiro Suzuki combed through last week's Riverfront Times Guide to the All-Star Game, the Seattle Mariners star did visit one prominent spot on Ian Froeb's fact-packed (if controversial) "Inside Baseball: A tour of St. Louis landmarks, from the famous to the infamous (and everyt ... More >>
The well is dry today, my friends. Does anyone still follow the Atkins Diet? Here are more reasons to avoid it: heart disease. (Reuters) For those who like the sordid underbelly of the restaurant world: A Portland chef makes his name with a new style of eating, bails on his investors, and then sta ... More >>
Rod Shene paid a paltry few grand for a volume worth $500,000 or more. Only one hitch: The German government wants it back.
Charles Burnett's revered, rarely seen South Central-set film finally gets its theatrical due
When Randall Roberts profiled Internet radio pioneers Jim and Wanda Atkinson late last year, the proprietors of 3WK Underground Radio still held out hope that a three-judge panel appointed by the Library of Congress might set a new royalty rate that wouldn't put small stations like theirs out of bus ... More >>
The lasting legacy of a native son.
On December 8, 1941, America entered World War II. Thousands of young men rushed to enlist and join the war effort even blacks, who were living in what was essentially a separate America, with fewer rights and little representation in the government. Their desire to serve a country that would ... More >>
This St. Louis crooner plays old tunes for old folks.
How much should it cost Internet radio operators like Jim and Wanda Atkinson to satisfy your cravings for streaming rock & roll?
Week of September 7, 2005
Lessons learned where the red carpet ends
An unstilted conversation with Richard Wilbur, the poet who made Molière commercial
Shortwave radio: Where the lunatic fringe lives, breathes and flourishes
How Steven Soderbergh kept the Terry Southern tale from turning tragic
Internet-only radio stations take a beating
Internet-only radio faces a shaky future thanks to the grasping hands of the Recording Industry Association of America
Thirty years later, Harry Belafonte finds closure in a once-lost project
On the crest of O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the influential Norman Blake comes to St. Louis for the weekend
Two new plays explore race relations
Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15-16; Focal Point
Paul Wesolowski knows the secret word: Groucho
Catching up with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, still on that long, strange trip
The St. Louis Cardinals want your money for their $370 million ballpark. But before the game begins, somebody needs to reshuffle the deck.
St. Louis Art Museum
Losing her eyesight hasn't kept a Shrewsbury mother and housewife from enjoying the people and activities she loves