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Setting Times stories to music: from Bobby Womack to Spiritualized
Setting Times stories to music: from Bobby Womack to Spiritualized

Vulnerability was a motif in this week’s Great Reads – and some of their soundtracks. One of the last surviving newsstands in Los Angeles. A Christian woman living under the Boko Haram militants in Nigeria. A horse cast adrift after a family tragedy. In different ways, my heart lurched for all of them as they faced threats to their existence. I longed for happy endings, but fear that only one of them -- the horse -- will get one. The singers for two of the story soundtracks have always moved me with their vulnerability: Gram Parsons and Spiritualized's Jason Pierce. Parsons might have the most vulnerable voice in rock (matched, possibly, by Neil Young). Even without knowing how it...

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