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RIP George Jones

  • Najib Benouar

George Jones

Sad news for honky-tonk and the music world in general: George Jones has passed on.

The man was a bona fide living legend and exactly what you wanted out of a country star—even if it wasn’t always the healthiest way to live. His reputation preceded him (Waylon Jennings once sang, “He may be, unconsciously, the greatest of them all”) and we may never see another like him.

So in faring him well, we’ll leave you with a few iconic photos of the tough, often lovelorn man they called “Possum.”»

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Walking After Midnight: A gentleman’s guide to Patsy Cline. Consider this one required listening. [A.V. Club]

I Lol’d: S.J. Perelman is a very funny man. [Splitsider]

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bebebuell_crop.jpgvia WBE

A Pair: Brooklyn’s best chocolatiers, the impressively bearded Mast Brothers, connected with The Scout for this handsome video. [The Scout]

Bad Intentions: A Politics Daily writer thought a gushing open letter to his ex-girlfriend on her wedding day would go over well with the women of the internet. He was wrong. Gentlemen of America: do not be this man! [Washington City Paper]

Greensleeves: A carbon footprint rating may be on the way for clothing. Not a moment too soon, by our lights. [Wall Street Journal]

Play Me a Song That Everybody Knows: If there ever was a time to learn about country legend Roy Acuff, now is that time. [AV Club]

Out in the Country


Country music has had a rough time for the past twenty years or so, but once upon a time it was still raw, exciting, and entirely pure. Musicians came together at outdoor music parks, playing for whoever drove by. Regional sounds from Nashville, Tennessee; Bakersfield, California; and Lubbock, Texas mixed together to create a uniquely American sound that changed from state to state.

Some of it got recorded, but the vast majority of the acts were lost forever, aside from a few memories and a few old photographs.

Leon Kagarise recorded more than 4000 hours of it, but he also took more than a few pictures, and he’s put the snaps together into a photo-primer on the style of the time, called Pure Country. Anyone who’s ever looked up to Johnny Cash or George Jones could learn a thing or two from it. These were the original rock stars.

Our pick of the pictures»