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Elvis Costello and All That Jazz

Elvis Costello and All That Jazz

A few weeks ago—when Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, John Mellencamp, and Kris Krisofferson visited SPECTACLE—we looked at Elvis Costello’s relationship to American music. We set aside jazz, though, for this week. And there is perhaps no single figure that better represents the range and possibilities of jazz than Herbie Hancock, this week’s guest. Over the…

Elvis Costello Comes Alive

Elvis Costello Comes Alive

This week’s guest on SPECTACLE, Rufus Wainwright, is one of the most acclaimed songwriters of his generation. He is equally celebrated, however, for his power as a live performer; as he notes in the episode, he’s been on stage from a very young age, singing with his mother and aunt, the renowned folksingers the McGarrigle…

Elvis Costello in the Nineties

Elvis Costello in the Nineties

This week’s guest on SPECTACLE, President Bill Clinton, is probably the single most defining figure of the 1990s. His election in 1992 marked the triumph of the Baby Boom generation on the global stage, and during his two terms in the White House, the United States enjoyed peace and unprecedented prosperity; the record federal budget…