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A British Pirate Apes the American Sound

Johnny Kidd started wearing his trademark eyepatch after a guitar string snapped mid-concert and injured him. His rockabilly-infused music inspired several British invasion bands, but Kidd could never match their success. Rock historian Ed Ward tells the story of his short career, and the legacy of his backing band, the Pirates.


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Trump Has Declared 'War' On The Presidency, Author Says

Benjamin Wittes says Trump has changed the presidency fundamentally — and we're seeing the impact during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is the author, with Susan Hennessey, of Unmaking the Presidency.

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