Appalachian Music Celebrates Modern Culture, Immigrant Past

“To me the difference between a violin, and a fiddle, is that a violin never had a beer spilled on it… That is the difference.”

Will Fanning laughs at his joke as he rocks on his chair outside his home in Mingo, West Virginia. Fanning is a musician and hotel owner born in Ireland. But now he lives deep in the Appalachian Mountains of the United States.

“The Irish nearly every day have a song and play music,” said Fanning. “So that tradition is kind of bred into me. My family, every weekend we’d play music at the house.”

Like Fanning, many in the area continue the traditions from their families’ immigrant history including a kind of music called old-time.

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US Eyes the End of the Film Distribution System That Rules Hollywood

Well, this would be huge!


U.S. antitrust officials are considering terminating a 70-year-old Hollywood settlement that governs how films are distributed around the country, potentially upending negotiations among movie studios and major theater chains over blockbuster releases.

The Justice Department said Thursday that the agreements, known as the Paramount Pictures consent decrees, may no longer be effective given that they have been around since the late 1940s. The settlements stem from a 1948 Supreme Court case that dismantled the old Hollywood system in which film studios also owned the theaters where their pictures were shown.


8 surprising differences between traveling in the US and the UK


Traveling in the US and “travelling” in the UK are two vastly different ventures, and in more ways than just driving on opposite sides of the road.

While not many US citizens travel internationally compared to their UK counterparts — about 42% of Americans have passports , compared to 76% of British citizens — even domestic journeys come with their variations. From cars and trains to buses and planes, people in both places have preferred methods of getting around, as well as preferred places to get to.

Below are eight of the surprising ways that traveling differs across the pond.

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A Deep Dive into the Library of Congress Photo Archives, from Harriet Tubman to Architectural Hats

With a collection of 14 million photographs, the Library of Congress holds many pictures of the United States that the public has yet to see. Now, over 400 photographs from its vaults, many that have never previously been on display, are exhibited miles from the archives at the Annenberg Space for Photography. One is a black-and-white image of the actress Isla Bevan holding (in one arm) a fluffy goose at the 41st annual Poultry Show in Madison Square Garden in 1930. The portrait inspired the title of the exhibition, Not an Ostrich.

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3 Food Experiences That You Should Try In Miami Right Now

With all of the restaurants opening in Miami, many of them outposts from New York, it’s hard to imagine that there’s a need for one more. But after trying Chotto Matte, an import from London located just off Lincoln Road in South Beach that opened in early June, I think it serves a definite need in the dining scene. The interior is colorful, buzzy, with an overlay of energetic music—that much is common—but the Nikkei cuisine, a combination of Japanese and Peruvian, is so vibrant that it’s worth coming in, even if it’s just to try a starter or two.

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The Best — and Worst — States for a Summer Road Trip

Young woman looking out from four wheel convertible in Rocky mountains, Breckenridge, Colorado

Road tripping through the United States is a summertime tradition as old as cars themselves.

Americans adore taking road trips through the desert landscapes of the American Southwest, the pine tree lined roads of New England, and stopping at landmarks like Mount Rushmore in the north. But there are a few states that are better than others when it comes to road trips, according to Wallethub, thanks to their lower gas prices, attractions and safety.

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How Daguerreotype Photography Reflected a Changing America


Our smartphones enable us to immortalize moments in our lives with crystal-clear fidelity—defying the inevitability of time’s passage whenever the whim strikes us—yet we go about the assembly of our collective visual history not with awe and zeal, but with the detached blitheness that so often comes with too much of a good thing.

Such was not the case in the mid-19th century, when the first-ever widely accessible form of photography, known as the daguerreotype process, made its way to the young United States.

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5 Common Copyright Misconceptions Held by Photographers

The most recent version of the Copyright Law of the United States (December 2016) weighs in at a whopping 354 pages. And while there are areas of ambiguity, the basics and benefits of copyright registration for photographers are well-documented. Unfortunately, well-documented doesn’t mean well-understood, so we asked attorney (and former photo rep) Leslie Burns to weigh in on a number of common copyright misconceptions that still persist, and why you should register your copyright.

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