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Author Tracey Laird is set to speak on her recently published book Austin City Limits: A History in the Center for Popular Music on Wednesday. The lecture is expected to discuss the history of the longest running music show on TV, it’s impact on popular culture over the last 40 years, including the annual Austin City …

Shelf Life is a weekly book column where our staff reviews new releases, buzzed-about novels and personal favorites. Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, made into a major motion picture last year, is a psychological thriller that deals with complex elements of love, hate, jealousy, obsession and lies. Although the movie was aesthetically disturbing for viewers, the …

By Zac Leonard// Contributing Writer With all of the hype behind Clint Eastwood’s new film American Sniper, many forget where the story actually came from: the autobiography. Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle wrote American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History about his four tours in Iraq and proved that his talents expand …

Music journalist Billy Mazor, left, discusses the impact of music publisher Ralph Peer with Director of the Center for Popular Music Gregory Reish,right, on Monday, Jan. 26, 2014 in the College of Education. Mazor is the author of "Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music." (John Connor Coulston / MTSU Sidelines)

By Ethan Clark, Contributing Writer  Music writer and historian Barry Mazor gave a lecture Monday evening  on music publisher Ralph Peer, a man who is credited for creating the modern music industry. Promoting his new book Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music, Mazor spoke to students and faculty in the College of …

American Sniper, the film based on the life of the most lethal sniper in American military Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, lives up to the hype surrounding itself. The movie opens with a scene almost identical to the opening sequence in the memoir it’s based on. Kyle (Bradley Cooper) lies on a rooftop of a building in Fallujah, Iraq …

Actress Jennifer Lawrence portrays Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" (FILE/The Hunger Games)

The latest adaptation of the Suzanne Collins’ world-bestselling Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay—Part 1, premiered this weekend. The Francis Lawrence-directed film takes place after the Quarter Quell when Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) becomes the true face of the rebellion. She and the other survivors take refuge under the demolished District Thirteen. Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) has been captured and …