Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest “Sympathy for the Devil” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Amanda Knox, how rock and roll became white, and the creation of Rachel Brewson, fake internet persona.

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This week on Slate Plus, Dana offers a sneak peek at how her book is getting on and talks to Slate senior editor Gabriel Roth about the early life of Buster Keaton.

On this week’s Slate’s Culture Gabfest, the critics discuss Amanda Knox, the new true crime documentary from Netflix, in which directors Rod Blackhurst and Brian McGinn portray the maltreatment Knox received at the hands of the Italian judicial system and the global tabloid press during the murder trial of Meredith Kercher. Next, pop critic Jack Hamilton joins to discuss his new book, Just around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination, about how an African American genre of music became almost exclusively white. How did the Rolling Stones contribute to rock and roll’s segregated future? Last, Rachel Brewson wrote a first-person testimony about her bipartisan relationship online that was picked up by various outlets—and then it turned out that Rachel Brewson never existed. Who invented this fake internet persona, and what can the scam tell us about the state of the contemporary internet?

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Dana: “Love in Vain” by Robert Johnson

Gabe: Hilda and the Troll with illustrations by Luke Pearson

Stephen: The Raveonettes

Outro: “Love in Vain” by Robert Johnson

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