Dan DeLuca is an Inquirer pop music critic. But his "In the Mix" column in the Weekend section ventures further afield, into books, movies, TV, the Internet, graphic novels and anything you might call "popular culture."
Clarence Carter, the soul singer best known for "Patches" and one of the hit makers heard in Greg "Freddy" Camalier's music documentary Muscle Shoals (Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Jimmy Cliff, and the Rolling Stones are among the many others) is blind. He's also black.
There isn't a pop musician alive whose name spends more time in close proximity to the word genius than Brian Wilson.