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Music

‘Blues March’

Art Blakey’s recording of this Benny Golson tune helped launch hard bop by fusing blues, church music and the martial assault of a marching band. (On the album “Moanin’,” released in 1959.)

Movies

‘Sherman’s March’

This prizewinning 1986 documentary by Ross McElwee started out being about Union Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea but veered off into a meditation on unrequited love, bad breakups, nuclear holocaust and the Cold War. Among other things.

Books

‘Middlemarch’

George Eliot’s sweeping Victorian novel touches on education, do-gooding, domestic relations and self-delusion in the first half of the 19th century.

Seattle Times staff