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Joan Osborne

Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

At the Variety Theatre in Five Points, Atlanta’s erstwhile hippy district, Joan Osborne is three songs in, sweating, big as a stallion up there on the very lip of the stage where she plants her mike stand. She peers out, puzzling over the friendly, crammed-in crowd of 1100. She’s looking for something beyond affability.

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