Jonathan Lethem talks about Talking Heads' "Fear of Music →
I’m a serial deconstructor of my own authority in certain areas. Maybe I think it’s some kind of important ethical gesture, like, “I loved this when I was totally full of shit about it, and I might still be full of shit about it— I certainly didn’t have all these weird facts that I’m flinging at you to construct my authority.” I made it very much my business to be able to bore any other teenager on the subject of who Brian Eno was within a few months of hearing Fear of Music, but in fact I had no idea at all when I first laid eyes on his name.
Please Allow Me To Correct a Few Things →
Mick Jagger responds to Keith Richards’ autobiography.
[T]hose two things I think, are important. Our bond; his talent. We blink at that point, and go 40 years forward, and he has written a book that says, essentially, that I have a small dick. That I am a bad friend. That I am unknowable.
The reviewers, who idolize Keith, don’t ask why this is all in here. We have rarely spoken of such things publicly, and tangentially even then. We don’t talk about it in private, either, and, no, he hasn’t been in my dressing room in 20 years. I thought we both learned that there is no point in sharing anything at all with the press, save a few tidbits for the upbeat The Stones are back in top rocking form! article that accompanies each of our tours. I think Keith never appreciated the tedious hours I had to spend with Jann Wenner to accomplish that.
But I know why it is all here.
The secret gay history of the High Five →
In the Castro, Burke’s creation of the high five was part of this Herculean mystique. He would regularly sit on the hood of a car — whichever one happened to be parked in front of a gay bar called the Pendulum Club — flash his magnetic smile and high-five everyone who walked by. In 1982, Burke came out publicly in an Inside Sports magazine profile called “The Double Life of a Gay Dodger.” The writer, a gay activist named Michael J. Smith, appropriated the high five as a defiant symbol of gay pride. Rising from the wreckage of Burke’s aborted baseball career, Smith wrote, was “a legacy of two men’s hands touching, high above their heads.”
Boys On Film: Duran Duran Interviewed →
We were an avant-garde outfit when we began, but we were also very ambitious. But when the media came into contact with us, particularly journalists who had a grounding in what came after punk, which was very austere, political, industrial, and had no colour to it. And I think they felt what we were doing was a betrayal. But we wanted colour, flamboyance, romanticism, aspiration, and optimism after all that pessimism. Punk to me was fucking bright colours.
The True Life Confessions Of Fleetwood Mac →
A 1977 Rolling Stone profile of Fleetwood Mac by Cameron Crowe, just as the soap opera was starting to get really frothy.
Work on [Rumours] began in February ‘76, immediately after the group had introduced their new lineup on a marathon six-month cross-country tour. Traveling to the Record Plant Studios in Sausalito, just north of San Francisco, FM had walked straight into an emotional holocaust. Christine and John McVie, married for almost 8 years, had recently split up and weren’t talking to each other. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were about to do likewise. And Mick Fleetwood certainly wasn’t talking to anybody. The father of two children, he and his wife Jenny were in the midst of divorce proceedings.
The Early Woody Allen, 1952-1971 →
Woody Allen is one of very few comedic delineations universally respected by comedy writers the world over. Held in high esteem by comedy’s upper crust, the snooty savants of literature and the vast film literati, Allen is one of the few comedy titans actually considered an artist. Woody Allen’s comedic acumen spans all genres. It has yet to be matched.
However, the first several years of his career are rarely discussed. It is a fascinating period. Comedy devotees swear by the recordings of his stand-up act. At the time of his 1963 debut comedy record, Woody was a smart up-and-comer who’d already logged ten years in the business. But he was far from the personality we think of today.
Most comedians early in their career involve themselves with peripheral showbiz ventures, both to make their name and to survive. Cerebral as we may think Woody Allen to be, he was in many ways no different than most struggling low brow comedians that permeated the landscape. A shill for Parker Brothers and Smirnoff Vodka. A frequent game show panelist. A propagandist for Allen Funt’s Candid Camera. None of these things spring to mind when we think of the storied career of Allen Konigsberg, but they were essential activities in his formative years.
This is the early Woody Allen.
Won't Get Fooled Again →
At 66, Pete Townshend still hopes he won’t die before he gets old.
Townshend has long felt a sense of duty, partly to his audience, partly to himself. He may have analysed his role in the firmament more than any other star, and he has been criticised for it, notably by Keith Richards, who implored him to think less and play his guitar more. “I can offer comfort and momentary distraction,” Townshend wrote in an e-mail earlier this year. “And yet in my fictions (from ‘Tommy’ onwards) the leading characters often claim to have a way forward. Dystopian or utopian, it makes very little difference in the game I play—as long as you can dance for a moment…the credibility of such work will rarely stand close scrutiny. I tend to create thin plots into which the listener can interpolate themselves, and travel with the music. This is neither my voice, nor Roger’s. It is often the voice of someone who is quite mad in fact.” He sees The Who now as “a kind of celebration machine”.