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17 Aug

Glen Campbell, R.I.P.

(I have to admit, I forgot how incredible Glen Campbell was; how integral he was to the soundtrack of my childhood. I recently risked dropping "By The Time I Get to Phoenix" in the middle of a DJ set, and a young 20-something year old ran up and asked who it was, taking a picture of the album. Success. A friend posted this heartfelt tribute on FaceBook, saying it better than I ever could.) by Yusuf Lamont Even when you see it coming,...
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11 Aug

Basquiat Before He Was Famous

(I met Alexis Adler around 1979 walking down St. Mark's Place, the hub of the East Village. I was wearing an English Beat t-shirt and she stopped me, pointing at the shirt exclaiming 'My friend Malu Halasa is married to the guitarist!' and we've remained friends to this day. That was all it took to make lifelong friends in those days! It was in that 12th Street apartment I befriended Jean, heard Fela Kuti for the first time and fell...
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2 Aug

My Buddy: Patti Smith Remembers Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard and Patti Smith at the Hotel Chelsea in 1971. Photo David Gahr/Getty by Patti Smith | The New Yorker He would call me late in the night from somewhere on the road, a ghost town in Texas, a rest stop near Pittsburgh, or from Santa Fe, where he was parked in the desert, listening to the coyotes howling. But most often he would call from his place in Kentucky, on a cold, still night, when one could hear the stars breathing. Just...
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8 Jul

Nina Simone in Liberia

Nina Simone, left, at Wilhelmina "Coo Coo" Tubman's birthday party in Monrovia, 1974. Courtesy of the Parker family collection, Monrovia, Liberia  by Katherina Grace Thomas Guernica Someone who knew Nina Simone well—a Liberian friend of hers, I suppose a mutual friend now—told me a story. Liberia’s past is in pieces, he said, and here’s one of them. Maybe it’s the one you’re looking for. On a September night in 1974, the wet season was closing down and an encore of rain washed the streets...
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4 Jul

Prince Nico’s “Sweet Mother” Sold More Than Any Beatles’ Record

by Sami Kent | Narratively In a life bookended by tragedy, Prince Nico Mbarga poured joy into his music, including the most popular song in African history. But his own story has never been told — until now. Twenty years ago the man who recorded one of the most successful songs of all time was thrown off a motorbike by a car in Calabar, Nigeria. He hit his head on the road and was rushed to the hospital, where he lay for two...
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25 Jun

Unreleased Thelonious Monk From 1959 French Film ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’

Courtesy of Arnaud Boubet - Private Collection Tom Moon All Things Considered | NPR The music Thelonious Monk contributed to the 1959 French film Les Liaisons Dangereuses had never been released until the master tapes were discovered last year. In 1959, the peak of his playing years, Thelonious Monk did something he'd never done before: record music for a film. Released in the U.S. as Dangerous Liaisons, the French film Les Liaisons Dangereuses featured nearly 30 minutes of Monk's music, none of which ever...
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19 Jun

Brian Eno Meets Yanis Varoufakis

by Brian Eno and Yanis Varoufakis for the Guardian The British musician and producer Brian Eno meets Yanis Varoufakis, former finance minister for Greece’s Syriza government, at Eno’s recording studio in west London. Both are stylish, shaven-headed men famous for their radical ideas. Eno, 67, started out playing synth and wearing leopardskin shirts in the 1970s with Roxy Music and went on to produce, among others, David Bowie and Talking Heads. Varoufakis, 54, who turns up in his trademark leather jacket, describes himself as a libertarian Marxist and has...
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23 Mar

THIS…Is What You Call a Tribute

This is so f$#king awesome! Can he kick it? Yes he can. And THAT'S what we call a tribute! Mark Arum from WSB-TV dropped A Tribe Called Quest lyrics in his traffic reports to honor Phife Dawg, who passed away this morning. He's definitely invited to the cookout! // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ // < ![CDATA[ (function(d, s, id) {  var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];  if (d.getElementById(id)) return;  js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id;  js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3";  fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); // ]]>       ...
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5 Feb

Where Do I begin…Another Chapter of My Childhood Has Died.

I've been trying to figure out how to address my feelings on the passing of Maurice White since he left this earth on February 3rd, 2016. I think I have to go back to 1976, around the time my then 13-year-old brother discovered That's The Way of the World and Spirit. See, my French horn-playing baby bro Deryck was absolutely OBSESSED with EWF. I mean as in carrying-a-boombox-into-the-bathroom-so he-wouldn't-miss-a-single-note-type obsessed. Over and over and over again. Don't get me wrong, I loved them too--but unfortunately hearing...
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21 Jan

You Mourned David Bowie, But You Mock Glenn Frey. Why?

Star men … David Bowie in 1974 and Glenn Frey of the Eagles in 1973. Photograph, Terry O'Neill | Hulton Archive | Getty Images | Rex Features Last night, walking up 7th Ave around 40th Street I hear the last strains of "Witchy Woman" bouncing off the buildings. I follow the sound and trace it to a lone Asian man on the corner, wrapped in a blanket, rocking a Tibetan sort of hat and blaring the Eagles' classic out from a...
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13 Jan

Don’t Deride Those Mourning Bowie – This Grief is Serious & Rational

Flowers and messages left by fans in front of the David Bowie mural in Brixton Photograph by Han Yan/Xinhua Press/Corbis   by Suzanne Moore The Guardian For some, a hole has been ripped in the universe and we are lost. Our sadness doesn’t mean we don’t care about Madaya or Istanbul – but what if there is never anyone else like him? OCTOBER 01: RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL  David BOWIE live onstage, Philly Dogs Tour | Photo by Steve Morley/Redferns | Steve Morley/Redferns/Getty Time takes a cigarette...
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13 Jan

Brother From Another Planet: Bowie & Black Music

by Greg Tate mtv news David Bowie ranks as high in our electric church’s Afrofuturist pantheon of demiurges as Jimi Hendrix, George Clinton, and Miles Davis. That’s for his outrageous aristocratic style, not-just-skin-deep soul, badass brinksmanship, and all-around Alter-Negrocity. Not to mention the Starman’s own sui generis take on The Funk. Bowie remains that rarity — a white rock artist whose appropriations of black kulcha never felt like a rip-off but more like a sharing of radical and bumptious ideations between like-minded...
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28 Dec

Born Beautiful: Tracey Morgan, First Black Transgender Model

 by Jada Yuan and Aaron Wong (Photographs by Peter Hapak, Styling by Diana Tsui) The Cut Tracey’s model card from the Grace Del Marco agency, 1991, before she changed the spelling of her name.  Tracey “Africa” Norman always knew that the question wasn’t if she’d be found out, but how long she could go undetected. To be black and from Newark in the mid-1970s and get plucked from a model casting call for Italian Vogue by Irving Penn — it was the kind of success story that was unheard of, especially for someone...
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30 Mar

My First Apartamento: Vanguard Stylist, Zoe Bedeaux

by Nacho Alegre, Natalia Rachlin, Raven Smith | NOWNESS Over the course of her 25-plus year career, Zoe Bedeaux has dressed Grace Jones and Kate Moss, styled the pages of W, Self Service and 032c, and steadfastly pursued a decade-long collaboration with Juergen Teller. The London-based fashion vanguard is considered part of an influential group of 90s stylists that includes Camilla Nickerson, Jane How, Camille Bidault-Waddington, who all created shoots for The Face and i-D on a shoestring budget—and she had, and still has, an uncanny and unparalleled eye for spotting vintage treasures. Today, though less actively involved...
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24 Mar

Lithofayne Pridgon: Jimi Hendrix’s Original ‘Foxy Lady’

Jimi and Lithofayne outside the Apollo, 1969. Photograph: Courtesy of Lithofayne Pridgon   Sam Cooke, Sly Stone and Little Willie fought for her attention. Jimi Hendrix loved her so much he wrote songs about her. In a rare interview Lithofayne Pridgon tells Chris Campion the unvarnished story of Harlem’s wildest music scene – and how she came to be Hendrix’s greatest muse by Chris Champion The Observer‘ They were bold and daring, yet endearing at the same time, and they allowed me to just be...
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1 Mar

Debbie Harry on Punk and Refusing to Retire

Debbie Harry at 69: 'You have to keep new influences coming in' Photo: MIKE MCGREGOR Forty years after Blondie found fame on the New York scene, Debbie Harry is still waving the flag for women in the music business – of every age by Sheryl Garratt | The Telegraph In 1980, during a tour with Blondie, Debbie Harry hosted a tea party at a London hotel, gathering together many of the women prominent in music at the time. Chrissie Hynde was there; Siouxsie Sioux; the Slits...
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