Third Man Records Cass Corridor is covered in black plastic wrapping on Thanksgiving night, its windows hidden to the public. But above the facade, a brightly lit Third Man radio tower signals life inside: Jack White is throwing a private party for a few hundred guests in Detroit. They’re celebrating the Motor City–made, Nashville-raised label’s return to the historic Cass Corridor, where the White Stripes played their first gig at the now-shuttered Gold Dollar in 1997. Dozens of campers line the sidewalks of 441 W. Canfield St. — about a mile from the Gold Dollar — eagerly awaiting tomorrow morning’s unveiling of the new Third Man retail store (and soon-to-come record-pressing plant) at that address. Through the velvet-roped entryway is a gathering of White’s friends, family and fellow rock community, including the Dead Weather’s Dean Fertita and the Raconteurs’ Brendan Benson. It’s easy to spot White and his Third Man team because they’re wearing identical black suits, black … [Read more...] about Jack White Comes Home: Third Man Records Cass Corridor Opens in Detroit
In 2018, comedian and TV host W. Kamau Bell was talking to TV producers about comedy documentaries when the question arose: “Could you do a doc about a comedian who has fallen?” Bell recalled his fascination with Ezra Edelman’s acclaimed O.J.: Made in America , the eight-hour series that examined the football player acquitted of murder through the wider societal lenses of celebrity, race, sports and class. A few months later, Bell was captivated by Surviving R. Kelly , which gave voice to multiple women who have accused the disgraced R&B singer of sexual, physical and psychological abuse. Those two docs form the inspiration for Bell’s We Need to Talk About Cosby , a groundbreaking docuseries from the first-time director that premieres on Showtime on January 30th, and takes a 360-degree view at one of the most celebrated and reviled comedians of the 20th century. Over the course of four hours, Bell attempts to reconcile Cosby’s early civil rights contributions, his … [Read more...] about ‘We Do a Bad Job Dealing With Rape in This Country’: Why W. Kamau Bell Needed to Make His Controversial Cosby Doc
“Keep on rockin’ in the free world.” Rock fans certainly know that oft-repeated line from Neil Young ’s 1989 hit, but the song was hijacked Tuesday. “Rockin in the Free World” was playing when Donald Trump took the stage to announce that he’s running for president, and its author was none too pleased. The Toronto native issued a statement through his longtime manager this evening that the Billionaire with the Crazy Hair used the record without asking nicely first. “Donald Trump was not authorized to use ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ in his presidential candidacy announcement,” the statement read. “Neil Young, a Canadian citizen, is a supporter of Bernie Sanders for President of the United States Of America.” Anyone who has followed Young’s career knows that he’s not going to endorse a Republican, let alone Trump, so a rebuke seemed inevitable. The situation brought to mind that time in 1984 when a sitting GOP president tried to glom on to a rock star. That’s when Ronald … [Read more...] about Neil Young To Donald Trump: Comes A Time To Quit Using My Song – Now!
Over two nights, Janet Jackson ’s story is being told in detail — by none other than Jackson herself. Airing simultaneously on Lifetime and A&E, Janet Jackson is a four-part docuseries that mixes a traditional retelling of a pop star’s life from childhood until now with some juicy revelations; the series straddles the difficult line between rare intimacy from an extremely private public figure and the tight control that comes from letting said figure dictate that narrative. (The first two episodes premiere tonight ; the second two air on January 29th.) In many ways, Jackson’s life has been documented since she was young. Her brothers signed to Motown as the Jackson 5 when she was a toddler, quickly becoming megastars and launching the entire family into a bigger level of fame than the Gary, Indiana natives were likely ready to handle. Though from Janet’s perspective, it’s the only life she knew, and t he first episode plays out like an old-school music … [Read more...] about ‘Janet Jackson’ Docuseries Reveals Exactly What Ms. Jackson Wants — and Nothing More
Neil Young has a new ally in his battle against Spotify : Joni Mitchell . On Friday, the singer-songwriter posted a statement , titled “I Stand With Neil Young!”, to her website announcing the decision. “I’ve decided to remove all my music from Spotify. Irresponsible people are spreading lies that are costing people their lives,” Mitchell wrote. “I stand in solidarity with Neil Young and the global scientific and medical communities on this issue.” Mitchell is the first major player to follow Young in leaving Spotify — though Peter Frampton and David Crosby have both shown public support for Young alongside his wife, Daryl Hannah. That Mitchell would openly back Young’s stand against the streaming giant should come as no surprise; the singers, who both got their start in the Canadian folk scene, have been friends for nearly six decades. The move comes just several days after Young first demanded Spotify pull his catalog over claims that the company was actively … [Read more...] about You Can’t Please ’em All: Joni Mitchell Pulls Catalog From Spotify