Martha Wash was sitting in a Los Angeles hotel room, furious and confused. It was late 1990 and the singer, relaxing before a show that night, had decided to unwind with some channel surfing. She stumbled upon a new music video by Italian house group Black Box, whose synth lines, horn stabs and pulsating, club-tailored drum patterns had already made them dance music stars. When the song’s vocals kicked in, she was shocked to see French model Katrin Quinol, the ex-girlfriend of founding member Daniele Davoli, bending over and crouching in a unitard, lip-syncing Wash’s vocals to the eventual hit “Everybody Everybody.” “I said to myself, ‘I don’t believe this shit is happening again,” says the now 60-year-old Wash. “I called my manager and said, ‘I just heard myself on TV in a video.'” “Again” is the operative word, as just a few months prior, Wash heard her ostensible … [Read more...] about Martha Wash: The Most Famous Unknown Singer of the ’90s Speaks Out
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This January marks the tenth anniversary of the Beatles‘ appearance on the American charts. Last month Rolling Stone conducted its first full-scale interview with Paul McCartney, in six sessions starting in a London recording studio and ending on a New York street. The New York sessions took place the day after McCartney had entered the US for the first time in two years, visa problems stemming from two marijuana violations now finally resolved. McCartney was cautious in his responses during the first two sessions. He and Linda remembered being on vacation in Scotland when they were first shown John Lennon‘s lengthy interview (Rolling Stone Number 74 and Number 75, January 21st and February 4th, 1971), and having been deeply hurt by it. At first he seemed to want to avoid the kind of controversy Lennon’s interview had generated but in later conversations he became freer with his answers. Because the various sessions were necessarily disconnected, our text does not … [Read more...] about Paul McCartney Is Not Dead (And Neither Is the Past)
The popular formula in England in this, the aftermath era of such successful British bluesmen as Cream and John Mayall, seems to be: add, to an excellent guitarist who, since leaving the Yardbirds and/or Mayall, has become a minor musical deity, a competent rhythm section and pretty soul-belter who can do a good spade imitation. The latest of the British blues groups so conceived offers little that its twin, the Jeff Beck Group, didn’t say as well or better three months ago, and the excesses of the Beck group’s Truth album (most notably its self-indulgence and restrictedness), are fully in evidence on Led Zeppelin’s debut album. Jimmy Page, around whom the Zeppelin revolves, is, admittedly, an extraordinarily proficient blues guitarist and explorer of his instrument’s electronic capabilities. Unfortunately, he is also a very limited producer and a writer of weak, unimaginative songs, and the Zeppelin album suffers from his having both produced it and written … [Read more...] about Led Zeppelin I
Commencement season blooms back to life this weekend, as your typical array of celebrities – Josh Groban, Hannah Storm, members of Lady Antebellum – accept honorary degrees (and in some cases, fat appearance fees) while offering self-help platitudes to the heavily indebted graduates of America’s higher learning institutions. But the most popular commencement speaker of the last half-century won’t be gracing any stages this year, and for good reason: He’s under house arrest, awaiting sentence for sexual assault. Bill Cosby, the comedian and TV pioneer, was widely known as “America’s Dad” for portraying Cliff Huxtable, the fictional embodiment of black respectability politics, on the iconic Cosby Show. On Thursday, the U.S. Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences expelled both Cosby and director Roman Polanski. Of course, beyond the world of entertainment, Cosby was also America’s Commencement Speaker. Beginning in the … [Read more...] about The Academy Has Spoken, But How Will Colleges Handle Cosby?
David Arquette is likely best known as the star of the Scream franchise as officer Dewey. But Arquette is a man who has worn, and continues to wear, many hats. He's a producer, part-time club owner, has dabbled in wrestling and even co-owns a live of vases. But Arquette still finds time for acting these days and his latest project, Mob Town, sees him playing a real-life cop who helped expose the Mafia in the 50s. Mob Town centers on local trooper Ed Croswell (David Arquette) as he foils mobsters Vito Genovese (Robert Davi) and Joseph Barbara's (David A. Abeckaser) mafia summit in the rural town of Apalachin, New York. Croswell's actions exposed the mob to the American public and helped change the face of law enforcement for decades to come. I recently had the chance to speak with David Arquette in honor of the movie's upcoming release. We discussed, not just his latest movie, but about his career and what it's like balancing his other ventures with acting. So, without further adieu, … [Read more...] about David Arquette Talks Bringing a Real Hero to Life in Mob Town [Exclusive]