It’s the one song even non-country fans know by heart, and its namesake album was released 36 years ago today. Kenny Rogers had already enjoyed 20 years of musical success before releasing The Gambler on November 14, 1978. But the album — and especially its title track — led to the season singer’s career skyrocketing to a whole new level. “The Gambler” quickly became Rogers’ signature hit, after its chart-topping, award-winning, television miniseries-inspiring success. In fact, the song is what allowed the Texas native to add “actor” to his resume, as he played the lead role in the namesake TV series. “That was a career-building song,” says Rogers. “Don Schlitz wrote it, and what’s funny is that he’s never been a gambler. In fact, the song’s not about gambling; it’s a metaphor for life and picking yourself up. He just happened to hear that line when he was walking down the street one … [Read more...] about Flashback: Kenny Rogers Introduces ‘The Gambler’
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So, How Was Your Decade is a series in which the decade’s most innovative musicians answer our questionnaire about the people, places and things that shaped their decade. We’ll be rolling these pieces out throughout December. Chilean singer-songwriter Mon Laferte has taken on several iterations of herself over the past decade. During the aughts, she was best known as Norma Monserrat Bustamante Laferte: recurring guest on Chile’s competitive talent show, Rojo. But after thyroid cancer put her career on ice in 2009, she came back swinging in the 2010s as Mon Laferte: a newly recovered, alt-rock guitar goddess. In 2012, Laferte kicked off a three-year stint as the teal-haired frontwoman of Mexican metal band Mystica Girls; then, upon signing a deal with Universal Music Mexico in 2015, she reintroduced herself as Mon Laferte, folk-rock balladeer. She was golden by 2017, after her fourth studio album, La Trenza, garnered her five Latin Grammys. The winning … [Read more...] about So, How Was Your Decade, Mon Laferte?
Now hear this: The Cinema Audio Society is out with the nominations for its 56th annual CAS Awards, which honor the outstanding achievements in sound mixing for 2019. See the full list below. Trophies for the seven categories spanning film and TV will be handed out during the January 25 ceremony at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. Final balloting for the CAS Awards kicks off January 2 and ends at 5 p.m. PT on January 14. The group said last month that Ford v Ferrari director James Mangold will receive this year’s CAS Filmmaker honor. Re-recording mixer Tom Fleishman is set for its highest honor, the CAS Career Achievement Award. Last year’s CAS Award winner, Bohemian Rhapsody, went on the score the Best Achievement in Sound Editing Oscar for John Warhurst and Nina Hartstone. Here are the nominations for the 56th annual CAS Awards: MOTION PICTURE – LIVE ACTION Ford v Ferrari Joker Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood Rocketman The Irishman MOTION … [Read more...] about CAS Awards: ‘Joker’, ‘Frozen 2’, ‘Thrones’ & ‘Fleabag’ Among Cinema Audio Society Nominees
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)
Professor Lowell: …We came very close to The China Syndrome. Richard Adams (Michael Douglas), a radical young cameraman, is working with Kimberly Wells (Jane Fonda), a TV reporter, on what is shaping up as one of your everyday pro-nuclear-power pieces. They are at the Ventana Nuclear Power Plant in southern California, and Adams has just filmed Wells and a PR man talking about how the plant works. As soon as the PR guy is out of earshot, the long-haired, bearded and frumpy Adams recites: “Steam turns the turbine that turns the generator…. and the shit hits the fan.” Moments later, in the visitors’ room, the TV crew feels a tremor. Adams, who’s been told he can’t film the control room just below them, casually props his camera up on a table, adjusts his lens and looks bored, while his camera captures shift supervisor Jack Godell (Jack Lemmon) accelerating from calm to panic as the rest of his staff run around the room pushing buttons, … [Read more...] about How Nice Guy Michael Douglas Came to Star in ‘The China Syndrome’