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Longtime music critic Anthony DeCurtis is writing a Lou Reed biography, so it appears this will be the first in what is sure to be a long line of works examining the life and career of the influential singer-songwriter and Velvet Underground frontman. Little, Brown and Co. announced this week that it has acquired the rights to Curtis' book and claims that this bio will be provide “‘the inside story’ of the brilliant and contentious artist,” even though not much additional information seems to be known about the forthcoming book: The announcement doesn't include a title, a projected publication »
Not that Lou Reed would have recognized me (though I was introduced to him once, which I'll get to), but he and his body of work intersected my life in more personal ways than that of any other major rock star. So this isn't an obituary so much as a series of memories. For obituaries, check out Gary Graff in Billboard and Jon Dolan in Rolling Stone.
Lou was from Long Island and I was from Long Island. At the most basic level, this meant that, growing up listening to Long Island radio stations, I heard lots of Lou even when he was no longer especially fashionable (between about 1976 and 1981). Thus, while most of the world ignored his 1978 album Street Hassle, I heard much of it on Wlir and Wbab, and bought it – my first Lou album. He had started out underground in the Velvet Underground, had managed to claw »
On this day 25 years ago, the New Wave phenomenon known as the Talking Heads released their last studio album, "Naked." The record came out in 1988, nearly two years before the avant-garde quartet, led by the enigmatic David Byrne, opted to part ways for good and break the hearts of devoted art punks everywhere.
Filled with world beat-inspired tunes like "(Nothing But) Flowers" and "Sax and Violins," the album enjoyed -- like many of T. Heads' past records -- considerably positive reviews, delighting the likes of Rolling Stone writer Anthony Decurtis, who characterized the work as "stylistically bold and intellectually provocative...a dizzying and disturbing piece of work." He added:
"With humor and good-hearted-ness, hope and fear, Talking Heads contemplate a world on the eve of destruction on this important record –- and leave wide open the question of what the dawn will bring."
On the 25th anniversary of "Naked" we've »
- Katherine Brooks
New York -- When Clive Davis announced his latest project – a Broadway revival of "My Fair Lady" next year – it seemed to mark a step away from the music mogul's laser-like focus of making hits – and hitmakers.
But Davis still has his eyes on the charts. With "My Fair Lady," his goal is to bring Broadway back to the days when its songs topped the charts, something that hasn't been the case for the Great White Way in some time.
"Even `Book of Mormon' does not have memorable songs, classic songs that the era of the `20s, `30s produced. ... so I looked into the rights of `My Fair Lady,'" Davis said happily in his two-floor penthouse apartment in midtown Manhattan. "I really want to make an event of it."
It's a lofty goal – but it's one that wouldn't surprise many if reached by Davis, whose iconic career has included »
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