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Rodney Crowell on ‘Ain’t Living Long Like This,’ Songwriting Success

Rodney Crowell on ‘Ain’t Living Long Like This,’ Songwriting Success
In August 1972, 22-year-old Houston-born songwriter Rodney Crowell first arrived in Nashville, a passenger in fellow songwriter Donivan Cowart’s 1965 baby blue Chevy Impala. Much as it is today, the city was experiencing a major growth spurt. Urban renewal, an interstate highway system and the changing face of the Music City skyline were among the factors contributing to Nashville’s growing pains. Music Row, which housed the country-music industry’s record labels and publishing companies, was cashing in on the “Nashville Sound,” the country-meets-pop production style perfected by producers Owen Bradley and Chet Atkins.
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Film Review: Timothée Chalamet in ‘Hot Summer Nights’

Film Review: Timothée Chalamet in ‘Hot Summer Nights’
Imagine a wistful hooking-up-on-the-boardwalk coming-of-age film, set on Cape Cod during the long hot summer of 1991, starring Timothée Chamalet in a variation on the passively precocious owl-eyed dreamer he played in “Call Me by Your Name.” Now imagine a scuzzy underworld drama that takes that same Chalamet character, in all his hooded sensual innocence, and turns him into a pot-dealing version of Mark Wahlberg in “Boogie Nights”: a cold hard opportunist who gets hooked on the life.

Put them together and you have “Hot Summer Nights,” a weirdly “romantic” drug drama that wastes no time burning plausibility to the ground. Yet even when it does, the actors keep it alive (sort of). Still, you can’t stop wondering if the first-time writer-director, Elijah Bynum, who has a talent for atmosphere, meant for us to actually take the story on the level. If so, it was a miscalculation. He has
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Film Review: Timothée Chalamet in ‘Hot Summer Nights’

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Film Review: Timothée Chalamet in ‘Hot Summer Nights’
Imagine a wistful hooking-up-on-the-boardwalk coming-of-age film, set on Cape Cod during the long hot summer of 1991, starring Timothée Chamalet in a variation on the passively precocious owl-eyed dreamer he played in “Call Me by Your Name.” Now imagine a scuzzy underworld drama that takes that same Chalamet character, in all his hooded sensual innocence, and turns him into a pot-dealing version of Mark Wahlberg in “Boogie Nights”: a cold hard opportunist who gets hooked on the life.

Put them together and you have “Hot Summer Nights,” a weirdly “romantic” drug drama that wastes no time burning plausibility to the ground. Yet even when it does, the actors keep it alive (sort of). Still, you can’t stop wondering if the first-time writer-director, Elijah Bynum, who has a talent for atmosphere, meant for us to actually take the story on the level. If so, it was a miscalculation. He has
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The Secret Majesty of Abba: They Were the Feminine Pop Opera of Their Time

In the ’70s, you always tended to hear two things about Abba: that they were most stratospherically successful pop group since the Beatles (which was true); and that musically, they were a shiny bouncy joke — the quintessence of bubble-gum triviality, four smiling Swedish troubadours in space-age polyester disco suits singing happy jingles of ear candy. Not everyone felt that way, of course; the people who bought all those Abba records clearly dug them. Yet it’s no exaggeration to say that Abba, in their heyday, were reviled by the mainstream press, and that if you tried to make a case for taking them seriously you’d probably be laughed out of the room.

With Abba, it went that way for a long time, though to me that’s quite a mind-boggling statement. For whenever I think of Abba, the following words tend to spring to mind: pure, pop, luscious,
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The Secret Majesty of Abba: They Were the Feminine Pop Opera of Their Time

  • Variety
In the ’70s, you always tended to hear two things about Abba: that they were most stratospherically successful pop group since the Beatles (which was true); and that musically, they were a shiny bouncy joke — the quintessence of bubble-gum triviality, four smiling Swedish troubadours in space-age polyester disco suits singing happy jingles of ear candy. Not everyone felt that way, of course; the people who bought all those Abba records clearly dug them. Yet it’s no exaggeration to say that Abba, in their heyday, were reviled by the mainstream press, and that if you tried to make a case for taking them seriously you’d probably be laughed out of the room.

With Abba, it went that way for a long time, though to me that’s quite a mind-boggling statement. For whenever I think of Abba, the following words tend to spring to mind: pure, pop, luscious,
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Dolly Parton Is Working Around the Clock on Her "Secret TV Projects" (Exclusive)

On June 25, Dolly Parton announced she'd soon be sharing her second star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with her 1987 Trio album collaborators, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris. "Of course, that's natural," the buxom country legend quipped on Instagram of being the first woman this century to be doubly honored on the famed strip. "I like to do things in pairs, if you know what I mean!" That's actually a rather modest claim for the 72-year-old superstar, whose to-do list just keeps multiplying. As reported last month, eight of Dolly's songs will be turned into an anthology series for Netflix, set to premiere in 2019. "I have always enjoyed telling stories through my music," said the singer, who'll serve as executive producer and star in several installments. Dolly, Emmylou, and Linda in 1987. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) The star is also working on two other "secret TV projects," a source has exclusively revealed to Closer Weekly.
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Robert De Niro, Lupita Nyong’o, Pink Among 2019 Walk of Fame Honorees

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the Walk of Fame Class of 2019 on Monday.

For film honors, Alan Arkin, Kristen Bell, Daniel Craig, Robert De Niro, Guillermo del Toro, Anne Hathaway, Lupita Nyong’o, Tyler Perry, and Gena Rowlands were selected.

In the television category, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Candice Bergen, Guy Fieri, Terrence Howard, Stacy Keach, Sid and Marty Krofft, Lucy Liu, Mandy Moore, Dianne Wiest, and Julia Child (posthumously) will receive stars along Hollywood Blvd.

Recipients in the recording group include Michael Buble, Cypress Hill, the Lettermen, Faith Hill, Tommy Mottola, P!nk, and Teddy Riley. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris will also receive a star together for “Trio,” and Jackie Wilson will be honored posthumously.

Idina Menzel, Cedric the Entertainer, Judith Light, and Paul Sorvino will be recognized in the live theater/live performance category.

Television producer and Walk of Famer himself Vin Di Bona,
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Robert de Niro, Lupita Nyong’o, Pink Among 2019 Walk of Fame Honorees

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Robert de Niro, Lupita Nyong’o, Pink Among 2019 Walk of Fame Honorees
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the Walk of Fame Class of 2019 on Monday.

For film honors, Alan Arkin, Kristen Bell, Daniel Craig, Robert De Niro, Guillermo del Toro, Anne Hathaway, Lupita Nyong’o, Tyler Perry, and Gena Rowlands were selected.

In the television category, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Candice Bergen, Guy Fieri, Terrence Howard, Stacy Keach, Sid and Marty Krofft, Lucy Liu, Mandy Moore, Dianne Wiest, and Julia Child (posthumously) will receive stars along Hollywood Blvd.

Recipients in the recording group include Michael Buble, Cypress Hill, the Lettermen, Faith Hill, Tommy Mottola, P!nk, and Teddy Riley. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris will also receive a star together for “Trio,” and Jackie Wilson will be honored posthumously.

Idina Menzel, Cedric the Entertainer, Judith Light, and Paul Sorvino will be recognized in the live theater/live performance category.

Television producer and Walk of Famer himself Vin Di Bona,
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Concert Review: Americana All-Star Trio I’m With Her Charms at L.A.’s Teragram Ballroom

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When Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan assembled to form an Americana all-star trio a few years ago, the name “Monsters of Folk” had already been claimed by an all-male supergroup. “Monsters of NPR” doesn’t really have the right ring to it, and avoiding “I’m With Keillor” proved to be wise, even though all three women were strongly associated with “Prairie Home Companion” and are now staples of its successor, “Live From Here.” They settled on I’m With Her, which was not without liability as a moniker, as the phrase was soon thereafter pilfered as a political mantra. That vague association is okay — I’m With Her’s show Monday at Los Angeles’ Teregram Ballroom did feel a bit like a rally, in favor of stunning female harmony singing and virtuosity.

Watkins wryly noted early in the show that the trio’s first album, “See You Around,
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15 Electrifying Musical Performances from Hugh Hefner's Playboy After Dark

15 Electrifying Musical Performances from Hugh Hefner's Playboy After Dark
It’s difficult to find an aspect of popular culture that Hugh Hefner didn’t influence during his long, remarkable life. Spanning journalism, television, film, fashion and, of course, sexuality, his impact on music is one of the least heralded aspects of his legacy. Over the course of two seasons, Hefner used his weekly syndicated variety show, Playboy After Dark, as a platform for a broad spectrum of artists.

Psychedelic sounds from San Fransisco (courtesy of the Grateful Dead), early heavy metal (provided by Deep Purple), country-tinged balladeers (thanks to Linda Ronstadt and the Byrds) and old-school crooners (like the
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Hugh Hefner, Playboy Founder, Dies at 91

Hugh Hefner, Playboy Founder, Dies at 91
Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner died on Wednesday at the Playboy Mansion in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of West Los Angeles. He was 91.

The media mogul’s influence went far beyond publishing — he created the sexual revolution nearly single-handedly (with some help from the advent of the birth control pill and the rise of feminism).

After starting the status quo-shattering Playboy magazine in 1953, Hefner went on to launch TV and film companies, finance documentaries, and preside over the Hollywood social scene from his bubbling Jacuzzi at the mansion, a frequent location for industry events. The mansion, which had became somewhat run-down, was sold in 2016, but the terms of the sale specified that he was allowed to live there until his death.

He is survived by his wife, Crystal, and four grown children: Christie, who served as CEO of Playboy Enterprise for more than 20 years, David, Marston, and Cooper, who currently serves as Chief Creative Officer at the
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame poll: Which snubbed female artist should be inducted next?

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame poll: Which snubbed female artist should be inducted next?
Let’s hear it for the ladies who rock! During this decade, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame voters have already done some major catch-up work by inducted the overlooked Joan Baez (2017), Darlene Love (201), Linda Ronstadt (2014), Donna Summer (2013). But there are still some snubbed female artists who deserve strong consideration for induction […]
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Meet The Voice’s Brennley Brown: ‘I Never in My Wildest Dreams Thought I’d Be Able to Do This — Especially at My Age’

Meet The Voice’s Brennley Brown: ‘I Never in My Wildest Dreams Thought I’d Be Able to Do This — Especially at My Age’
Brennley Brown might be one of the youngest contestants on The Voice season 12 , but she has consistently been a standout performer by making old classics feel new.

On Monday’s episode, the 15-year-old California native performed the Linda Ronstadt hit “Long, Long Time” and was met with standing ovations from her coach, Gwen Stefani, and this week’s key adviser Shania Twain.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Brown told People of the praise she received. “I’ve grown up with music from a very young age, I absolutely love her. Feedback from her and critiques, I will take with me the rest of my life.
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The Voice Top 12 Performance Recap: That Don't Impress Me Much, Except...

The Voice Top 12 Performance Recap: That Don't Impress Me Much, Except...
Going into The Voice’s Top 12 performance night — with Shania Twain trying on for size a fifth chair — Team Alicia’s Chris Blue looked — and, more importantly, sounded — like a lock to win Season 12. (I can’t be the only one still playing his version of Riri’s “Love On the Brain” on a loop, right? If it was vinyl, I’d have worn out three needles on it by now.) Was the retro-soul showman able to bring down the house once again Monday? Or did his star fade just enough for him to be outshone by a less flashy singer?
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Chuck Berry Dead at 90: Watch Scenes With His Music in ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Back to the Future’

Chuck Berry Dead at 90: Watch Scenes With His Music in ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Back to the Future’
Chuck Berry passed away on March 18 in Missouri, Variety reports. The 90-year-old guitarist was a cornerstone of rock and roll music, with energetic hits from the ’50s such as “Maybellene” and “Roll Over Beethoven.” He is also credited with perfecting onstage swagger, posing with his guitar and rocking out in a way that heavily influenced countless bands, from The Rolling Stones to Bruce Springsteen and beyond. Outside of effectively creating rock music, Berry also had a defining impact on the film industry, soundtracking two of cinema’s most iconic scenes and influencing scores of filmmakers and actors.

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Quentin Tarantino famously used “You Can Never Tell” during the Vincent and Mia dance scene in “Pulp Fiction:”

But even that cultural touchstone is eclipsed by Marty McFly’s cover of “Johnny B. Goode
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‘Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Director Recalls Chuck Berry: ‘Most Difficult Movie Star I’ve Even Worked With’

‘Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Director Recalls Chuck Berry: ‘Most Difficult Movie Star I’ve Even Worked With’
Taylor Hackford, director of the 1987 concert documentary “Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll,” on Saturday paid tribute to the rock icon Chuck Berry, who died earlier that day at age 90. “Chuck Berry was the greatest creative force in the birth of Rock & Roll – that’s a fact,” the Oscar-winning director wrote. “That’s why we all came together in 1986 to celebrate him in my film, ‘Hail, Hail, Rock & Roll': Keith Richards (Music Director), Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Linda Ronstadt, Julian Lennon, Etta James, Robbie Robertson and Bruce Springsteen.” Hackford also acknowledged the music icon’s reputation for causing a...
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Entertainment News: Hail Hail Rocker Chuck Berry, Who Dies at 90

St. Charles County, Mo – One of rock and roll music’s last living pioneers, Chuck Berry, was found dead in his home in St. Charles County, Missouri, on Mar. 18, 2017. He was the “Father of Rock ‘n Roll” for his hit songs in the 1950s, but Berry was also known for his controversies and live concert style. He was 90 years old.

Berry, along with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and others in the 1950s, established the style of songs that influenced a generation of rock artists, including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen and virtually any other guitar hero who had to learn Berry’s song “Johnny B. Goode” to get to the next level. His most productive period came in Chicago, when he recorded songs that he wrote for Chess Records on the near south side. John Lennon once said, “If you tried to give rock and roll another name,
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For William Bell, a Grammy Is a Lifetime in the Making

For William Bell, a Grammy Is a Lifetime in the Making
2017 is William Bell’s 60th year in the music industry. He’s 77 years old. Cream, the Byrds and Linda Ronstadt have recorded his songs. And this year, he’s up for his first Grammys.

Strangely, they’re in what could be considered opposing categories — American and traditional R&B — but it makes sense for Bell, who never quite fit into easy categories. Performer, songwriter, producer — Bell has done it all.

Born William Henry Yarborough in Memphis on July 16, 1939, Bell, like a lot of soul singers from his era, first started singing in church when he was just 8 years old. He
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George S. Irving, Tony Winner and Voice of Heat Miser, Dies at 94

George S. Irving, Tony Winner and Voice of Heat Miser, Dies at 94
George S. Irving, a veteran comic and voice actor who won a Tony for “Irene,” died Monday in New York of natural causes. He was 94.

The gruff-voiced Irving was born in 1922 as George Irving Shelasky in Springfield, Mass. He received the 17th Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre in 2008.

He was also known for a variety of voice acting roles such as the Heat Miser in Rankin/Bass’s stop-motion Christmas movies “The Year Without a Santa Claus” and “A Miser Brothers’ Christmas.” He also narrated the 1960s animated series “Underdog.”

Irving’s TV credits included sitcoms such as “Car 54, Where Are You?,” “The Patty Duke Show,” “All In The Family,” and the soap opera “Ryan’s Hope.”

He first appeared on Broadway in 1943 in the first run of “Oklahoma !” He received a Tony nomination for “Me and My Girl” and appeared on numerous plays and musicals including “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,
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