Freedom of Expression: 2 Live Crew, Decoded

2020-04-09T17:48:51+01:00April 9th, 2020|MUSIC|

The rap group 2 Live Crew and their controversial hit recording “As Nasty as They Wanna Be” may well earn a signal place in the history of First Amendment rights. But just as important is how these lyrics will be interpreted and by whom.

Renaldo and Clara (1978) – Review by Pauline Kael

2019-11-14T13:36:55+00:00November 14th, 2019|CINEMA, MUSIC|

Like Mailer, Dylan is an artist who intended to do something in advance of conventional movies—more poetic, more ‘true’—yet Renaldo and Clara, like Mailer’s Wild 90, Beyond the Law and Maidstone, is marked by an absence of artistic intelligence. The picture hasn’t been thought out in terms of movement or a visual plan.

TOM PETTY: RUNNING’ DOWN A DREAM

2017-12-01T09:48:52+00:00December 1st, 2017|MUSIC|

In the following interview, Tom Petty talks, in a genteel drawl, about his solo album, Full Moon Fever, his songwriting process, his relationships with collaborators old and new, and the quality of his life these days.

MUDCRUTCH: RUNNIN’ DOWN A DREAM

2020-05-04T01:20:50+01:00October 15th, 2017|MUSIC|

At the dawn of the 1970s, a young Florida band had plausible dreams of making it big. “We were better than anyone else,” recalls their bassist, Tom Petty, of his doomed first band, Mudcrutch. Now, though, he has reunited this mix of Heartbreakers and guitar teachers for a long-awaited turn in the spotlight.

METALLICA: PLAYBOY INTERVIEW (2001)

2017-10-10T17:35:27+01:00October 10th, 2017|MUSIC|

Playboy sent freelance writer Rob Tannenbaum to interview the last of the big rock bands. He found that although the band members were out of touch with one another during the hiatus, they were not out of one another’s minds.