Why Some Artists Are Never Separated From Their Work (and Why Louis C.K. Was)

After the news broke about Louis C.K. and sexual misconduct, my mind ran over C.K.’s work, his stand-up, his curmudgeonly late-night appearances, his intimate, formally adventurous TV works, and my thoughts landed on someone else. I thought about Lena Dunham. They’ve been linked in my mind for years, ever since I saw someone give a […]

Get your family together and test your knowledge of sport, music, telly and more in our lockdown pub quiz

MUSIC Elton John 7 One True Voice 21 8 Lipps Inc. Marc Bolan Mabel The Rain Thriller by Michael Jackson Little Mix Paul Cattermole Shawn Carter 1977 We Are The Champions All around Billie Eilish Drums Amy Winehouse Michael Eavis TELLY Jess Hayes and Max Morley Torquay Ten Jamie Laing Samir Rachid University Challenge Gavin […]

HBO film finds what Elvis sought his whole life

While most of the films were heavy on music, the few that weren’t didn’t do as well at the box office. On the other hand, the songs written for him to perform in films like “Fun in Acapulco” and “Harum Scarum” were mostly unworthy of his talent. One reason is that Parker insisted that Elvis […]

Bill Withers Was the Definition of Timeless

He may have been the most unusual star of his era, but only in the sense that he was normal in a way that virtually no rock stars were. He was, first of all, what was then considered to be old — over 30 when he recorded his first album, 1971’s Just As I Am. […]

New Orleans calliope tribute for jazz great Ellis Marsalis

Debbie Fagnano, the calliope player for the riverboat Natchez, plays a 15-minute hymn and gospel medley, Friday, April 3, 2020 as a tribute to jazz pianist and educator Ellis Marsalis, who died Wednesday of pneumonia brought on by COVID-19. A steamboat company spokeswoman said that since the calliope carries a long way, the Natchez may […]

The 2019 CMAs were a celebration of women (until they weren’t)

The morning after, it comes back to the systemic issue of women’s voices not being valued. There remain those who are willfully, obtusely puzzled by the idea that women could actually be marginalized and that marginalization doesn’t lead step-by-step to this outcome. Not getting played on the radio means not getting as many touring opportunities […]

What’s New On Netflix: April 2020

Meanwhile, a few Netflix Originals series will also make their debut, including “The Midnight Gospel,” “Never Have I Ever,” “#blackAF,” “Brews Brothers” and “Outer Banks.” You can also expect new seasons of “The Last Kingdom,” “After Life,” “The House of Flowers” and more.

Elvis Presley: The return of the King

Presley’s first professional commitment in his new civilian life was to spend two days in a studio in Nashville, recording material to be rushed out for sale to the 1,275,077 people who had placed advance orders for his new single while he was still in Germany, before the songs had even been selected. Once that […]

Bill Withers: the brilliant folk-soul star who said it all with time to spare

Moreover, there was a vast range and depth to his sound behind the easy-going façade: Withers could do funk, he could do gospel and he could do blues, all with apparent ease. He could also do disco, commonly held to be the undoing of a whole school of earnest black artists of the early 70s. […]

LGBT Lobby Attacks Rev. Franklin Graham for Christian Outreach in New York

“I assume that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools,” he wrote.