It was around 3 a.m. when a moment of surreal beauty unexpectedly burst forth from the grotesque chaos that marked the final day of Woodstock '99, soon to be re-dubbed "the day the music died." Perhaps Woodstock '99 was pressing its luck, having achieved a surprisingly successful edition in 1994 despite (or because of) fans tearing down the fences and entering for free. But Woodstock '94 had the benefit of being staged at the peak of the alt-era. Fast forward five years, though, and youth culture had fractured.
"We had so many men say to us, 'why do you hate men,' when nothing of the sort was ever discussed or even thought. What did celebrating women's music have to do with hating men? Not a damn thing, as far as I could tell."
The way James Brown saw it, the hardships in his life -- born in a shotgun shack in the woods, abandoned by his mother, spending days as a child picking cotton under the hot sun, troubles with the law, substance abuse issues, the betrayal of friends and business associates -- were not disadvantages, but rather, sacred consecrations.
There have been some mixed messages from the George Michael camp this week. The weekend was full of reports of friends' 'concern' for the reclusive star as he was, according to them, tucked up in his beautiful North London mansion, refusing to see anyone, embarrassed by apparent weight gain, and scars on his head sustained by his tumble onto the M1 last year.
Pitchfork Music Festival takes place in Chicago every summer and is known for having an array of musical guests. Here is a look at some of these performances close up.
Millions admire him, yet Justin Bieber's lifestyle is not a set of circumstances an average child or teenager can relate to. He is living in a world where the lines of morality and law are distorted by the fact that his negative actions carry minimal consequences.
Both literal and figurative rain clouds hovered over B.C.'s Pemberton Music Festival, but it didn't stop the event from raging on with everything it had.
Give a Guns tune a listen in there very near future. Turn it up and realize why this list is not flawed. Recognize the truth Axl gives these tunes, no matter if some will write them off as cheesy, schlock rock.
As an entertainment industry powerhouse routinely in the limelight, Beyoncé has emerged as a style icon, following in the footsteps of expressive female performers like Madonna.
Tonight on PBS, I'm joined by Rubén Blades. The 10-time Grammy winner, Harvard law school grad and former presidential candidate in Panama reflects on his varied career and talks about his new CD, Tangos.
Now in its ninth year, another Pitchfork Music Festival is now in the books and the unique Chicago fest has never been stronger.
For the series It's About The Words & Conversations, Rickie Lee Jones talks about the impact of Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea in her life and an ongoing desire for connection.
I wrote a song on our new record called "The Eco-Terrorist In Me." The song started with the simple realization that I have much more in common with what the industry and government calls an 'eco-terrorist' than with an industry and government bent on hiding the business of meat production from watchful eyes. If you have to find legal ways to hide the way you do business, that's the first sign that there is something wrong with the way you do business.
From Track One we learn right away that Tom Petty's mantra for this album is to "keep it simple." Like the minimalist guitar solo in U2′s With or Without You, Full Moon Fever starts with the simple chords of (what will soon be the albums biggest hit) Free Falling. In the first few lines of Free Falling we know the story's protagonist like we know our next-door neighbour. We see their public persona, but don't know their inner anguish.
Country music has but one queen, and she has no intention to abdicate the throne. Dolly Parton has entered a new phase of increasing cultural relevance.
Neil Young chose mostly songs of love and conciliation at his first-ever concert this week in Istanbul. Like the rare July rain that fell, the sentiment was a relief from the violence that smoulders throughout the region.