Elton John

Childhood Photos of Famous Rock Stars

A few days ago we shared adorable pictures from the early years of some of our favorite writers with you, including an amazing photo of Ernest Hemingway in a dress. Today, we thought it might be fun to revisit the concept, but this time turning our focus on the music world. We don’t know about you, but we never really picture rock ‘n’ roll stars as having childhoods; wearing clothes that your parents have picked out for you and going through an awkward stage is the opposite of bad-ass. So, if you’re curious as to what Courtney Love looked like decades before she ever met Kurt — or you’d like to see how freaking cute he was as a little kid — click through to check out our roundup now. … Read More

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A Few Outfits We Hope Make It Into Elton John’s Biopic

Today brings the exciting news that Sir Elton John is producing Rocketman, a biopic based on his own life story; according to producer Steve Hamilton Shaw, “It will be as unique as Elton’s life, told in a non-linear and hyper-visual manner that will transport people through the many intense experiences, some wonderful, some not, that helped define Elton as an artist, musician and man.” We don’t know about you, but we’re already gleefully rubbing our hands together at the prospect of so many fantastic costumes in one film. In recent years, John has tamed down his signature look quite a bit (he reportedly thinks that he’s too old for sequins and skintight clothes), but back in the good old bad old days, he liked to perform in glamorous outfits that were delightfully over-the-top. After the jump, we’ve rounded up some images of our favorite feathered and bedazzled ensembles; hopefully more than a few of these will make their way into the movie! … Read More

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Vintage Photos of Famous Musicians Playing Sports

Sometimes, it seems like you have to be one thing or the other — an athlete or a brain, a princess or a criminal. But as we learned from The Breakfast Club, that’s simply not the case. We recently took a look at intriguing photos of famous authors playing sports — proving once and for all that nerds can be athletic too — and that got us thinking about the famous musicians who’ve also dabbled in the physical arts, often times with each other. Click through to see George Harrison taking on Bob Dylan at tennis, Robert Plant playing soccer in a speedo, Elvis in his football finery, and more. It’s enough to get our blood pumping. … Read More

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10 of Music's Most Disappointing Duets

If you watched True Blood on Sunday night, you probably heard the Nick Cave/Neko Case version of The Zombies’ “She’s Not There” that played over the end credits. We were pretty excited to hear about this collaboration, but unfortunately it proved somewhat less than the sum of its parts – Case’s vocals were decidedly lackluster while Cave, as our own Judy Berman put it, sounded “like the deep-voiced guy on every early-’90s house track.” Ouch. There have been plenty of heinous duets over the years (like this one, which is like the musical equivalent of pairing Beelzebub with Elizabeth Báthory) — but no one expects anything good to come of such things. Somehow it’s more disappointing when it’s two artists you genuinely like and respect who combine to create something that proves a whole less exciting than it sounded on paper. Like this lot, for instance. … Read More

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Ellie Goulding on Tinie, Elton, and Playing the Royal Wedding

It’s been a big year for Ellie Goulding. Never mind that last year saw the UK singer/songwriter win the BBC Sound of 2010 award, release her debut album to a No. 1 chart position in Great Britain, and basically become a household name across Europe. In 2011, she topped it all by staging a performance at the royal wedding, at the personal request of the world’s most talked about couple. With all that momentum, people Stateside are starting to perk up and take notice, as evidenced by Goulding’s recent appearance on Saturday Night Live. And it’s only a matter of time before Lights, the album driven by undeniable dance-pop hits like “Starry Eyed” and the title track, makes a similarly resounding impact in the US.

In our exclusive interactive interview, Goulding discusses performing for William and Kate, collaborating with Tinie Tempah, her surprise hit cover version of Elton John’s “Your Song,” and mixing music and marathons. Control the questions yourself by selecting any one you want in the video player, and get an instant response. … Read More

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10 Great Musicians Photographed With Their Dogs

When one of our favorite book blogs, the Millions, tipped us off to this great photo gallery of writers with their dogs, we thought about all the famous furry companions in other disciplines and realized how many of our favorite musicians have secret odes to their dogs. Okay, okay, so the whole story about “Mandy” being Barry Manilow’s dog is an urban legend, but we’re of the opinion that every hardworking musician needs a furry bellwarmer for the cold nights.  Plus, we all know that the internet is mostly for looking at cute pictures of animals, so how could we resist? Click through to see ten musicians with their best furry friends. … Read More

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Paper Miniatures of Famous Musicians

For their series Star, People Too (aka Russian designers Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Ehrlich) created miniature paper versions of famous musicians using tools like tweezers and knives and a combination of construction and specialty papers — and they come complete with tiny instruments and painfully detailed sets! Click through to see the mini versions of Bob Marley, The Beatles, Elton John, Elvis, Michael Jackson, and Queen. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Ashton Kutcher’s Twitter account (which currently has almost 6.4 million followers) was anonymously hacked yesterday by someone at TED 2011 who was trying to demonstrate that many of our favorite web applications don’t use high-security encryption to protect their data. Point made. [via Gawker]

2. The lovely Diane Lane has signed on… Read More

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The 10 Most Iconic Sunglasses of All Time

Let’s face it: nothing instantly ups your cool quota better than a set of killer sunglasses. There’s just something so mysterious and, well, bad-ass about a great pair of sunglasses, and perhaps that’s why so many celebrities rock them 24/7 and so many set designers push them as the essential cool-kid movie props. As far as, you know, shielding your eyes from the sun? Well, that’s obviously an afterthought. They come in a million different shapes and sizes, but some sunglasses — and the celebrities and characters who popularized them — are iconic artifacts of our collective culture. Click through to see our countdown of the 10 most iconic sunglasses of all time, and don’t forget to let us know what we’ve missed. … Read More

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What’s On At Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we were mesmerized by Amy Sedaris’s new YouTube Channel. We got a look at the first image of the cast of X-Men: First Class and the first action shot from the new Spider-Man movie. We got a good chuckle out of one of the… Read More

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