Natalie Cole

Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Ranking Intergenerational Musical Collaborations from Best to Worst

This week sees the release of The Bravest Man in the Universe, the intriguing new record that teams iconic soul vocalist Bobby Womack with Damon Albarn and XL Records founder Richard Russell, both of whom handle production duties. It’s an intriguing proposition on paper, and on record, the results are thoroughly excellent listening. The intergenerational nature of the collaboration, which also features an unlikely duet with Lana Del Rey — and the news this week that John Cale is working with Danger Mouse — has got us thinking about other occasions when artists from different musical eras have gotten together and produced music to bridge the generation gap. Sometimes it works, and sometimes, well, it doesn’t. We’ve ranked a few of the most notable such collaborations from best to worst. Let us know what you think. … Read More

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A Collection of Offbeat Rock Star Appearances in Animation

Let’s face it. Disney isn’t normally knocking on musicians’ doors, asking them to join the cast of their next animated masterpiece. Yet through the years, artists such as Lou Reed, Marilyn Manson, Tom Petty, and the lovable Donny Osmond (he was a little bit rock and roll, lest we forget!) have lent their voices and talents to a few lesser-known animated films, and cartoon series as well. Whether making an animated cameo, contributing to the soundtrack, or even taking on a completely different character, you’ll find that these ten rock and roll artists have certainly left their mark on the industry. Who did we leave out? … Read More

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Classic Celebrity Memoirs and Their Contemporary Counterparts

“Everybody needs his memories,” Saul Bellow once wrote. “They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.” These days, the same can be true of fame. It’s no surprise then that celebrity memoirs and autobiographies continue to flood the market — much to our personal glee. As self-proclaimed aficionados, we’ve decided to help you navigate the waters; here are a few contemporary titles, paired with a soft focus homage to their vintage predecessors, never to be forgotten. If you’ve got a recommendation to add to our list, be sure to leave it in the comments. … Read More

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American Idol Recapped: Tough to swallow, huh Adam?

Holy mole-y! Last night’s Idol had more unexpected twists than a Sidney Sheldon novel — and many of them served as a refreshing shake-up in a competition that’s become increasingly coma-inducing over the past few weeks. Matt Giraud and his forehead growth (let’s call him Mattais, shall we) were sent packing in the only one of our predictions that struck gold. But the BIG news is that, after months of wishin’ and hopin’ and prayin’ on our part, Adam Lambert was finally put right where he belongs: The bottom two. Suck on that Ads! We seriously hope this means the rest of America is becoming as sick of his howler monkey vocal stylings and cheap dramatics as we’ve been since February. … Read More

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Daily Poll: Would You Offer a Stranger a Kidney?

As the London Times reports, several Larry King viewers emailed in to last night’s show to offer Natalie Cole a kidney donation after the singer revealed that she was suffering renal failure. (Cole contracted Hepatitis C in the ’80s, but was only diagnosed last year.) Her response to her crazy generous fans? “There are some great human beings out there. That’s all I can say.” … Read More

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