A couple of weeks back, we surveyed some fascinating conspiracy theories about literary characters. The idea has got us thinking about similar whisperings which hail from a place where truth is often stranger than fiction: the music industry! Click through and read some of the most weird and wonderful conspiracy theories the world of music has thrown up over the years, and let us know if you have any to… Read More
It’s hard out there for a rock star. All those people out there venerating your image and hanging on your every word — you really have to choose your words carefully. Someone’s always going to remember them. To that end, Jeremy Simmonds, London-based rock writer and author of The Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns and Ham Sandwiches, which just hit shelves this month, has put together a list of famous last words — and we mean very last words — from some of our favorite musicians. “Rock musicians – bless ’em,” Simmonds writes. “They spend their entire lives trying to create the perfect couplet, the lyric that will speak either to the faithful concert crowd, or perhaps just that one dedicated follower sitting alone in his bedsit, wishing he’d thought of it. And while some artists may kill themselves in achieving this, there are as many who might just die trying. However, when the final moment does arrive, even the most articulate can struggle to find the right words…” Read on to find out just what those words, right or wrong, might be.
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With the inevitable 1990s revival in full swing these days, it’s perhaps a good time to remind ourselves that it can be awfully easy to look back at the past with distinctly rose-colored glasses. Sure, the ’90s gave rise to some definitive musical trends, the influence of which is still felt today — the tail end of acid house, the advent of grunge, the evolution of hip hop into a full-fledged commercial behemoth. It also gave rise to some distinctive musical fashion, as anyone who sports a Cobain-esque flannelette shirt can attest. But lest we forget, much of the decade was also a pretty dark time for both music and musical fashion — so in a lighthearted spirit of reminiscence, here’s a look back at some of the most profoundly dreadful music-related fashion statements of the decade. What did we miss?
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1. Apparently Tupac’s hologram might be headed out on tour. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that a close source to Dr. Dre says that he and Snoop Dogg are seriously considering it: “One option would be a tour in stadiums, involving other hip-hop stars, including Eminem, 50 Cent, and Wiz Khalifa. Alternately,… Read More
Weekend one of Coachella — the unofficial kick-off of the summer music festival season — has come and gone with the requisite reports of drug-fueled crazy dancers and #coachellaproblems. But the big news from the concert grounds seems to be that headliners Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg were joined on stage by a hologram version of Tupac Shakur, who then proceeded to rap “2 of Americaz Most Wanted” along with Snoop; Radiohead’s two-hour set was totally packed, but worth fighting the crowds to see; and the celebrity-watching opportunities were even more fruitful than they normally are. (Who would have thought David Hasselhoff even know what Coachella was?) Click through our photo gallery to check out shots from some of the weekend’s best performances, and if you were there, be sure to let us know what you thought in the comments.
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What’s more surprising — that Hole have canceled a scheduled set at Australia’s Soundwave Festival because they were slated to open for Limp Bizkit, or that both bands still exist in 2011? Either way, this makes one more well-publicized feud for Courtney Love, who tweeted at the festival’s promoter, AJ Maddah, “What bloody flight of crazed fancy made you think we’d open for Limp Bizkit dude? No offense, that’s nuts.” (Lest you begin to feel some pity for Maddah, let it be known that he responded by calling her a “rotten twat.”) This Hole vs. Limp Bizkit beef, which could just as easily have happened in 1997, got us thinking about the many epic musician feuds that took place in the ’90s — a few of which did not even include Love. Reminisce with us after the jump.
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1. For reasons unclear to us (OK, not really, it’s a paycheck), the lovely Judy Greer has joined the cast of Two and a Half Men. She’ll be playing the role of Ashton Kutcher‘s soon-to-be ex-wife. [via Vulture]
It’s one of the enduring mysteries of the hip hop world -– who shot Tupac Shakur in the lobby of Quad Studios in New York in November 1994, thus catalyzing the ongoing East/West feud that’d eventually leave both Shakur and East Coast rival Biggie Smalls dead? Shakur was robbed and then shot five times, but somehow survived –- in the aftermath of the shooting, he accused Sean “Puffy” Combs (aka Puff Daddy, aka P Diddy, aka etc etc) and his protégé Smalls of ordering the attack, leading to a cycle of recrimination and revenge that led to both rappers’ deaths. Whether Tupac’s accusations were founded or not has never been clear, but now the mystery may be solved –- according to hip hop website allhiphop.com, a gentleman named Dexter Isaac has apparently confessed to the shooting, and claimed he carried it out on the orders of record executive James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond. Read on for the gory details.
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Last night, morbid curiosity compelled us to check out the debut episode of Platinum Hit, a song that has Jewel and Kara DioGuardi searching for America’s next top songwriter. Allow us to save you some time: it’s terrible. We’re not sure whether the problem is the hyper-styled yet uninspired contestants or the show’s tight time constraints, but we feel confident in saying that it’s no Top Chef. The first challenge had the musicians composing odes to Los Angeles — and, despite being New Yorkers, the songs were so nauseating that we couldn’t help but feel for our friends to the west. That has inspired us to help heal their pain by rounding up ten of our favorite songs about L.A. They aren’t all happy, but at least they’re listenable.
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1. Tony Award-winning playwright and director Arthur Laurents (who wrote the books for West Side Story and Gypsy) passed away earlier today due to complications of pneumonia. He was believed to be 93. [via LAT]
2. After nearly a decade of false starts, production on Live to Tell, the screenplay that Tupac Shakur… Read More