Angel So Fly
An oral history of Aaliyah.
An oral history of Aaliyah.
How Irv Teibel pioneered the capturing and repackaging of nature’s acoustics.
“It is a story that seems almost impossible to believe: a group of female convicts, few of whom had ever played a musical instrument or taken voice lessons, forming a country and western band and becoming, at least in Texas, the Dixie Chicks of their day.”
At 76, Atlanta’s Beverly “Guitar” Watkins still lives for the blues.
When James Brown died on Christmas Day 2006, he left behind a fortune worth tens, maybe hundreds, of millions of dollars. The problem is, he also left behind fourteen children, sixteen grandchildren, eight mothers of his children, several mistresses, thirty lawyers, a former manager, an aging dancer, a longtime valet, and a sister who’s really not a sister but calls herself the Godsister of Soul anyway.
"If I had been a straight-A student my whole life and had rapped about Jesus coming back to save us all, I wouldn’t get no media. The motherfuckers wouldn’t give a fuck about me. But since I’m telling the truth, and been through what I’m stressing and know what I’m talking about, I’m a threat."
‘‘That’s something I don’t think I could ever do,’’ she said. ‘‘Send my only girl to another random country to live with people she’d just met. It had to be God that paralyzed Monica Fenty’s emotions so that she’d say, ‘Yes, go.’ To this day, I don’t know how that happened. But thank God it did.’’
Attending a meeting of the Continental Drift Club in Berlin.
The making of Blonde on Blonde in Nashville.
Tracking down the very best in Grateful Dead concert concessions.
The former Van Halen front man has actually made more money from booze and food than from music.
Inside the cutthroat world of competitive bagpiping.
From 1968-1973, the three teenage Wiggin sisters, guided by a domineering father, played their strange music at New Hampshire ballrooms and recorded a single album. The Philosophy of the World LP goes for over $500 today, but the intervening decades have not been kind to the Wiggins.
On the life and death of The Voice contestant Anthony Riley.
On Keith Richards’ autobiography.
There’s some very sensible advice on how to take drugs, too.
The Runaways, their manager Kim Fowley, and the rape of the band’s bassist, long kept a secret.
Remembering jazz musician Ornette Coleman.
On the wandering career and sweet baritone voice of Art Laboe, the DJ behind the phrase “oldies but goodies.”
Scott Storch, a producer who earned six figures for beats he made in less than an hour, was worth an estimated $70 million. Then he blew it all in a bizarre cocaine binge.
In the wake of Rumours, the band endures a series of break-ups.
A profile of the singer as he returns to the stage for the first time in a dozen years.
A profile of Gil-Scott Heron.
On Billy Joel’s sardonic gloom.
A gospel singer comes out.
A woman travels in a band on the way to their next show.
"With raised eyebrows, Jay crouched down, turned his hand up, and motioned wide. From the flat top, we could see oil rigs in the distance. A pair of buzzards looped in a slow figure eight. I wondered what kind of body lay out there on that red expanse, just out of my eye line, drying out under the sun into those bleached desert bones people put on fireplaces. They disgusted me, sure, but something about them called for touch, to feel those natural cracks in skulls, how similar we are to porcelain on the inside. Once we lose our connective tissue, we can show softer to those that put their hands on us."