William Orbit's Bright Life: Madonna, Narcotics, and Helicopter-Trained Dogs

William Orbit was on the verge of becoming interstellar in the early 2000s. He was the Mark Ronson or Jack Antonoff of his day, one of the great pop builders of the Y2K period. In 1998, he produced Madonna's Grammy-winning Ray of Light, with its captivating techno-lite; a year later, he produced Blur's 13; and […]

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"These Are His Real Remains": The Battle Over Jeff Buckley's Last Recordings

Before his death in 1997, Jeff Buckley had released two live EPs (Live at Sin-é in 1993 and Live from the Bataclan in 1995) as well as one full studio album (Grace in 1994). Eight live albums and numerous compilation albums have been published after his death, covering music recorded when he was contracted to […]

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