Dressing Up Was Great, But My Codpiece Was Notably Unfragrant: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson, the multimillion-selling prog rockers Jethro Tull's frontman, told me in 1993 that 2000 would be a good moment to put up his flute. He says now, "I think I was confusing myself with British Airways pilots who are out when they turn 65." "If you're a fully vaccinated professional tennis player, you might […]

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The Mysterious World of Songwriter eden ahbez

The King Cole Trio issued their second 78rpm single of the year in late March 1948. The three, who were already well-known for crossover pop hits like (I Love You) for Sentimental Reasons, decided to try something new for their upcoming album. Nature Boy, which was originally buried on a B-side, was unlike anything else […]

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‘Art Is Appropriation,' Says Folklorist Jake Xerxes Fussell

Jake Xerxes Fussell attempted and failed for more than a decade to perform an ancient American folk tune he had adored since he was a youngster. "Oh, go get your revolver / And come on and blow out my brain / For I'd rather be dead and in my grave / Than to be in […]

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My Bloody Valentine Slam Spotify for Presenting ‘Fake' Lyrics

Spotify has been chastised by My Bloody Valentine for displaying "fake lyrics" to the shoegaze band's notoriously enigmatic tracks. Spotify announced a function in November 2021 that allows users to read along with the lyrics while listening to any music. The band tweeted, "Just noticed that Spotify has put fake lyrics up for our songs […]

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Adele's Divorce Album Is Subtly Provocative

For music stars, Las Vegas is a welcoming destination. It's where you go to be validated for a job well done, to rest on a strong legacy at a time when the future may have grown less assured and any timid steps towards it may jeopardize that legacy. Once her struggles, it seemed to be […]

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After a Protracted Court Struggle, Prince's Estate Is Worth $156.4 Million

The late pop musician Prince's estate, including his song collection, has been appraised at $156.4 million (£114 million), almost double its previous estimate. Comerica Bank, the estate's administrator, reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Prince's heirs on the amount. The artist died without a will in 2016, and his fortune will […]

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