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Space oddity: song rejected by Kubrick for 2001 released after 52 years

Stanley Kubrick asked a young publicist to write a track for his movie, but didn’t use it. Now we can all hear itStanley Kubrick’s enigmatic film 2001: A Space Odyssey has posed a puzzle from the first. The unsettling story of a manned space journey to Jupiter, it continues to intrigue audiences 50 years after its release.But now, thanks to a small British record label, a “lost” original song, commissioned especially for the film but never used, is winning admiration from fans for the way it cat...
Tags: Music, Film, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, Stanley Kubrick, Kubrick, Jupiter, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Science fiction and fantasy films


On my radar: Jason Williamson's cultural highlights

The Sleaford Mods frontman on a favourite singer-songwriter, a hellish horror film and why he spends seven hours a day on TwitterJason Williamson, lead vocalist of English electronic punk music duo Sleaford Mods, was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire in 1970. He moved to Nottingham in 1995, where he began working with rock band Spiritualized and electronic duo Bent. In 2009, he met Andrew Fearn and they released the first Sleaford Mods album, Divide and Exit, in 2014. They have since been called “t...
Tags: Books, Music, UK, Television, Film, Documentary, Culture, Britain, Pop and rock, Punk, Nottingham, Horror Films, Mark Lanegan, Spiritualized, Sleaford Mods, Jason Williamson


The 20 best music biopics - ranked!

As the David Bowie biopic Stardust is released, we take a look through the greatest music star portrayals – from Johnny Cash and Billie Holiday to Ian Curtis and Ray CharlesSome inspired casting made this biopic fiercely watchable – and it’s a movie that doesn’t quite conform to either of the genre’s two templates: underdog rise or tragic downfall. Dennis Quaid is the rock’n’roll wild man Jerry Lee Lewis, the insurgent 50s star who married his 13-year-old cousin, Myra, played by Winona Ryder – t...
Tags: Music, Film, US, Culture, David Bowie, Biopics, Alec Baldwin, Lewis, Johnny Cash, Ian Curtis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Winona Ryder, Myra, Dennis Quaid, Jimmy Swaggart, Ray CharlesSome


'The humanity of black characters is often forgotten': behind Oscar-tipped One Night in Miami

In an acclaimed new film, the story of a night between four major figures – Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, Jim Brown and Muhammad Ali – is brought to lifeOne thing is certain: vanilla ice cream was eaten. The rest? If only we knew.The year is 1964 and activist Malcolm X, singer-songwriter Sam Cooke and American football player Jim Brown gather in Miami, Florida, to cheer boxer Muhammad Ali – then Cassius Clay – to his first world heavyweight championship. No celebration is planned because he was not expe...
Tags: Music, Film, Culture, Miami, Boxing, Muhammad Ali, Cassius Clay, Sam Cooke, Malcolm X, Miami Florida, Malcolm, Jim Brown, Drama films, Malcolm X Sam Cooke Jim Brown


New Documentary Sisters with Transistors Tells the Story of Electronic Music’s Female Pioneers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22PRZO2HnJE “Technology is a tremendous liberator,” says Laurie Anderson in her voiceover narration for the new documentary Sisters with Transistors, a look at the women who have pioneered electronic music since its beginnings and been integral to inventing new sounds and ways of making them. “Women were naturally drawn to electronic music. You didn’t have to be accepted by any of the male-dominated resources. You could make something with electronics, and...
Tags: Google, Music, Film, College, Bbc, New York Times, Laurie Anderson, Facebook Twitter, AFI, Rovner, Durham NC Follow, Pauline Oliveros, Delia Derbyshire, Clara Rockmore, Eliane Radigue, Daphne Oram


21 things to look forward to in 2021 – from meteor showers to the Olympics

From finally seeing the back of Donald Trump to being in a football stadium – the new year is full of promiseYou probably found a few things to enjoy about last year: you rediscovered your bicycle, perhaps, or your family, or even both, and learned to love trees. And don’t forget the clapping. Plus some brilliant scientists figured out how to make a safe and effective vaccine for a brand new virus in record time. Continue reading...
Tags: Travel, Food, Space, Music, Politics, Science, Television, Film, Sport, Life and style, UK News, World news, US news, History, Culture, US politics


Favorite Media of 2020

For the 11th consecutive time (previously: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019), here’s my massive look-back at all my favorite things that I consumed over the past year. As always, this is limited to things that were released in 2020, and it’s of course HIGHLY subjective — this is not a round-up of the best media of 2020, but rather a look back at stuff I really enjoyed this past year, because I like the exercise of doing it. And that of course means there’s plen...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Top 5, Games, Music, Japan, TV, Podcasts, Film, Youtube, Web, Magazines, James Bond, Tokyo, Anime, PJ Harvey


What’s Entering the Public Domain in 2021: The Great Gatsby & Mrs. Dalloway, Music by Irving Berlin & Duke Ellington, Comedies by Harold Lloyd & Buster Keaton, and More

“The year 1925 was a golden moment in literary history,” writes the BBC’s Jane Ciabattari. “Ernest Hemingway’s first book, In Our Time, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby were all published that year. As were Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans, John Dos Passos’ Manhattan Transfer, Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy and Sinclair Lewis’s Arrowsmith, among others.” In that year, adds Director of Duke’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain Jenni...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, Film, College, Bbc, United States, Literature, Manhattan, Jordan, Seoul, Google Books, Duke, NICK, Gertrude Stein, Public Domain


What’s Entering the Public Domain in 2021: The Great Gatsby & Mrs. Dalloway, Music by Irving Berlin & Duke Ellington, Comedies by Buster Keaton, and More

“The year 1925 was a golden moment in literary history,” writes the BBC’s Jane Ciabattari. “Ernest Hemingway’s first book, In Our Time, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby were all published that year. As were Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans, John Dos Passos’ Manhattan Transfer, Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy and Sinclair Lewis’s Arrowsmith, among others.” In that year, adds Director of Duke’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain Jenni...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, Film, College, Bbc, United States, Literature, Manhattan, Jordan, Seoul, Google Books, Duke, NICK, Gertrude Stein, Public Domain


Claude Bolling obituary

Leading figure in French jazz, as a pianist, composer and bandleader, who also wrote more than 100 film scoresClaude Bolling, the pianist, composer and bandleader, who has died aged 90, was a leading figure in French jazz from the early 1950s, who worked with many international stars, and celebrated the rich and complex history of jazz with his own particular brand of virtuosic enthusiasm.Bolling’s keyboard skills brought him widespread acclaim by his mid-teens, and he developed a jazz-piano sty...
Tags: Europe, Music, Film, France, World news, Jazz, Bolling, Duke Ellington, Claude Bolling, Earl Hines Teddy Wilson


Synchronic Cinema – a new podcast about film and music

I enjoyed the first episode of Synchronic Cinema, a new podcast by filmmaker Case Esparros. In the premiere episode Case interviews musician and filmmaker Flying Lotus.
Tags: Video, Music, News, Podcasts, Film


Peter Jackson Gives Us an Enticing Sneak Peek of His Upcoming Beatles Documentary The Beatles: Get Back

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UocEGvQ10OE The legendary acrimony of the Beatles’ break-up comes through in Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 film Let it Be, which documents the recording of their last studio album and their famous rooftop sendoff concert, joined by keyboardist Billy Preston. Things got so tense that George Harrison left the band during the sessions. He later called them “the low of all time.” Lennon went further: “hell… the most miserable sessions on earth.” Though some of t...
Tags: Google, Music, Film, College, George Harrison, Yoko Ono, Paul Mccartney, Jackson, Rolling Stone, Peter Jackson, Ringo Starr, Ringo, Mccartney, Lennon, Peter, Facebook Twitter


Peter Jackson Gives Us an Enticing Glimpse of His Upcoming Beatles Documentary The Beatles: Get Back

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UocEGvQ10OE The legendary acrimony of the Beatles’ break-up comes through in Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 film Let it Be, which documents the recording of their last studio album and their famous rooftop sendoff concert, joined by keyboardist Billy Preston. Things got so tense that George Harrison left the band during the sessions. He later called them “the low of all time.” Lennon went further: “hell… the most miserable sessions on earth.” Though some of t...
Tags: Google, Music, Film, College, George Harrison, Yoko Ono, Paul Mccartney, Jackson, Rolling Stone, Peter Jackson, Ringo Starr, Ringo, Mccartney, Lennon, Peter, Facebook Twitter


'All they want is my voice': the real story of 'Mother of the Blues' Ma Rainey

The subject of Oscar-tipped Netflix drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was a pioneering queer black singer who battled white producers for controlWhen Florene Dawkins helped come to the rescue of a house that once belonged to Ma Rainey, the “Mother of the Blues”, it was boarded up, frequented by thieves and on the brink of collapse. Related: ‘Chadwick will be remembered as a hero’: Denzel Washington and Viola Davis on making Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Viola Davis, Film, Netflix, Culture, Stage, Blues, Denzel Washington, Ma Rainey, August Wilson, Chadwick, Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey, Florene Dawkins, Ma Rainey 's Black Bottom Continue


Cher at 74: 'There are 20-year-old girls who can’t do what I do’

Her $60m annual Las Vegas residency was off the cards this year, but the singer still has lots to say about animal rights, Trump’s ‘toxic’ politics, cosmetic surgery and the men in her lifeThe Goddess of Pop is in town. And what an entrance she makes. Two-tone black-and-white beret, matching jacket, skinny jeans, black boots, black mask, and an elephant-shaped knuckle-duster. She looks the ultimate in revolutionary chic – Cher Guevara. She is not in London to promote a record (100m sold and coun...
Tags: Music, London, Film, Animals, World news, Bbc, Culture, Pop and rock, Animal Welfare, Pakistan, Cambodia, Las Vegas, Cher, Tom Cruise, Trump, Broadcasting House


David Byrne: 'Spike Lee and I have a lot in common'

The former Talking Heads frontman on the importance of performance, covering Janelle Monáe, and his hope for the American experimentDavid Byrne is one of popular culture’s great polymaths: a musician, producer, artist, actor, author, record label owner and film-maker. He was a founding member and lead singer of the influential post-punk group and has had a long and varied solo career that has included collaborations with Brian Eno and St Vincent. The film of Byrne’s acclaimed 2019 Broadway sta...
Tags: Music, New York, Film, Culture, Broadway, Spike Lee, Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Janelle Monae, David Byrne, Byrne


One of the Greatest Dances Sequences Ever Captured on Film Gets Restored in Color by AI: Watch the Classic Scene from Stormy Weather

It really is a wonder, knowing what we know about the history of racism and discrimination in Hollywood and America in general, that the musical Stormy Weather even got made in 1943. Along with one other similar film Cabin in the Sky, it’s one of the few American musicals of the 20th century with an all-Black cast, top billing and all. And what a cast, just some of the most talented artists of their time: Bojangles Robinson, Lena Horne, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, and the Nicholas Brothers star....
Tags: Google, Music, New York, Hollywood, Film, College, America, Dance, Philadelphia, Harlem, Harold, Facebook Twitter, Betty Boop, Samuel Goldwyn, KCRW, Nicholas Brothers


Fine Young Cannibal Roland Gift: 'I went back to where being pretty didn't matter'

He was ‘the first black punk in Hull’ and was named one of the world’s 50 most beautiful people. But the singer turned his back on pop stardom. He reveals why he’s returning with a gritty musical about a band called The BlacksThere are no film posters up in Roland Gift’s house in Holloway, London, and the platinum discs are all packed away. It’s a home that gives few clues to the remarkable life story the 59-year-old is about to recount: how the “first black punk in Hull” went on to become an in...
Tags: Music, Film, Theatre, Gift, Culture, Atlantic, Stage, Cannibal Roland Gift, Roland Gift, Holloway London


'People in their 40s were crying': the sad final days of New York's coolest record store

Other Music fuelled New York’s 00s indie boom, boasting Vampire Weekend and Animal Collective among its fans. Then it closed. A new documentary tells the story of the store’s tragic demise – and its ‘terrifying’ staffA lot of skulking went on at Other Music, the celebrated New York record store. It was an odd kind of dance: nervous customers, hiding behind CD racks or LP sleeves, trying to conjure up a question that wouldn’t result in utter humiliation. The staff there had quite a reputation, af...
Tags: Music, New York, Film, US news, Culture, Indie, Jason Schwartzman, Spektor, Regina Spektor


Taylor Swift: The Long Pond Studio Sessions review – cosy campfire confessions

The pop star’s Disney+ movie about quarantine album Folklore reveals the potency of her songwriting, though it’s hazy on any ‘pandemic epiphanies’Pre-pandemic, few artists were so keenly attuned to the music industry’s calendar as Taylor Swift. She timed her album releases for awards contention and singles to sustain her world tours; the promotional cycle for 1989, released in 2014, seemed to go on for years. With coronavirus, that “circus” – as she puts it on Mirrorball, one of a few songs on h...
Tags: Music, Media, Taylor Swift, Film, Disney, Culture, Pop and rock, Swift, Music Documentary, The National, Aaron Dessner, Documentary films, Long Pond Studio Sessions


From Beyoncé to the Oscars: Mary Twala, Africa's queen of cinema

The late South African actor was introduced to a whole new audience in Beyoncé’s Black Is King. But it’s her final film – This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection – that could be her best work Mary Twala died just a few weeks before Beyoncé’s Black Is King came out. In the film, the 80-year-old embodied the story’s shaman figure, the last part she’d ever play in a six-decade career. The deep lines of her face, white paint over her eyes and red beads covering her head, made a striking impression...
Tags: Music, Beyonce, Film, Africa, World news, Culture, South Africa, Awards and prizes, Oscars, World cinema, Lesotho, Mary Twala, Mary Twala Africa, Twala


Could Steve McQueen start a lovers rock revival with Small Axe?

Streaming services expect rise in searches for the 70s pop-reggae genre, a staple of the blues parties that shaped UK musicOne of the most memorable moments in Steve McQueen’s Lovers Rock – the latest film in his five-part anthology series Small Axe – comes when a room full of young revellers sing Janet Kay’s classic Silly Games with their eyes closed, lost in the music, as they imitate her signature falsetto.A staple of the lovers rock genre, which emerged in the 70s and was a blend of pop, reg...
Tags: Music, UK, Television, Film, UK News, Culture, Pop and rock, Television & radio, Music Streaming, Dance music, Steve McQueen, Reggae, Mcqueen, Kay, Janet Kay


How 'woke' became the word of our era

An alertness to racial injustice, a weaponised word in the culture wars, a reflection of our times ... Kenya Hunt explores how the world woke upAs I write this, I’m staring at a fashion magazine with the coverline “Woke bespoke”. Next to it, a newspaper supplement features a dating diary of the search for “Mr Woke”. On my desktop is a guide to a “woke Christmas”, and in the adjacent tab is an internet rant in response to said guide demanding people and publishers leave all writing about wokeness...
Tags: Books, Music, Film, Race, Society, Culture, Harry, Black Lives Matter Movement, Meghan, Society books, Kenya Hunt


Ma Rainey's Black Bottom review – Chadwick Boseman glorious in his final film role

The movie version of August Wilson’s story of the blues, starring Boseman and a tremendous Viola Davis, is a ferocious opera of passion and painA detonation of pure acting firepower is what’s on offer in this movie version of August Wilson’s 1982 stage play. Declarative and theatrical it might be, but it’s also ferociously intelligent and violently focused, an opera of passion and pain. We see African-American musicians hanging around a white-owned Chicago studio one stiflingly hot day in the 19...
Tags: Books, Music, Viola Davis, Film, Chicago, Culture, Stage, Film adaptations, Davis, Blues, Jazz, Cate Blanchett, Wilson, Hampton Court, Elizabeth, Chadwick Boseman


Lou Reed Concert Film Berlin Streaming Free Online for the Next Week

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SzuZfOZnp4 Last laughs can be sweet, and according to music journalist, Anthony DeCurtis, his friend, the late Lou Reed, “reveled” in the critical drubbing that greeted his 3rd solo album, 1973’s Berlin. Not immediately, however. Berlin, which followed hard on the heels of Reed’s widely adored Transformer, had a painful, protracted delivery. This was due in part due to RCA execs getting cold feet about releasing Reed’s grim concept record as a double albu...
Tags: Google, Music, Film, College, Berlin, New York City, Theatre, Brooklyn, New York Times, Andy Warhol, Rolling Stone, ANN, Lou Reed, Nancy, Cornell University, Lola


Don’t Miss: Our weekly round-up of virtual and in-person events

From art exhibitions to film festivals, we’ve got your entertainment covered this weekend to the next The post Don’t Miss: Our weekly round-up of virtual and in-person events appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Art, Music, Film, Events, Friday, Film Festivals, Goodman Gallery, Gender-based Violence, Moffie, African Cypher, Aluta Amada, Basha Uhuru Creative Uprising, Cassi Namoda, Creative Uprising, Don’t Miss, Inkaba Yami


Experience Blade Runner Like You Never Have Before Through a Feature-Length Remastered Soundtrack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3fz6CC45ok There is no one Blade Runner. Ridley Scott’s influential “neo-noir” has appeared in several different versions over the past 38 years, both official — the “director’s cut,” the “final cut,” and lest we forget, the now-derided first theatrical cut — and unofficial. So has Blade Runner‘s soundtrack, the first official release of which lagged the film by about a dozen years, and even then didn’t include all the music so integral to the unprecedent...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, Film, College, Los Angeles, San Francisco, History, Ridley Scott, Philip K Dick, Seoul, Facebook Twitter, Vangelis, Douglas Trumbull, Colin Marshall, Syd Mead


Matt Dillon's still ready to rumble: 'I have never lived a sheltered life'

He’s played a teen tearaway, a racist cop, a conman and a serial killer. But can he play a cellist? The star talks about his role in Yorgos Lanthimos’s first film since The Favourite – and making a jazz documentaryIn his time, Matt Dillon has been about as quintessentially American a screen presence as you can imagine. From his early blazing-youth roles in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders and Rumble Fish; through more mature parts like the leader of an addict “family”in Gus van Sant’s Drugst...
Tags: Music, Celebrity, Film, Mexico, Americas, Life and style, World news, Culture, Jazz, Lars von Trier, Cuba, Proxima, Francis Ford Coppola, Gus Van Sant, Dillon, Yorgos Lanthimos


How we made: Take My Breath Away, the Top Gun theme tune by Berlin

Giorgio Moroder: ‘The lyrics were written by a guy who came to fix my Ferrari. It won me my third Oscar’Before I was in Berlin I auditioned for the part of Princes Leia in Star Wars. I was 15 but looked 12. Harrison Ford was over 30 but looked 19 or 20. We sat in deckchairs to say our lines. George Lucas, bless him, sent me a letter thanking me and saying: “We chose Carrie Fisher, but we’d like to help you.” He introduced me to Steven Spielberg and all these guys. I was offered the part of Lucy ...
Tags: Music, Film, Berlin, Carrie Fisher, Culture, Pop and rock, Dallas, Harrison Ford, Giorgio Moroder, Top Gun, George Lucas, John Crawford, Steven Spielberg, Leia, Lucy Ewing


Steve McQueen: 'It's rebel music that moves me'

The director on the reggae-fuelled house parties he witnessed as a child - lovingly recreated in his new film, Lovers Rock – and how their raw energy shaped his taste in musicSteve McQueen guest-edit: the filmmaker answers questions from celebrity admirersPaul Gilroy: ‘I don’t think we can afford the luxury of pessimism’ Reggae music is the beating heart of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe series, which traces Black British experience from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. In the 1970s, when the chara...
Tags: Music, England, London, Film, Molly, Society, Soul, Culture, Punk, Blues, Steve McQueen, Reggae, Bob Marley, Mcqueen, Bush, Shepherd



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