February 5, 2016 |
TATTLE LIKES to stay away from the terrible stories that are out in the universe - there are so many - but today . . . this is too messed up. In Italy yesterday, actor Raphael Schumacher , ended up in a coma and fighting for his life, when the hanging scene he was performing actually hanged him. CNN.com reported that Schumacher, wearing a covering over his head, was performing in an experimental production in the courtyard of Pisa's Teatro Lux...
January 10, 2016
When Elvis Presley died in 1977, legendary rock critic Lester Bangs famously wrote in the Village Voice: "I can guarantee you one thing: We will never again agree on anything as we agreed on Elvis. " Bangs, who died in 1982, was more prophetic than he knew. Because, of course, Elvis is the least of things we can agree on. Depending on your point of view, Presley might be the rock-and-roll king who ignited a sexually liberating youthquake or just another culture-appropriating white guy who took the black man's mojo to the bank.
December 30, 2015 |
Tom Jones is an expert in the art of memory. You can feel it in his bluesy, rootsy new album, Long Lost Suitcase , and in his new autobiography, Over the Top and Back . On the cover of Suitcase , and on the back of Over the Top , there's the same black-and-white photo: a young Tom Jones, then 24, in a leather jacket. Taken in summer 1964, the shot finds a casual, cool Jones - staring toward the horizon - on the precipice of fame with his first smash single, "It's Not Unusual.
October 30, 2015 |
Serena W. gets Wired She's not famous for her work on computers, but Serena Williams does know a thing or two about being a trailblazer. That's why she says she's excited to be the guest editor for Wired magazine's November issue, which is devoted to the theme. It features profiles of 10 revolutionary figures, including activist DeRay Mckesson , Black Girls Code founder Kimberly Bryant , UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey , and rapper Common . "That's the reason I wanted to do this issue with Wired - I'm a black woman, and I am in a sport that wasn't really meant for black people.
May 5, 2015 |
On 2012's Lonesome Dreams and 2015's Strange Trails , traveling storyteller Ben Schneider - the Lord of the indie band Lord Huron - makes victory laps around Lake Wobegon with detours through the surf of Laguna Beach, the silt of the Colorado River, and the dust of the Oklahoma panhandle. There is an ambience of location - real and psychedelically imagined - and the nuanced detail of mystical experience to all that Huron does, with just a hint of hip-shimmying Elvis Presley in Schneider's vocal delivery.
April 2, 2014 |
WHEN SALVATORE Giusti arrived in the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos to visit his daughter in September 2006, he discovered that a World Series of Poker tournament was scheduled. Salvatore considered himself a fair poker player, having sharpened his skills at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, and when he was asked to join the tournament as an amateur, he couldn't say no. The tournament ran for three days, and Salvatore came out No. 30, out of 100 amateurs. "He was very proud of that," said his daughter Antoinette Sottak, who lived in Turks and Caicos for 13 years.
November 15, 2013 |
"I THINK WHAT Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it's like when Biggie passed, and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z. I've been connected to the most culturally important albums of the past four years, the most influential artists of the past 10 years . . . I got the answers. I understand culture.
July 29, 2013 |
When the artist formerly known as Dolores Hart attended the Academy Awards in 2012, it was her third time on the red carpet and the first time she didn't fret about what to wear. She wore black - her nun's habit, a crisp white wimple framing her radiant face. On a recent sultry July afternoon in Philadelphia, she demonstrates the garment's versatility. It has built-in ventilation, says Mother Dolores, 74, gentling her hem to circulate cool air. Over her headpiece she sports a jaunty black beret.
June 20, 2013 |
MIAMI - Country singer Slim Whitman, 90, the high-pitched yodeler who sold millions of records through ever-present TV ads in the 1980s and 1990s and whose song saved the world in the film comedy Mars Attacks! , died Wednesday at a Florida hospital. Mr. Whitman died of heart failure at Orange Park Medical Center, his son-in-law, Roy Beagle, said. Mr. Whitman's tenor falsetto and ebony mustache and sideburns became global trademarks - and an inspiration for countless jokes - thanks to the TV commercials that pitched his records and that he called "one of the smartest things I ever did. " But he was a serious musical influence on early rock, and in the British Isles, he was known as a pioneer of country music for popularizing the style there.
March 28, 2013
Gordon Stoker, 88, a member of the Jordanaires vocal group that backed up Elvis Presley, died Wednesday at his home in Brentwood, Tenn., after a lengthy illness, his son, Alan, told the Associated Press. Mr. Stoker, who was born in Gleason, Tenn., got his start playing the piano on WSM radio and its signature show, The Grand Ole Opry . He joined the Jordanaires as a piano player, but then became a tenor vocalist. The quartet originated in Missouri and went to Nashville, where it backed Red Foley on a segment of the Opry called "the Prince Albert Show.