In 2012, nothing was as popular as being massively boring. Frank Ocean drained the sexiness and excitement out of r&b, to widespread critical acclaim. Lana Del Rey sighed listlessly over string arrangements in a tight dress, like some kind of Kristen Wiig character who stumbled out of the Holodeck a ... More >>
So says publicist Jackie Rinehart in her written memorial of the singer she worked with.
"What first impressed me about Whitney was her strong will. You could sense that strength immediately.
"She was not weak, a pushover, or easily beguiled. She was a Leo woman and could give a ... More >>
Etta James used to tell a story about meeting Billie Holiday in which Holiday told herfatherless wild child to fatherless wild childnot to let the bad men and drugs that were going to come her way destroy her. Something about that brief conversation must've stuck, because despit ... More >>
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Robert Christgau's titanic 1984 piece on arena rock, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson and the complicated place where all three meet.
Working the Crowd
By Robert Christgau
If you'd told me five years ago that I'd will ... More >>
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Stanley Crouch, writing in response to twin hit pieces on Jackson (by Greg Tate and Guy Trebay) published in the Voice two months prior.
Man in the Mirror
By Stanley Crouch
November 17, 1987
Because Afro-Americans have presented chal ... More >>
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Greg Tate on what's wrong with Michael Jackson in 1987. It ran side by side with a piece on the same topic by Guy Trebay.
By Greg Tate
September 22, 1987
There are other ways to read Michael Jackson's blanched skin and di ... More >>
In honor of Michael Jackson, we're raiding our archives. Here's Vince Aletti, backstage at Radio City Music Hall with a 16-year-old MJ in 1975.
In Love With the Jackson Five
'I'm more concerned that I didn't get their autographs than that I can't read any of my notes.'
By Vince Aletti
Mon. Feb. 1 ... More >>