On September 30th, 1970, Janis Joplin gave what would be her last interview ever with Village Voice writer Howard Smith. The last time the two were set to speak, Joplin cancelled after Rolling Stone had written a critical piece which upset her greatly. Here, in an illustrated video from our friends ... More >>
Influentialalbums.com is a "quiz" one of your Facebook friends might've posted, boasting "Very few people own 70 or more. How many have you got?" and listing 100 albums ranging from the duh (Blonde on Blonde, Pet Sounds) to the hmmm (Gerry Rafferty? Felt??) to the genuinely bizarre (well, see below) ... More >>
Last night the multiple stages of Global Fest played host to more strong female headliners than ever before. This was deservedly a point of pride for the event's co-producers. Earth Mother energy was so pervasive in this year's lineup that even most of bands led by men had the wisdom to include wome ... More >>
Better Than: Witch Mountain. One of the greatest delights of concert-going is being blown away by a band who's not the headliner. This is exactly what happened to us at Saint Vitus on Friday when Royal Thunder, from Atlanta, played second in a lineup of four bands and made all who performed afterwa ... More >>
Hard-bluesing, hard-boozin' wailer Janis Joplin's story has long seemed like a natural for the big screen, but any realization of that has always sputtered out like an empty bottle of Southern Comfort. Bette Midler did some kind of riff on it in 1979's The Rose, but it was very loosely based. And ... More >>
Music infiltrates the fashion world, like always
Three days of peace and music in one night
Here are my top 10 bouts of musical rage. If you disagree with me, I'll be furious! (10) "We're Not Gonna Take It"--Twisted Sister Infectious anger at its most rollicking. I always felt this song was the musical equivalent of "I'm mad as hell" from Network.
Shop till you drop? No, you wont drop. Its all right here.
Michael Becker/FOXC'mon, dude, you probably never even had detention. Gwen Stefani was on this week's American Idol because somebody paid somebody so she could hawk the clothing line that she apparently still has. But this wasn't Ska Week or New Wave Week or Neptunes Week, as awesome as eve ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 15, 1971, Vol. XVI, No. 28 Jim Morrison By Don Heckman It was another one of those times, last week. In one day the papers reported the deaths of Louis Armstrong, jazz trumpeter Charlie Shavers, and rock star Jim Morrison. Only t ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 14, 1971, Vol. XVI, No. 2 Dance Journal By Jill Johnston LEUCADIA: 20 miles north of San Diego...because we're sitting here splitting fields and relaxing together and Pauline Oliveros is playing me a tape of a performance of he ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. October 8, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 41 Scenes By Howard Smith LAST WEDNESDAY I TAPED a phone interview with Janis Joplin from California. I played it Sunday night on my radio show, only to wake up the next morning and find she had died that ... More >>
It's the end of an era. The Hotel Chelsea, which opened in 1884 -- where Sid Vicious may or may not have killed Nancy Spungen, Andy Warhol directed Chelsea Girls, and the names of residents frequently read like a who's who of '60s counterculture -- is now up for sale, reports the Wall Street ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. August 13, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 33 Riffs By Don Heckman If anybody out there is looking for a convenient, already-built set for a film of Kafka's "The Castle," I've got just the thing -- Shea Stadium. Endless ramps that lead nowhere in p ... More >>
She won an Oscar for her performance as June Carter Cash in Walk The Line and now Reese Witherspoon is in negotiations to play sultry jazz singer Peggy Lee in a biopic done by Norah Ephron, who's fresh off doing Julia Child. Questions, questions.
James Cotton wails at Lincoln Center
Trip out to the Joshua Light Show
Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward offer more sweet optimism—and why not?
Siobhan Magnus: hair for days. Photo by Michael Becker / FOX. Wow. Oh boy. Whoof. OK. This was definitely the worst episode of American Idol in recent memory and probably one of the worst of all time, Taylor Hicks season included. Everything was just wrong. The theme, Billboard #1s, was hopel ... More >>
A new play recalls the Hotel Chelsea's history
Who knew three days of peace & music would oppress us for 40 years? (Plus: this movie)
O.G. musicians from Woodstock perform once again
As a 16-year-old coal miner's son, Tom Jones dropped out of school to support the Catholic schoolgirl he'd knocked up. But when exactly did Mrs. Linda Jones realize she'd hit the jackpot? The Welsh singer held his own against martyrs like Joe Meek, Janis Joplin, and Elvis Presley, and cut his teeth ... More >>
LaBute's stimulating latest; Jill Hennessy in the Lymelife.
Braving the dangerous world of vintage clothing vendors
Plus Best of 2006 and Taxi tales
End the War on Drugs
The Crimes of Courtney Love
Sad Songs, Rock Legends, and a Naked Meg Ryan Dominate the Toronto Film Festival
Wear Your Lucinda Like Heaven
Turn Up the Volume and Play Me Another Ritual
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