Movies about musicians, whether biopics, fictions or documentaries, are a fixture in cinema, but judging by the flurry of activity over the past 12 months – with acclaimed films about Aretha Franklin, Freddie Mercury and Elton John among others – we are in an uncommonly busy period, if not a flat-out golden age. Good news for music fans, but even better news for the music industry, where these films represent an increasingly vital revenue stream in an era of slumped record sales, bumping a band’s back catalogue and getting a new generation hooked on their work. There is, of course, far more to these movies than money-spinning: a good biopic or documentary can bring the songs to life, and illuminate the struggles of their creators. But what do musicians make of this lively cinematic category? We asked six eminent songwriters – including a few who have scored movies, and others who have been the subject of movies – to each pick their five favourite music … [Read more...] about The 30 best films about music, chosen by musicians
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In 1990, Madonna was as astronomically popular as a boundary-bulldozing, unapologetically bacchanalian performance artist could get. Drawing from Harlem drag balls, “Vogue” went Number One nearly worldwide. The tour showcasing it, Blond Ambition, mixed spectacle with social commentary so sharply that it reinvented the pop concert and yielded the smash documentary Truth or Dare. And that year’s The Immaculate Collection, her first greatest-hits set, would eventually rank among the world’s biggest-ever albums, despite MTV banning its gender-blurring and cinematically exquisite “Justify My Love” video. Some loathed this classically trained dancer/DIY provocateur – a megastar peer of Prince and Michael Jackson since her 1984 blockbuster Like a Virgin – with a venom reserved for successful women forging their own path. But for her vast audience, she was nothing less than liberating, and her uninterrupted string of hits defined pop for a … [Read more...] about Madonna’s ‘Erotica,’ ‘Sex’: Why Musical Masterpiece, Defiant Book Still Matter
After having their couture gowns worn by the likes of Beyonce, Madonna, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga and Shakira and most of Bollywood’s bold and beautiful brigade, on the 15th anniversary of their collaboration and label, designer couple Falguni and Shane Peacock announced their success with what most would say was the fashion world’s ultimate achievement – the launch of a sprawling flagship store in SoBo, designed by none other than celebrity designer and star wife Gauri Khan, which opened its doors with a glittering reception last night.The 6,000-sqft two-storey store, nestled in a heritage structure in Mumbai’s newest fashion district Kala Ghoda, replete with a colossal antique chandelier, bespoke marble and hues of powder pink and speckled gold, that Khan created, is said to be in prefect synergy with the label’s edgy, intricately detailed western cuts with Indian embellishments. “Gauri’s design … [Read more...] about Malavika’s Mumbaistan: The Bold and The Beautiful
Hit new Sunday night drama World on Fire saw more than five million of us gripped by the epic battle scenes, political intrigue and an international love triangle. The seven-part Second World War BBC series started with the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, will end with the Battle of Britain and tells the story of the war from multiple perspectives including British, Polish, French, Germans and Americans characters. The brutal and bloody historical events are, sadly, all too real and many of the characters are inspired by the extraordinary stories of ordinary people. Series writer Peter Bowker, 60, studied military books, war time letters and diaries preserved at the Imperial War Museum, and based many of the characters on his own relatives. So where did your new favourite characters originate? Nancy Campbell (Helen Hunt) Oscar-winning actress Helen Hunt plays fearless journalist Nancy Campbell, who is partly based on Clare Hollingworth. But Clare was British, not American. … [Read more...] about World on Fire: Incredible true stories behind characters in BBC war drama
Linden Tree's Winter Potpourri, Concert featuring the World of Folk & Acoustic Music SAT. DEC. 14, 2019 at 7:30pm (note early start time!) Hosted by Kirsten Manville Feature Performer: Peter Lehndorff,winner of last year's Potpourri. $5 minimum donation, with coat, hat, glove collection for Mission of Deeds. The Linden Tree Coffeehouse continues its 35th year of acoustic music concerts on Dec. 14th at 7:30 pm. Join us for Winter Potpourri, 2019 an evening of discovering new talent! Eight local singer/songwriters will play two songs each, and one or more of these folks will be chosen to perform during next year's season. Audience input will play a big part in the decision making process, so please come help us make this choice, while enjoying new music and new faces. What is folk music these days? It can be traditional or contemporary with roots in bluegrass, country, jazz, gospel, and blues. Our contestants will provide a range of music in the genre we call Folk. Performing … [Read more...] about Winter Potpourri @ Linden Tree: 10 performers & clothing drive.