Robbie Robertson: I didn’t know anybody who didn’t do drugs

Guitarist Robbie Robertson helped to change music history with Bob Dylans backing group the Band. He remembers how the brotherhood ended in heroin addiction and self-destruction In 1965 Robbie Robertson was living in the room next to Blonde on Blonde. The television was on. There was music playing. The phone was ringing. There were people coming and going and he was writing away on his typewriter. I thought, I dont even understand how somebody can close off the outside world like that and concentrate. This guy is from another planet, Robertson says. But for a while he shared that planet, or came as close to sharing it as any musician did at the time. Robertson was the lead guitarist of …

‘Thirty years of freedom!’ Why David Hasselhoff remains an icon for German unity

At his recent Berlin concert, the Hoff once again recalled his part in the fall of the Wall. His obsession with reunification is gauche but his message of hope is still necessary Freedom! Freedom! Freedom! David Hasselhoff chants as he snakes his way through the Max-Schmeling-Halle, a basketball stadium erected near where a section of the Berlin Wall once stood. Its German Unity Day, Thursday 3 October, and Hasselhoff is here to promote his 14th album Open Your Eyes. The date is no coincidence. As the show begins, the actor and singer is raised on a hydraulic platform above the crowd, and its hard not to recall how, on New Years Eve 1989 less than two months after the Wall …

Richard Thompson at 70: on love, loss and being a Muslim in Trump’s US

The master of British folk music has weathered a second divorce and lives in the US where Trump has ramped up bigotry considerably. At least ex-wife Linda has forgiven him Richard Thompson is drinking mint tea in a Hampstead coffee shop he doesnt touch coffee or alcohol and between Islam and cricket, hes discussing the remarkable guest list for his upcoming David Gilmour, who has featured alongside Richard in a Rolling Stone magazine best ever guitarist list, and who, as a soloist, covered Martin and Eliza Carthy to Harry Shearer, the American actor and comedian, reviving his role as Derek Smalls from Judith Owen who joined Richard in 2006 for the Tear-Stained Letter or the pounding, edgy and emotional stories …

‘We need freedom’: Sehaq, the party space for Amsterdam’s queer refugees

As well as contending with racism, queer refugees face homophobia and transphobia even from their fellow refugees. One Dutch group is trying to carve out a safe space At the dinner table, conversations bubble around people as they tuck into a three-course meal. A plethora of different nationalities and identities have pulled up a chair and, here at Sehaq; a network of LGBT refugees run entirely by volunteers. Regularly meeting in members houses, they put on events specifically for queer refugees that range from dance parties to workshops. Where there is a cost or meal involved, all refugees attend for free and non-refugees pay a small donation. Poster for a Sehaq event. Photograph: Sehaq Nisreen, one of the founding members, …

Woodstock 50 music festival officially cancelled weeks before event

The troubled 50th anniversary event planned for August in Maryland has been officially called off The troubled Woodstock 50th anniversary music festival planned for August was officially canceled on Wednesday, with organizers blaming a series of unforeseen setbacks. The three-day festival, meant to mark the 50th anniversary of the famed 1969 celebration of peace and music, was planned for 16-18 August. Greg Peck, principal of Woodstock 50, said an unfortunate dispute with a financial partner and subsequent legal proceedings forced them to move venues and claimed that ultimately they ran out of time. The timing meant we had few choices where our artists would be able to perform. We worked hard to find a way to produce a proper tribute …

Beyonc’s crash diet plan sells an impossible, damaging ideal | Laura Snapes

In promoting an expensive vegan diet plan, the singer has described confronting her weight as every womans nightmare. She is irresponsibly stoking an evil diet culture but is also a victim of it B2018 Coachella headline set was a feat of meticulous preparation. She conceived a show that would pay tribute to the culture of historically black colleges and universities. Having just given birth to twins, she worked for months on the exacting choreography and arrangements. And she went on a demanding vegan diet that also eschewed sugar, carbs, dairy and alcohol. Im hungry, she says in The video advertising Beyoncs diet plan. We see her dancing, doing battle ropes, sit-ups, intensive stretching and squatting in resistance bands. Borges tells …

Ive been through hell: J Balvin on burn out and Beyonc

Pals with Takashi Murakami and bigger than Drake, the South American reggaeton act talks about the highs and lows of being a global superstar Even when covered in wee, its great being Anish Kapoor sculpture, Balvin is thinking about how massively rich he is. The musician owns various houses around the world and has so many expensive watches that there is a Kapoor, Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami. When Balvin gets thirsty, he simply voicenotes his butler Max, a slender, handsome Sardinian man who is omnipresent yet discreet. A murmured request into his iPhone X asking for a black coffee is signed off with te amo. Balvin is unfailingly polite, offering food and even the slightly wet clothing off his …

Why Janelle Mone Came Out as Pansexual

It is just over a year ago that Janelle Mone, crying in her spacesuit, cover story for Pride Month, is reflecting on the power that being open and public about her sexual identity has had. And what she wants from us, too: A beautiful future. She is into the idea of conversations, and journeys. She initially idenitifed as bisexual, but then later I read about pansexuality and was like, Oh, these are things that I identify with too. Im open to learning more about who I am. NEWSLETTERS The Daily Beasts Obsessed Everything we cant stop loving, hating, and thinking about this week in pop culture. By Clicking "Subscribe" you agree to have read the Terms of Use and Privacy …

‘No one buys albums’: why pop stars are selling cannabis

From Jenny Lewis to Margo Price, pot is musics new money-spinner. And its targeting women Bid farewell to the merch stand mainstays of T-shirts and tote bags and say hello to pops latest money-spinner: weed. Noted musical marijuana enthusiasts Willie Nelson and the High Times are now getting involved. Many artists sell clothes or shoes, some sell wine and beer, others advertise for fast-food companies, explains Margo Price, who has a strain named after her last album All American Made. Me, Im into selling a plant that God grows, she says. Currently, Prices product is only available on her merch table in California, but its proving popular. From what I understand, its selling very well! she says, and shes hoping …

Lady Gaga addresses Bradley Cooper romance rumors

Apple invited Lady Gaga to perform on May 17 at its new Apple Stage at Apple Park.Image: AFP/Getty Images Did you catch the Lady Gaga concert that took place on May 17? Unless you work out of Apple Park, the tech giant’s massive spaceship-shaped headquarters in Cupertino, you probably didn’t attend. The singer and actress performed a special private concert for Apple employees on Friday to help formally open the campus as well as pay tribute to Steve Jobs, according MacRumors. The concert took place on a Jony Ive-designed stage, decked with a rainbow arch, inside of Apple Park’s ring. SEE ALSO: Apple takes on Netflix and Amazon with new TV+ video streaming service According to AppleWeb (via Cult of …

From Billie Ellish to Hall & Oates: the best US summer festival lineups

Across America, this summer will bring with it a variety of genre-spanning live music events, featuring a range of diverse artists While US festivals have lately been earning less than rave reviews with the ongoing fallout of Fyre festival, Mays logistical collapse of North Carolinas alt-rock Epicenter festival and the heady visions of this Augusts Woodstock 50 being mired by lawsuits it remains true that summer festival season is the best time of year for music lovers across the country. The national scenes major players Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Summerfest and more are all offering reliably stacked lineups, while upstarts like Genius Loci are drawing more intimate crowds to new experiences and fresh destinations. For our wristband and …

Amazing Grace review soul-shaking gospel from Aretha Franklin

A spellbinding performance by the singer is captured in Sydney Pollacks 1972 film The 1970s may have been the heyday of the rock concert film, but the genre was frequently marred by questionable performances and legal squabbles. Whether its Led Zeppelin going off the boil in the wrangle-ridden The Song Remains the Same or the Rolling Stones finding themselves stars of an unfolding horror movie in the Maysless The Last Waltz, captured the Band as they were splitting up, cementing the genres long-standing funereal affiliations and serving as inspiration for Rob Reiners nail-in-the-coffin mockumentary Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Where the streets have cool names: Wu-Tang Clan and Obama honored from NY to LA

Hip-hop group honored with Staten Island district in their name while former president gets own boulevard in Los Angeles They are very different honorees and they were immortalized in places thousands of miles apart, on opposite coasts, but the exuberant celebrations and the infectious sense of occasion were shared. While part of the New York City borough of Staten Island was named Wu-Tang Clan District this weekend, after the hardcore hip-hop group some of whose members hail from the area, a street in Los Angeles was named dubbed Wu-Tang Clan District. This is a great day where we have an opportunity to honor our own hometown heroes, the young men who put Staten Island on the map internationally. They overcame …