When the Russian impressario Sergei Diaghilev (1872 – 1929) staged a performance with his Ballet Russes, he sometimes asked Coco Chanel for the costumes. Jean Cocteau wrote the scenario. Pablo Picasso painted the decor. Igor Stravinksy composed the music. Vaslav Nijinsky danced and George Balanchine choreographed. Just picture that for a moment. All these giants working for the same […]
Last weekend, I wandered around in the woods of a small Dutch island. At the intimate festival called Into the Great Wide Open (only 6,000 attendees), concerts take place in the forests and at the beach. On Sunday, I stumbled upon a concert by Ezra Furman and The Boy-Friends and was captured by the incredible charismatic stage presence of Furman […]
A friend alerted me to this interview with Patti Smith – the epitome of punk cool – from 2012. She encourages young people to ignore everybody (‘don’t expect to be embraced’), to build a good name (‘protect your work, don’t compromise’), don’t be afraid for big audiences (‘the more people you can touch, the more wonderful […]
During my studies, one professor always expressed his admiration for the opera. When he did, I always pictured the cliché: a grand lady in a red dress, endlessly singing something in Italian. I was wrong. Thanks to the welcoming people at the Dutch National Opera I have now seen three operas in the last couple […]
These guys look like they’re enjoying their work: Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin Medley
What a man. What a chair.
Somebody said to me,”But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.” That’s a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, “Now, let’s write a swimming pool” Paul McCartney
Bought this beautiful speaker @aboxcalledlowdi, will now camp at my doormat.
Still can’t get of enough of this: Eazy E and Johnny Cash in a duet.
soundboy: “People in the record business had always made a lot of money. Not the artists, who kept dying broke, but the execs. Still, regular fans had no idea who they were. Russell changed that. His brand as an executive mattered not just within the industry, but among people in the street. And with Def […]
Tonight, for the first time in my life, I witnessed an act of aggression in a mosh pit (a guy hit another guy with his flip flop). Does this mean the world is coming to an end?
Jack White when asked if he heard the crowd chanting “Seven Nation Army” at the European Championship of Football Last Monday I heard Jack White playing his most famous song at the stage of the Heineken Music Hall. It felt kinda good, to experience the freakin’ anthem of my teenage years LIVE. Deep inside though, […]