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Apr
13
2018

Nile Rodgers says, “Let’s Dance!”

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Try lumping Jeff Beck with Madonna, or putting Duran Duran in the same sentence as avant-gardist Laurie Anderson, or maybe David Bowie with Al Jarreau. Not only does Nile Rodgers have a way of doing that, but part of his secret is skipping sleep. Among the world’s most in-demand record producers, Rodgers – also a […]

Apr
5
2018

Sergio Mendes: Still curious after all those years

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Years after he had a hit with a bossa nova version of Paul McCartney’s song The Fool on the Hill, Sergio Mendes received a letter from the Beatle thanking him for his interpretation. Burt Bacharach was similarly appreciative of what Mendes did with The Look of Love. In the late 1960s Sergio Mendes and Brasil […]

Apr
1
2018

Joan Baez: the voice of folk bids farewell

Folk singer Joan Baez strumming her guitar on the beach near her home.  (Photo by Ralph Crane//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)

The luminous soprano extension to her voice melted away years ago, but that was just the snowy peak of her singing, anyway, not the mountain. The mountain was her conviction. Even back in high school Joan Baez took a lone stance against participating in a nuclear war drill. This was what set her apart; what […]