How fitting of Angelique Kidjo, to do a re-imagining of the classic Talking Heads smash album, “Remain In Light.” I actually got to meet Talking Heads founder David Byrne, during my years at the New York Public Library, when he did a lecture there discussing ‘Music and Copyright in the Digital Era.’
Rest In Power Brother Prince Rogers Nelson… On April 21st last year when Prince passed away, the loss was felt around the world for days afterwards, as exemplified by these photos below:
The “War On Drugs” has been a farce from it’s inception. Created by government as a means of appeasing citizens, the angle was to make the non-thinker believe that law enforcement, actually had a hold or some level of control on drug trafficking. Although the information I’ve compiled in this blurb is contained, it’s fairly meaty, however none of it is new and it only scratches the surface.
As music fans, lovers and aficionados are perched and waiting for “Get On Up” and “Jimi: All Is by My Side,” one can’t help but think of musical biopics that have been previously released. This blog was prompted and inspired by a chat with, and query from my wife, as to how many films of this nature have been done — there are numerous. While many are excited for the lives of James Brown and Jimi Hendrix to grace the silver screen, the lives of other music icons have been brilliantly depicted. (click on photo above for full view)
At the age of 22, Luc Besson released his first short film “L’avant dernier,” (translation: Next to Last) in which he also appeared. It starred Jean Reno, an actor that he would work with repeatedly in future films. Besson’s new film “Lucy” starring Scarlet Johansen hits theaters across the country this week, and it’s nowhere near ‘next to last’, on Luc’s list of movies.
Xavier Fauthoux from France was the grand prize winner of the James Brown Music Video Challenge with his biographical video for “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World”.
D’Angelo is doing a European tour! According to various websites, he rocked the stage of Filadelfiakyrkan Church in Stockholm last night.
France Digs Blaxploitation!
The arrival of American sound films at first created panic among the European countries who immediately resisted the influx of US films. The French public didn’t accept films in other languages, the film industry tried to ignore them and the government strengthened censorship and tariff laws and stopped ‘talkies’ from being shown in France for a period of time.