Daily Archives: April 8, 2010

The Gospel According to Erykah Badu

I heart Erykah Badu. She takes her longtime interest in disrobing (I remember her slowly revealing her scalp in one Miami concert) to the extreme in her new video. I interviewed her a couple years ago for Interview; she’s such a smart eccentric.

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Malcolm McLaren, RIP

Malcolm McLaren played as fundamental, and evil, a role in the creation of the Sex Pistols as Kim Fowley did for the Runaways. Yet the Pistols rarely get discussed/dismissed as puppets of a Svengali in the way the Runaways do. Sexism, methinks? Just as Jett, West, Ford, et al. were a direct influence on the Pistols, McLaren undoubtedly took tips from Fowley.

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Hedwig Returns

I was so obsessed with Hedwig and the Angry Inch when it first came out (so to speak), I remember Carrie Brownstein or Kathleen Hanna, or maybe both of them, making fun of me. Mitchell and Trask were such a brilliant (and cantankerous) theater team. I wrote about the musical for The Village Voice. I’m amazed it’s finally making it to Broadway — and glad they’re working on it together again. “Rock ‘n’ roll is about identification across lines,” Stephen told me back then. In these days of factionalization, that’s a refreshing sentiment.

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