Of the many tributes to Billie Holiday's 100th birthday today (April 7), the most compelling I've heard is Cassandra Wilson's Sony Legacy album Coming Forth By Day, a strange, atmospheric brew produced by Nick Launay (whose credits include music by Nick Cave and Arcade Fire) with shimmering string arrangements by the incomparable Van Dyke Parks.
A year ago to the week, I got a call from a music-biz-connected friend... Would I like to interview Ian "Mac" McLagan of the Small Faces, Faces, Rolling Stones, about a box set of the Small Faces years on Andrew Loog Oldham's record label, Immediate? Uhhh, do fries and a bacon-cheeseburger come with that? I suavely jumped out my skin.
If you're going strictly by attendance levels as well as the amount of money this theme park pulled in during its brief life span, then Hard Rock Park clearly was a failure. If -- on the other hand -- you're going by what happened in themed entertainment circles after 2008... Well, that's where this story gets complicated.