Nelson Mandela, whose July 18th birthday is known and celebrated worldwide as Mandela Day, is hugely influential and inspirational to musicians, who've found it easy to wrap poetry and melodies around the leader's tragic and triumphant life since.
Because of the organic-ness and the honesty and the Lisa Marie Presley presence on the recordings, do you feel like this might be the closest to the vibe -- not necessarily the recordings -- of what your dad, Elvis, was trying to do?
Grizz Chapman claims he's from the Brooklyn projects and made the leap from security guard to actor after getting the itch nearly a decade ago. Are these rumors true? This investigative reporter sat down with him.
"Among other things I do," says the British musician, "I'm the music director of an organization called TED or Technology, Education and Design. That's an annual get together of people sort of figuring out how to save the planet."
Here's a loose-lipped playlist for Stan the Man, a dude with a big ego and a very mixed record who finally accomplished the impossible -- actually stealing some of the cultural spotlight away from Lady GaGa.
Six years later, the newest installment of the series passes the torch to a younger stable of artists who, along with series initiator Vicki Iovine and Timothy Shriver, shared their thoughts about the album.
Ever since Cat Stevens embraced Islam, the West has been clueless when it comes to accepting the former superstar. His latest release, Roadsinger, is a good start in rebuilding that emotional bridge to Stevens.
With a basic reverence for the original record, Morrison's live arrangements allow for musicians to add new layers of strata though jams, while acknowledging forty years has passed since the original was slated.