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Rocker clarifies his criticism of pop star

By percy thrillington Dec 5, 2012 2:17PM
Nontroversy alert: As reported by Pitchfork, Jack White reportedly said some dismissive stuff about Lady Gaga in an interview with Esquire magazine, consisting mostly of this:
Many of our conversational strands end up being rerouted to what celebrity means in the current age, about what it is to be an artist. It's obviously something that he's thought about a lot, and which troubles him sometimes.
"The goal of modern celebrity," he begins, "is to make yourself into the lowest common denominator. 'Hey, I'm a guy just like you. I like a beer, a football game…' Especially in reality television, you'll see people will go so far as to make a fool out of themselves just to prove that. I don't want to see a reality show about Michelangelo. You know, Clint Eastwood is doing one with his family [Mrs. Eastwood & Company] and it's such a disappointment. Forget the speech, man," he says, referring to the Hollywood actor's bizarre monologue at the Republican National Convention in Florida in August. "The speech was cool compared to that. There's no reason to put yourself in a position that makes things completely unspecial."
Does that mean Lady Gaga, who has been known to cook pasta at home in a wig and Louboutin heels, is an example of a celebrity who really lives their vision?
"I don't think she lives it," says White, "because it's all artifice. It's all image with no meaning behind it. You can't sink your teeth into it. It's a sound bite. It's very of this age, because that's what people want. They want a Twitter line, a Gif, a Jpeg, an MP3. Twitter is the most perfect example of modern living. It's very interesting. You know, just a side opinion about Twitter," and he's off: "I think the only people who should have [Twitter accounts] are comedians. Because it's all about one-liners. I would love it if Conan O'Brien or Reggie Watts or Stephen Colbert were to walk into a room and tell me one joke and leave. But you don't want Gore Vidal telling you 'I'm doing my dishes right now'."
But lest anyone confuse "not living it" with a serious dis, White has expanded on his comments in a post on his own website, making sure to clarify that his position was not a criticism of Gaga's music, and that he is pro-gay:
I'd like to address the recent tabloidesque drama baiting by the press in regards to Lady Gaga. I never said anything about her music, or questioned the authenticity of her songs in any way. I was in a conversation about the drawbacks of image for the sake of image, and that it is popular nowadays to not question an image in front of you, but only to label it as "cool" or "weird" quickly and dispose of it. I don't like my comments about Lady Gaga's presentation being changed into some sort of negative critique of her music. If you're going to try to cause drama, at least get the quotes right. I think journalists should also be held accountable for what they say. Especially publications like the NME who put whatever words they feel like between two quotation marks and play it off as a quote. Maybe somebody with more lawyers can take them to task, but I'll just use the Internet and Twitter instead. I also think that kind of tabloid drama encourages artists to not express their opinions in the press, and instead give polite soundbites that don't stimulate thought about creativity and the consumption of art in its many guises.
Peace to Lady Gaga and I fully congratulate and compliment her on her championing of gay rights issues and the momentum it's given to help create change.
Thank you.
Jack White
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That Gore Vidal line is pretty good (despite/because Vidal died in July).
 

The recently released 40th anniversary super deluxe edition is the definitive version of the classic album

By MSN Music Partners Apr 9, 2014 8:30AM

MSN Music is teaming up with Universal Music Group to give away a copy of the lavish anniversary update of Elton John’s classic 1973 album "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" autographed by Sir Elton himself.  


To win this one-of-a-kind package visit our Facebook page and share the post announcing this contest with your friends. After you share the post, let us know by contacting us at msnmusicfans@microsoft.com. The lucky winner will be notified via e-mail, and we'll arrange shipment of the autographed super deluxe edition "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" set. Submissions need to be made on or before midnight PT Monday, April 14.


This five-disc expanded edition includes a remastered version of the original double album plus a CD featuring new recordings of key tracks by contemporary artists picked by Sir Elton including Ed Sheeran, Miguel, Hunter Hayes, The Band Perry and Fall Out Boy with additional album tracks and B-Sides.  Also included is the complete "Live at Hammersmith 1973" concert on two CDs plus a DVD of Bryan Forbes’ 1973 film, “Elton John and Bernie Taupin Say Goodbye To Norma Jean and Other Things.”


A 100-page illustrated hardback book featuring photos, memorabilia and new interviews with Sir Elton and longtime lyricist Taupin completes the package.


Elton John was already a Top 10 artist in the U.S. and U.K. when he, Taupin and Elton’s band began recording "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," but the project marked heightened ambitions underscored by its original release as a two-LP double set. 


This year finds Sir Elton back in the headlines with a headlining performance at this June’s Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn., a critically acclaimed 2013 album, "The Diving Board," and plans to renew his wedding vows with partner David Furnish next month.


RELATED: Writing Elton John's 'The Diving Board'


Check out the video and links below to learn more the new versions of "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."


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Rocker drops the news in chat with fans

By MSN Music Partners Jan 6, 2014 12:35PM

By Miriam Coleman
Rolling Stone

 

Jack White  has a new album in the works, and it looks like it could be coming out soon. In a recent chat with fans on the message board of his label, Third Man Records, White dropped the news: "I'm producing two albums this month, and finishing them," he said. "One of them is mine."

 

The two stars, who'd recently recorded a tribute to the Everly Brothers, honor the fallen legend

By MSN Music Partners Jan 6, 2014 12:21PM

Rolling Stone

 

A day after the passing of Everly Brothers' Phil Everly, artists influenced by his incredible body of work have started to honor the vocal legend. Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones, who this past November released "Foreverly," an album-length Everly tribute, passed along their thoughts about the death of the sweet-voiced singer, who died on January 3rd due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

 

Rockers will play pre-game set and during intermission

By MSN Music Partners Jan 3, 2014 11:28AM

Rolling Stone

 

Kiss are set to command a new venue: Los Angeles' first outdoor hockey game.

The "Detroit Rock City" shredders will bring their face-painted theatrics to Dodger Stadium on January 25th as part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. The band will perform before the game and during the first intermission. The match pits the LA Kings against the Anaheim Ducks and will air live on NBC Sports.  Other musical performers in the series will be announced in the next few weeks.

 

The record sits atop L.A.'s Forum, spins at 17 miles per hour and covers 5.7 acres

By MSN Music Partners Jan 3, 2014 10:29AM

 

By Kory Grow
Rolling Stone

 

The marketing and promotion company Pop2Life has created what they're calling the "world's largest record," a recreation of the Eagles' 16-times platinum 1977 album "Hotel California," to accompany the reopening of the Los Angeles venue the Forum and the SoCal rockers' six-concert residency. The band will be playing the venue on January 15th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 24th and 25th.

 

A close-up look at the biggest explosion in rock & roll history

By MSN Music Partners Jan 2, 2014 1:13PM

Rolling Stone

 

Fifty years ago, the Beatles landed in the U.S., generating the biggest explosion rock & roll has ever seen. In the new issue of Rolling Stone (on stands Friday, January 3rd), contributing editor Mikal Gilmore examines just how the Fab Four arrived in the States facing media disdain and a clueless record label in the wake of the devastating assassination of John F. Kennedy — and still managed to conquer America. 

 

On February 9th, 1964, Ed Sullivan famously intoned, "Tonight, the whole country is waiting to hear England's Beatles." Eight months later, the band had landed 28 records in Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart (11 in the Top 10), seen 10 albums released worldwide and been introduced to marijuana by Bob Dylan. But the band's voyage from Liverpool to New York City in '64 was filled with far more apprehension and stress than relaxation and glee.

 

His new album will stream on CBS's website on Jan. 5

By MSN Music Partners Jan 2, 2014 1:00PM

By Andy Greene
Rolling Stone

 

A little over a week after Amazon accidentally sold Bruce Springsteen's upcoming album "High Hopes" on their mobile site, CBS will offer a complete stream of the LP on their official website. It's part of a promotional tie-in with the legal drama "The Good Wife," which will incorporate the new tracks "High Hopes," "Hunter of Invisible Game" and a rerecorded "The Ghost of Tom Joad" into a January 12th episode. They will begin hosting the stream at 7 p.m. on January 5th, shortly before a preview runs for the episode with the Springsteen music.

 

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill Virgina location won't allow firearms

By MSN Music Partners Dec 31, 2013 2:12PM

WENN

 

Gun-toting fans of singer Toby Keith's fans in Virginia are taking aim at the country star over a no-weapons policy at a restaurant he owns in the state.