There is nothing more interesting than hearing artists talk about the process of creating or discussing personal influences and inspirations. Every great artist is also a great fan. Here Aretha Franklin shares some of her favorite songs, courtesy of Rolling Stone.
One of my oldest collections began before I was ten years old, when I bought my first two Pyramid books about film—about Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart. Published in the 1970s, the layout these books was perfect for a kid, as they simply presented a survey of the actor’s film work chronologically eschewing almost everything personal. Some of them were written by future film experts like Leonard Maltin. They are a great example of a collection that has little monetary value but means the world to me, as it represents the seeds of passion for my future film studies.
…my deeply held beliefs did not prevent me from accepting a role a few years back in a student film called “Standing Still,” which was set in a dystopian future where everyone is…covered in bruises.
…when NARAS held its 58th Annual Grammy Awards on February 16, 2016, there was an expectation among family, fans, and the industry that the organization would pay tribute to the nine-time Grammy winner in a manner befitting her unique multi-generational, multi-genre status.
Toward the end of the number, she partially executes an ambivalent, stiff dip, as if to say, “Hey everybody, I’m not even going to attempt to sing without the track, but I have a different trick, I will now bend backwards thirty degrees with assistance.”