The wrap gets its freak on
Music promoters, Sade, gangsta rap, Gerald Eskenazi, moshing, swearing, container ship tourism, Lollapalooza 1995, disco balls and much more
From the transport desk (1): Andy Wright explores the container shop tourism industry
Straight outta Compton: the best music movie marketing shizzle in yonks continues to produce some great reads including this piece on OG DJ Yella’s XXX career change, a superb profile of N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller, Sasha Frere-Jones comparing the Dr Dre of N.W.A. with the Dr Dre of new album “Compton” and our own piece today on the great and the grisly of gangster rap.
What’s behind the masks? The secret world of aliases for DJs and electronic music makers
Extra time: sports writer Gerald Eskenazi remembers the days when sports stars actually had something to say other than “lookit” or plug some commercial enterprise.
Why do people mosh at concerts?
From the interview archives (2): Michael A. Gonzales hangs out with Sade in 1992 around the time of her “Love Deluxe” album
Open your ears: Nico Muhly on how to listen to a piece of contemporary music for the first time
Swear it ain’t so: the history of cursing and swearing through the ages
From the transport desk (2): the problem with America’s trains
All that glitters: the history of the disco ball
It was America’s Féile… oral history of Lollapalooza 1995, American alternative music’s last stand
From the interview archives (3): great profile of Blue Note boss Bruce Lundvall who sadly died earlier this year
Showtime! James Brown meets David Letterman in 1982. Takeitaway….