How did the 1970s and Los Angeles end up creating such idiosyncratic singer-songwriters as Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson and Van Dyke Parks?
"The first thing you should know about Harry Nilsson is that he won a Grammy for covering a schmaltzy Badfinger ballad called 'Without You' in 1971. The second thing you should know is that I once read an interview with Nilsson where he claimed to have recorded 'Without You' after having taken what he described as 'a little mescaline.' The third thing is that 'Without You' is on an album called Nilsson Schmilsson, a title basically designed to make fun of Nilsson's name, and that the cover of Nilsson Schmilsson is a picture of Harry Nilsson, unshaven, wearing a bathrobe."
PUBLISHED: April 13, 2012
LENGTH: 15 minutes (3917 words)
?uestlove might not rap, but he's still one of hip-hop's best storytellers, and he had plenty of yarns when we spoke with him recently about all of the above-- including the time Puffy screamed on him for an hour and how he bonded with Jay-Z over their mutual love of "The Simpsons". One of these days, ?uestlove will write a memoir, and it will be incredible. Consider the following a preview.
PUBLISHED: Aug. 19, 2011
LENGTH: 16 minutes (4102 words)