Madonna: ‘I wanted to be somebody because I felt like a nobody

She wanted to rule the world and did. Madonna looks back on four decades of fame, why the music industry needs a #MeToo moment, and her still insatiable ambition On YouTube, you can find a clip of Madonna appearing on American Bandstand in January 1984. She is still promoting her eponymous debut album, released six months before, and still just one among a raft of young singers mining a vein of post-disco dance-pop. She has yet to have a Top 10 hit in the United States, and the host, Dick Clark, still finds it necessary to explain who she is when introducing her. Her labels expectations for the single she performs, Holiday, are so modest, it hasnt bothered commissioning a …

Mentrification: how men appropriated computers, beer and the Beatles | Van Badham

Throughout history, women have been written out of cultural moments they helped shape. And now we have a new word for it Star Trek fandom has already made legendary contributions to popular culture, but its latest sweet encapsulation deserves special recording: in the dictionary. Earlier this month, a fan post on Tumblr from user @obstinatecondolement mourned the lack of acknowledgment given to women as the source of the series original popularity. They wanted to know when Star Trek stopped being perceived as light, fluffy, not-really-legitimate sci-fi that ~housewives~ liked and started being seen as serious nerd business that girls had to keep their gross cooties off? A reply repeated the question, but in regards to the Beatles. When did the …

Hot Chip: Escapism is the opposite of what we should be doing

On the eve of their seventh album, the best British pop act of their generation talk about two decades of music-making A quiet Friday afternoon by Londons Regents Canal. Two dads who have known each other since they were 11 theyre now 39 are having lunch without the kids. One is a smiling, broad-shouldered bear in a pink T-shirt. The other is smaller and bespectacled, hiding under a baseball cap. They look slightly hipsterish, but blend into the background seamlessly. A huge yellow bag and rucksack under the table contain their rather different outfits for later that day. Five hours later, Alexis Taylor is in front of thousands at the All Points East festival in Victoria Park, Hackney, his cap …

Anyone else would have kicked him out: celebrity flatmates reveal all

Stealing clothes, sharing a bed, cereal for dinner… from Shaun Ryder and Bez to the boys from Busted, former housemates remember their first house share He could burn all your clothes, eat all your food, rob all your money, but hed always have your back in a fight Happy Mondays bandmate blackgrapemusic.com. Happy Mondays play Katherine Ryan lived with photographer Katherine Woroniecka when they were undergraduates at Ryerson University in Toronto in 2001 Comedian Katherine Ryan (left) and Katherine Woroniecka. Katherine Ryan I met Katherine the day we both moved to the big city from our respective small towns. We were 18 years old. Our landlady, Bonnie, was a very eccentric older lady with a cat and a lovely house …

‘I feel like I’ve been had’: Morrissey’s collaborators respond to his politics

The former Smiths singers new album features guest spots from Billie Joe Armstrong and Grizzly Bears Ed Droste. Are they not put off by his increasingly unpleasant right-wing stance? Given the left-wing values of his former band the Smiths, Morrisseys embrace of the right over the past decade has been uncomfortable for some fans to stomach. He has expressed support for Nigel Farage, the For Britain leader Tommy Robinson, suggested that Londons muslim mayor labelled Grizzly Bear, among those backing the controversial singer. Broken Social Scene. She received a call from the American producer organised an anti-racism party to coincide with Morrisseys scheduled shows in his home city last July, in response to Morrisseys divisive views, and his support for …

Lin-Manuel Miranda in talks for ‘Moana’ sequel

Where are my clothes again?Image: mashable composite:  To the stars and LeAnn Mueller Tom DeLonge is a mysterious man of many talents. A former member of Blink-182 and frontman of Angels & Airwaves, most know DeLonge as a as a kick-ass singer and songwriter. But he’s also an author, director, and entrepreneur who launched To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science, an organization dedicated to exploring science and the possible existence of extraterrestrial life. And in case you missed it, DeLonge writes children’s books now, too. The 43-year-old’s latest book for kids, Who Here Knows Who Took My Clothes?, is surprisingly advanced in the sense that it’s about a grown ass naked man.  If that somewhat puzzling description captured …