Sunday Morning Coming Down #Eighteen


• "My reaction to the New Yorker piece was that it was a piece from Mad Magazine. I saw it, I read it, cursorily glanced at it. It was so ridiculous. I had no idea anybody could conceive of it as being true." Sonny Rollins addresses the sloppy satirical New Yorker "Sonny Rollins In His Own Words" piece over at Sonny Rollins.com.

• "Hanna is the rebel grrrl older sister many of us millennials dreamed of having – someone who could show us how to navigate girlhood’s profound, ubiquitous challenges head-on, with fire and grit. I can’t think of a better mentor for Cyrus right now." The Kathleen Hanna/Miley Cyrus album probably won't happen, but The Guardian's Charlotte Richardson Andrews says we can dream.

• "With the skyline in the background, Lollapalooza once again brought three days of music to Chicago's Grant Park. Kings of Leon and Artic Monkeys rocked out, Skrillex and Calvin Harris kept the crowd dancing, Outkast and Nas rapped some of the greatest verses ever written, Iggy Azalea played her song of the summer and a few dedicated people dressed up as those inflatable tube-men that wave outside car dealerships. Here's the best things we saw." Jessica Hopper, Stacey Anderson, and Brittany Spanos over at RS recount with impeccable readability the goings-on at Lollapalooza 2014. 

• "It speaks to Nina Simone’s intelligence and restless force that, in her twenties, she attracted some of African-American culture’s finest minds. Both Langston Hughes and James Baldwin elected themselves mentors: Simone, appearing on the scene just as Holiday died, seemed to evoke their most exuberant hopes and most protective instincts. But Hansberry offered her a special bond. A young woman also dealing with a startling early success—Hansberry was twenty-eight when “A Raisin in the Sun” won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, in 1959—she had a strongly cultivated black pride and a pedagogical bent. 'We never talked about men or clothes,' Simone wrote in her memoir, decades later. 'It was always Marx, Lenin and revolution—real girls’ talk.'" Claudia Roth Pierpont writes on the many battles of Nina Simone for The New Yorker.

• "We made a single. It was written by Glenn O’Brien. His review about our live show said, “These kids sound like they listen to dub for breakfast.” So, we made a song called “We Eat Dub For Breakfast” as a B-side. The next thing, Glenn O’Brien was reviewing our single and said, “This song is about something I wrote about them in another review.” All of this happened pretty quickly." Michael Lachowski of Pylon talks to Kim Taylor Bennett about boomboxes and Kraftwerk for Noisey.

• "In an open letter to Dylan, printed in the November 1964 issue of the influential folkie publication Sing Out!, editor Irwin Silber beseeched folk music’s wonder boy to return to his old self, rather than relate to “…a handful of cronies behind the scene". In his heartfelt missive, Silber claims Dylan has “somehow lost touch with people” and had become intoxicated with “the paraphernalia of fame.” Silber mentions Dylan’s affection for James Dean and how “that awful potential for self-destruction which lies hidden in all of us and which can emerge so easily and so uninvited.” For all his concern for Dylan’s well-being, Silber missed the point." It was 50 years ago today (pretty much): Allen Rabinowitz looks back at Another Side Of Bob Dylan for Consequence Of Sound.

• "In his quest to save obscure music, Bastos told me, Freitas sometimes buys records he doesn’t realize he already owns. This spring he finally acquiesced to Bastos’s pleas to sell some of his duplicate records, which make up as much as 30 percent of his total collection, online. “I said, ‘Come on, you have 10 copies of the same album — let’s sell four or five!’ ” Bastos said. Freitas smiled and shrugged. “Yes, but all of those 10 copies are different,” he countered." Brazilian Zero Freitas on his quest to buy every record ever made, at NYT.

• "Victor’s presence at the creation mattered to Mr. Dylan, said Sean Wilentz, the Princeton historian and author of “Bob Dylan in America,” a 2010 best seller. “It’s a sense of loyalty, of kinship,” he said. “You were brothers together. You were scuffling. That’s why Dylan brought him back.”" NYT's Sam Tanehaus talks with Jacob Maymudes - author of a new and oddly personal Dylan biography