REMEMBERING JAMES BROWN (KIND OF...)
By Anita Sarko
Friday, 12/29/2006 12:50 PM
When I heard that James Brown had died, one thought came to mind: An interview I had conducted with Bootsy Collins some years ago that produced one of the most glorious moments in all my years of talking to celebrities for financial gain.
I was speaking to Bootsy of his early years. He began as a teen, touring with James Brown. Brown was quite the taskmaster and very much a micromanaging control freak when it came to what and how each of his musicians played. Bootsy was unhappy; he felt creatively stifled. A friend told him to seek out George Clinton the next time he passed through Detroit.
Bootsy followed the friend's advice. His first meeting with Clinton floored him because he couldn't believe what a total ... Read More
SCISSOR SISTERS CUT THE MUSTARD
By Anita Sarko
Thursday, 12/28/2006 3:11 PM
In the spirit of honesty and full disclosure, I admit that my desire to see Scissor Sisters in concert was not based on love of their music. In fact, I had dismissed them as nothing more than a clever and well-executed melding of Elton John and the Bee Gees. No matter how often I listened to them, I heard either or both of those influences without any discernable additional embellishments (except for various other 70's era white soul boy falsettos making fleeting guest appearances). But, hey. if you're going to be a cover band, there's something to be said for not only doing it well, but doing it within the context of original material. I mean I love Oasis, ... Read More