Newsweek, January 23, 1984
Possibly the most colorful Newsweek cover in history.
Apparently Detroit Lions fans are so appalled by the decision to have Nickleback — yes, Nickleback — as the halftime show of their Thanksgiving Day game against the Green Bay Packers, they’ve started a petition, which is, well, kind of hilarious. As UMich grad student/Michigan native/Lions ticket holder Dennis Guttman explains it:
This game is nationally televised, do we really want the rest of the US to associate Detroit with Nickelback? Detroit is home to so many great musicians and they chose Nickelback?!?!?! Does anyone even like Nickelback?
Want to sign it? Change.org.
“I wonder what it would be like if I were a male rock star? Maybe I just could be like ‘fuck it’ and keep someone hanging there. But, I don’t know… It just doesn’t feel right. And I definitely don’t have groupies. No, the evening always ends with me and my friend in my hotel room watching romantic comedies going, ‘We’re never getting married.’”
This was fun.
In which Florence Welch tells Newsweek about the dark side of fame.
In which we think to ourselves, “Man. I wish I had gotten the chance to build a bomb with Hunter S. Thompson.”
Looking for something to do tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 22)? Head to our Library for the Performing Arts anytime between noon and 6 pm and use our collections to help edit Wikipedia pages for musicals and theater music. This all-day “editathon” - called “Wikipedia, The Musical!” - is a partnership between NYPL and Wikipedia, and you can read more about it in the NY Times. Participants require ZERO experience with Wikipedia, so come on down!
Today is Snoop Dogg’s 40th birthday.
Years before becoming everyone’s resident professor on izzle-speak, Snoop’s rap lyrics coupled with a sizable criminal record (he was acquitted of a 1993 murder charge) reflect the 1990’s perception of gangsta rap and the violent culture it portrayed. Here’s Snoop’s description of his ideal day [from Newsweek, November 29, 1993]:
I want peace on the street like it was 4/29/92” — the day the Los Angeles gangs called a truce. “That s— felt good. Bloods, Crips, everybody just chillin’. I ain’t never felt that before, being able to go to neighborhoods where they restrict you ‘cause you wear this color and they wear that color. Everybody was together. That’s what my music’s going for — to stop you banging for a second. Listen to my music and get on another vibe.
Nothing makes me happier than the thought of our adorable research department remembering that today is Snoop Dogg’s birthday.
Occupy Sesame Street! Breaking photos from Tauntr.com
I worry (as someone who was an adult in the 1960s) that young people will see The Playboy Club and think that this is what life was like back then and that Hefner, as he also says in his weird, creepy voice-over, was in fact “changing the world, one Bunny at a time.”
So I would like to say this:
1. Trust me, no one wanted to be a Bunny.
2. A Bunny’s life was essentially that of an underpaid waitress forced to wear a tight costume.
3. Playboy did not change the world.
Nora Ephron, in this week’s Newsweek, on the premiere of NBC’s The Playboy Club.
Here we go again…
“We’ve started that process and it is our sincere hope to shoot it this year and get it out this year,” Hurwitz said to Digital Spy.
“That’s what we’re hoping,” he continues, “but a lot of things have to fall into place for that to happen. …. I don’t like to toy with the affections of our fans. They’ve been so supportive and we’re so grateful, so I kind of hate to answer the question until I can say, ‘Yep, we’ve shot it, it opens next week’. Otherwise it feels like we’re toying with people and we do not mean to do that. It has just taken a while to get it going.
I’m having painful deja vu, once again I’ll say “I’ll believe it when I’m sitting in the theater and the credits are rolling.”
oh please please please please