Sarah Larson on the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony: http://nyr.kr/1eAYSxB
“At the night’s end, Nirvana—who had suffered more than any other inductee, and had complained about nothing—brought everybody to a higher plane. Hearing Nirvana there felt much the way hearing Nirvana had in the first place, circa ‘Bleach’ and ‘Nevermind.’ It was the sound of joy, rage, crisis, calm, love, vitality: the reason we love rock and roll.”
Above: Kim Gordon, Joan Jett, St. Vincent, and Lorde, who played with Nirvana. Photograph by Theo Wargo/WireImage/Getty.
“I’ve always been of the opinion
Black is full of color.”
“People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands - literally thousands - of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss.”
Nick Cave in Wings of Desire
winning a Grammy in 1996.
Photographer Daniel Kramer captured Janis Joplin cutting her 1968 hit “Piece of My Heart” in New York. “Janis wanted a bottle of Southern Comfort, so I accompanied her to a local wine store, then she did a few takes,” he recalls. “It was an empty studio —and there was no stage or audience, no one to work to — and yet she was just incredible.”
Robert is the boy, the crusader, the shadow. He’s a fucking rubik’s cube in the dark. He is nitrous oxide on two black legs. His heart wants to make everything right all the time. He wants his way, he wants your opinion and he doesn’t change, but he grows. He is perpetually sleepy but gets more done in a week than most do in 6 months. He is often in 3 places at once. He has a dark sense of humor and a light sense of humor. He is the boy that You want to save all the time even though he isn’t in danger. He loves being in the forest and the desert, he loves places like Cambodia, he is a songwriter and a song in itself.
- iAN Ottaway
Leah is a flower. Leah is the voice of reason when bullshit clutters the air. Leah is a translator. Leah is an avid reader, very educated and at the same time cool as the California ocean. She is Zen and she is funny, she is a master in the weaving movement of music. She also drums like a motherfucker.
- iAN Ottaway
Peter. A very uncomplicated person who is constantly being complicated by other forces. Peter is the smell of gasoline. Peter is nicotine swallowed. He is the blue flame lick color of a bunsen burner. He is Billy the kid unique, his soul is much like the soul of Abraham Lincoln or a grandfather clock, even his laugh is as old as the mountains. Like a soldier he very much keeps his priorities in order and needs very little to survive. He counts his blessings and is a sentimental creature which is rare these days. He too is a song. His approach to life is very much along the lines of the American Indian which is take only what You need and give back at the same time. Like Leah and Robert, he is a rare gem… a very rare find.
- iAN Ottaway