Charles Mingus and his band (pictured: Horace Parlan, Shafi Hadi/Curtis Porter, and Booker Ervin) performing live at the Five Spot Cafe, NYC, 1958 (photos by Dennis Stock)
Rock legend Lou Reed of The Velvet Underground passed away this weekend at the age of 71. In his death, we lost of one of the industry’s true and unique talents. Simon Vozick-Levinson, a senior editor at Rolling Stone put it perfectly himself: “[Lou Reed] didn’t prettify things. He didn’t sugarcoat things. He showed life as it really is and that’s something that made him a true original, and one of our great all-time artists.”
(Photo courtesy of Mazzy Fields. Text by Jenny Bahn)
"People are more used to seeing men who are masters at an instrument than women. When people say, ‘Oh, she plays like a dude,’ it’s usually dudes who are the ones saying it. They’re saying, ‘Oh, she’s as good as us.’ Of course, that’s a stupid statement. It’s totally stereotypical to say, ‘We have an advantage on this, and if anyone else can do it well, it’s only because they’re like us.’ I think more men are starting to learn that this attitude is totally hollow and based in imagination. As more women are involved in music, this kind of thing gets said less and less."
— Esperanza Spalding | singer, jazz bassist, and composer
The Rolling Stones in Melbourne, by Colin Beard (1966)