Emerging emo/hip hop artist Lil Peep (real name Gustav Åhr) from Long Beach, NY has died at just 21 years old from a suspected overdose as reported by Billboard: "the Peep army was a growing one, as fans tuned in en masse for his refreshing candor about his battles with depression, heartbreak, drug use and his sexuality." Lil Peep was brilliant, and his recently-released debut album Come Over When You're Sober includes haunting track "The Brightside" about lost love. So sorry he's gone so young before fullfilling his promise.
Tony Sergi, the drug-trafficking "boss of bosses" over the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia in Australia who was suspected of ordering the 1977 hit against anti-drug crusader and Liberal Party politician Donald Mackay, was buried today as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald: "his casket of burnished gold was adorned with a mass of white lilies and roses and, as the strains of Leonard Cohen's classic Hallelujah drifted out of the church, a thousand sombre mourners gathered to pay their respects."
A church burial? To quote Bob Dylan from "Masters of War": "even Jesus would never forgive what you do," and "all the money you made will never buy back your soul."
A new generation of rocker boys including Greta Van Fleet and The Struts are inspired by classic rock like Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones as reported by The Wall Street Journal: "the genre is being reinvented by young musicians, some of whom are barely out of high school, who are channeling bands their mothers and fathers grew up with."
Further reading (and listening) that may be of interest:
"One of the 20th century's most powerful creations was the rock star," and "those who embodied that character didn't spring from nowhere" as reported by The New York Times: "managers groomed them and shaped them, and in the classic rock era those managers were often gay men."
At Broadway's 975-seat Walter Kerr Theatre the Boss in a solo gig "takes his fans on a biographical journey, as told through his back catalog and a set of scripted monologues," and "for two hours, you're not just listening to Springsteen's songs and anecdotes, you're a silent witness to entire scenes of his life" as reported by the New York Post:
"He brings everything, and leaves nothing," says Rick Zins, a 56-year-old financial adviser who first saw Springsteen at the Palladium in 1976, and has already been to the Walter Kerr Theatre twice. "You have to be here to understand it, but this show is expanding his legacy."
The open secret "that Oscar-winning movie and television producer Harvey Weinstein had a long history of sexually harassing women" finally has been revealed, and of course "Hollywood's response was largely muted" as reported by the Los Angeles Times: "'Hollywood likes to project an image of being progressive about issues of race, gender and social issues -- but at the end of the day it is an incredibly regressive industry,' said Caroline Heldman, a college professor who has worked with alleged victims of Bill Cosby and Weinstein." Indeed, "welcome to Hollywood, where people love to wag self-righteous fingers . . . but run for cover whenever the topic casts show business in an unflattering light" as reported by The New York Times.
In March 2012 at the Golden Globes Meryl Streep worshiped Harvey Weinstein as "god" in accepting her award for "best actress" but -- like so many other Tinseltown phonies of both sexes -- she might as well have been on her knees singing out that Regurgitator song "I sucked a lot of cock to get where I am." Of course, speaking metaphorically, not literally.