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Nothing like a good juxtaposition to clear the fog!

The other night I was watching Larry King Live because he was doing a full hour with Johnny Cash. Durring the commercials I would channel surf. Madonna and her fake lesbian kiss was everywhere. That's all people were talking about. Madonna. Britney. Christina. Justin Timberlake's raised eyebrows.
Then back to Johnny Cash. REALity. Johnny Cash is REAL. A REAL song writer. A REAL musician, a REAL drug addict, a REAL convict, a REAL outlaw, a REAL hero.
Seeing the two pop stars thrown together on my TV was so insightful. This is what she is...

OK, she's VERY talented.
She is an amazing A & R person (record company). She has an uncanny ear for hit records. She doesn't write them (no matter what the credit says) but she hears them. No small feat to be sure. (If it was easy they ALL could do it)

She is a great pop stylist. She always knows what to wear. What hair to do etc. She doesn't come up with ANY of this herself but again, she knows what to take. (I know why you like her Jimmy, she's good.)

She will go down in history as one of the fiercest publicists ever. Right up ther with PT Barnum and Billy Rose. She will do ANYTHING to stay in the spotlight. And if anyone thinks that is easy... think again.

She really knows human nature. (The "Low Road" anyway). She knows power is EVERYTHING.
example: Magazines keep her on top because she sells magazines.
She is shameless and knows nobody will challenge her as long as she makes money. She knows it's all about money today.

The same old trick she's been doing for twenty years.
She watches Tatu's fake lesbian kiss.
20 million people know about it. I can do it in front of 200 million people. Get more press and air time than they could in 20 years. And it will be "The Madonna Fake Lesbian Kiss". Not Christina's, Britney's or Tatu's.
She was right. It worked like a charm. A week later people are still talking about "The Madonna Fake Lesbian Kiss".

Botton Line:
Here we are still talking about her.
20 years later.

He's singing raw with his guitar in front of a thousand inmates in Fulsom Prison.
"She walks these hills in a long black veil"
He would never make it today. Justin Timberlake would blow him out of the water. Neither would Aretha Franklin. (VH1's "Entertainer Of The Century") She's too dark and too fat.

OK, OK...
I know the argument Jimmy.
-She's just a Pop Star. What the hell do you expect?
Well Johnny Cash is a Pop Star.
So is Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchel, Kurt Cobain, Prince, Trent Reznor, David Byrne etc.
And I know that there have always been bubblegum Pop Stars. But she's not that. She is a sign post Pop Star. Like Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger. A reflection of a generation.
And that's what is interesting to me about her.

Paris (a couple of years ago)
Madonna to Daddy:
"You're so shady to me".

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Dear Slim Shady -
I bow down and touch the hem of your garment - YOU ARE SO RIGHT.... couldn't have said it better myself...

Yes she is clever but NOT talented....

And YES folks like Cash are the REAL deal...
Thats what pisses me off that folks still give her props... I could think of giving her props if she even 'gave back' to the folks she emulates or feeds off but she doesn't and that totally is what pisses me off....
I just HATE phoneys and she is just a total psued
Love her new Kabala name "Ester" LOL
Daddy you are right .... shady... but right
His voice is like the Earth itself singing (or the male aspect of it anyway). Totally real! He had many of the then cutting edge counter culture singers on his television show in the 1960s like Bob Dylan (several times). I must admit it was AFTER Dylans motorcycle accident when he no longer had that edginess with an abandon that he had prior to it, but he was still way out there as far as Mr. and Mrs. Average American was concerned. Johnny Cash Came out strongly against the Vietnam war at a time when it was considered a given that country stars were behind the administration and supporting the War. His "Why I dress in Black" is uncompromising. In many ways he's been more of a Folk singer than Country and Western artist, yet cetainly blending the genres. He is unique. I still listen to his two live prison albums at Fulsom and San Quinten, and those guys would have been able to read a phoney a mile away. He was the real deal. My older brother once gave me a tape of Johnny Cash singing songs about Americans and American History that had an excellent song that I used to play for my students: "The Ballad of Ira Hayes," about an American Indian who was one of the flag raisers on Iwo Jima in World War 2, who died in a ditch years later, a broken alcholic. It's a testament to american hipocracy and racism. Then there was the late June Carter Cash. If you haven't seen them in their prime together singing "Jackson" you've got to see it. It's hot! They were both so hot then. Great performers, but I don't think there was all that much acting involved, there was so much realness so close and accessible. Johnny Cash has always moved me in a big way, and he still does. To jusxtapose him or Aretha "Queen of Soul" Franklin for that matter with todays shallow pop stars is certainly very telling. It's a stark and sorry contrast.
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Yup, during the interim between stunts, I get pretty fucking tired of the Eternal Whore. But just as I'm about to lose it over her newest accent, or her newest name, she goes and shuts me up. When I heard about "that kiss" (I didn't watch the live awards show, figuring I'd catch it on the 72-hour marathon immediately afterwards), my eyes were rolling upward everytime MTV was mentioned. However, when I did see it, all I could do was laugh and know that the bitch is brilliant. Owning talent? Even she knows she doesn't. Owning fame? I bow down to the best.
right on. james and i were having a madonna conversation at the slipper room last saturday night. i put her in the same league as james brown -- miss saturn was hoola-hooping to j.b.'s "this is a man's world" and it brought to mind the number of different musical styles he has mastered. ultimately, we agreed that j.b., like johnny cash, has talent that's more real than madonna's, but when it comes to predicting, setting and mastering trends, they're both equal i think. unless madonna isn't really a trend setter, more of a wickedly talented trend democratizer, i'm not sure...

her "tale to tell" years were genius, regardless.
My, my!

Madonna-Britney kiss angers Stevie
The Herald Sun

STEVIE Nicks rates the notorious Madonna-Britney kiss as the most obnoxious television moment ever.

"First of all, Madonna is too old to be kissing someone who is 22," the Fleetwood Mac singer told the Herald Sun.
"And Britney should be smarter than that. Hopefully, she will figure a way out of this hole she has dug for herself."

Original rock chick Nicks, 55, said Spears and Christina Aguilera should wear more clothes and try writing decent songs.

"I personally have never been to a strip club, but I turn on MTV and see in every single video what it must be like to be at a strip club," Nicks said.

"I think the mystery is gone, and if you have no mystery, then you aren't even sexy.

"Real sexuality and sensuality is in the music, and all these girls, vis-a-vis, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and on and on, should go back to writing songs and start over because it won't last and they won't last.

"When they are 55, they won't be around and that's sad because I think a lot of those girls are very talented. But they are signing their own death warrants."

Nicks was appalled by Madonna's publicity stunt kiss with Spears at the recent MTV Awards.

"I thought it was the most obnoxious moment in television history," she said.

"Madonna will be fine. Madonna is Madonna. She does what she wants. She will get over this. But will Britney get over it? I don't know."

Nicks revealed Madonna asked Jennifer Lopez to be in the smoochy routine, but J.Lo told Madge to kiss something else.

Nicks is the ultimate rock survivor, weathering drug addictions, depression and a tumultuous relationship with Lindsey Buckingham.

Fleetwood Mac performs at Rod Laver Arena on February 23. Tickets go on sale on Monday.

Quite a mouthful. However when I'm in my 40s and 50s I'll still be kissing plenty of 22-year-olds! Hopefully ......
I so worship Stevie, though I always feel a tinge of unease when the older generation criticizes the young upstarts:

When they are 55, they won't be around and that's sad because I think a lot of those girls are very talented. But they are signing their own death warrants.

This is the same kind of criticism that was leveled against Madonna, and so many others who were equally unpopular among parents... who couldn't understand what they meant to their kids. To me, Stevie comes across as a bit fuddy-duddy here. I thought the MTV kiss thing was terribly tacky, and though I'm not a huge fan of everything that Britney and Christina do, they represent where music has gone. Some may think that's sad, but it is what it is...

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From's Jeannette Walls:

Madonna's movie dreams

Madonna isn't giving up on her film career.

Fresh from her success as an author of a preachy kiddie book, Madonna is going to try again to win over big screen audiences. The former Material Girl is said to be planning to star in a musical comedy, penned by Joe Henry, who wrote the song "Don't Tell Me" from her Music CD. He also happens to be her brother-in-law.

"He's married to Madonna's sister, but he's a serious songwriter in his own right," says a source, "and, he's known her for years, so he's not intimidated by her so maybe he can give her the directing she needs."
Madonna will usher in the Jewish New Year at an exclusive kabbala retreat in the city this weekend. The Material Girl will be getting spiritual at a private Rosh Hashanah gathering at the Marriott Hotel.

I loved this..... nice to think while we are all having a cocktail tonight that madge is at some Marriott hotel being a Jewess....
SEPTEMBER 30--Madonna's new "Hollywood" video is a blatant visual rip-off of the work of a late French fashion photographer, according to a federal copyright lawsuit just filed against the pop superstar. The son of photographer Guy Bourdin alleges that Madonna's video is filled almost entirely with reenactments of his father's distinctively racy images (Bourdin died in 1991 at age 62). "It's one thing to draw inspiration; it's quite another to simply plagiarize the heart and soul of my father's work

see the
Can you imagine if they win the law suit. would be fab as there are SO many folks who could sue also since she has ripped off so much and so many....

Daddy I am shaggin, i mean, I know a good lawyer.
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Either they will settle, or they will win, because I saw the pics

Madonna Accused of Picture Piracy

and they are almost EXACT replicas of his work...

Interesting, because when I saw the video in Berlin for the first time, and snarkily remarked to Sherry & Eve while we watched that this didn't seem new and just seemed a redux (of something but none of us could pinpoint it exactly). Well, her "inspiration" is clear now...
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At least she's got a little wave of Britney press to ride before this case crashes in...

from Bitch & Famous:

Madonna continues her burgeoning collaboration with Britney... Now the queen of pop is going to be starring in the princess of pop's lastest video ˜Me Against the Music' – as a nightclub dominatrix, clad in skin-tight black leather, with a bevy of gorgeous women on leashes who lure innocent Britney into their clutches...

Sounds promising! But, since Madge's hubby Guy Ritchie will be directing the video, I have to hope that this turns out a whole lot better than their most recent collaboration, ˜Swept Away' - which was swamped by a tidal wave of bad press.
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This is interesting. Where the line of "inspiration" and "ripoff" blur. Jean Baptiste Mondino was the director. So he might be the one who's idea it was. He is one of my favorite photographers actually. But she has made a career out of this. If Mr Bourdin wins there will be a LONG line of people , relatives of people and estates of dead people who will be next with lawsuits. But if he does not win , at least it shows the world her "genius".

This Britney tag along is about as bad as it gets. But it's sure to make a million. Madonna has has so many "new best friends" along the way.

oh, but there we go again.....talking about her.....,she's good at that.
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Madonna's little monster <<
Lourdes is the new Wednesday Adams

Lourdes Ciccone is turning into a proper little
madam. At a recent Top Of The Pops appearance,
she demanded a diet coke. When a crew member
brought her a normal coke, the seven-year-old's
reply was: "I said diet, asshole."

(FYI: Lourdes attends a spiritual school which teaches
that there is "the good you" and "the bad you".)
Have to say, Madonna's snagged herself another brilliant partner: Mount Sims, the LA-based electro outfit has remixed her new single, Nobody Knows Me. Super great and best cut yet from American Life.

Tho did read sad item over the weekend about new madoodoo EP to be released later this month: "Madonna: Remixed and Remade" or something. Includes previously unreleased track from ...Bedtime Sories album, of all things. Calls to mind those nice old Morrissey lyrics...reissue, repackage, repackage, re-evaluate the of, most of...slip them into different sleeves
Michael, your girl has sold one of her songs from American Life for use by Estee Lauder to hock their new line of perfume- Beyond Pleasures, or some such something. Does she need the money that bad? Or is that she just needs to be ubiquitous? Gap ads, children's books, and now this. She did sell Ray of Light for a phone company commerical, but like a year or two after the song had peaked (more smart marketing on her part). I was not impressed to say the least when I saw the commercial last night.
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