Treasure trove of rock memorabilia includes Kurt Cobain hair
Guitars from Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith as well as autographed memorabilia from The Beatles and even strands of hair from Kurt Cobain are some of the highlights of an online rock ‘n’ roll auction that ends over the weekend.
'Concrete Cowboy' shows Philadelphia's Black cowboy culture
“Concrete Cowboy,” an urban Western about African American riders in Philadelphia starring Idris Elba, is about an often unseen — and persisting — Black cowboy culture. “Concrete Cowboy" is a father-son drama set around Fletcher Street Stables, one of the oldest and last-remaining of Philadelphia's hardscrabble inner-city stables. But through tenacity and improvisation, Fletcher Street has remained a cherished refuge and an ardent pastime for both kids and adults on the streets of Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion. “It didn’t occur to me until the Bob Marley song ‘Buffalo Soldier,’ which opened my interest about Black cowboys. They’re trying to raise money for an equestrian center and to convince Philadelphia government officials that the Fletcher Street heritage is worth preserving.
Bunny Wailer, reggae luminary, dies in Jamaica at age 73
FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2014 file photo, legalization advocate and reggae legend Bunny Wailer smokes a pipe stuffed with marijuana during a "reasoning" session in a yard in Kingston, Jamaica. Wailer, a reggae luminary who was the last surviving member of the legendary group The Wailers, died on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in his native Jamaica, according to his manager. (AP Photo/David McFadden, File)KINGSTON – Bunny Wailer, a reggae luminary who was the last surviving founding member of the legendary group The Wailers, died on Tuesday in his native Jamaica. “This is a great loss for Jamaica and for Reggae, undoubtedly Bunny Wailer will always be remembered for his sterling contribution to the music industry and Jamaica’s culture,” he wrote. ″I think I love the country actually a little bit more than the city,″ Wailer told The Associated Press in 1989.
Natiruts, Marley, Aparicio sing for unity of the Americas
This image released by Sony Music Brazil shows cover art for the single for America Vibra, a trilingual song featuring Ziggy Marley and the Academy-Award nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio. “América Vibra” was released Wednesday — the day of President Joe Biden's inauguration — as a nod to a new beginning. We are bridges,” recites the Oscar-nominated actress in Spanish before Marley and Natiruts vocalist Alexandre Carlo sing about social justice and environmental protection in English and Portuguese, respectively. “The purpose was the same, the unity of the Americas,” Carlo said. For the Spanish part of the song, they wanted a woman, and Aparicio, an actress and activist of Mixtec origin, provided even greater representation.
Artists sing social anthems for United Nations anniversary
That sentiment is something that Skip Marley, a third-generation musician and grandson of reggae icon Bob Marley, has grown up knowing as well. “Music is music. The event will raise money for the Playing for Change Foundation, the United Nations Population Fund, Sankofa, Silkroad and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. It’s a spiritual experience to sing his grandfather’s songs, Marley said. “Those are the songs I first hear and the songs I first sing,” said Marley.
In McQueen's 'Small Axe,' an epic of West Indian heritage
In “Small Axe,” McQueen’s ambitious five-film anthology about London’s West Indian community, the “12 Years a Slave” director resurrects the British capital in the decades before its multicultural present, tracing the Caribbean immigrant experience through the racism of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s in order to illuminate the injustices of today. “I’d end up sleeping in a bed with coats piled on top of me when I woke up.”The first film of “Small Axe,” “Mangrove,” begins streaming on Amazon Prime Video on Friday. But “Small Axe” is his first production in his native Britain. The films, themselves, became a collective; the title references a West African proverb popularized by Bob Marley: “If you are the big tree/ We are the small axe/ Ready to cut you down.”Taken together, “Small Axe” stitches together a little-known history, both intimate and sweeping, that had previously lingered on the margins and in family folklore. It was all about energy.”In a way, “Small Axe” has also carved out a space for itself in an industry traditionally inhospitable to such stories.
Jamaicans in Florida energized by Harris on 2020 ticket
Florida has more than 974,000 people of West Indian ancestry — a Caribbean category that excludes Hispanic nationalities such as Cuban. A conservative estimate for the number of Jamaican voters in Florida stands at 91,000, because many may not report Jamaica as their country of origin. Haitian voters are estimated at about 115,000. Shawn Myers, a voter in Broward County who is Jamaican American, said he would vote for Biden and Harris, just to unseat Trump. Omphroy said she identifies with Harris as a first-generation daughter of immigrants, and she also thinks the candidate is easy to like.
Johnny Nash, singer of ‘I Can See Clearly Now,’ dies at 80
Johnny Nash, a singer-songwriter, actor and producer who rose from pop crooner to early reggae star to the creator and performer of the million-selling anthem “I Can See Clearly Now,” died Tuesday, his son said. Nash, who had been in declining health, died of natural causes at home in Houston, the city of his birth, his son, Johnny Nash Jr., told The Associated Press. Nash was in his early 30s when “I Can See Clearly Now” topped the charts in 1972 and he had lived several show business lives. Music is for the ears and not the age,” Nash told Cameron Crowe, then writing for Zoo World Magazine, in 1973. He had loved riding horses since childhood and as an adult lived with his family on a ranch in Houston, where for years he also managed rodeo shows at the Johnny Nash Indoor Arena.
Steve McQueen unveils an anthology of racism and resistance
NEW YORK – In a movie year mostly lacking big, ambitious releases, Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” anthology is an unqualified main event. For the filmmaker of “Hunger,” “Shame” and “Widows,” “Small Axe” is a shattering masterwork — a compendium, both damning and celebratory, of Black resilience. The only fictional tale of the bunch, it brings to vivid, pulsating life a blues party from 1980, when young London Black people found refuge, and love, at house parties. Casting “Small Axe,” he has said, was easy because of all the untapped talent just in need of an opportunity. But if anyone expecting a neat arc to “Small Axe,” McQueen says that’s not its shape.
‘Bidin’ his time': Joe Biden battles being chronically late
– Joe Biden was running late. When it was finally over, Biden’s motorcade sped away quickly enough to leave behind one of the journalists traveling with it. Biden's next event was already supposed to be underway, a virtual fundraiser with National Democratic Finance Chair Chris Korge. Afterward, his motorcade was already in motion but had to stop as Biden hopped out to chat up a group of firefighters. When Biden spoke at Philadelphia's Constitution Hall on Sunday, his remarks began 25 minutes late.
Toots Hibbert, beloved reggae star, dead at 77
FILE - In this May 3, 2018 file photo, Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans. Hibbert, frontman of Toots & the Maytals, had been in a medically-induced coma at a hospital in Kingston since earlier this month. Grammy nominations for Hibbert included best reggae album of 2012 for “Reggae Got Soul” and best reggae album of 2007 for “Light Your Light.” Hibbert was ranked No. Married to his wife, Doreen, for nearly 40 years, Hibbert had eight children, including the reggae performers Junior Hibbert and Leba Hibbert. Frederick Nathaniel Hibbert ("Toots" was a childhood nickname) was born in May Pen, Parish of Clarendon.
Chadwick Boseman, who embodied Black icons, dies of cancer
FILE - In this March 4, 2018 file photo, Chadwick Boseman arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played Black icons Jackie Robinson and James Brown before finding fame as the regal Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, has died of cancer. When the former playwright suited up as Black Panther, he brought cool intellectual gravitas to the Marvel superhero whose Wakanda forever! salute reverberated worldwide. You dont have the same exact experience as a Black actor as you do as a white actor. Before an auditorium full of actors, Chadwick Boseman stepped to the microphone.
New this week: Selena Gomez, Jason Sudeikis & Gloria Estefan
Heres a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment journalists of whats arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. Project Power: Missing new superhero pics? Netflix has one up its sleeve in Project Power, hitting the streamer Friday. Selena Gomez is on new turf the kitchen in Selena + Chef, a 10-episode cooking series that debuts Thursday on the HBO Max streaming service. The answer may be found in Ted Lasso, a new Apple TV+ series starring Jason Sudeikis as the character he played in NBC Sports promotions for the Premier League.
Family re-imagines Bob Marley classic for COVID-19 relief
FILE - In this July 4, 1980 file photo, Jamaican reggae singer Bob Marley performs at a reggae festival concert in Paris. The family of Bob Marley are covering his song One Love to raise money for coronavirus relief efforts. Stephen Marley, Cedella Marley and her son, Skip Marley, have joined forces to produce a new version of One Love, which will be released July 17 and will also include special guest appearances from other musicians. Not just lip service, but real action, Cedella Marley, 52, said in an interview with The Associated Press this week. Bob Marley died of cancer in 1981 at age 36.
Minneapolis cop who knelt on man’s neck charged with murder
Ben Hubert, 26, of Minneapolis, said he wasn’t surprised people were breaking curfew and setting fires. The renewed protests came after Officer Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin and Officer Tou Thoa arrived and tried several times to get the struggling Floyd into the car. Officer J.K. Kueng held Floyd’s back and Officer Thomas Lane held his legs while Chauvin put his knee on Floyd’s head and neck area, the complaint said. Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes, 46 seconds, including nearly three minutes after Floyd stopped moving and talking, the complaint said.