Jidenna: 85 to Africa – Classic Man takes it back to the source

The Wisconsin-born singer and rapper adds musical elements of his west African background, but the production lacks warmth

Pour out a little liquor for the Classic Man. It’s been a few years since Jidenna emerged with his pre-packed vision of vintage masculinity – all three-piece suits and tight haircuts. It wasn’t exactly revelatory but the gimmick did find its sweet spot, giving Jidenna the kind of cultural juice that Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z couldn’t previously achieve with their more high-end Suit & Tie, establishing the #JidennaHive and setting the Wisconsin-born singer apart from a crowded field of pop-minded singing rappers. Continue reading

P.P. ARNOLD: 2019 SoulMusic.com Interview

Embodying the true essence of what it is to be a ‘soul survivor,’ P.P. Arnold’s triumphant return with what is essentially her third full album in 51 years is a testament to her resilience, endurance and ‘against-all-odds’-perseverance. From her arrival in London as an Ikette with Ike & Tina Turner in 1966 through two classic hits (“The First Cut Is The Deepest” and “Angel Of The Morning”), P.P. has experienced all the rough-and-tumble of the music industry at its best – and worst. Her credits include names such as The Rolling Stones, The Small Faces, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Barry Gibb, Ocean Colour Scene, Paul Weller, Roger Waters and KLF among many others. The 2019 worldwide release of “The New Adventures Of P.P. Arnold” marks a new and exciting chapter for the ever-soulful singer/songwriter as she explains to SoulMusic.com founder David Nathan who first met her in 1967! Continue reading

‘It felt like a wonderful dream’ – DA Pennebaker on making Monterey Pop

In a final, previously unpublished Guardian interview, the late great documentarian looks back at his groundbreaking film with Lou Adler, the legendary music festival’s promoter

In 1967 there was a meeting at Mama Cass’s house that included Paul McCartney. The general conversation was: “Why isn’t rock’n’roll considered an art form in the way that jazz and folk are?” A few weeks later, the promoters Alan Pariser and Ben Shapiro got in touch to book the Mamas and the Papas for one night at Monterey County Fairgrounds in California. We said we’d think about it. About three o’clock in the morning I got a call from John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas. He said: “Why don’t we do a festival, add more days, and get the acts to play for nothing?” This was a chance to elevate how rock’n’roll was thought of. Continue reading