See the Best Dressed Stars at the 2019 Teen Choice Awards: Taylor Swift, Sarah Hyland and More

Sarah Hyland, 2019 Teen Choice Awards, ArrivalsGo big or go home seems to be the fashion theme for the 2019 Teen Choice Awards.
Tonight, it’s all about the teens’ picks in movie, TV, music, social media and more. So naturally,…

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Sarah Jessica Parker recalls inappropriate behaviour by ‘very big movie star’

Sarah Jessica Parker has recalled “countless” experiences of inappropriate behaviour from male colleagues on film and TV sets – including from one “very big movie star”.
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Sarah Jessica Parker Reveals Why Carrie Bradshaw Wore Mismatched Shoes on Sex and the City

Sex and the CityWhile it’s been 15 years since Sex and the City ended, Sarah Jessica Parker is just now answering a burning question about Carrie Bradshaw’s wardrobe.
On Tuesday, the Instagram…

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Why Sarah Jessica Parker, Ariana Grande and More Stars Missed This Year’s Met Gala

Sarah Jessica Parker, 2018 Met GalaWhat would the Met Gala be without Sarah Jessica Parker? Well, we found out Monday night.
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65 Photos Of Sarah Jessica Parker’s Amazing Style Transformation

The “Sex and the City” actress has gone through so many style phases.
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Sarah Hyland Didn’t Let a Nip Slip Ruin Her Night at the Golden Globes

Wells Adams, Sarah Hyland, 2019 Golden Globe Awards, After PartyNip slip? No problem.
While attending multiple star-studded after parties for the 2019 Golden Globes, Modern Family star Sarah Hyland had a minor wardrobe malfunction. The actress shared…

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Sarah Hyland reveals she had second kidney transplant

Modern Family star Sarah Hyland has revealed she had to have a second kidney transplant, and that she thought about suicide after the failure of the first.
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Sarah Hyland & Wells Adams' Real-Life Twitter Love Story

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Wells Adams Calls Sarah Hyland “Perfect” in Sweet Birthday Tribute

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The One Thing Sarah Paulson Stole From the American Horror Story: Apocalypse Set Will Warm Your Heart

Sarah Paulson, 2018 Emmys, 2018 Emmy Awards, Red Carpet FashionsSarah Paulson has a soft spot in her heart for a certain witch. The American Horror Story: Apocalypse star and director took to Instagram to reveal the one item she took home from the FX series….

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Sarah Brightman Returns from Space Training for New Album and Tour: ‘I Needed to Earth Myself’

Sarah Brightman is making an astronomical landing with her fifteenth studio album Hymn.

After spending months in Russia training for a trip to outer space that she postponed in 2015, Brightman, 58, opened up to PEOPLE exclusively about the creation of her newest album and the planning stages of her tour.

“I needed to earth myself,” says the soprano singer. “I said I would like to do an album of songs which are full of light, full of hope. Songs that remind me of when I felt safe and familiar with things in my childhood when I sang in my church.”

“If I don’t use and I don’t convey my feelings through it, I feel depleted,” she added. “I don’t function very well and that’s the beauty of having a gift like a voice. You sort of know what to do. You know what direction to take, you know that you want to communicate through it.”

Brightman, who shot to fame after star-turning roles on Broadway musicals Cats and Phantom of the Opera, linked up with producer Frank Peterson for the album-creating process. What came out of two-and-a-half years of planning and recording was the dynamic, choir-filled album, Hymn, out on Nov. 9.

“ is about looking into the good in things because I do believe that good prevails always,” she said, adding that the word “positivity” would describe her album.

“I did experience huge amounts when I was in the space program that actually how precious everything really is on this beautiful planet and how precious that is,” she added.

Now, the “Time to Say Goodbye” vocalist is ready to take Hymn on the road later this fall for a tour that’s “going to be quite beautiful.”

“I have a lot of energy. I tend to before I go on these tours, I become more energetic,” she says. “You create a power for yourself which will protect you because when you go on tour you’re dealing with the hardship of jet lag and moving around continually.”

The “Angel of Music” singer says her set on tour will be divided into two halves. The first will feature a more retrospective aspect to Brightman’s music, which will look like “somebody who is going to the ballet or the opera.” The second will be a bit more modern and feature most of the songs off Hymn.

“I’m wearing all these amazing runway gowns, which I’ve made a little more theatrical by adding things to them. Stones, crystals, all sorts of stuff,” she says. “I’ve got a big choir behind me. Up really high. I’ve got an orchestra on one side, a band on the other side and myself in the middle.”

Brightman’s album is filled with collaborations with artists like French tenor Vincent Niclo on single “Sogni” and Japanese composer Yoshiki on the emotional “Miracle.”

“ is a really interesting guy and we got along very well,” she said. “It was a very interesting collaboration with Japan’s most famous rockstar writing a beautiful contemporary classical piece.”

Along with the collaborations, Brightman’s album jumps from classical and cinematic music to pop rhythms in a cohesive album threaded by its spiritual nature. The album also takes fans back to one of her most famous classics “Time to Say Goodbye” with Andrea Bocelli, which she recreates in a touching English rendition.

“I wrote the lyrics for it but they were very much inspired from the original Italian lyrics when translated,” she said. “It’s quite a grand song, it’s almost like an opera song, but I wanted to do this in a very intimate way.”

Fans can purchase tickets for “Hymn: Sarah Brightman in Concert” through her website.

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American Horror Story: Apocalypse Trailer Has Everything You Could Ever Want, From Creepy Sarah Paulson to Satan

American Horror Story: Apocalypse, AHS: ApocalypseIt’s the end of the world and now there’s a trailer for it. FX released the first American Horror Story: Apocalypse trailer just in time ahead of the September 12 premiere. The network…

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Sarah Jessica Parker Attends Intimissimi Fashion Show in Verona

VERONA — “I can now wear pajamas on the streets, which is great for everybody, not just for me,” said actress, designer and businesswoman Sarah Jessica Parker ahead of the annual Intimissimi runway show, a fashion event focusing on the Italian innerwear brand’s newest lingerie collection, held here on Wednesday.
Parker chose to meet the press before the show sporting one of the brand’s pajama sets in a pale-mint lace version, matching it with high-heeled nude satin sandals from her own SJP Collection footwear line.
Intimissimi has tapped Parker as the face — and body — of the label for the first time, although it first worked with the actress back in 2012. The photo campaign and TV commercial were shot around Manhattan’s landmark locations including the city’s Public Theater and the West Village.
“It’s [about] choice, how you choose to walk out of the door, what you‘re trying to say about yourself. In the best of all possible worlds it should be your choice. I think this campaign is about feeling confident telling somebody who you are,” said Parker about the concept behind the images.
With the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements still holding momentum, Parker noted the campaign fuels the conversation around

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Sarah Palin Pays Tribute to ‘Friend’ John McCain: ‘I Will Remember the Good Times’

Sarah Palin is remembering Sen. John McCain after her former running mate died of brain cancer at the age of 81 on Saturday.

Sen. McCain and Palin, once the governor of Alaska, ran as a ticket in the 2008 presidential election.

Palin, 54, wrote on Twitter Saturday, “Today we lost an American original. Sen. John McCain was a maverick and a fighter, never afraid to stand for his beliefs. John never took the easy path in life — and through sacrifice and suffering he inspired others to serve something greater than self.”

She continued, “John McCain was my friend. I will remember the good times. My family and I send prayers for Cindy and the McCain family.”

She also wrote on Instagram, “Heartfelt condolences. God, please provide peace to Sen. McCain’s family at this time. To all who honor him and his service: we share sorrowful feelings tonight, but remain thankful for Sen. McCain and all our vets and active service members who serve something greater than self. God bless the McCains.”

Palin previously spoke out on Friday when McCain’s family announced his decision to discontinue treatment for his stage-four cancer.

“Prayers for Sen. McCain and his family at this most trying time,” she wrote on Instagram. “May comfort and peace envelop them. May my friend sense appreciation for his inspiration to serve something greater than self.”

In recent months, Sen. McCain expressed regret about selecting Palin as his vice presidential candidate in his book, The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and other Appreciations, and in an HBO documentary.

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He said that not choosing his friend and former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) as his running mate was “another mistake that I made” during the election, which President Barack Obama won, though he offered praise for Palin’s work on the campaign.

Palin told The Daily Mail in May, “That’s not what Sen. McCain has told me all these years.”

She added, “I attribute a lot of what we’re hearing and reading regarding McCain’s statements to his ghostwriter or ghostwriters.”

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Tributes for Sen. McCain, the former POW and longtime Republic politician, also came from McCain’s family members.

His wife Cindy McCain, 64, wrote, “My heart is broken. I am so lucky to have lived the adventure of loving this incredible man for 38 years. He passed the way he lived, on his own terms, surrounded by the people he loved, in the place he loved best.”

His daughter Meghan McCain, 33, said, “In the thirty-three years we shared together, he raised me, taught me, corrected me, comforted me, encouraged me, and supported me in all things,” she wrote in part. “He taught me how to live. His love and his care, ever present, always unfailing, took me from a girl to a woman — and he showed me what it is to be a man.”

Funeral arrangements for Sen. McCain are underway.

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Ron Moore’s Apple Sci-Fi Series Casts Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Sarah Jones

Ron Moore’s upcoming Apple series is filling out its main cast. Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, and Sarah Jones have all been cast in the series, which takes place in a world where global space race never ended. Kinnaman will play Edward Baldwin, one of the top NASA astronauts. Dorman and Jones have been cast as Gordo […]



Sarah Paulson Features in Prada’s Short Movie

NEON DREAM: Hollywood actress Sarah Paulson features in a cameo role in Prada’s latest short movie flanking the brand’s women’s wear fall advertising campaign.
Directed by Willy Vanderperre, Paulson appears with model Amanda Murphy, who is the sole protagonist of the campaign images released earlier this month.
Similarly to the color images, in which Murphy is portrayed sporting the collection’s key, neon pieces immersed in neon signs representing Las Vegas’ nightlife, the short movie follows both women moving through the city’s glowing nocturnal landscape and its famous Sunset Strip.
Although filmed on location, the city appears as a reimagined reality, full of archetypes as red velvet drapes, glittering lights, glowing billboards and convertibles.
Reflecting the main theme that inspired the collection, Murphy stands out in this environment with her strong attitude, embodying a mysterious heroine in the dark night, in control and unafraid. On the other hand, Paulson plays multiple incarnations of one character, including that of Marilyn Monroe, a valet boy and a bartender.

Sarah Paulson in Prada’s “Neon Dream” short movie. 
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Paulson in these guises marks the different scenes and references the brand’s fascination in investigating the shifting of personal identity through fashion.
“Wearing Prada has always been an easy way to connect to myself…all

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Sacha Baron Cohen (in Character!) Responds to Sarah Palin’s Claims She Was ‘Duped’ for His Show

Sacha Baron Cohen‘s on-screen alter ego is responding to Sarah Palin‘s claims she was “duped” into an interview for his new show, Who Is America?.

Cohen debuted his new character, named Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., through a mock Twitter account, releasing a lengthy statement to the former Alaska governor on Thursday.

Demanding an apology from Palin, Ruddick Jr.’s remarks come four days after Cohen released the trailer for his upcoming Showtime series, in which he goes undercover to prank various celebrities and politicians.

“Vice-President Palin, I am Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick … and it was I that interviewed you. I did NOT say I was a War Vet,” the statement began.

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“I was in the service — not military, but United Parcel, and I only fought for my country once — when I shot a Mexican who came onto my property. (Coincidentally, just like our Great President, I was sadly prevented from joining the regular army on account of bone spurs bein discovered in my testies),” the letter continued.

“I have always admired you for TELLING THE TRUTH about Obama’s birth certificate and the location of Russia. But ma’am, I do believe you have been hit by a bulls–t grenade and are now bleedin’ FAKE NEWS,” the statement said.

“You used to hunt the most dangerous animals in the country, like wolves and people on welfare. So why hunt a fine citizen journalist like myself? I DEMAND AN APOLOGY,” the letter concluded.

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In a lengthy Facebook post on Tuesday, Palin revealed she was unwittingly interviewed by Cohen, who she alleged disguised himself as a disabled U.S. veteran for the sit-down.

“Yup — we were duped. Ya’ got me, Sacha. Feel better now? I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick ‘humor’ of the British ‘comedian’ Sacha Baron Cohen, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime,” the former Republican vice-presidential candidate wrote.

A source told PEOPLE on Wednesday that Palin walked out of the prank interview after the disguised Cohen asked her a “horrible” question about Chelsea Clinton.

The interview, which taped in November 2017, was booked through a speaker’s bureau that was working with the former Republican vice-presidential candidate at the time. “The request was very sophisticated and looked legit,” the source said.

“All of it was obnoxious, but I think the last straw was when the interviewer asked about what he claimed was a government-funded sex-change operation for Chelsea Clinton,” the source shared. “Cohen was trying to get Governor Palin to say something homophobic and hateful. She takes it personally when anyone goes after the children and families of politicians. She just thought, ‘What a horrible thing.’ She was particularly incensed about that.”

Palin said that she and her daughter were asked to travel across the country for the interview, claiming Cohen had “heavily disguised himself as a disabled US Veteran, fake wheelchair and all.”

Who Is America? premieres Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.

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Sarah Hyland Excited to Get Back to the Gym After Hospitalization: ‘Strong > Skinny’

Sarah Hyland is ready to get her strength back after dealing with a health scare that landed her in the hospital.

The Modern Family star, 27, was hospitalized on June 18 for an unknown health issue, but one week later, she shared that she was cleared to get back in the gym.

“Workout before work,” Hyland wrote on her Instagram Story, telling the camera, “I’m normally shaky, but I’m even shakier from working out.”

Hyland posted in another slide that she plans to build up her muscles.

“Finally have clearance to workout,” she wrote. “Abs here I come. It’s been a while. Strong > skinny.”

Hyland revealed on Friday, for National Selfie Day, that she was forced to leave work on Monday for her hospital visit.

“Sometimes a selfie is more than just a good angle and feelin cute. This time for #nationalselfieday I’ve decided to share my truth. As painful as it is,” she wrote, alongside a picture of herself.

“So here is my face that was torn from work against my will. But I’m very grateful it was. Health should always come first,” she said, with the hashtag, “#stayhealthymyfriends.”

The actress, who was in the middle of shooting the upcoming film The Wedding Year, was able to return home on Saturday, a source told PEOPLE.

Hyland has a history of health issues, including kidney dysplasia, which required a kidney transplant in 2012. Her condition also affects her body composition, and in May 2017 she addressed the frequent skinny-shaming she hears from people on social media.

” ‘Eat a burger,’ ‘your head is bigger than your body and that’s disgusting,’ ” she quoted on Twitter. “And you’re right! … No one’s head should be bigger than their body but considering I’ve basically been on bed rest for the past few months, I’ve lost a lot of muscle mass. My circumstances have put me in a place where I’m not in control of what my body looks like. So I strive to be as healthy as possible, as everyone should.”

“I have been told that I can’t work out. Which, for me, is very upsetting,” she said. “I love to be STRONG. (I’ll be using that word a lot) Strength is everything. Being strong has gotten me where I am. Both mentally and physically. I am not a fan of ‘being skinny.’ ”

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HBO Welcomes New WarnerMedia Boss John Stankey With Video Featuring Bill Hader, Sarah Jessica Parker, Larry David

HBO welcomed its new corporate leader to the fold on Tuesday with the help of some big stars. Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington of “Game of Thrones,” Sarah Jessica Parker (“Divorce”), Danny McBride (“Vice Principals”) and Bill Hader (“Barry”) popped up in a video introduction to John Stankey, the newly minted head of WarnerMedia. Stankey […]



Sarah Jessica Parker Tapped for Intimissimi New Commercial

“SATC” LOVERS: Italian hosiery and innerwear firm Intimissimi has tapped Sarah Jessica Parker for its upcoming TV commercial, expected to be released in October.
On June 5, the actress was spotted strolling around Manhattan’s West Village, sporting one of the brand’s pajama sets in black silk with the label’s signature “bralette” bra peeking out from underneath.
Images of the actress rapidly spread on social media, with rumors that Parker was filming an ad campaign for a lingerie brand. On Thursday, Intimissimi confirmed the appointment of the actress as the new face of the brand.

Sarah Jessica Parker’s Instagram post celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Sex and the City.” 
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This week Parker chose Instagram to celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Sex and the City,” the HBO series which made the actress famous for her edgy style and love for stilettos. On Wednesday, she posted a range of pictures from the series flanked by a caption reading “Choosing pictures/words, almost impossible. Where to begin? It’s too much. ‘Were those some of the best years of your life?’Abso-f&*#-ing-lutely.
X, SJ.”
After launching footwear label SJP Collection in 2013, most recently the actress unveiled a special bridal ready-to-wear collection in collaboration with Gilt, under the SJP by Sarah

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Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair Have Cruel Intentions Reunion at Pink Concert

Sarah Michelle Gellar, Selma Blair, Cruel Intentions, Reunion, Pink, ConcertCruel Intentions fans rejoice: Kathryn and Cecile are together again! Kisses all around!
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Sarah Paulson Hides in a Box After Getting Scared Again on Ellen: ‘Worst Place on Earth’

If Ellen DeGeneres promises not to scare you on TV… don’t believe her.

The latest celebrity to fall victim to DeGeneres’ favorite talk show stunt is Sarah Paulson. While appearing on Ellen Monday to promote the upcoming Ocean’s 8, Paulson was skittish from the moment she sat down. (She was spooked no less than three times during her last appearance on the show.)

“The coast is clear — so far,” said Paulson, 43, after apprehensively checking out the hollow coffee table between the two chairs, which someone typically jumps out of in the middle of interviews to scare guests.

“I did ask for this mirror so I could check behind me at any chance,” she added, joking that she had considered conducting the entire interview facing the other way to make sure no one surprised her from backstage.

And while DeGeneres, 60, vowed she had no plans to scare the American Horror Story star, she couldn’t help but break her promise during a hilarious game of “5 Second Rule,” arranging for a staff member dressed as a clown (one of Paulson’s biggest fears) to jump out of the podium for another priceless fright.

“This is the worst place on earth,” called out Paulson, who promptly sought refuge in the hollow box. “I’m not coming out!”

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Bill Maher Shreds ‘Baghdad Bob’ Sarah Huckabee Sanders Over Her ‘Bulls**t’

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Sarah Jessica Parker’s Pink Pumps Would Make Carrie Bradshaw Proud

ESC: Sarah Jessica Parker, Dare to WearSarah Jessica Parker just stepped out in a style that reminded us a lot of Sex in the City’s Carrie Bradshaw.
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Sarah Jessica Parker’s Pink Pumps Would Make Carrie Bradshaw Proud

ESC: Sarah Jessica Parker, Dare to WearSarah Jessica Parker just stepped out in a style that reminded us a lot of Sex in the City’s Carrie Bradshaw.
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Samantha Bee Pays Scathing Tribute To ‘F**king Liar’ Sarah Huckabee Sanders

“You are a hell of a role model for little girls everywhere who are smart and hardworking and completely evil.”
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Sarah Jessica Parker Just Launched A Gorgeous Bridal Capsule Collection

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Jimmy Kimmel Slows Down White House Presser To Imagine ‘Sarah Drunkabee Sanders’

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Sarah Jessica Parker defended by co-star over Cattrall feud

After Kim Cattrall’s Instagram post, Divorce co-star Molly Shannon jumps to SJP’s defence.
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Kim Cattrall To Sarah Jessica Parker: "You Are Not My Friend"

The "Sensitive Skin" actress slams her former "Sex and the City" co-star for using the death of her brother to fix her "nice girl" persona. Watch!
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Kim Cattrall criticises ‘cruel’ Sarah Jessica Parker after brother’s death

The death of Kim Cattrall’s brother deepens a row between her and fellow star Sarah Jessica Parker.
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Cattrall blasts ‘cruel’ Sarah Jessica Parker

Sex And The City actress Kim Cattrall has hit out at her former co-star Sarah Jessica Parker over the American actress’ response to her brother’s death.
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A Timeline of Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall’s Never-Ending Sex and the City “Feud”

Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim CattrallWe couldn’t help but wonder…will Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall’s “feud” ever really go away?
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Sarah Jessica Parker Lights Up NYC & More Best Dressed Stars

ESC: Best Dressed, Sarah Jessica ParkerThe holiday season is officially over and award season has begun–celebrity fashion is back and better than ever.
Hollywood’s A-listers have traded in their loungewear for red carpet…

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Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Daughter Has a Very Special Ice Skating Teacher–Michelle Kwan

Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michelle Kwan, InstagramMichelle Kwan skated her way into our hearts at the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, earning a silver medal. Now almost 20 years later, the decorated Olympian is helping out some ice skating…

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Roseanne Reveals Sarah Chalke’s New Role–It Has to Do With Becky No. 1

RoseanneOne mystery about the Roseanne revival has been solved. No, not how the show will explain away the series finale twist that revealed Roseanne Conner (Roseanne Barr) had fictionalized much of the…

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Sarah Jessica Parker to Narrate Bill Cunningham Documentary

Sarah Jessica Parker has been tapped to narrate “The Times of Bill,” a feature-length documentary about the late New York Times photographer and fashion historian. In addition, artist and illustrator Ruben Toledo has created the animations for the film while legendary model Pat Cleveland’s sole recorded song, “Tonight, Josephine” serves as the film’s theme song.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Bill Cunningham 

The film is written and directed by Mark Bozek and produced by Bozek and Live Rocket cofounder Russell Nuce. Live Rocket, a New York-based entertainment and commerce company, just completed its first global collaboration with Apple to promote “The Times of Bill,” the company’s first project. The tour, part of Apple’s “Today at Apple” retail programming initiatives, included curated events in New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, Tokyo and Singapore.

“The Times of Bill” poster by Ruben Toledo. 

On the day Cunningham died 18 months ago, Bozek went into his basement and retrieved a 25-year-old interview he did with the photographer. The interview, which Bozek conducted when he was 27 years old and producing a fashion segment for television, was supposed to last “just 10 minutes.” Hours later, Cunningham was still talking — passionately and unabashedly — about his unprecedented focus on what

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Sarah Paulson Was Told to Keep Holland Taylor a Secret

The "American Horror Story: Cult" star reveals to "The Edit" mag that she was told to keep her relationship with much older actress Holland Taylor from the public.
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Reese Witherspoon Hosts Dinner for Molly R. Stern x Sarah Chloe Jewelry

“I’ve known Molly since I was 16, she’s one of my dearest friends,” said Reese Witherspoon of her longtime makeup artist, Molly R. Stern. The actress hosted a dinner at Lucques in Los Angeles on Monday night to celebrate Stern’s collaboration with Sarah Chloe Jewelry, dubbed #LoveYourself.
“Molly spreads such a positive message,” added Witherspoon of Stern’s hashtag mantra. “She’s more about inner beauty than how you look on the outside.”
Stern’s other longtime client, Maya Rudolph, agreed. “Molly used to wax my eyebrows when I was in college and we just clicked. We met again on a project when I was working in costumes and wardrobe and when I got to a point in my career when I could pick my own makeup artist, it had to be her.”
The event was a small affair for Stern’s friends and family. She brought her mom and oldest daughter; Witherspoon brought her daughter Ava Phillippe, Meritt Elliott brought her daughter Lyric, and so on. Client Lily Collins and wedding planner Yifat Oren were also in the mix.
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Sarah Jessica Parker, Gap Kids Team on Collaboration

MINI ME: Gap Kids and Sarah Jessica Parker have linked on a limited-edition collection for spring.
The collection will be sold online and in some of the company’s stores throughout the U.S., Canada, U.K., France, Italy, China, Hong Kong and Japan.
The company revealed the news Friday, offering few details beyond that. It’s unclear what size range the collection would encapsulate or at what pricing. This isn’t the first time Parker has worked with Gap Inc., having previously appeared in campaigns for the company’s Gap brand in the past.
Gap’s Old Navy launched a test of a new kids’ box service last month, looking to ride on the growing trend in subscription models in the vein of Stitch Fix, Birchbox and Trunk Club. Old Navy’s Super Box sends parents a box of six items four times annually. The box is priced at $ 69.99.
Children’s is a lucrative business with more and more fashion brands seeing children’s as a strategic move to tap an ever-growing market or, simply, the next logical step in a company’s own evolution. Among the more recent entrants into kids this year has been direct-to-consumer brands Reformation and For Love and Lemons with its Lil’ Lemons baby and toddler line. Last

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Erin & Sarah Foster Dish on Dad and Katharine McPhee

The "Barely Famous" stars spill on their dad David Foster and Katharine McPhee's relationship. Get the details on what they think about the relationship.
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Sarah Jessica Parker to Open New York Pop-up Shop

Sarah Jessica Parker’s SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker brand will open a New York pop-up for the holiday season.
To be located at 640 Fifth Avenue with an entrance at 52nd Street, the 1,600-square-foot shop will sell an assortment of shoes — including styles reissued from the brand’s 2014 launch collection.
SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker’s line of little black dresses and handbags will also be on sale.
The shop is to be open on Black Friday, Nov. 24, and remain open through Dec. 3. Parker is expected to periodically drop into the store to greet shoppers.
“Having a home in New York for our SJP Collection has been only a seeming fantasy since we launched our brand almost four years ago.​ So it is with unbridled excitement that we share the news that we have indeed found that home, right off Fifth Avenue, in the heart of Midtown,” Parker said.
The actress, producer and designer’s business partner, George Malkemus, added: ”The very idea of the ultimate New York girl opening a pop-up and, on top of it, one opposite the famous 21 Club, has me pinching myself again and again. I couldn’t be happier for my dear, dear friend and partner, Sarah Jessica Parker.”

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Alias Grace Star Sarah Gadon “Didn’t Really Sleep” During Intense Filming

Alias GracePrepare yourselves: Netflix’s newest series is pretty intense.
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Sarah Silverman Remembers Her Mother on Anniversary of Death: ‘I Miss You Mom, You Are a Warrior’

Sarah Silverman shared a touching post on Instagram in honor of her mother on Saturday.

Silverman posted a throwback photo of her mother, Beth Ann O’Hara, who died two years ago at the age of 73. Wearing a red shirt and denim overalls, O’Hara flashed a big smile for the beautiful photo — the same one Silverman shared when her mother died in 2015.

“Two years ago today my mom left her earthly shell. I feel like I’m just beginning to understand her. She had so many struggles and over her years persevered through all of them,” wrote Silverman in the emotional post.

“She was raised in a time when girls were seen and not heard and went to college to find husbands instead of themselves. But she found her voice and she found her immeasurable strength and had great years after allowing herself her full potential. And then her body was the fight and she battled for decades before that took her too. I miss you mom. You are a warrior.”


O’Hara was also involved in showbiz — producing and directing 50 plays over the course of 25 years,  New Hampshire Public Radio reported.

In honor of her work, Silverman presented her mom with a lifetime achievement award at the New Hampshire Theater Awards in 2003, the New Hampshire Public Radio also reported.

Before presenting the award, the actress and comedian described her mother as “loving, nurturing” and “colorful.”

“Loving, nurturing, caring, colorful — she used to wear two different color socks, I’m not sure she was aware of that – supportive, honest, strong and with endless creativity and energy. She gives us the feeling that we fill her heart with love and I think it’s because we fill her heart with love. Mom … we feel the same. you fill our hearts, as well,” Silverman said of her mother during the award presentation.

When her mother passed away in 2015, Silverman wrote a beautiful tribute on Twitter.

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“Wednesday morning my mom died,” Silverman wrote for the Twitter post. “She was a know-it-all in overalls & two different colored socks. And defiantly, no bra.”

“The woman who, when I was little, gave me detailed directions to a restaurant ladies room then secretly watched as I found my way to it on my own,” she continued. “The woman who went back to college at 42, and skinny dipped in ponds, and told me never to protect myself from a broken heart because it was so very worth the pain to get to experience love.”

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Los Angeles-based costume jewelry brand Melinda Maria is finding its groove with a slew of collaborations and an expansion on QVC. The brand, which has a celebrity following that includes Selena Gomez, Alessandra Ambrosio, Taylor Swift, Chrissy Tiegen and Victoria Justice, is known for fashion-forward pieces that retail from $ 38 to $ 298, with a median price of $ 78.
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“We design the pieces together and only the strong pieces will survive the cut. It’s not a traditional way of doing a collection for me; it’s very item-driven more than a ‘collection’ because the purpose is to create pieces so customers feel like they are wearing a beautiful piece of Melinda Maria and feel good about giving back,” Spiegel said.
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This Is the Book Sarah Jessica Parker Thinks You Should Read

Back in February, the American Library Association announced that it would be partnering with actress Sarah Jessica Parker to launch Book Club Central, a website with book picks and resources for readers. After months of waiting, we finally have SJP’s first pick: Stephanie Powell Watts’ No One Is Coming to Save Us ($ 18,

Watts’ debut, which was released in April, is a modern day retelling of The Great Gatsby with an African American family in North Carolina. We meet JJ Ferguson, who stirs up drama when he moves back to his declining hometown to build his dream mansion and win back his high school sweetheart, Ava. With lyrical prose, Watts timely novel explores race and the American Dream today.

Going forward, as honorary chair of Book Club Central, Parker will give recommendations for books for the rest of the year, with the next pick coming in the fall. 

“From an early age, books were my constant companions and my local library a place I could find a new friend on every shelf,” Parker said in an announcement. “I’m thrilled to help champion original voices for dedicated readers as well as for a new generation, supporting libraries in what they do best.”

This isn’t Parker’s first foray into the book world, either. She has long promoted her favorite books on Instagram (among her recentpicks are Exit West by Mohsin Hamid and The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy). Next year, she’ll launch SJP for Hogarth, her own publishing sub-imprint within Penguin Random House’s Crown Publishing Group. As editorial director, she’ll help find and edit three to four novels a year, according to the New York Times.

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How Freddie Prinze Jr. And Sarah Michelle Gellar Stay Happily Married

In four months, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sarah Michelle Gellar will be celebrating an impressive milestone: 15 years of marriage ― an eternity among Hollywood couples. So what’s their secret?

In a recent interview with E! News, Prinze Jr. credits having a platonic relationship before a romantic one with creating a strong foundation for their marriage. 

“We were just friends. That’s one of the reasons I think our relationship has always been so good,” he said. “We were just friends for a good two years before we ever went on a date. She knew what kind of guy I was. She knew what my morals were, what my priorities were and visa versa. We already kind of knew all the faults in the other person.”

He continued: “We ended up being the perfect balance. But it didn’t happen until years after and there was a solid foundation built, and that’s probably the main reason why we’ve always been cool and groovy.”

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Prinze Jr. also noted that lots and lots of laughter over the years has helped keep the spark alive

“As long as they can make you laugh, laughter lasts forever,” he told E! News. “If you just think she’s hot or she just think your hot, you’re in a lot of trouble when you’re 60!”

Gellar and Prinze Jr. ― who are now parents to kiddos Charlotte and Rocky ― first met while filming the 1997 movie “I Know What You Did Last Summer” and started dating three years later. They said their “I dos” in Mexico in 2002. 

“We had made plans for dinner with a mutual friend and the person canceled,” Gellar told People after the wedding. “We decided to have dinner anyway and never looked back.”

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Still, the couple is honest about the work it takes to keep their relationship happy and healthy

“We were fortunate enough to be at the right times in our lives where we both wanted something serious and it worked,” Prinze Jr. said during a 2016 AOL Build panel. “So we’re lucky, but we also work very hard at it. It’s not just dumb luck, it’s work.”

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In Two Words and One Photo, Former Obama White House Photographer Schools Sarah Palin, Kid Rock and Ted Nugent on Respect

Another day, another lesson in subtle shade-throwing from former Obama White House photographer Pete Souza.

On Thursday, Souza — who has regularly used his Instagram account to compare and contrast the Trump and Obama administrations — took aim at a buzzed-about new photo of Trump supporters Sarah PalinKid Rock and Ted Nugent posing mockingly in front of a portrait of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during their Wednesday evening visit to the White House.

In an apparent clapback, Souza posted a throwback photo of former President Barack Obama and his White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley sitting solemnly beneath a portrait of Republican icon and former President Ronald Reagan.

“Being respectful,” Souza captioned the snapshot.

Though the photographer didn’t mention Palin, Nugent or Kid Rock in his post, his followers were quick to pick up on the signature Souza shade.

“Oh God, the juxtaposition of this photo with the photo of Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent and Kid Rock sums up the sorry state of our country,” wrote one of Souza’s followers.

“You are the best, most low-key, delightful troll ever,” applauded another commenter.

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This isn’t the first time Souza has trolled President Donald Trump on Instagram. In the months since Trump’s inauguration, Souza has posted several photos of Obama and his team that, when juxtaposed with of-the-moment news about the Trump administration, offer subtle critiques of the new president.

In February, for example, Souza highlighted the lack of female leadership in Trump’s White House by sharing a photo of Obama meeting in the Oval Office with three top advisers, all of whom were women. “This is a full-frame picture,” Souza captioned. “I guess you’d say I was trying to make a point.”

Many others on social media also criticized Palin, Nugent and Kid Rock’s photo. Here’s what some people are saying:

Wrote The New York Times‘ Maggie Haberman: “Doesn’t matter what the political party is, it’s the White House, not a rally, and it’s an official portrait, not a cardboard cutout.”

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Sarah Paulson And Millie Bobby Brown Just Had The Most Adorable Twitter Exchange

These days, the internet is a depressing place. But sometimes, it gives us adorable moments, like this Twitter exchange between Eleven Millie Bobby Brown and Sarah Paulson

On Wednesday, a Twitter user who goes by LeG®and shared a photo of Entertainment Weekly’s latest cover, which features the kids from “Stranger Things.” In the shot, Brown sports short curly hair, which LeG®and pointed out looks almost exactly like the wig Paulson wore for her role as Marcia Clark on “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” 

Paulson saw the tweet and expressed her delight. 

“This is my favorite thing ever,” she wrote. 

Brown saw it too and tweeted back at the Golden Globe winner and Twitter user who shared the initial image. 

“I know right this is so great,” she said, before calling herself and Paulson “twinneys.” 

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Want Waves Like Kendall Jenner’s for New Year’s Eve? Follow Sarah Potempa’s Fuss-Free Steps

Celebrity hairstylist Sarah Potempa is one of Hollywood’s biggest wave whisperers. So much so that in nearly five years, the pro launched her very own curling iron company, The Beachwaver Co., which has since helped every day women and her celeb clientele (such as clients like Kaley Cuoco and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) get envy-inducing styles sans stylist. 

Yes, you read that right. After being fed up with hearing women tell her how hard it was to create a style often deemed effortless, she spent two years constructing an automatic, rotating (a.k.a does-it-all) tool. And now after giving what we thought was already the greatest gift possible, Potempa’s sharing even more of her (easy!) secrets for low-key waves that’ll breathe new lift into ho-hum holiday party hair.

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If this magical wand looks at all familiar, we can think of a few reasons. We’ve extolled it’s curl power before, oh and there’s the fact that it was the go-to tool behind nearly every hairdo at the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (where Potempa personally used it to create Kendall Jenner’s amazing waves, nbd). Here are her five simple tips for creating the sexy look.

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1. Start with the perfect part: “I’ve known Lea Michele for over 10 years, and a relaxed wave is one of her signature looks. When we don’t want the style to look beachy, I part her hair in a nice, clean line first. Having that creates a more polished look.”

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2. Curl pieces away from your face: “Even though Emily Blunt’s hair has a natural wave, I still go through it with a Beachwaver after I air-dry it to create a little bend going away from her face, just for a slight enhancement. If I don’t, her hair might look a little flat against her cheekbones. One rotation of the iron is all you need if you have a natural wave like hers.”

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3. Leave the ends out of the iron: “Kendall Jenner likes her hair with a little less of a curl, so at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in November, I avoided curling the ends—meaning the last two inches of each piece. It definitely goes against traditional curling technique, but doing so gives your look that relaxed vibe.”

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5. Curl your fringe, too: “When you have slightly longer bangs, like Mandy Moore, you can use the Beachwaver to give them bend. Just clamp the ends of your hair and very slowly tap one of the buttons on the iron to rotate the barrel. Your hairstyle should look effortless, but finished!”

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We’ve collectively been thrilled about news that Sarah Jessica Parker is returning to TV ever since it was confirmed that her HBO show Divorce was actually, 100% happening. A picture of SJP filming the show in downtown Manhattan has just surfaced and already has us excited about the upcoming style we can expect to devour, covet, and draw inspiration from. It’s only a single outfit, but even so—this is major when it comes to TV fashion.


In the snap, Parker is wearing a long, powdery pink coat over a printed dress. And while New York is legitimately experiencing chilly fall weather, the addition of nubby gray tights and classic pumps has us hypothesizing that the show will start off being set in fall or winter. The print and colored topper reveal that SJP’s character has to be somewhat into fashion, but she’s not pushing any envelopes, Carrie Bradshaw-style. That shouldn’t come as a surprise though, since the Sex and the City character was a 30-something-ish single gal and Parker’s new character, Frances, is a middle-aged woman going through a divorce.

HBO execs announced the series was being written this summer and wouldn’t premiere until the summer or fall of 2016. With that timeline in mind, it makes sense that taping would just be starting now.

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Sarah McQuaid Tours and Enchants With Her Brilliant New Album, Walking Into White

Finding treasure feels great, and such is the case with musician Sarah McQuaid. The soulful singer, smart and sensuous songwriter, and scintillating guitarist has been hidden in plain sight with three gorgeous solo albums, and her fourth — the recently-released, critically-acclaimed Walking Into White — reveals a truly magnificent artist primed to enchant the masses. Sarah’s current U.S. tour continues through October before she carries on in the U.K., and listen: I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever. One voice, one guitar, and the wondrous reminder of the magic of music. Sarah has the gift.


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While Mrs. McQuaid and her Jedi-esque manager-engineer Martin Stansbury log thousands of highway miles, it’s my pleasure to join them for terrific Thai cuisine and discuss the storied life and career of this focused yet easygoing chanteuse. We promptly explore Walking Into White:

“It was new territory for me in a number of ways,” reveals Sarah. “I was working with my cousin, Adam Pierce, as producer, whereas the previous three albums were all recorded in Ireland with Gerry O’Beirne producing, and this one was recorded in Cornwall, New York, with Adam producing. Another change is that the previous albums were all made over fairly sizable periods of time — where I would kind of go in, and do a recording session, and then come back out, and then go back in and record some more.”


“With Walking Into White,” the artist continues, “I already was in a really hectic tour schedule when the album was being planned, and over the few years in between The Plum Tree and the Rose and Walking Into White, I was constantly jotting down song ideas — both using audio memos on my phone, jotting down little melodic ideas, and chord progressions and so on — and also writing down bits of lyrics. Because the tour schedule was so hectic, I hadn’t finished a single song by the time we booked the studio time. We really just had 15 days in three weeks to do the whole thing: to record and mix the album. That actually turned out to be a really good way of working, and I’m going to do that again.

“Because the songs were all written in one intensive session, I think they fit together really well, and I think also I was conscious of making them all quite different from each other, in terms of: rhythmically, and what keys they’re in, and what I was doing with the guitar, and what the general feel of the song was. I was thinking, ‘I’m putting a suite of music together, and I want to make sure there’s plenty of variety and contrast.’ And also they all came out of the same kind of creative space, in a way, if that’s not too airy-fairy a way to talk.”

For new songs “Where the Wind Decides to Blow,” “The Tide,” and the title track, Sarah illuminates in her new album a literary inspiration perhaps unfamiliar to American audiences.

“It reflects a moment in time, and what themes are running through my head, and I guess one big theme would be the natural world and how we interact with it: partly because I was reading this series of books to my kids — Swallows and Amazons, which are all written by Arthur Ransome — and thinking about how a lot of situations in the books were kind of wonderful kind of metaphors for life, you know — and metaphors drawn from the natural world.”

Born in Spain, Sarah grew up in Chicago and Washington, D.C., before carrying on through disparate locales such as France, Pennsylvania, and Ireland — eventually settling in England’s west country. Since she impressively cites the decidedly-not-Disneyfied Wind and the Willows chapter, “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn” as an inspiration for “Pipe and Tabor” (from her album Crow Coyote Buffalo, with singer Zoë Pollock, together as duo Mama), I ask if she also grew up with the Swallows and Amazons series.

“My husband had read them as a kid,” she clarifies. “They were written back in the ’20s and ’30s, and they’d been read to my husband by his mum, and at some stage, when the kids were young, my in-laws, his parents, gave us a box set of all 13 books. He was like, ‘Oh, these are great!’ And I had never come across them, because I don’t think they really made it over to this country. They’re very English books — and they’re of their time. There are a few politically incorrect moments in them — which I kind of fudged over when reading them aloud to my kids. (laughs) With asides of, ‘Now, this is the way people used to talk in those days.’ (laughs) ‘We don’t do this anymore.'”


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“And songs that aren’t drawn from the Swallows and Amazons series,” Sarah elaborates, “like ‘Yellowstone’ was inspired by a thing my son wrote on a piece of paper. Basically he was lying awake at night and worrying about things, so I said to him — because this had worked for me — I said, ‘Why don’t you try writing down your worries on different pieces of paper, and once they’re written down, they’re on the paper, and they don’t have to be in your head anymore.’ He did that, and that worked for him, but of course I being his mother had to go and look through the bits of paper where he’d written down the things that he was worried about. And one of the things that he was worried about was this underground volcano underneath Yellowstone, and the danger that it would erupt and somehow set off a chain reaction of volcanoes.”

Sarah notes that at the show I attended, a geologist approached and explained to her that her son’s elaborate chain-reaction concerns were unfounded. But still that volcano is potentially problematic. I ask how her son found out about it.

“Well, he’s an inveterate reader of Wikipedia,” she laughs. “So, we don’t have TV at all, but we do have computers, and he’s a mine of information which he gets off Wikipedia. He comes up with the maddest things like: gummy bears came up in conversation one time. I don’t know — somebody mentioned gummy bears. Were you talking about Haribo, Martin?”

“I think we were talking about Haribo,” responds the stalwart Martin. “We’d been in Germany.”

“You want peanut sauce?” knowingly asks the server.

Affirmative on the peanut sauce. Sarah cheerfully continues:

“Somebody was talking about gummy bears, and my son said: ‘Gummy bears were invented by so-and-so in such a year, by somebody in Germany in 1926’ or whatever — and I was like, ‘Really?! Let’s see if he’s right!’ and I got out my phone, and looked it up, and he was right.”

I let slip a flash of sincere wonder.

“He just has the most amazing ability to retain information,” adds Sarah.


Between tour dates in Toledo and Chicago,
Sarah makes a new friend in South Bend, Indiana

photo by Martin Stansbury

One of the standout songs on Walking Into White is “Jackdaws Rising,” which makes for brilliant and unusual performance material, with Sarah delivering its polyrhythms via stomps and handclaps, plus a round of three simultaneous verses, all looped live by maestro Martin. I ask if she’s dealing in metaphor, but not particularly: these jackdaws really swoop where she lives, and this is a word painting.

“I’m just describing what I see. I guess the kind of metaphorical bit, where I get kind of dreamy about it, is I’m thinking about the whole thing of twilight, and the whole thing about the crossing of worlds, and that this is the time when there’s a window through to the spirit world, and it’s supposed to be the time when all the ghosts are about, as well. It feels kind of spooky, because — you can imagine, this cloud of black birds suddenly all flying up at once into the sky, and making huge amounts of noise, and then they [whooshing sound effect] back into the tree again. It’s an amazing time.”

(“Damn, you’re cool,” silently reflects the journalist. “Why aren’t more people cool like you?”)

In closing, I ask the inspiration for the album’s lovely opener, “Low Winter Sun.”

“‘Low Winter Sun’ — that also is kind of a word picture of a very specific time and place. It’s driving up the hill from my house up to the nearest village — especially in winter, when the sun is low. As you’re driving up the hill, the sun just hits you straight on in the face, and blinds you, and you can’t see anything. And there’s these wonderful kind of stunted hawthorn trees, and the wind has shaped them, so they’re kind of curved over. And when it’s winter, and the branches are really clearly outlined, and the sun is hitting you in the face, you see this branch shape against the light, and it’s just really stark and very intense.

“It’s funny,” smiles Sarah, patient as her Pad Thai cools, “because I try to write songs that are universal in the sense that anybody can listen to them, and feel like it’s about their life in some way, but with imagery, I tend to pick on a particular, very specific piece of imagery. But hopefully my emotional reaction to that very specific image is similar to the emotional reaction another person would have to the same image. So if I describe the image, then maybe the emotion can be universal.

“If that makes any sense!”


photo by Phil Nicholls

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    Mike Ragogna: Sarah, how did you approach coming into Shine On versus your other albums?

    Sarah McLachlan: I approach all my records the same way, which is to try not to “eat the whole whale at once.” The approach to songwriting for me is slow and laborious and I just have to let things take their natural course. I attempt to work every day, I try to write, but certainly when absolutely nothing is happening and I’m banging my head up against a wall, I kind of have to let it go. But when I am feeling fruitful and things are happening, I just let the song dictate how it wants to go, and I try not to edit myself too much.

    MR: Were there any particular scenarios or adventures you had that led into some of the topics that popped on this album?

    SM: It was just sort of natural, things I wanted to talk about. I do write from a personal emotional place. I’m typically telling my own story, but within that, there’s always other people’s stories that come into play as well. That’s creative license; you have to tell a story in a unique and special way that’s different from all the other stories, when you only have the words that we have, and only, for example, seven words to stick into a particular frame, and they have to rhyme at the end. Musically I could make the effort to try to do something a little different. With the last record I did some [inaudible at 3:16] and I wanted to do more of that and try to have a bit more of a rawer sound, so that was one of the reasons for wanting to work with Bob Rock, and I think turned out very well. He pushed me in that direction a little more than I would have naturally gone on my own. I think there’s a directness, lyrically. Again, I’ve always written from an emotional point of view, and my stories are always in there, as are others’, but I think that with this time, I felt the story was strong enough on its own not to cloak it with other people’s stories. I’m thinking of “Song For My Father” and “Surrender and Certainty,” which are both sort of about my dad. Those were powerful stories for me that I really wanted to tell, and I just wanted them to be simple.

    MR: There’s a piece, “In Your Shoes,” that was inspired by young Pakistani activist Malala [Yousafzai]. What was that process for you, internally, to get to that point?

    SM: I had started writing that song months before that happened, and the first line came out in its entirety, “Turn the radio on / play your favorite song and cry,” and I then wondered where that came from, and what I wanted to say about it; it reminded me of when I was a teenager and I disappeared into music because I didn’t have very many friends and I was picked on a lot. So I thought I’d write a song about bullying, which is a hot topic these days – I’ve got two young daughters who luckily haven’t experienced that yet. But I couldn’t finish the song; I tried to think about bullying and I wrote my own story, and it wasn’t strong enough. And then the story of Malala came on the news and she’s so incredible, such a powerhouse. She was at the time 15 years old, and to have that strength of character to stand up for herself and what she believed in, and then to have that horrific thing happen to her and to survive it and become an international heroine… I thought she’s an amazing role model, and the perfect heroine for the story, so the song became easier to finish after that.

    MR: What do you feel is at the root of bullying? Is there a basic thing here that we’re just not getting?

    SM: I’m really baffled by the whole thing. There are things you can certainly point to that are very different from when I was growing up. When we were growing up and we got bullied, we got thrown into the locker, beaten up, etc. and you just sucked it up and kept on going. No one I know ever killed themselves. But now it seems to me that’s happening all the time, and I don’t understand what has changed. In some ways I would think we have way more support for that kind of thing, but at the same time, with the internet, you’ve got an amazing campaign that can be launched against a kid that’s incredibly destructive. Not just within their own school, but they can change schools and this stuff follows them; it becomes unbearable. That vindictiveness has always been there; kids are cruel. I think the magnitude of it has really gotten a lot bigger, but I don’t know what the answer is. Honestly, I think all of us exist just barely on the right side of chaos at all times. And it kind of amazes me that everything runs as smoothly as it does. You turn on the news every night and there’s kids bringing guns to school and killing themselves and their friends. These horrible things are happening, and I think that as a culture and a society we’re heading away from spirituality and away from communication and connectedness. Most of people’s friends live in the virtual world, they’re not real friends; people don’t have real conversations anymore, they’re living on their devices. It scares the crap out of me.

    MR: It seems like what’s happening is that kids are possibly re-expressing what they’re learning in their homes. Maybe there’s something embedded in the psyche of our culture. And you wee bullied, right?

    SM: I was bullied every day. I was beaten up, teased, ridiculed. I went to my mom and she told me I was lying because she couldn’t handle it, so I was completely on my own. I didn’t have any friends. But I never even considered hurting myself. Here’s where I go to “Music saved my life,” because it did. It was the one thing I had that I knew I was good at. It was a friend to me. I could always go to music. I’m so lucky because of that.

    MR: Beautifully said. Also, I think a lot of people have been lucky because they’ve been able to identify with the topics of your music, and also your recordings; it’s solace. They’ve found a friend in Sarah McLachlan, I think.

    SM: That’s what music is for me, it’s comfort. At the best of times it’s comfort, it’s solace, but even more importantly it’s that connection of, “Oh my God, somebody else understands me, someone else hears me and feels what I’m going through because they’re talking about it in this medium and they totally get me.” That’s what we want. We want to be connected, heard, seen. Again, I think that’s part of what’s wrong with our society; you’ve got two parents working nonstop trying to pay all the bills to survive, and kids are struggling. Adults are struggling. Everybody’s struggling. The world is moving so fast, and we’re all trying to so hard to keep up with it. Like I said, one step away from chaos at all times.

    MR: I feel like “Sarah Mclachlan” represents something a little bit more than just your typical recording artist who’s had a successful career, evidenced but in everything we just talked about. I think people do find comfort in your music, and that you have contributed much so that you’ve beome iconic in a lot of ways.

    SM: I think whenever you’re in the spotlight and are recognizable and a large group of people “follow” you, you have even more of a responsibility. We all have a responsibility to be a positive influence in the world. That’s certainly always been my goal, which is why I’m so incredibly happy and grateful that I’ve been given this gift, and that I can do something good with it. It’s a really amazing validation for me to know that something I created goes out there in the world and helps someone I don’t even know. It’s a beautiful thing.

    MR: Sarah, what are some areas where you think artists should be careful or stay aware of?

    SM: [laughs] That’s a long list! Surround yourself with people you can trust; though that in itself is a loaded statement, because how do you know who you can trust? I think it’s about managing and understanding people’s agendas, and having good-quality relationships. What is a good-quality relationship? It’s reciprocal. There’s giving and receiving. When and if you can find people in your life who can help you and are in it for the right reasons… it’s such an intimate dance; it’s like reading a parenting book and saying, “Okay, that’s how I’m going to raise my kid.” It’s far too complex for that. Human relationships are so complex, and everyone is unique and different. So to give advice on a particular relationship without having all the facts, you’re never going to have enough information to really accurately give good advice. Even if you do have all the information, the advice is based on your experience, not theirs. It’s a matter of taking people’s advice, not with a grain of salt necessarily, but just getting a lot of different opinions. Don’t just take one person’s answer at face and say that’s the way it is. The bottom line is we have to educate ourselves and be our own advocate. And in order to do so, we need to ask a whole lot of questions and not take everybody’s answer at face value. When you’re your own advocate and you can have a well-rounded understanding for the reasons you’re doing things, you can look at yourself in the mirror at the end of the day and be proud and say, “I did these things, and I did them for the right reasons, and with a certain degree of responsibility.”

    MR: Beautiful. Sarah, before we end, did we miss anything?

    SM: I’m excited to come on the road for the Shine On tour! Bringing these songs to North America and play them live and we have a great band, and we’re starting rehearsals next week so I’m very excited!

    Transcribed by Emily Fotis


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    John Waite: Last December, I was wandering around Beverley Hills and it was raining and it was Christmas, I was doing some Christmas shopping and I got caught in the rain. I walked past a Richard Avedon photography exhibition and I went in, to get out of the rain, really. I’m more of a David Bailey guy when it comes to sixties photography. I worked with David for one of my album covers. I’ve always been interested in art and photography and painting, a lot of different forms of art, so it was great to get out of the rain. I thought, “Avedon, I’ll give it a shot,” you know. It was very high fashion, very sixties, very period, you know, and there’s this one wall that was covered in small framed protraiture, really, everybody from Janis Joplin to Mick Jagger to Elizabeth Taylor to Jean Shrimpton, all sorts of different people. I was stood there looking at it and it just came to me, “What would it sound like if that was music?” If it was a history of my work, what would it sound like? From there on I was making mental notes about how to go about it.

    I went back to Britain to see my mum for Christmas and took a sketchbook and filled it full of different lists of songs, every day I would spend five minutes on it and I more or less had the same eighteen songs; I didn’t have anything that didn’t make it on here. But in the mean time I’d been thinking about re-recording “Missing You,” “Back On My Feet Again,” and “Change.” I flew back on New Year’s Eve and almost immediately went into the studio. “Change” I couldn’t do anything with at all, it’s just a period piece that rang the bell really hard in 1981 or whenever, ’82, but it was a complete piece like it was supposed to be and it had a great live version ready to go. But with “Back On My Feet Again” I pulled back all the production and made it as current as I thought I could. I really felt that it would benefit from being stripped down. I’d written the lyric to that song the morning I sang it. It was originally called something else and then the band had cut this track–The Babys–and I hated the track and didn’t want to sing it, so the morning I was supposed to sing it I got out of bed and wrote “Back On My Feet Again” and re-wrote the entire melody and the words and went in and sang it. I only really had, truthfully, about three hours from conceiving it to singing it. Thirty five years later you’ve lived a lot of life, you’ve listened to that song a lot and it was great to get another chance to sing it, and I think I sang it better! With “Missing You” it was the same thing. It had been mixed in a glossy way which was of the time, but the rest of the record wasn’t, it was very hardcore avant garde over the top, a very risky record with no brakes. The single “Missing You” had been mixed with view to it being a single, so it had all the gloss of the eighties on it. It was also the same thing, I’d written the lyric about five days before I sang it, so it was incredibly new as well. I wanted to go back over those two songs and put the thirty years plus or whatever it was that’s happened to me into the songs. I think if I’d have sang it with a hoarse, burnt out voice it would probably sound just as engaging, but I seem to be pretty much in my moment as a singer, I seem to have gotten stronger. It’s got a hint of cowboy in it somewhere. I was thinking about Jimmy Webb–the Wichita Lineman–when I wrote the song, and I was thinking about a Free song called “Catcha A Train,” I was just channeling those two songs really, but there is kind of roots of blues in “Missing You.” Nobody ever really got that. I tried explaining it on a morning show once in New York City. If John Lee Hooker sang “Missing You,” you’d think it was a blues with three more chords. It’s a bit more complex than a blues, but the phrasing and the intensity behind it is blues!

    MR: Well, its storyline and sentiment, the topic, is, I think, the blues. To me, it’s all about what’s going on in the lyrics that’s the biggest hint.

    JW: Yeah! Absolutely! When I got those two songs, I tried to get “Change,” I had the original guitar player and the original bass player and I just couldn’t sing it the way I’d sung it before, I’d learned too much. a lot of people go back and re-record their masters and I don’t know how they do it because it means singing it like you don’t know what you know today. I got about two bars into it and said, “F**k it.” I gave up the record immediately. The live version is wild, so I’m quite happy with that.

    MR: You mentioned the thirty year difference. You know, I used to be a purist, not liking artists re-recording their material. But now I realize now that an artist should be allowed to grow over the years and has every right to look their work and go, “You know what? This really could be a little better here and that could still be a little better there.”

    JW: There is a purity, though, when you hear that original sound on the radio, the sound of the drums coming in, you are taken back to a time and there’s enormous nostalgia attached to that. I’m quite a nostalgic person, but as a musician, not as somebody who had written the thing in the first place. It was the need to finish the story somehow. To sing it again at another time in my life. I respect the past and I have quite a strong sense of nostalgia, but after seeing that exhibition and so many people putting out ten songs as “The Greatest Hits” and that’s all you’re going to get, I felt I’ve developed so much more as an artist and I wanted to get that across. If it was the last thing I did, I wanted to have that as my testimony. There’s “Bluebird Cafe” on there and “Sucicide Life,” which are two extremely unlikely songs to put on what you would regard as a greatest hits record, but as a singer and as a writer I don’t think I did anything better. So I wanted to put “Bluebird” on there and I wanted to put “Suicide Life” on there, and that’s where things got sexy, because then it was no longer about songs that had charted or that you knew me for, they were obscurer songs. I just felt like it was the artist’s way. There’s two ways of going, there’s one of making a dollar, and one of just being an artist I guess.

    MR: Right, and it’s also the element of revealing more about you than just your hits.

    JW: Yeah! I was hoping people would see the roots, because I was raised on western music, Frankie Laine was huge with me; Marty Robbins, they were gods to me; when I was about five, I was wearing a cowboy outfit and running around listening to that. Years later, I got to play the Opry with Alison Krauss and that to me was more meaningful than being number one in the rock world because that was my first inkling of music; country. A lot of things in my life have come full circle, they really have.

    MR: Isn’t that funny, how you mentioned it just now? That was more important in your life than having a number one record.

    JW: I can’t even begin to tell you how nervous I was backstage. I went out on stage with my band and Alison and it was broadcast. I’d recorded a Vince Gill song about seven years before that called “Whenever You Come Around” and Vince was backstage and as I went out on stage and we went into the top of “Whenever You Come Around” I turned around and Vince was plugging in about fifteen feet behind me, plugging into this old amp he was just trying to get turned on. We played the whole thing live on the air and that was just like Christmas. I can’t imagine a higher moment than with Alison Krauss at the Opry.

    MR: It seems you’re digging deeper into the reality of the songs and who John Waite is. It’s really a theme with you, huh?

    JW: Yeah! Well, I’ve grown up. I’m not really classic rock, Classic Rock Magazine in England barely write about me. I took a full page ad in the magazine this month because we just got back from Milan, we went ove rand played the Milan Frontiers Rock Festival and we went down like a storm. We just blew the place apart. But I don’t fit into their perception of what a classic rock guy is, and I’m very opinionated and I say what I mean about music and a lot of classic rock is complete crap. It just is. It is, and there’s people who can’t think of anything else to do but repeat the past. I have this weird kind of thing going on where I’m not mainstream, I’m not classic rock, I’m not country and I was saying to Jim Ladd the other day on this Deep Tracks show, me and Jim go back years, “That’s what’s what,” and he said, “Yeah, but you’re a singer-songwriter,” and I thought, “Wow, I guess I am in some strange way.” If you look at “Suicide Life” and you look at “Bluebird” you would consider that singer-songwriter.

    MR: I think he’s right. But you’ve always been a singer-songwriter because you’ve had great songs. I guess it’s just the clothes one puts on the musical body, the image, that differs.

    JW: I agree, there’s a way of putting on the table. As Steely Dan once said, “You’ve got to learn how to put it on the table,” and I think I came at America with a very good tailor. I really wanted to engage people visually, but I think I was toying with the idea of the whole thing. It was like a game, but behind it all it was deathly serious. I was trying to write a song so that it would last thirty years and apparently I’ve managed to do that. I felt, honestly, making this record, that it needed to be done now because I wanted to get on with something else. I needed to explain myself to people in these songs and then move on. I might even make an acoustic record. I’ve got half of the album and it’s really out there, but it’s very spartan and lyric-driven. I wanted to draw a line in the sand, I wanted to say, “This far and no further.”

    MR: Look at Robert Plant, what he did was he presented himself as he saw himself, not just as Led Zeppelin.

    JW: He probably did that when he set off. But you do get trapped into a logo. I think I took a left turn after “Missing You,” I made a quiet record, I didn’t go and try and immitate “Missing You.” I’ve always tried to do something that people didn’t expect, but I don’t know what’s going on anymore, I’m not listening to other bands like I used to. I couldn’t tell you who’s number one right now.

    MR: It’s pretty difficult! I asked Glenn Hughes how he felt about what’s going on in the music scene and he scratched his head. Now more than ever for you to have a huge, huge hit means record companies are putting a lot, a lot, a lot of money behind you. It almost seemes like they are taking no chances and you have to act exactly like your brother and sister records.

    JW: Absolutely, everything’s compartmentalized. But you know, that doesn’t mean that people aren’t making great art. I just got off the phone with somebody who said they expect a hundred thousand new people to arrive in Nashville this year. A hundred thousand people. And I’m worried about what happens to Mister Bluegrass and what happens to Larry Sparks and Del McCoury and Ricky Scaggs and Alison Krauss. I’m worried about those people, the real people.

    MR: I often wonder what the motivations are for young people who are going in to music now. Is it to make art? Is it to make music because they don’t know any other way? Or is it for the American Idol illusion?

    JW: You beat me to that! I was going to say at the end of that road is American Idol. It’s not the satisfaction of bringing the house down at the Ryman, or writing a song that stops people breathing for a second. I don’t want to come down on what’s going on around me, because there’s still great songwriters out there, it’s just that the whole focus has shifted on to showbusiness, which is great, too, because all the idiots are going to be in one place at one time.

    MR: [laughs] What advice do you have for new artists?

    JW: I would just go your own way! Steve Marriott once said, and I may have used this as my answer twice now, “The first idea you have is the best one.” There are so many people involved in making a record when you’re at a record label and the money is so tight, they’re so scared of releasing anything that’s cutting edge that everything’s like three minutes and everything’s aimed at a demographic, as they say. That doesn’t mean–when you look back to Tracy Champman doing “Fast Car” somebody, somewhere at a record company saw her and went, “She’s the real deal.” And then they backed it up with a tremendous video because they understood how deeply she felt all of that and how real she was so they so they gave her the video too. There was nobody saying, “Put this dress on and sing about this.” It’s a threatened business. Artists are much, much bigger than the business. People that chase after artists, that’s what they’re meant to do, but the artist is going to be the uncompromising guy on the end like Dylan or somebody who just changes the world with three chords and starts singing something. It’s like that great moment in Llewyn Davis movie where he’s singing that song to the agent, and then he stops playing the guitar and he sings the rest of the song with just his voice and it’s heartbreaking and you think you’ve got this reaction out of F. Murray Abraham and then he says, “I don’t see any money in it.” It’s just a great moment, but that’s the world.

    MR: What ever’s going to happen to that level of talent?

    JW: It will be okay. It’s always going to be okay. There’s always going to be somebody who takes a step to the left and then everybody follows them. It just takes that one percent. It’s more fun to go your own way anyway. I think once you get on the wheel you’re kind of sunk. I’m very positive about music, I think it’s a beautiful thing and it’s always going to be constant and people are going to want quality. I guess all kids that want to be in the music business, there’s going to be a percentage that are going to be brilliant, but everybody seems to be in it at the moment.

    MR: Well, I hope some of those hundred thousand descending upon Nashville are coming from the house of brilliance.

    JW: Oh man. Just oh.

    MR: We mentioned classic rock earlier. You have one of the great classic rock songs, “Head First.” That became an anthem, maybe because sports arenas played it, it got endless airplay, all that.

    JW: Although there was soul stuff and blues stuff, it wasn’t fully The Babys direction, really. Whatever it was, it was come upon honestly. There was no uniform to wear, there was no club to join, back then it was just great rock radio. It was before MTV. You had to fight to play, really, it was like the underground. I thought The Babys were exceptionally great, but I have a hard time calling that classic rock, it’s not like the guys running around giving high fives on stage and wearing spandex still. I don’t understand any of that, I don’t. Speaking of Glenn Hughes before, he’s got a tremendous voice, he’s an incredibly great bass player, a very musical guy and a nice geezer, and I’m sure he’s puzzled as much as I am when he looks to the left and the right of himself and sees how people want to compartmentalize music.

    MR: Yeah, his group California Breed doesn’t really fit into one particular thing.

    JW: I haven’t heard that yet, but I’ve heard it’s good! He’s always swinging, he’s always comging out of his corner fighting.

    MR: Speaking of The Babys before, I recently interviewed Tony Brock recently. They’re releasing a new album as well. John, I’m imagining you have an affection for The Babys and what you did during that period, too.

    JW: Oh, absolutely. “Isn’t It Time,” “Head First,” there’s a few Babys songs–we do a live version of “Every Time I Think Of You” on the record. Pretty much The Babys would’ve done it, just a three piece band, maybe some Hammond organ, although we had no organ, but we had a backup singer, Debby Holiday. It’s bluesier. I don’t know if we finished as well as we started, because we were a five piece by the time we finished. I think we might have lost a thread when I stopped playing bass, but my favorite Babys stuff is probably the first three albums.

    MR: Yeah, but it’s a nice place in history.

    JW: You know, there’s a great beauty in the fact that we didn’t make it completely to the top. There’s something ironic about it, but there’s something ironic I just love about the fact that people are still playing it. We might have just been ahead of our time.

    MR: That reminds me of The Move versus… or Free versus… hmm…

    JW: Yow!! [laughs]

    MR: Maybe that’s a little grandiose, sorry.

    JW: No, that was great! God! I wouldn’t have made that comparison. I still listen to Free and just sit there and go, “How did they do that?” It’s three guys and a singer in a room and basically they’re playing live. But they were that good. Bands in the seventies, the bands that really influenced me, that I went to see at the local university on Friday nights, The Who and Quintessence and Family and all the great bands that I saw there, they were three piece bands that had a Hammond organ player on the end. It wasn’t big productions. If I know anything, after Bad English I was so disgusted with myself I went back to being completely a singer-songwriter. Temple Bar was a songwriter album. My life began again at that point.

    MR: Bad English seemed like an excursion.

    JW: Yeah, I think it was a detour. It had its year and then it was kind of done. We were done. We couldn’t top anything we’d done.

    MR: It’s like The Firm, or a couple of other bands that happened around that time.

    JW: Yeah. It brought a smile to a lot of people, it was good fun, but it was high time to leave when it was time to leave.

    MR: What’s the future for John Waite? What do you want to do?

    JW: Well, I think I got very close in ’96 when I did the When You Were Mine album, “Suicide Life” is off that, and that was dark and it was lyrical and it was way out, and “Bluebird Cafe” was on that record, too. I think I’m going back to that. It’s in my nature to keep taking a left turn and taking a right turn and trying to get out of the maze of where I am and find somewhere new, but I think I was on ground there that was really truthful. The songs that I’ve written so far for the new record are pretty extreme, they’re pretty out. That doesn’t mean to say I’m not going to go out and sing hard rock and do “Missing You” and do all theo ther things as well, but I might tour smaller places just for a few months, just coffee houses or something just to get that vibe back of being on the acoustic guitar. Everything about my life comes from the acoustic guitar, and I’m a rock singer and I’m influenced by western music and blues, so I haven’t a clue. And I’m glad I don’t! I take it as it comes. There’s so much more to do and I want to do it while I can still sing full out. My voice is in incredible shape for some reason, and I’m enjoying the hell out of my life and I’m enjoying the new record. Tomorrow’s pretty bright.

    Transcribed by Galen Hawthorne


    A Conversation with Steve Wynn

    Mike Ragogna: The album Sketches In Spain collects a certain period of your music. What’s your perspective on that album’s material now?

    Steve Wynn: Sketches In Spain is a compilation that Omnivore is putting together from two collaborations I made in Spain in the last decade. The first was a record with a band from Spain called Australian Blonde, we did a record called Momento in 2001. The second record is a collaboration called Smack Dab, which is me, my wife and drummer Linda Pitmon and also the leader of Australian Blonde, Paco Loco. That came out in 2005. So that’s the basic facts updated.

    MR: So you like to collaborate.

    SW: I get off these days more from collaboration than anything else! I like going to new places, new cities, new countries, new studios with people I’ve never worked with before and seeing how they do what they do. I still do my own solo records, I still have my various bands, but that’s the thing that’s always fun, that always gives me that rush. It’s like a first date, it’s like that kind of feel. A blind date, even. The excitement of having to come up with your best stuff quickly before the other person loses interest. This is probably one of the more successful versions that I’ve had, where I was working with virtual strangers in Spain, these guys from Australian Blonde, they were friends of friends, they were a really popular band that had a number one single in the nineties, kind of a grunge-pop-indie band that really did well over there. We got hooked up on one of these musical blind dates and it worked great. We spoke the same language literally and metaphorically, because I do speak Spanish pretty well. We collaborated on this record not by email, but by FedEx, sending tapes back and forth the old fashioned way. It’s funny, it was just fifteen years ago but it was a very different way of working.

    MR: Did you end up in Spain for creative reasons?

    SW: I do a lot of touring over there, ever since my earliest days with the Dream Syndicate I’ve had a good following there. I tend to get over there at least every other year for shows. The guy who ran my label over there, a label called Astro Discos, had formerly been in Australian Blonde. He knew them really well, he knew me really well and he just felt we’d hit it off. Around that same time I was wroking on a series of song of the month installations for the website eMusic. I was trying to make each month be a new collaboration, a new setup, a new way of working with different people like I was talking about earlier. I suddenly had a whole in my schedule for March of that year and htat’s when I got in touch with this guy, Paco Loco from Australian Blonde and I said, “Let’s try something.” We did a song called “The Last One Standing,” it’s one of the songs that ended up on the record. It’s funny how these things are quick sometimes. It’s just like dating, or like a business transaction, go down to the market and look at the produce, whatever. The day where you hit it, you hit it right, and the days where you don’t it doesn’t work at all. On these collaborations in Spain it was just effortless, which is always exciting.

    MR: So Dream Syndicate versus the Steve Wynn solo career… What is the creative difference between the two? How do you approach each of them?

    SW: I really do what I do period. I think that’s the best way of putting it. Each time I have a batch of songs or a project I’m working on, whether it’s a solo record or a record for whichever band I’m playing with at the time, it’s generally a collaborative situation. I’m not a tyrant in the studio, I get more excited by feeling what people are bringing to the session and what people I’m working with might be good at and the way they react to what I’m doing. That kind of gets me to respond in the moment. The more preconceived notions I bring into a session the worse it is. It’s probably not a good way to do a lot of things, I’m sure. If you go to an interview and say, “Here’s what this is all going to be about, I’m going to get this thing out of the way as fast as possible” you may not get anything surprising out of it. I don’t know if that’s true for anyone, but I like to be surprised. I like to have my expectations turned upside down. So when I go into a project I kind of get my feelers out to see what people are bringing in to it.

    MR: That’s really smart. That’s a good point, and that’s really true. So you’re more of a spontaneous creative person. I’m imagining however that when you have your solo projects, something like Crossing Dragon Bridge, do you get motivated to do them when it’s time to do a new album, or are you motivated because you’re getting hit by the muse and you need the vehicle?

    SW: That’s changed over the years. I think say twenty or thirty years ago things were different. Back in the eighties you were expected to have your one project and hit it every couple of years as hard as you could with a new record and tour and you would focus on the idea of “It’s time to do something new,” and that was great, but I think now it’s different. If a situation comes up, I come up with songs for it. So if I know I’m going to Slovenia, for instance, for Crossing Dragon Bridge and I’m going to work with someone like Chris Eckman, who’s a really good producer there and the leader of The Walkabouts–great band–and I know what he does, I come up with songs for the situation and then show up ready to change and adapt once I’m there. I think more and more these days I’m just looking for things I want to do. At any given time, even right now there are about five or six different records that I could make in the next half year, that I want to make in the next half year, and whichever one I choose, that’s kind of going to dictate the bag of songs that I bring to the session.

    MR: Wow. Now we’re in 2014, you surely are working on something, is it another album?

    SW: Well I just put out a new record with The Baseball Project. It’s kind of the focus for me because it came out a couple months ago and we’re going to tour all summer. That’s one thing I’m doing now, I’m also working on a new solo record, and I really want to do a new Dream Syndicate record, so that’s something I think I might try to do later this year. We haven’t done a record together since 1988. It’s interesting, I think there was a time where I might not have wanted to do another Dream Syndicate record, I would’ve thought there was too much weightt on the record–for me, I’m not saying for the world–but for me, what would it mean, what would be the natural progression of the record, what would be the context?” and the more I think about it, especially since we’ve been playing together and touring lately, it’s just another step along the way, another record, another little postcard from far away.

    MR: At this point in your career, where are you energy-wise? You sound like you still like to tour a lot, you still like to record, where are you as far as long range? Do you have a long range plan with this stuff?

    SW: Not really. I just like being busy, I like writing songs, I like working with people and I like being on the road. I’ve been doing this now for thirty years, I’ve played a lot of shows, made a lot of records, and the idea of a long range, where I want to be in ten years, I hope that in ten or twenty years I’m doing what I’m doing and doing it better, and that in fifty years I’m alive and in a hundred years I’m preserved somewhere in a museum. Who know? You just can’t make plans at this point, especially given the way music is changing so much and the way people hear music and get music, I think more than ever I just take it day to day and project by project. That’s kind of the way it should be. You’re deluding yourself if you think you know what’s going to happen ten years from now. I was at a baseball game the other night and they were advertising on the Jumbotron a Styx and Foreigner concert at Caeser’s Palace and I was thinking, “I wonder if these guys thought thirty years ago that they’d be playing a casino in Atlantic City together in 2014.” Maybe they wouldn’t maybe it would be a horrific thought, or maybe it would be kind of exciting, but you just don’t know. I think each time you’re in one of those situations you say, “Here’s where I am, how did I get here, how did this happen? Why at this moment am I doing this? I didn’t see this coming, but what can I do with that?”

    MR: If you had the opportunity to play in Caeser’s Palace, would you turn it down?

    SW: I wouldn’t turn down anything that appealed to me. That’s a very obvious statement, but I just take every situation and say, “Do I want to do this?” It’s a lie when people say they don’t do things to keep doing this, especially now. Again, it’s a big change, you see lots of musicians doing commercials or doing private shows or casino shows or whatever it is and they may not even consider twenty years ago, but you’ve got to do what you do so you can keep making more music and keep surviving. You have to take each one along the way and say, “Is this something I want to do? Is it reprehensible? Is it something that I’m going to regret years from now?” There’s no hard and fast rule. All bets are off now, you do case-by-case what you want to do and what makesa sense. For me, I’ve just always enjoyed being out there and playing. It’s funny, you hear people say a lot these days, “Well now that record sales are down, people have to be on the road all the time,” as if that’s a sacrifice or a hardship. It’s what I love doing. It’s what I’ve loved doing from the start. I love touring, I love playing every night, I love the nightly rebirth you get when you finish a gig and it’s history and you have another one to look forward to the next day. That’s great. Nothign has changed for me. I’m still writing songs, putting them together in some kind of context and going out there and telling people about those songs all around the world.

    MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

    SW: I think that the advice is no matter what you hear, what you’ve read, what you think, what people tell you, at the end of the day you’re always right. No matter how crazy your impulse is, no matter how wrong it seems, you’re right. Trust yourself. Do it. You’re going to have to live with it and probably the more people that tell you, “Things don’t work that way,” the more you’re on to something.

    MR: Is that how you did it?

    SW: In a way. I think that one of the main reasons The Dream Syndicate caught on so quickly is that we were doing something that seemed like the exact opposite of what was going on; we were playing raw, feedback-laden guitar music at a time when everybody wanted to hear synthesizers and wear frilly coats. I think it seemed like the exact wrong thing to do at the time and I think that’s why people liked it. And it wasn’t even calculated like that, it’s a matter of what we wanted to hear. There was a philosophy we had back then that I still hold today: If you’re making music htat would be somebody’s favorite record, even your own favorite record, you’re doing okay. If you’re trying to make music because you think, “A lot of peopel are going to like this, this is what people want to hear these days,” eh, you might make it, you might not, but you’re not going to have a lot of fun. It’s kind of going back to that extreme thing. I think self-indulgent is a good word. I think it’s good to be self-indulgent. It’s good to indulge yourself, when it comes to making music anyway. That’s the idea. Who else are you going to indulge? If you do that, if nothing else you’re going to make one person really happy, and that’s yourself. And maybe, maybe out of millions of people in the world you’re going to make somebody else happy, too.

    MR: Yeah, and you’ve made a lot of people happy all over the world, too, because you even have a tribute album! Dude, a double-disc tribute album to Steve Wynn! How do you feel about having something like that in existence?

    SW: It’s great. That’s actually one of the most flattering things that’s ever happened to me. Some of them were friends, a lot of them were bands I admired, a lot of them were both, and they did great versions of my songs with a lot of love and a lot of understanding of what the songs are all about. That was fantastic. There’s a lot of things that are great. It’s great when you make a record, when you collaborate with new people and it works, when you play a show and everything clicks, it’s great when you write a song that moves you in some way and connects that with other people, but it’s also reallygreat when other msuciains say that you inspired them somehow. That’s a very real thing, that’s a thing that everybody understands. I understand because there are so many people that I have met that can say, “I heard that record when I was seventeen and it just changed everything that I wanted to do.” It happened this week, I’m doing a show in New York next month, a tribute show to the Nuggets collection, the show is being put together by Lenny Kaye, who put that collection together, he was in the Patti Smith group and he put out the original Nuggets. I said to him, “First of all, I’m really happy you’re asking me to do this, and second I’ve got to tell you, the Nuggets compilation changed my life when I was seventeen. That just re-wrote the rulebook for me.” He’s become a friend over time, but also I have to remind him often what he meant to my life. When I meet a musician in Italy or Norway or Japan or whatever who says, “I heard your record and it made me want to start a band,” that’s great. I get that. I’m happy, I’m flattered, and I completely understand what you’re talking about because I’ve been there, too.

    MR: What do you feel The Dream Syndicate’s place is in music history and pop culture?

    SW: I think we were a link between all your Velvets and Stooges and Big Star and all of the bands that came after that and became the textbook for indie rock. We sort of passed the baton from the groovy bands of the sixties and seventies to what it all led to. It’s a genre, it’s several channels on Sirius Satellite Radio, it is a corner stone of a certain kind of music. College kids plug a guitar into a fuzzbox and gettin’ loose. I think we were a nice middle point in that line. The thing is, I look at what we did in the eighties and what we meant to people in our inner circle and outside of that, but now that we’re together again I think, “What do I want to be now?” I like the idea that what we are now is kind of a living, breathing, modern band that has that connection at least in name, at least in catalog and probably in intention as well to what we did in the past but is hopefully going somewhere else as well.

    MR: When you look at music now–and this isn’t a “Hey, kids, get off my lawn” question…

    SW: “Get off my lawn,” that’s a good one. On certain days, I feel like that, too.

    MR: [laughs] Do you think there’s something missing from the pop culture-powered education of the last couple crops of creative people?

    SW: It’s just different now because there’s a lot more out there. It’s a gigantic tower of Babel with everybody shouting from different rooftops of every kind of music and you start to feel like everything’s been done. There are days where you feel like, “Well, there’s nothing that can surprise me, there’s nothing new, everything is a rehash of something, and then you’ll hear some new record with somebody doing something that has been done a million times but has been done in some unique way with a unique voice and some weird thing about the way a singer might phrase their vowels or some weird thing about the way a guitarist hits their open D chord, and you say “I’ve heard that a million times but I’ve never heard it like that,” and you get excited all over again. It happens to me all the time. You can define something by all the ingredients that went into it, the same way as when you’re cooking something on a stovetop and it comes out better than you’ve ever made it before, you can define it easily, but you can’t define it because it’s a human being that did it and in some way it’s a finger print. In some way it’s never been done before. Again, the advice I give to everybody is just do your best to try to find that thing yourself and then push as hard as you can. Exaggerate your own individuality. Do your own thing. Indulge yourself. All of my stories are baseball game stories, not to hype my other band, but I was at a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway parks a few weeks ago and between innings at one point they played “Roadrunner” by The Modern Lovers. I know they’re pushing that to be the state song of Massachussetts, and it should be, and it blared out of the PA system and it sounded so beautiful and everybody in the park responded to it like it was the biggest hit of all time, like it was the national anthem, and I thought, “This band, The Modern Lovers, made that record for almost no money, almost no attention back in the early seventies.” It’s a record that by the late seventies I had and maybe five thousand other people had in the whole country, and now it’s a standard. I think of all the records that came out in the same time that were huge hits on the charts, big stadium-filling bands that are forgotten by now. Now, having said that, there are a lot of people who would rather cash in, play a stadium, count their money and be done with it. That’s fine. More power to you, but for making lasting music, making something you can do your whole life, like I have, which I think is truly winning the jackpot, if you want that you’ve got to do your own thing, go your own way and not be afraid of what people are going to say of you.

    MR: You’ve had your solo career, your bands, your guest appearances… What’s left? What is it that you still want to conquer?

    SW: I feel like the Sketches In Spain record is a good indication of the kind of thing I really enjoy doing most these days, finding new people and new combinations. That doesn’t mean I couldn’t sit alone in a room with an acoustic guitar and write songs and sing them that way, that’s exciting, too, but I do like working with new people. I like seeing how things work in other places. In the next year I’m probably going to do a record in Mexico with a band over there, another record in Spain and possibly a record in Italy along with everything else I’m doing. I’m not going to say those things are my favorites, but they are the most surprising, generally. Everything is going at full speed, in the next month I’m playing a show with the Dream Syndicate, one with my band, Steve Wynn & the Miracle Three, one solo show and one with The Baseball Project. They’re all different catalogs of songs and different inside jokes and personalities and all that. I love it that way.

    MR: Nice. Do you blend all that stuff when you do a solo show?

    SW: Depends on which solo thing I’m doing. It could be me by myself, or me with four other people. Like I said before, the beauty of it is that every night is unique and every combination is unique, which is great. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Transcribed by Galen Hawthorne
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    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin gave her “neighbor” Vladimir Putin a call during a Wednesday appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.”

    Palin, who famously said she could see Russia from her house, cashed in on her “I Told-Ya So” moment last month, when she reminded her Facebook followers of her 2008 prediction that Russia would invade Ukraine. Fallon, dressed as Putin and speaking with a Russian accent, sought Palin’s advice on which country he should invade next.

    “Actually, Alaska is really close to Russia, maybe i should invade?” Fallon said.

    “I wouldn’t if I were you Vlad. You may be able to take down a bear, but you’re no match for a mama grizzly,” Palin responded.

    Watch the skit above.
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