Articles by Lakshmi Govindrajan Javeri
Jul 08, 2018
1968: Half a century on, looking back on the year that rock music came of ageSeduced by seminal albums and the launch of newer bands who would become legends in their own right, 1968 stood at the threshold of a new decade, heralding heavier, eclectic sounds that went far beyond the tie-and-dye fabric that defined the norm of the time
Jun 27, 2018
The Kinks' comeback, and what's prompting vintage bands to reunite in the studio or on stageWhat makes bands that are way past their prime, come together to produce new work or go on the road with former bandmates with whom they’ve had contentious history? Is it nostalgia, the economics of today’s live music business or creative urges that push vintage rockers back to a gruelling schedule?
Jun 24, 2018
Rahul DaCunha on I Do and Page 3 — two unfinished scripts he hasn't yet given up on“Sometimes a script bears fruit when an opportunity arises. Sometimes a play becomes redundant because you change emotionally. And sometimes a play doesn’t happen because of the world we’re in,” says Rahul DaCunha
Jun 20, 2018
XXXTentacion's album sales surge after death: Understanding the posthumous popularity of musiciansIn his short life, the highly controversial 20-year-old rapper XXXTentacion wrote about mental health, loneliness, depression, and anxiety. In his death, he joins a pantheon of musical legends before him who live on through their music. Whether or not the lease of life his career has gotten with his death is short-lived, only time will tell.
Jun 13, 2018
2018 FIFA World Cup anthem Live It Up! is a yellow-carder of an official song: How it compares to previous tracksEven DJ Diplo’s magic with dance numbers and Ronaldinho’s footie tricks can't save Live It Up!
May 18, 2018
Freddie Mercury's sexuality didn't define him: Why Bohemian Rhapsody 'hetwashing' row makes little senseThe way Twitter has reacted over Bohemian Rhapsody's two-minute trailer, in a way, vindicates Freddie Mercury’s tough stance on privacy
Feb 10, 2018
John Mayall on 50 years of 'learning, relearning the Blues', and still having funBlues legend John Mayall speaks with Lakshmi Govindrajan Javeri about his life and work | #FirstCulture
Jan 29, 2018
Grammy Awards 2018 checked all the politically correct boxes but failed on its primary account — musicOne wonders if the Grammy Awards had a checklist of potential problem areas that reads like: Women. Check. Artists of colour. Check. Political orientation. Check. Contemporary relevance. Check.
Dec 08, 2017
Marky Ramone on his NH7 Weekender gig, and why he doesn't like being called a 'rock star'Marc Bell, more popularly known as Marky Ramone, the drummer of the legendary American punk band The Ramones, will play on 10 December, Day 3 of the three-day NH7 Weekender Festival in Pune.
Nov 30, 2017
Michael Jackson's Thriller turns 35: How it shaped the artist, industry and MTV generationFor those of us who lived through the genius of Thriller, the album is an indelible part of our life’s soundtrack. It gave us the Michael Jackson we want to revere.