As the voice of the band Hurray for the Riff Raff, Alynda Lee Segarra spins stories about her adopted hometown — not the genteel uptown life or the bawdy scene on Bourbon Street, but from the neighborhoods most tourists never see.
The Beatles may have opened the gates for British acts to find success on the American charts — but Lenny Kaye, guitarist of The Patti Smith group and curator of the legendary '60s rock compilation Nuggets, says plenty of worthy groups simply never made the trip.
Compared to his work on Zero Dark Thirty and the Harry Potter films, Alexandre Desplat's Oscar-nominated score is strikingly spare. The composer says the film's tragic true story, contrasted with the lightness Judi Dench brought to the title role, made it one of the hardest he's ever worked on.
Even as they reached the Top 10 in Britain, appeared on TV and had young women swooning by the thousands across the pond, their first singles in the U.S. were released on tiny independent labels and went nowhere. What went wrong, and finally right, in the leadup to the night of Feb. 7, 1964.
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