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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

Launched in 1983, Vanity Fair is an international magazine of popular culture, fashion, and current affairs, published in New York and with four European editions.

9 articles

Sade Lady

Interview by Mick Brown, Vanity Fair, April 1988

THERE IS NO finer art in pop music than that of knowing when to disappear. ...

Burt Bacharach, Jeff Barry, Neil Diamond, Gerry Goffin, Ellie Greenwich, Carole King, Leiber and Stoller, Barry Mann, Neil Sedaka, The Shangri-Las, Steely Dan, Cynthia Weil, Jerry Wexler: The Hit Factory: New York's Brill Building

Retrospective and Interview by David Kamp, Vanity Fair, November 2001

AUTHOR'S NOTE: I spent much of 2001 interviewing the songwriters, machers, and artists of the Brill Building era for this oral history. It was the ...

Johnny Cash, Rick Rubin: Johnny Cash and Rick Rubin: American Communion

Retrospective and Interview by David Kamp, Vanity Fair, October 2004

Johnny Cash thought his recording career was over. Then he met legendary producer Rick Rubin. Together, Nashville's Man in Black and the co-founder of Def ...

Babyshambles, Pete Doherty, The Libertines: Kate Moss' Prince Alarming: Pete Doherty

Profile and Interview by Edward Helmore, Vanity Fair, July 2005

IT'S 9 PM AT the Boogaloo in north London and Gerry O'Boyle, the proprietor of this dingy pub, says Kate and Pete are on their ...

The Sugarhill Gang: Hip-Hop Happens: The Sugarhill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight'

Retrospective and Interview by Steven Daly, Vanity Fair, November 2005

Released in 1979, the single 'Rapper's Delight' launched hip-hop as a multi-billion-dollar phenomenon. The opportunistic 15-minute track also revived the career of its producer, a ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly Stone's Higher Power

Profile and Interview by David Kamp, Vanity Fair, August 2007

Sly Stone vanished into rumor in the 1980s, remembered only by the great songs ('I Want to Take You Higher', 'Dance to the Music') he ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Charlatans, The (US), Country Joe & The Fish, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick: Suddenly That Summer

Retrospective and Interview by Sheila Weller, Vanity Fair, July 2012

It was billed as "the Summer of Love", a blast of glamour, ecstasy, and Utopianism that drew some 75,000 young people to the San Francisco ...

Lana Del Rey: Rhinestone Maiden

Interview by Edward Helmore, Vanity Fair, December 2012

IT'S BEEN A year and a half since the singer Lana Del Rey hatched fully formed from the pop incubator, like a "gangsta Nancy Sinatra", ...

The State of the Rock Chick: Individual Style or Manufactured Fashion?

Comment by Rachel Felder, Vanity Fair, 10 April 2014

AS USUAL, this year's Coachella lineup includes a handful of female artists – like Haim, Lorde, and Lana Del Rey – who look as good ...

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