I think there might be something wrong with me. I have developed something of a crush on Sasha Grey, superstar p0rnstar of the twitter generation; she of the exceptionally deep throat and no gag reflex.
The thing is, I prefer her with her clothes on. Which is good because following her appearance in ad campaigns for American Apparel and a role as a high class escort in Steven Soderbergh’s much overlooked (well I liked it) art-house film The Girlfriend Experience, Sasha’s making a bid for a full mainstream crossover. She’s already made a low-budget horror and did six episodes of US TV series Entourage (so far so p0rnstar) and has three films coming out in 2011, including I Melt With You starring alongside Rob Lowe. More importantly though, she’s self-styling herself as pop culture icon with a book, Neu Sex featuring her own photography (of herself) and thoughts, opinions and writings (on sexuality, the entertainment industry and her life in general) which even at a glance suggests she has all the instinct, belief and attitude needed to be the real thing.
Evidently there’s more to Ms Grey than her ability to make even the most hardcore of p0rn lovers blush. I know very little about her and I’m fascinated already. I would love to interview her, preferably for as mainstream a magazine, newspaper or website as possible. If any editors want to commission a feature on Ms Grey please let me know, I can’t help feel that 10 years from now, if not one of the biggest, she’ll certainly be one of the coolest stars around.
Forget the social networking enabled revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia. If you want to know the real power of Twitter look no further than the picture above. That’s Darshan, a very dedicated Jamiroquai fan in Washington USA. She’s holding a pile of magazines I sent to her. She re-tweeted links to my most recent Jay Kay interview in the Mail On Sunday like a maniac, so I thought it only nice and right to post her a hard copy. While I was at it I included a load of other features I’d done with Jay over the last decade. Darshan got the package last night. I got this photo this morning. We’ve never met, but we’re both having better days because of the other. That is the power of Twitter. It might not be up there with toppling governments, but you know, it’s the little things.
I have interviewed Jay Kay from Jamiroquai many, many times. I interviewed him again recently for the cover feature of the Mail On Sunday’s Live Magazine colour supplement. I will add it to the interview/journalism page soon. In the meantime you can read it on the Mail’s website here. Don’t believe everything you read in the papers (unless I wrote it); he’s charming, funny, always entertaining and one of the few interesting people in music – I wouldn’t keep interviewing him if he wasn’t. Music could do with more like him. Gawd bless you sir. A true gent and a scholar.
I don’t think Hunter S. Thompson liked contracts.
Magazines, newspapers, it’s all screwed. Or so we’re told. Titles closing left right and centre, advertisers not interested in advertising, everyone sitting around, shaking their heads, staring into the abyss wondering when they’re going to have to get a proper job. Still, it wasn’t always like that. Once upon a time, advertiser money flowed as free as the Champagne and beautiful people were journalists and journalists were beautiful people who earned a fortune. Now most freelance writers aren’t even sure if they can earn a living anymore. Never mind, remember the beginning of the end of the good old days with the great piece in The New York Times by David Carr on the launch party for Tina Brown’s ill-fated Talk magazine. I remember the excitement, the hype, the couldn’t fail confidence. How times have changed.
*I couldn’t find a suitable picture to illustrate the excesses of magazine launch parties in the late ’90s or the demise of publishing, so I went with a gratuitous picture of Lindsay Lohan because a) she’s on the cover of a magazine, b) she’s not wearing clothes c) because LiLo knows how to party.
New rap website HipHop.Com launches next month. As a taster they’ve just posted an inaugural address from Chuck D re: the election of President Obama. Brace yourselves.
In an effort to make things look cheerier (and prove that I really am a journalist) I’ve added page scans to all the articles in the journalism section. You’re welcome.