Bono, Joe Cocker and … Herbert Grönemeyer

Singer, songwriter and actor Herbert Grönemeyer is huge in Germany. Will he conquer Britain, asks Neil McCormick .

‘There’s always more to Herbert’s songs than you first hear,’ says Bono, who duets with Herbert Grönemeyer on ‘I Walk’

By Neil McCormick

Herbert Grönemeyer is Germany’s biggest music star. No sniggering at the back. In our Anglo-American culture, Germany occupies its own niche in pop’s deepest circle of hell, where you will find such rare German exports as Boney M, Nena, Milli Vanilli and the cartoonish techno outfit Scooter.

But Grönemeyer is a singer-songwriter of the highest order, a deep lyricist and richly melodic composer with a gruff, grown-up voice and vigorous stage presence, whose thoughtful songs deal with the real stuff of life. At 56, he regularly sells out stadiums, commanding his devoted audience with a lot of energy and humour, and interspersing his own, often darkly intense songs with brash, soulful cover versions. He’s been making albums since 1979, outsold Michael Jackson’s Thriller in Germany in 1984, and made the biggest-selling German album of all time, Mensch, in 2002.

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All About Eve

Rock princess Eve Hewson, daughter of Bono, will make her first major acting debut in the Sean Penn film This Must Be the Place, set for commercial release in January. The recent N.Y.U. grad posed in a variety of holiday outfits at her November-issue Vanities shoot.

By Krista Smith

Photographs by Williams & Hirakawa

PROVENANCE: Dublin, Ireland.

AGE: 21.

ROCK STARLET: Despite growing up as music royalty—Bono is her father—Hewson, who graduates from N.Y.U. this December, had a grounded childhood. “My parents work really hard to make sure that we don’t feel entitled. They just don’t spoil us. They want us to work for things.”

PARENTAL SUPPORT: When Hewson decided as a teenager to become an actress, her parents at first had misgivings. “I think because they’ve been around that world and they know what Hollywood is, especially for a woman—it can be really difficult.” They’ve since become enthusiastic supporters. “They’re excited about it now, almost too much. They’re like obsessed parents, but it’s cute.”

BIG START: Hewson landed her first major movie role in the Sean Penn film This Must Be the Place, which debuted at Sundance this year and is set for commercial release in January. She says of her co-star, “He was actually really fun. He wasn’t as Method as you’d think. It was a fun set.”

IRISH-AMERICAN GIRL: In addition to an untitled project with indie darling Nicole Holofcener in the works, Hewson is planning to move from New York to L.A. following her graduation. And she speaks without an Irish lilt these days. “When I go home, all of my friends are like, ‘Shut up with that American accent. You’re Irish. You better talk like an Irish person.’ ”

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U2’s Bono On Celebrity, Jesus, Africa and More

Bono1For the fifth year in a row CCC is hosting a site for the Leadership Summit. Every year the Willow Creek Association does the a great job of bringing in the best of the best on the topic of leadership. And one of the highlights of this year was an interview with Bono of U2. If I still have heroes I think Bono is one of them. I’ve seen U2 in concert three times and each time it was like a worship experience and Bono was the worship leader. He is absolutely the most engaging and charismatic performer I have ever seen. Crowds of thousands literally hang on his every word and gesture. It’s an amazing gift. Perhaps even more amazing than his concert performance was his interview with Bill Hybels that covered everything from celebrity to Jesus to Africa and more. The following are just a few of the quotes from the interview (I was typing as fast as I could so they are probably 95% accurate). If you saw the interview or are moved by any of the following I would love to hear your comments. I now give you Bono…

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Bono, Bob Dylan and Ella Fitzgerald Among Rare Interviews Soon Available to the Public

A retired music mogul will donate more than 200 audio interviews with some of the biggest names in the business to the Library of Congress.

by Tim Newcomb

If you want an inside scoop on some of the biggest names in the music business over the last half century, you’ll need someone with inside access. Joe Smith, 84, former president of Capitol Records/EMI, had plenty of interaction with music’s superstars—and now he sharing it with everyone in the nation.

The now-retired executive will donate more than 200 audio interviews with famed musicians—including U2’s Bono, Tina Turner, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Ella Fitzgerald and Barbra Streisand—that were compiled as part of his 1988 book, Off the Record.

“I was an insider,” Smith said in an interview with the Associated Press. “I could get to Mick Jagger when somebody from the press could not, and I could get to Barbra Streisand when most people could not get to her.”

The digitized audio files will go to the Library of Congress, part of nearly 3 million sound recordings in the library, located at the Packard Campus for Audio visual Conservation in Culpeper, Va., with duplicates also heading to the Yale School of Music, California Institute of the Arts and Berkeley College. Researchers can lend their ear to the interviews at the library’s reading room on Capitol Hill and portions may even be streamed on the library’s website later this year.

James Billington, Librarian of Congress, says the gift provides an “intimate look into the lives of some of the great musicians.”

“The Joe Smith Collection is an invaluable addition to the Library’s comprehensive collection of recorded sound,” Billington says in a statement. “These frank and poignant oral histories of many of the nation’s musical icons give us unique insights into them as artists, entertainers and human beings.”

Smith’s career started in the 1950s, following graduation from Yale, and he worked as a sportscaster and disc jockey in Boston until he moved into record promotions in Los Angeles. His oral histories run the gamut from the big bands of the ’20s right up to current musicians.

“In recent years, it dawned on me that, if anything, the significance of recollections from Jerry Lee Lewis, Mick Jagger, Smokey Robinson, Ahmet Ertegun, Herb Alpert, Ruth Brown and all the other notables I was fortunate enough to interview, are truly part of the fabric of our cultural history,” said Smith in a statement. “I wanted to share this treasure trove with any and all who might be interested.”

On the recordings, Smith was able to get Steven Tyler to discuss drug addiction, Bob Dylan to describe the ’60s, McCartney to admit his professional superiority and a host of other stories for notable names. He recounts one where he convinced The Eagles to create a live album after he was able to answer one question: Who were the Baltimore Orioles’ four 20-game winners in 1971? He answered Dave McNally, Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar and Pat Dobson and got his record. And now we all get to listen in.

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