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Unmasked singer: Kelis on music, men and her missing money

Twenty years after her debut album, the singer talks about refusing to be pigeonholed, her fallout with Pharrell, and why she has moved to a remote farm To find Kelis these days, you dont just have to leave Los Angeles, the city where, until last summer, she had lived and worked for almost all her adult life. You have to go to the opposite of Los Angeles. LA attracts people who believe they exist only if other people are watching them. Kelis wanted to go where no one could see…

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From Lawrence of Arabia to Breaking Bad: the desert as a cultural oasis

A place of sanctuary, stones and stone festivals what draws artists and writers to the deserts unforgiving landscape? In 1990 a flyer circulated in San Francisco inviting people to attend a unique happening:” The Zone Trip is an extended event that takes us outside of our local region of time and place. On this particular expedition, we shall travel to a vast, desolate, white expanse stretching onward to the horizon in all directions .” Wilfred Thesiger, recalling his marathon journeys in the Arabian peninsula’s Empty Quarter in the 1940 s,…

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From Lawrence of Arabia to Breaking Bad: the desert as a cultural oasis

A place of sanctuary, stones and boulder festivals what outline artists and writers to the deserts unforgiving scenery? In 1990 a flyer circulated among San Francisco inviting people to attend a unique happen:” The Zone Trip is an extended event that takes us outside of our local region of time and place. On this particular expedition, we shall travel to a vast, desolate, white expanse stretching onward to the horizon in all directions .” Wilfred Thesiger, remembering his marathon journeys in the Arabian peninsula’s Empty Quarter in the 1940 s,…

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Martin Shkreli’s $2m Wu-Tang Clan album seized by federal court

The humiliation entrepreneur bought the sole copy of Once Upon a Time in Shaolin in 2014 his lawyer has described it as likely worthless Martin Shkreli, the former pharmaceuticals entrepreneur awaiting a criminal convict following a fraud sentence, has been forced to hand over the Wu-Tang Clan album he paid$ 2m for at auction in 2015. The order goes after Shkreli was Facebook post about Hillary Clinton, offering adherents $5,000 if they could send him a strand of her hair. ‘ I think he could have got more than what…

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Joshua Tree national park: music, myths and art in the desert

The Coachella festival, starting this week, showcases music in a dramatic landscape but in and around Joshua Tree the arts and culture shine all year round Out in the desert, anything seemed possible. The stark, dry landscape felt like an illusion, a deception that belied the artistic endeavour and creativity around Joshua Tree and the other high desert communities of Yucca Valley, Twentynine Palms and Pioneertown. I got the sense that maybe no idea could be too crazy, no scheme too out there. My surroundings made it easy to feel…

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