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While many of his political insights on religious fundamentalism corporate greed and political corruption are still prescient both the al and Gibney’s film have been accused of underplaying much of Kuti’s controversial opinions about women and homosexuals which sit uncomfortably with modern liberal mores He could happily sing anti-feminist songs such as Lady or Mattress and was unapologetic about his views As he put it: “To call me a sexist… for me it’s still not a negative name If I’m a sexist it’s a gift.” This polished image signals a new sense of confidence for the singer who grew up watching her mother film producer Alison Owen “in this world of glitz and glamour surrounded by people who had lots of money dripping in diamonds and jewels.” She recently told The Daily Telegraph: “It always felt like we were acting and we weren’t really part of it Mum would get dressed up and go to the Baftas or a film premiere and I felt like I wanted to make that a reality; that I was part of that world and had a right to be there rather than feeling like we were acting at it.” Given that she was recently one of the A-List invitees to the Met Gala Ball – clad of course in Chanel as she Instagrammed her backstage antics with Cara Delevingne Kanye West et al – she may well have made it   When asked at the end of Lagerfeld Confidential if there’s anybody who knows the real him the designer responds “It’s a difficult question as I have played so much on constructing a certain image of myself that I think it’s pretty much impossible and that is my wish – even for those that I love deeply I want it to remain impossible.”“I do not want to be a reality in the lives of others,” he continues “I want to be like an apparition that appears and then disappears.”If you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Culture head over to our Facebook page or message us on Twitter.   In their 1991 song Christian Rock Concert the UK group Half Man Half Biscuit included the vocal: “The body of Shane Fenton is in the laundry chute of the New Ambassadors Hotel near Euston Station” Yet possibly the strangest reversed line came from King Crimson founder Robert Fripp who featured part of Monty Python’s flying sheep sketch in his 1979 song Haaden Two Played backwards it reveals the following wisdom: “One thing is for sure – the sheep is not a creature of the air Baaaaaaaah!”If you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Culture head over to our Facebook page or message us on Twitter. “i know people make fun of me All these years people think the joke has been on me but it’s actually been on the public I know exactly what I’m doing … I make more jokes about myself than anybody,” said the straight-talking singer in an interview with Barbara Walters in 1977 “I’ve often made this statement that I would never stoop so low as to be fashionable that’s the easiest thing in the world to do so I just decided that I would do something that would at least get the attention,” she added “Once they got past the shock of the ridiculous way I looked and all that then they would see there was parts of me to be appreciated I’m very real where it counts and that’s inside.” In October 1969 a caller to a Detroit radio station argued that the phrase “turn me on dead man” could be heard when the White Album’s Revolution 9 was played backwards Other theories suggested that when played backwards ‘mumbling’ by John Lennon between the songs I’m So Tired and Blackbird sounds like “Paul is a dead man Miss him.” The band’s press office rebutted the rumour on 21 October calling it “a load of old rubbish” and an interview with McCartney in LIFE magazine’s November edition – featuring the headline ‘Paul is still with us’ – helped to kill. Yet Lagerfeld still lives a princely existence albeit one founded on hard graft rather than air-kissing one of his many intriguing contradictions For all his encyclopaedic historical references his outlook remains modern and pragmatic He loves to be surrounded by 1,000 people but also savours his solitary moments such as his morning ritual of reading daydreaming and sketching in his 17th-Century style Hilditch & Key nightshirt To take advantage of both publicity and ‘me-time’ Lagerfeld – who has compared himself to a marionette – has honed a protective armour for his household name Like an ornate old castle gate or a beetle’s carapace his elegant ensembles reveal only glimpses of his flesh and are by no means windows to the soul −and that is how he. When I met Fela Kuti the self-styled “Black President” he was in a London hotel wearing only a pair of red underpants smoking a massive joint surrounded by three of his wives (he notoriously married 26 in one day) and his personal magician a Ghanaian who called himself Professor Hindu This was in 1984 and was the first interview I ever had published At the time Fela was a cult figure in the UK and I was working on one of the few articles about him Back in Nigeria and the rest of West Africa though he had been a major figure for well over a decade; when he died Lagos came to a standstill after a million people turned up to his funeral. 08 Jun. The film offers a complex view of what derailed him It follows Wilson through his piano-in-the-sandbox phase shows how he pulled himself together to record Good Vibrations and finally after that song's extraordinary success it tracks his heartbreaking descent into the insanity of the Smile sessions Each time the film cuts from Dano to Cusack the double casting feels more right: it reveals that Brian Wilson once he'd lost his lost himself He was a different person Love & Mercy captures how a great American artist created the al equivalent of grace then fell from it yet somehow found himself – and grace – again.★★★★★ Oh My God! Descending to the 13th floor 14 16 We’re on the 11th floor descending to the. For her wedding to Sam Cooper in 2011 she was a picture of demure domestic bliss in a long-sleeved lace bridal gown designed to accommodate her expanding bump (first daughter Ethel) But Allen’s edgy comeback look – expertly honed by stylist Richard Sloan who has been on board since last August – is anything but yummy mummy The singer looks particularly fierce on the cover of her chart-topping album Sheezus: all emerald-green claws and spiky fingerless leather gloves her raven locks styled into a glossy high ponytail and blunt fringe gleaming with blue highlights Just as the controversial video for Hard Out Here parodies sexism in the industry so the singer subverts the style of a sexy R&B star for an empowered new look that is all. 09 Jun. “lagerfeld is the celebrity that the fashion industry has spawned,” wrote Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion journalist Robin Givhan in a scathing 2012 Newsweek article in which she claimed he is “overrated” For Givhan Lagerfeld’s public persona became even more “self-consciously nurtured” following his dramatic 90lb (40kg) weight loss at the turn of the millennium which saw a streamlining of his look into a “costume of skinny Diesel jeans tight-fitting Dior Homme suits and fingerless gloves” “His is a different sort of promotion than that of designers who have posed in their own advertising campaigns – naked or otherwise They are hawking a product albeit personally and provocatively Lagerfeld is the merchandise,”. Despite making it into fashion’s luxe league Allen – whose personality famously swings between gobby gall and candid vulnerability – will never go totally ‘classic’ A vocal opponent of all things ‘beige’ she remains willing in her sartorial choices to leave herself open to scrutiny As someone who always likes to assert her difference her sense of humour and street cred will always be part of. Accusations of demonic began in the early 1980s perhaps inspired by a scene from the 1973 film The Exorcist in which a tape of garbled speech by the possessed victim was found to be English when played in reverse (Ozzy Osborne referenced a famous phrase from the film when he recorded the line ‘Your mother sells whelks in Hull’ backwards in his 1988 song Bloodbath in Paradise.) Fundamentalist Christians in America were joined by concerned parents after the Parents Resource Center (PMRC) was formed in 1985; bands like Led Zeppelin Judas Priest and even The Eagles were accused of spreading satanic messages subliminally. If you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Culture head over to our Facebook page or message us on Twitter.  One could see it as a defence mechanism; like her she always telegraphs a rebel-at-heart vibe despite her sweet tones It’s a position she admits that doesn’t always play in her favour “I just like to have fun with what I’m wearing If my record company are going to spend ‘x’ amount of money on hair and make-up why not have a laugh and a giggle with it?” said the singer during a panel discussion at the recent Vogue Festival in London “Saying that I went to the Baftas this year in a Vivienne Westwood couture gown with this pink [hair accessory] and got in the car after the Baftas was over and Googled myself and everyone said how ridiculous I looked and I ripped it straight out ” ‘i am OTHER’ is the name of US recording artist and producer Pharrell Williams’ creative media umbrella brand spanning film apparel TV tech and multimedia) But it could also be applied to its founder’s unique and adventurous way with his style magpie likes to express himself via his ensemble Whether wearing a black beanie with a tux or a camouflage jacket accessorised with a tangle of rosary beads and (women’s) Chanel necklaces – he always manages to look impeccable Few could pair a silver baseball jacket and cuffed metallic trousers with a preppy white shirt and smart black shoes and look classy as Williams does in the video for Robin Thicke’s controversial Blurred Lines. The group created a backmasked message for the 1995 recording of John Lennon’s 1977 demo Free as a Bird: released as a studio version 15 years after his death it featured a clip of Lennon saying “turned out nice again” at the end of the song McCartney told The Observer: “We even put one of those spoof backwards recordings on the end of the for a laugh to give all those Beatles nuts something to do.”Singing satire Fela died of an Aids-related illness in 1997 and it seems that every year since then his profile outside Africa has been steadily increasing Barely a month goes by without new re-releases of his Next month sees yet another box set  this time selected by Brian Eno a al pioneer himself – as well the producer of U2 Coldplay and Talking Heads – who says he has played his more than any other artist He has also said:“I thought it was the of the future in 1972 and I still do.”Fela’s – or  the Afrobeat genre that he founded – can be heard in lofts in fashionable Dalston in London or Williamsburg in New York and current popular indie artists like Vampire Weekend Franz Ferdinand and Damon Albarn have acknowledged a al debt to him Albarn has worked with Tony Allen the original drummer in Fela’s Africa 70 who continues to release albums. Owen Gleiberman is a film critic based in. The following is an incomplete list of backmasked messages in “pharrell Williams’ heaping helping of hat at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards turned out to be the viral equivalent of Jennifer Lawrence’s Golden Globes dress,” wrote the LA Times’Adam Tschorn It certainly did its bit for charity raising $44,100 when auctioned on eBay for Williams’ From One Hand To AnOTHER foundation – an educational charity for 7to20-year-olds Not bad considering he bought it for $200. Mixing virility and femininity his bare chest often a centrepiece Prince nonetheless radiated pheromones “People say I’m wearing heels because I’m short,” said the pint-size (5ft 2in ) performer “I wear heels because the women like ’em.” A flip through his photo album sees an array of funky bell-bottoms polka-dots galore and a run of garish metallic body wrappings to rival a Quality Street tin Silhouettes oscillate between crop tops and high-waisted bodycon trousers to elongate the body showcasing his ever-trim physique and long strong-shouldered power-dressing jackets creating the illusion of a bigger of. View image of This video is no longer available After popularising The Beatles became embroiled in one of pop’s stranger urban legends In 1969 rumours began spreading among American college students that Paul McCartney had died in 1966 and had been replaced by a lookalike; they claimed that clues about his ‘death’ could be found in the group’s lyrics and album artwork. Williams has also collaborated with Moncler A Bathing Ape and Uniqlo and as creative director of Bionic Yarn will launch the Raw for the Oceans denim line with G-Star Raw this summer He’s also readying his first perfume GIRL named after his just-released second solo album in partnership with Rei Kawakubo and Comme des Garçons “As one of my favourite designers once said ‘Comme des Garçons is your favourite designers’ favourite designer The top of the top the best of the best,’” Williams told WWD who broke the news of his celebrity . Equally at ease in his birthday suit (as the sleeves for his eponymous second album and Lovesexy both attest) as in sequins furs and multi-layered lace – his Purple Rain-era outfit for the 1985 American Awards would have found favour with Liberace – Prince doesn’t do dull And the same sartorial effort was expected of his band the Revolution “Prince was tired with the costumes I was coming up with He sent his girlfriend down to the hotel room I was in and she knocked on the door and she sweetly came in and dumped this bag of metallic multi-coloured underwear on my bed – bra and panties basically – and said ‘Prince said wear this or you’re fired’,” recalled Gayle Chapman keyboardist from.

There is a funky homage to New Age spiritualism on the cover of Art Official Age the latest album by Prince the solar system reflected in the singer’s Lennon-style sunglasses with their striking additional third eye His cream turtleneck and embroidered gold-leather gilet add to the cosmic vibe Add in a perfectly coiffured microphone-shaped afro handlebar pencil moustache and flawless complexion and the visual message is clearly one of precision and control His eyes shaded from view Prince is untouchable protected preserving the air of mystery the interview-shy artist has cultivated throughout his four-decade career With a nod to his spiritual side this new look evokes more the commander of a mystic disco spaceship than the horny doe-eyed provocateur of yore; among his outré early looks the kinky costume for 1980s Dirty Mind comprised a red neckerchief open trenchcoat thigh boots and bikini briefs.

The programmers of the Venice Film Festival haven’t eased us gently into this year’s proceedings: they’ve thrown us in head first The Festival’s opening film is Birdman a frantic tragicomic fever dream directed and co-written by Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu (Amores Perros 21 Grams Babel) The actors blurt out their dialogue at screwball speed the ideas and incidents never stop hurtling past the insistent jazz-drumming soundtrack rarely lets up and thanks to its seamless editing and the extraordinarily nimble camerawork of Emmanual Lubezki (the cinematographer of Gravity and Children Of Men) almost the whole film appears to unfold in one long unbroken take so the viewer never has a chance to pause for breath. Conspiracy theorists often find ‘secret’ lyrics by playing records backwards BBC Culture picks apart the myths to find the best subliminal meanings. It's when the Beach Boys return from touring and get ready to lay down the album's vocal tracks that conflict sets in Mike Love portrayed with likable vigour by Jake Abel leads the charge against Brian: he doesn't get this dreamy slow dipped in gorgeous LA twilight \"Even his happy songs are sad!\" rails Love And of course he's right: on Pet Sounds Brian combined happiness with sadness and transformed them into the sublime But when the album turns out to be a commercial disappointment superficially vindicating Love's hostility toward it Brian becomes unhinged.  16 Jun. Many apparently innocent pop songs – including hits by Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber – have been accused of peddling evil when played backwards: it has been suggested that Bieber sings ‘We’re going to bomb these banks/Satanic new world order/Soon bro!’ The claims are foundless and ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic parodied hysteria with the reversed line “Satan eats Cheese Whiz” in his 1983 song Nature Trail to . Yet some of his style mannerisms could also be linked to a willingness to please Mama At 14 Lagerfeld was told by his mother “If you smoke you show the hands and as yours are not beautiful… you should not”; is it coincidence that he likes to cover his hands with armour-like gloves and rings? Or that having spoken of his mother’s beautiful white hair he powders his own locks a shade of snow – then leaves them uncovered? “I love hats in a way but when I was a child I’d wear Tyrolean hats and my mother said to me ‘You shouldn’t wear hats You look like an old dyke’,” Lagerfeld told M Magazine “Do you say such things to children? She was quite funny no?”Ghost story Sprouse had found a kindred style spirit in Harry – with her fearless vampish and tongue-in-cheek attitude to attire So he crafted his first ever dress especially for the singer Harry described it as “a black knit one-shoulder thing a dance tight that Stephen altered and made into a little mini-dress.” She wore it with black thigh-high boots and from that point on would only wear Stephen Sprouse was to prove a shrewd marketing ic licence Back then of course Prince – who for many defined the sound of the ’80s with his erotically charged combination of funk rock’n’roll soul and New Wave – had only one thing on his mind when it came to carving out his own unique visual image “He was very very savvy even at an early age and knew he had to differentiate himself and the band in specific ways One of the earliest conversations I remember having with him right after being brought into the fold was that he wanted everybody in the band to have a distinct image and that what he was going to do was in his words ‘portray pure sexuality’,” recalls Dez Dickerson Prince’s lead guitarist from 1978 to 1983 in the documentary Prince in the 1980s “Over time he understood that that was kind of what brought him to the party and he’s been real consistent with that.” “you have the best style in the world when your style is your own style,” Williams notes explaining his personal transformation slotted into place with a certain silver Ralph Lauren Polo jacket he scrimped and saved for funded from a summer job at McDonald’s When asked where the jacket is today he replied “I don’t know where any of that stuff is I just remember once I got that jacket I never followed anybody again I was just me.” Now the co-founder of two streetwear labels Billionaire Boys Club and ICECREAM Williams still cites Lauren among his main lover Speaking to George Stroumboulopoulos she recalled creating lipstick out of pokeberry stains and using burnt matches to “make my eyebrows and beauty marks” “I’m not a natural beauty and I have to make the most of everything I got I dress how I dress and what I wear is how I feel the most comfortable and that’s when I do my best work,” she said “It takes all of this to be me; this is how I think I look my best.”Camping. After popularising The Beatles became embroiled in one of pop’s stranger urban legends In 1969 rumours began spreading among American college students that Paul McCartney had died in 1966 and had been replaced by a lookalike; they claimed that clues about his ‘death’ could be found in the group’s lyrics and album artwork. Since the early 1970s Fela and his bands Africa 70 and later Egypt 80 built up an audience in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa People were drawn to the revolutionary politics of his with songs like ITT (International Thief Thief) which attacked multinational corporations and Zombie which parodied the mindless military types who unquestioningly followed orders In the course of his life he was arrested more than 100 times imprisoned and beaten Like Bob Marley he was a man of the people with a strong  political agenda. Featuring in the fade-out the reversed vocal is the first line of the song “On the end of Rain you hear me singing it backwards,” John Lennon told Rolling Stone magazine in 1968 “We'd done the main thing at EMI and the habit was then to take the songs home and see what you thought a little extra gimmick or what the guitar piece would be So I got home about five in the morning stoned out of my head I staggered up to my tape recorder and I put it on but it came out backwards and I was in a trance in the earphones what is it – what is it? It's too much you know and I really wanted the whole song backwards almost and that was it So we tagged it on the end.”Right. Parton is always willing to send herself up however Her catchphrases include “Do you know how much it costs to look this cheap?” and intentionally ironic titles for albums and s include Dumb Blonde (“This dumb blonde ain’t nobody’s fool ”) and Backwoods Barbie A promotional shot for the latter saw Parton posing on the porch of a rustic log cabin in skyscraper mules a gingham mini-dress and red-chiffon belted robe.{\"image\":{\"pid\":\"p022xdrk\"}} View image of This video is no longer available Death metal bands don’t hold the monopoly on hidden messages: one pop group has been at the centre of rumours for nearly five decades The Beatles first stumbled across what is called ‘’ – recording a message backwards onto a track – when they were making their Rubber Soul album in 1965 Influenced by the techniques of musique concrète they featured a backmasked line in Rain a released.  if you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Culture head over to our Facebook page or message us on Twitter.  Featuring in the fade-out the reversed vocal is the first line of the song “On the end of Rain you hear me singing it backwards,” John Lennon told Rolling Stone magazine in 1968 “We'd done the main thing at EMI and the habit was then to take the songs home and see what you thought a little extra gimmick or what the guitar piece would be So I got home about five in the morning stoned out of my head I staggered up to my tape recorder and I put it on but it came out backwards and I was in a trance in the earphones what is it – what is it? It's too much you know and I really wanted the whole song backwards almost and that was it So we tagged it on the end.”Right to reply{\"image\":{\"pid\":\"p04dzw04\"}} At times it must be said the freeform craziness can be more exhausting than exhilarating The relentlessly jittery rhythms ruin the timing of some of the jokes and several subplots fall by the wayside But even when the pinballing chaos threatens to alienate the audience Keaton’s fearless manic but tender performance draws us back in On screen for nearly all of the two-hour running time he deserves an Oscar nomination and he should be seen in many more high-profile films from now on If he decides to make another Batman movie while he’s at it so much the better.★★★★☆ In an interview with Elle’s Faran Krentcil Williams dates the flowering of his style identity to “around 1990” prior to which he was just “doing and following” He then linked this epiphany to his discovery of the band A Tribe Called Quest saying it “led me to the understanding that I could be whatever I wanted to be even if at a minimal level it was just being different.” When she first started performing live Harry would wear “all sorts of campy clothes” sourced from second-hand stores “Everything was either as sexy as possible or as outrageous and funny as possible I’d find disgusting spike heels with leopard spots and tight Capri pants or pedal-pushers with big plastic purses and drop earrings,” she told Perkins recalling her one attempt at designing: she fashioned a waistcoat out of “this funky material” “It was the forerunner to fake fur,” she said adding “I looked like Attila the Hun or something I loved it About a year later Sonny & Cher came out with their long hairy vests and I knew that I had something.” Death metal bands don’t hold the monopoly on hidden messages: one pop group has been at the centre of rumours for nearly five decades The Beatles first stumbled across what is called ‘’ – recording a message backwards onto a track – when they were making their Rubber Soul album in 1965 Influenced by the techniques of musique concrète they featured a backmasked line in Rain a released. In terms of lifestyle for this maverick creative – who lives by the motto ‘individuality is the new wealth’ – mixing incongruous elements like Hermès bags and video games is the spice of life And much like the art of sampling the snappy dresser through his subversive pick ‘n’ mix approach to sartorial codes (be it preppy skater street or luxury labels) demonstrates an informed appreciation of the various style tribes but is slave to you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Culture head over to our Facebook page or message us on Twitter. Rikki Stein doesn’t think Fela could ever reach Bob Marley levels of global awareness “He wasn’t a popster” he says but interest in and knowledge of his innovative and dynamic is still increasing rapidly As it happens a new pop star from Nigeria D’Banj who has described himself as a “cross between Fela Kuti and Michael Jackson” and had a global hit in 2012 with Oliver Twist has an album out later in the year and may well achieve the pop success that Fela never a million people saw the Fela! al and with luminaries such as Jay Z endorsing him a lot of young people have now been made aware of him – and the new film will only increase his fame But perhaps the way to think of Fela Kuti is less like the African Bob Marley but more as he saw it the African Handel or Shostakovich. If that weren’t nightmarish enough Firth goes out to his teaching job every morning leaving Kidman alone in a stark isolated house in the wintry English countryside One morning she receives a phone call from a doctor played by Mark Strong He tells her that they’ve been working together to restore her memory He also tells her that she wasn’t injured in a car crash: she was attacked and left for dead by an unknown assailant Kidman realises that either Firth or Strong must be lying to her about her injury – and could be lying to her about a lot more besides But how can she possibly uncover the truth? And if she does uncover it what’s to stop her forgetting it all a few hours later?Cat. {\"image\":{\"pid\":\"p027L6Cv\"}}Prince’s risqué provocative point of difference and powerful image paid off and Prince became one of the first black artists – along with Michael Jackson – to land heavy play on MTV a move that sealed his commercial success “I don’t think any artist before had used that level of sex to get in the door and be accepted by the mainstream” wrote Questlove of The Roots in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists tribute (Prince was ranked at 27) “I wonder what his mind state was in 1981 standing onstage in kiddie briefs leg warmers and high heels without a number one hit That was a risk.”Less. But facing flak has always been part of the process for Allen who after years of public angst-ing appears to have her priorities in place “I am enjoying the attention And having my hair and make-up done and feeling glamorous I’m not covered in baby sick any more,” she says in the June edition of Glamour magazine. The group created a backmasked message for the 1995 recording of John Lennon’s 1977 demo Free as a Bird: released as a studio version 15 years after his death it featured a clip of Lennon saying “turned out nice again” at the end of the song McCartney told The Observer: “We even put one of those spoof backwards recordings on the end of the for a laugh to give all those Beatles nuts something to do.”Singing satire{\"image\":{\"pid\":\"p04dzw04\"}}

The designer – who a year earlier told CNN’s Alina Cho “I’m a walking label My name is Labelfeld not Lagerfeld” – shrugged off the piece by slating Newsweek editor Tina Brown and dismissing the magazine Lagerfeld who grew up in rural northern Germany was schooled by a much more ferocious challenger in the form of his equally acerbic mother Elisabeth Lagerfeldt whom he idolised Indeed a gold-embroidered black velvet Tyrolean suit was his favourite outfit as a child; when he speaks of his privileged childhood the designer – who asked his mother for a valet at the age of four – gives the impression that he climbed out of the womb dictating the nappies he wanted. In 1878 a year after he created the phonograph US inventor Thomas Edison noted that the cylinder could be rotated backwards to pleasing effect: “the song is still melodious in many cases and some of the strains are sweet and novel but altogether different from the song reproduced in the right way” Since avant-garde ians in the 1950s first experimented with tape recorders editing together sound fragments in a style called ‘musique concrète’ messages have been inserted into songs that only become clear once they are played backwards But which are the best and which are just myths?Pop will eat itself When Motown wanted to set up an African label called Taboo in the early ’80s it offered Kuti a deal Rikki Stein Kuti’s manager and friend says that Kuti’s response was to contact the spirits via Professor Hindu The spirits refused to let him sign for another two years Kuti also refused Motown his back catalogue and wanted $1m in cash “Even then Motown went along with it,” Stein says “But after two years in April 1985 the very month that Kuti was about to sign the Motown guy got the sack and the deal was off.”Kuti received various other offers from American record labels in the ‘80s but at the time the problem was he was producing 60-minute-long pieces “Can’t you do a three-minute song for the radio?” Stein recalls asking “Fela just said: 'I wouldn’t know how to.’” If you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Culture head over to our Facebook page or message us on Twitter. Fela avoided the Western companies who he saw as imperialist – and mixed with his lack of radio-friendly material –made him a difficult sell.  But one way of understanding his is as he saw it himself.‘Sacred monster’Kuti studied classical at Trinity College in London in the early ‘60s where he also had a jazz and highlife band called Koola Lobitos When I asked him cub reporter style who his favourite ian was he said: “Handel Western is Bach Handel and Schubert It’s good cleverly done As a ian I can see that Classical gives ians a kick But African gives everyone a kick.”In the ‘80s he started calling his “African classical ” – and is quoted in the new film saying that you wouldn’t expect composers like Mozart or Beethoven to write three-minute numbers so why should he? In October 1969 a caller to a Detroit radio station argued that the phrase “turn me on dead man” could be heard when the White Album’s Revolution 9 was played backwards Other theories suggested that when played backwards ‘mumbling’ by John Lennon between the songs I’m So Tired and Blackbird sounds like “Paul is a dead man Miss him.” The band’s press office rebutted the rumour on 21 October calling it “a load of old rubbish” and an interview with McCartney in LIFE magazine’s November edition – featuring the headline ‘Paul is still with us’ – helped to kill. View image of This video is no longer available Fela’s crossover to a mainstream Western audience was boosted by the al Fela! which ran in London and Broadway in 2010 And now there’s a feature film – Finding Fela – directed by Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney which is showing in a few cinemas in the US and rolls out in Europe and beyond in September.  As a ian and social activist he is increasingly being compared with Bob on. So perfectly preserved was Harry’s ice-cool image in the hearts and minds of buffs seeing Blondie return to the charts in 1999 was a shock to the senses Comeback album No Exit not only delivered number one hit Maria as catchy as anything on 1978’s Parallel Lines it also unveiled an older Harry: still beautiful and slightly batty Her hair was longer more Morticia Adams than Marilyn-in-the-mortuary and her Kohl-laden lids were shyly hiding behind RayBans but Debbie had lost little of her dazzle A career-crippling drug addiction had taken its toll and years spent trying to break into acting – with parts in cult classics Videodrome and Hairspray proving more successful than her Broadway debut in flop al Teaneck Tanzi: The Venus Flytrap – distracted her from her true vocation But backed by Blondie once more it was like she’d never been away Grown men wept impressionable women booked hair appointments. On the surface Birdman is a backstage farce set in a New York theatre just off Times Square but watching it feels more like taking a rollercoaster ride while an improvisational comedian rants drunkenly in your ear You don’t always know what they’re getting at and you suspect that they don’t always know what they’re getting at either but the passion the whirling energy and the technical brilliance are dizzying As Bette Davis said in All About Eve another film about ageing and Broadway “Fasten your seatbelts it’s going to be a bumpy night.” She didn’t know the half. The old-school entertainer – who has joked that had she not been a girl she would have been a drag queen – is always on duty She famously keeps a wig hanging on a lamp next to her bed and says she sleeps in her make-up when staying at hotels “in case there’s a fire or earthquake” “If I’m out in public I want to be what people expect to see,” she told Parkinson When asked more recently by Graham Norton if people don’t take her as seriously as they would if she looked a different way she replied: “I don’t know about that it is kind of a double-edged sword… but I have such a good time.” It sure looks. He wrote one of the most iconic songs about peace – and was shot dead outside his apartment building John Lennon is the subject of a new feature film tracking the events that followed the shooting on 8 December 1980.“We’re presenting the case of what happened and the reality is that anybody in this country can go get a gun essentially any time they want,” says the film’s director Jeremy Profe “That’s a fact of American life – it’s a fact of our constitution and our constitutional rights and it’s an important discourse for us to have.”The Lennon Report will be released on the 35th anniversary of the former Beatle’s death and follows other films like The Killing of John Lennon that also covered his murder Is it a cynical attempt to cash in on the shooting or a chance to offer original insight? Tom Brook reports. In their 1991 song Christian Rock Concert the UK group Half Man Half Biscuit included the vocal: “The body of Shane Fenton is in the laundry chute of the New Ambassadors Hotel near Euston Station” Yet possibly the strangest reversed line came from King Crimson founder Robert Fripp who featured part of Monty Python’s flying sheep sketch in his 1979 song Haaden Two Played backwards it reveals the following wisdom: “One thing is for sure – the sheep is not a creature of the air Baaaaaaaah!”If you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Culture head over to our Facebook page or message us on Twitter. Lagerfeld likes to move with the times and abhors sartorial sloppiness so in his twilight years he favours functionality “It’s the same thing for men and women: a white shirt a jean and a jacket – whatever it is a blazer whatever – these are the three basic things with a t-shirt That is what everybody needs and there’s not even a gender problem,” he says as he interviews himself in a video for Net-a-Porter magazine “I’m not going to say ‘What you need is a cocktail dress’ – there aren’t so many cocktails in life any more.” {\"image\":{\"pid\":\"p022Xdnz\"}}The singer has always credited her hunger as a child for “pretty clothes pretty things” as the driving force behind her desire for fame And having grown with a clothes full of holes and honed from sackcloth the young Parton connected with the gaudy heightened sense of femininity embodied by the aforementioned town tramp with her “beautiful peroxide hair… piled on her head red nails and high-heeled shoes” as the ultimate direction for her future stage persona “The way I look comes from a serious place a country girl’s idea of glamour,” she explained to Michael Parkinson in a TV interview. Love & Mercy offers up the answer with delicate fascination and insight Early on Dano's Brian tells the other Beach Boys that he wants to stop touring with them and retreat into the recording 's a surprisingly squashed and narrow space and as Brian records all the backing tracks Dano is almost goofy with eagerness his eyes popping wide his face split by a crooked grin of joy His performance shows that Brian was in fact a mere boy when he created his masterpiece He was only 23 but psychologically he was younger a kid playing with the ultimate. Fabulous fashion creations aside ‘Kaiser’ Karl Lagerfeld – who has been at the creative helm of Chanel since 1983 and has been designing for Fendi since 1965 – has gained notoriety for his candid critical assassinations of public figures With his acerbic interjections he’s effortlessly pulverizing be it Adele (“a little too fat”) Pippa Middleton (“She should only show her back”) or the late Andy Warhol (“I shouldn’t say this but physically he was quite repulsive”) But his critical eye is also ever trained on himself. Mischievous and forthcoming in interviews the octogenarian designer will as willingly disclose his personal style strategies and standards as his shortcomings; who else would refer to their natural hair shade as “a little pee-pee yellow” or their sunglasses as their “burka”? An interview with Lagerfeld in the inaugural issue of M Magazine for instance saw him share his aversion to flip-flops his view on socks (“I like socks but only up to the knee I hate nothing more than when men cross their legs and you see hairy legs socks and pants – the worst The worst!”) his style staples since a child (“shirts high collars ties and bow ties”) and appreciation of the arm-lengthening appeal of gloves: “You know what it means in French to have a long arm? It means you are influential.” In place of Barrymore the film stars Kidman but her character has an almost identical medical condition When she wakes up she can’t remember where she is so her husband played by Colin Firth has to break the news about her car accident and her subsequent amnesia He does this with a nice mix of tenderness and tight-jawed weariness: he has obviously described the situation to her many many times before And Kidman’s amnesia is even more extreme than Barrymore’s It’s not just the years since the head injury that have been blotted out but several of the previous years too What this means is that Kidman and Firth enjoyed a long happy marriage prior to her injury but she can’t recall any of it She is sharing a bed with a man she doesn’t recognise. View image of This video is no longer available The brilliance of this plot is that it puts the viewer in the same position as the heroine She doesn’t know anything more about her predicament than we do It also renders her chillingly defenceless She is entirely dependent on other people and yet she is unable to trust any of them Kidman didn’t have much luck playing the archetypal Hitchcock heroine Grace Kelly in the universally derided biopic Grace of Monaco But here she excels as the kind of blonde-in-a-tight-corner that got Hitchcock’s creative juices flowing. Many apparently innocent pop songs – including hits by Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber – have been accused of peddling evil when played backwards: it has been suggested that Bieber sings ‘We’re going to bomb these banks/Satanic new world order/Soon bro!’ The claims are foundless and ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic parodied hysteria with the reversed line “Satan eats Cheese Whiz” in his 1983 song Nature Trail to to front{\"image\":{\"pid\":\"p04dzw04\"}} After Christian fundamentalists claimed that a line in the title track of their 1974 album Eldorado sounded like “He is the nasty one – Christ you’re infernal” when reversed the Electric Light Orchestra inserted a deliberately backmasked segment into their next album Denying that Eldorado contained any subliminal messages ELO went on to record Fire on High with an opening line that when played backwards says: “The is reversible but time is not Turn back Turn back Turn back Turn back.” They released an entire album full of reversed vocals in 1983 called Secret Messages: the final track contains the backmasked message “thank you for listening”. Having worked with Takashi Murakami and French gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin he now also rubs shoulders with the who’s who of the art world A 2008 exhibition of furniture designed by Williams in Paris included a cheeky plastic chair whose legs resemble a man’s at the back and a woman’s at the front her feet arched to give the impression of a couple in seven Grammys under his belt Williams – who recently joined Rihanna’s fashion reality-TV series Styled to Rock as mentor – is the pop equivalent of a Renaissance man and he likes his clothes to reinforce this image From the hooded patchwork fur coat he wore to the opening of the Moncler flagship in Paris last October (offset with leopard-print Vans) to the Lanvin tuxedo shorts he wore on the red carpet at the recent Oscars and his red tartan wedding suit Williams likes to dress differently. Occupational hazards for the modern-day celebrity include no-holds-barred public access to their evolving image – duly documented by the paparazzi for better or for worse One highly flashbulbed specimen – back in the spotlight with a new album following a four-year parental hiatus – is Lily Allen who finally appears to have hit her stride in the wardrobe department. “what I used to do – which was a mistake I think – was wear millions and millions of things that were never really a trademark but would make each show happen; it was very artistic but very limited,” Harry told Berenson Perkins “Now it’s very concise and everything is sort of organised so that the identity of what I am as the lead singer of Blondie stays in people’s minds It changes but yet it’s there.” So in 1979 alone Harry wore a Smurf-blue silk bustier jumpsuit with a triangular chest cut-out (plus matching headband tights and shoes) for a performance of Heart of Glass on NBC’s Midnight Special Shades and a white sailor dress was her choice for a performance of Sunday Girl on Top of the Pops on the BBC and she donned a yellow silk top with painterly pink lines and matching trousers for a concert at the Apollo. Image is everything for pop stars but few icons are as generous in sharing the praise for their poise as Debbie Harry When it comes to her new-wave wardrobe the singer credits the late fashion designer and artist Stephen Sprouse as having -handedly masterminded her image at the most pivotal point of her a 1979 interview with ‘Berry’ Berenson Perkins for Manhattan Cable TV entitled Debbie Harry and Friends she describes meeting Sprouse in 1975 as “a magnificent coincidence for my whole career” The pair who moved in the same artistic circles ended up living in the same loft in New York’s Bowery district sharing a bathroom and kitchen Sprouse who also features in the interview recalls the first time he laid eyes on her: “I just freaked you know? She looks like this fantasy of the ultimate rock singer She’s so beautiful and she can sing like crazy.” If you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Culture head over to our Facebook page or message us on Twitter. A great admirer of the advertising world Lagerfeld – who photographs all of Chanel’s campaigns himself – is a brilliant marketer: he is one pulling the strings behind his own image He sported simpler iterations of today’s silhouette decades ago but over the past few years has taken it to such stylised heights that he would easily stand out in a football stadium Alongside collaborations galore – from Diet Coke to Steiff teddy bears – stamped with his iconic profile a focused push on his signature clothing line Lagerfeld Collection saw the opening of a new flagship store on London’s Regent Street earlier this month pedalling accessories such as shades starched white collars and leather mittens in his image.‘Labelfeld not Lagerfeld’ Nor do the film or al go into any detail on his death from an illness arising from Aids He was in denial about the disease and described the use of condoms as “un-African” – the last song he released was a tirade against them Fela apologists say though that his death actually brought Aids out in the open and many lives were saved as a result His opinions were to some extent provocation As Bill T Jones the director and devisor of the extraordinary choreography in Fela! and a talking head in Gibney’s film sees the problem: “He would say things like if you aren’t a real man in this life you will come back as a homosexual Although he called himself a priest for example quite a few Yoruba practitioners have called him a poseur He was first and foremost a showman I think of him as a sacred monster.”{\"image\":{\"pid\":\"p0250wdc\"}} But it was as a al revolutionary that he became a talismanic figure for fellow artists In Gibney’s film Paul McCartney recounts how he saw Fela’s band when recording Band on the Run at the EMI’s Lagos studioin 1972 “They were the best band I’ve ever seen live” he said “When Kuti and his band eventually really began to play after a long crazy build-up I couldn’t stop weeping with joy.”{\"image\":{\"pid\":\"p0250wp2\"}}One of Fela’s main al inspirations was the funk of James Brown – who was in turn influenced by Kuti after his group visited The Shrine Fela’s nightclub in Lagos As Brown’s bassist Bootsy Collins recalls: “We were telling them they’re the funkiest cats we ever heard in our life I mean this is the James Brown band but we were totally wiped out!” The now-notorious oversize vintage Westwood ‘Mountain’ hat he first wore at the Grammy ceremony in January – hailed by Fashionista as “the biggest fashion moment (and most instantaneous internet meme)” of the event – earned him a new nickname Mad Hatter drawing comparisons to a range of kooky characters from Smokey Bear to Woody from Toy Story and got its own Twitter tribute account @Pharrellhat which reportedly had more than 16,000 followers the next morning. Lagerfeld once said “I am a fashion person and fashion is not only about clothes – it’s about all kinds of change,” and he certainly experimented with a few looks in his youth “I did everything! Not too big in the shoulders because I had the feeling I looked like a midget But I did the hippie look with chains and things like this fur capes high boots Renoma suits with large lapels I did everything of course!” he told M magazine Photographic evidence includes the Antonio Lopez shot of him posing in a mankini-style bathing suit in the ’70s Adonis-like with his buff physique and dripping wet. If Thomson’s back story seems familiar that’s no coincidence Replace “Bird” with “Bat” and you can hear a deafening echo of Keaton’s own career He too walked away from a Hollywood superhero franchise in 1992 If that weren’t postmodern enough Thomson’s Broadway co-star is an insanely cocky method actor played by Edward Norton the star of The Incredible Hulk And Thomson’s resentful aggressive daughter just out of rehab is played by Emma Stone aka Spider-Man’s girlfriend in The Amazing Spider-Man At one point they’re all in the frame together: Batman arguing with Bruce Banner while Gwen Stacy. Other revered ians in the ‘70s – from Stevie Wonder to Gilberto Gil – came to Nigeria’s largest city to see for themselves what the fuss was about Great jazz ians like Miles Davis also acknowledged him as a “life-transforming artist”.  With some of the top ians in the world backing him why didn’t he become a global star 40 years ago?One reason Kuti wasn’t better known in his lifetime was his personality – he was a difficult complex man with a self-destructive streak When Paul McCartney offered to have Kuti and his band as guests on Band on the Run Fela got up the next night at The Shrine and said “the white man has come to steal our ” McCartney said at the time: “Do us a favour Fela we do OK We sell a couple of records here and there.” Band on the Run incidentally was the best-selling album of 1973 and being on the record would have put Fela on the. The allure of a big-screen biographical drama is simple and almost childlike: in our dream scenario we're not just watching a movie – we're stepping into a time machine until we're in the presence of Abe Lincoln Jim Morrison or Mozart Yet the reason biopics have always fought for respectability – when they so often seem corny – is that few of them truly transport us into the past The actors rarely look exactly like the people they're playing; the storylines waver between the specific and the generic Overall they're just not that authentic. Allen has always loved dressing up So vast was the singer’s hoard of vintage clothes in 2011 she opened a (since-shuttered) vintage boutique in London with sister Sarah Owen to offload some But her newly recharged sartorial zeal radiates a fresh sense of sophistication A major turning point was entering the hallowed Chanel clan in 2007 when she landed a front-row ticket to one of the fashion house’s catwalk shows Suddenly she was rubbing shoulders with the Kaiser Karl Lagerfeld who cast her as the face of Chanel’s Coco Cocoon handbag range styling her as an up-to-date Audrey Hepburn complete with beehive oversized tiara and shades (She scrubbed up pretty well for a pop star hitherto known for trainers hoodies gold jewellery and ’50s prom-dress ensembles).On the A-list If you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Culture head over to our Facebook page or message us on Twitter. After Christian fundamentalists claimed that a line in the title track of their 1974 album Eldorado sounded like “He is the nasty one – Christ you’re infernal” when reversed the Electric Light Orchestra inserted a deliberately backmasked segment into their next album Denying that Eldorado contained any subliminal messages ELO went on to record Fire on High with an opening line that when played backwards says: “The is reversible but time is not Turn back Turn back Turn back Turn back.” They released an entire album full of reversed vocals in 1983 called Secret Messages: the final track contains the backmasked message “thank you for listening”. Tom Brook is a New York-based journalist who has reported on film and the movie industry for BBC News since 1985 He has presented Talking Movies on BBC World News since 1999 His regular column The Reel World also appears in BBC Culture.","PresenterName":"Tom Brook","PrimaryVertical":"wwculture","SummaryLong":"Talking Movies is BBC World News' flagship cinema review and magazine show.\nIn a monthly programme presenter Tom Brook presents all the latest news and\nreviews from the world of cinema.\nFrom the most recent Hollywood blockbusters to insightful documentaries and\nground-breaking world cinema Talking Movies is a guide to the best in film.\nWith exclusive reports from Hollywood and New York on location features\nwith top directors and artists and interviews with the big stars Tom brings\nthe big screen to the small screen. If you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Culture head over to our Facebook page or message us on Twitter.     If you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Culture head over to our Facebook page or message us on Twitter.  Sympathy for the parents Various messages For example "You are on the other side now there ain't no going back once you been here brothers and sisters there ain't no going back."[63] says the same thing forward as it does backwards "uh uh the apocoloypse" It's jarring at first to have Wilson played by two actors You could argue that it doesn't entirely work since Dano who has always been an inspired space cadet inhabits the role as if born to it while Cusack dialing down his usual verbal precocity simply doesn't look – or feel – like Brian Wilson in quite the same way: when Cusack is on screen we're out of the time machine back on more conventional biopic ground Yet as staged the story of what happened to Wilson in the '80s is still a marvel of tenderness discovery and even suspense Can Melinda pry Brian out of the clutches of Landy played by Giamatti as a dictator in healer's clothing who will destroy Brian in order to save him? Cusack gives a richly subtle and moving performance showing us an incomparable artist who's been shattered to pieces And we want to know: how exactly did that happen?Tuned in Still Joffe can be forgiven for focusing on his film’s central mystery when that mystery is so intriguing He has constructed a briskly paced devilishly clever cat-and-mouse game with a shivery atmosphere and an impressively tight focus Anne-Marie Duff crops up in some later scenes but for most of the film the only actors we see are Kidman Firth and Strong As summer movies grow ever bigger and longer and digitally-enhanced action sequences grow ever more excessive there’s something to be said for a taut twisty old-fashioned little suspense thriller It’s not easy to remember the last time we saw one.★★★☆☆If you would like to comment on this story or anything else you have seen on BBC Culture head over to our Facebook page or message us on Twitter. So fixed is Lagerfeld’s key silhouette it gives the impression that he wears the same outfit every day yet panning shots of his bulging clothing racks in the Rodolphe Marconi’s 2007 documentary Lagerfeld Confidential prove otherwise A self-confessed “shirt freak” who’s captured in his dressing room rifling through a drawer of unfolded stiff white collars and fingering bowls of rings Lagerfeld constantly updates his look with new elements be it striped shirts with matching wide ties or Dior jackets with tails He combines classics with cult contemporary designers such as Haider Ackermann and Sacai occasionally breaking up his silhouette with a gold Dior baseball jacket say or even a duffel coat. As eclectic as his al offerings Prince’s wardrobe also included Freddie Mercury-style nipple-baring leotards offset by blow-dried locks an asymmetric hoop earring and a purple sequinned hooded cape that he wore to the Oscars in 1985 where he won the Academy Award for Original Song Score for Purple Rain (Never knowingly understated Prince pulled up to the event in a purple limo escorted by some 20 uniformed security men on motorcycles according to a report in People magazine.) And once seen the bottom-baring yellow laser-cut suit worn for his performance of Gett Off at the MTV Video Awards in 1991 can never be forgotten – Lady Gaga eat your heart out.{\"image\":{\"pid\":\"p027l72c\"}} Before I Go To Sleep is the first sexually charged thriller that could also serve as an unofficial sequel to an Adam Sandler comedy The comedy in question 2004’s 50 First Dates co-starred Drew Barrymore as a woman who had suffered a head injury in a car accident a year earlier As a result she had a very peculiar form of amnesia: whenever she woke up in the morning she believed it to be the morning of the accident because she couldn’t remember anything that had happened since She could accumulate memories as the day wore on but when she went to sleep that night those new memories were erased and the following morning she was back to square one.I’m not saying that SJ Watson was inspired by 50 First Dates when he wrote his best-selling mystery novel Before I Go to Sleep but the movie adaptation certainly explores some of the shadowy avenues which Sandler’s comedy. The platinum-blonde ex-Playboy Bunny’s stance on ‘sexy’ was decidedly unconventional despite her picture-perfect features Harry’s penchant for strong eye make-up and a dishevelled bleach-job were major parts of her anti-establishment image with the band’s name coming from the nickname men hollered appreciatively at Harry (Had they stuck to their original moniker Angel and the Snake it wouldn’t have been quite the same.) It saw the otherwise all-American sweetheart allied with New York’s punk scene performing at cult club CBGB alongside The New York Dolls Patti Smith Talking Heads and the Ramones. Lagerfeld who is not one for psychoanalysis claims to “have no human feelings,” yet emotions have certainly played their part in his appearance It was the loss of “the man he calls the love of his life” Parisian dandy Jacques de Bascher (to Aids in 1989) that led him to pile on the pounds in the ’90s according to a 2007 profile in New York Magazine Another of the designer’s famously Oscar Wilde-style utterings is “my only ambition in life is to wear size 28 jeans”; he now favours ultra-slim designs by. Some hidden messages still make little sense once their words are clear.  In Pink Floyd’s song Empty Spaces from their 1979 rock opera The Wall Roger Waters can be heard saying “Congratulations You've just discovered the secret message Please send your answer to Old Pink care of the funny farm Chalfont…” A voice in the background shouts “Roger! Carolyne is on the phone!” before he can reveal the location Some believe ‘Old Pink’ refers to the band’s former lead singer Syd Barrett who suffered a breakdown. But Birdman isn’t simply a winking look at modern celebrity and Hollywood’s current obsession with superhero movies Jumping between genres it has some of the ambition and the surrealism of Charlie Kaufman’s screenplays (Being John Malkovich Adaptation) although Kaufman’s films are never quite so fast and furious It says something that Galifianakis the oddball from The Hangover plays the most calm focused and well-groomed character in the entire enterprise. In 1878 a year after he created the phonograph US inventor Thomas Edison noted that the cylinder could be rotated backwards to pleasing effect: “the song is still melodious in many cases and some of the strains are sweet and novel but altogether different from the song reproduced in the right way” Since avant-garde musicians in the 1950s first experimented with tape recorders editing together sound fragments in a style called ‘musique concrète’ messages have been inserted into songs that only become clear once they are played backwards But which are the best and which are just myths?Pop will eat itself{\"image\":{\"pid\":\"p04dzw04\"}} Some hidden messages still make little sense once their words are clear.  In Pink Floyd’s song Empty Spaces from their 1979 rock opera The Wall Roger Waters can be heard saying “Congratulations You've just discovered the secret message Please send your answer to Old Pink care of the funny farm Chalfont…” A voice in the background shouts “Roger! Carolyne is on the phone!” before he can reveal the location Some believe ‘Old Pink’ refers to the band’s former lead singer Syd Barrett who suffered a breakdown. Accusations of demonic began in the early 1980s perhaps inspired by a scene from the 1973 film The Exorcist in which a tape of garbled speech by the possessed victim was found to be English when played in reverse (Ozzy Osborne referenced a famous phrase from the film when he recorded the line ‘Your mother sells whelks in Hull’ backwards in his 1988 song Bloodbath in Paradise.) Fundamentalist Christians in America were joined by concerned parents after the Parents Resource Center (PMRC) was formed in 1985; bands like Led Zeppelin Judas Priest and even The Eagles were accused of spreading satanic messages subliminally. At the time of the interview Parton  had recently quit her popular TV double-act with country- singer Porter Wagoner (for whom as a parting gesture she penned future Whitney Houston smash I Will Always Love You) and hired an agent to pursue inroads into mainstream pop and Hollywood A focused Parton shares her aspirations for world domination her piercing business sense cutting through the candyfloss exterior: all voluminous curly blonde wig fixed with a fake rose full make-up and a flared baby-blue polyester pantsuit with lace trim.{\"image\":{\"pid\":\"p022xdlf\"}}Backwoods Barbie The eclectic dresser has also been rocking a carousel of high-impact looks on the party circuit of late ranging from a spiky Fendi fur she wore to the brand’s recent Bond Street store opening to her ensemble for the Brit Awards after-party where she offset a bubblegum-pink vintage Dior skirt and two neon bras by Stella McCartney with her dip-dyed canary-yellow ponytail After bemoaning the lack of “free clothes and handbags” during her time spent shackled to the stove Allen is back with a vengeance; with a new svelte figure and sharp ‘Cher’ ’do the singer has visibly upped the ante in the grooming stakes.