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The idea of Harry reaching for a new legitimacy — whether successfully or not — is one I’m really interested in exploring at the moment. I’ve seen a handful of conversations online that basically amount to “he’s got a guitar now, he’s trying to be something more real than One Direction let him be.” I find that conversation so dull and meaningless. It aligns with a rockist mentality that men writing their own music and playing their own instruments is somehow more fulfilling or valid than a catchy pop hook or beat you can dance to. The most wonderful thing about this record, I think, is that it’s not only in keeping with Harry’s “old stuff,“ but that it is very likely the space he’ll continue to work in for a long time. I can’t imagine him noticing Top 40 trends and peppering them into his work on the next record, or clutching for some new and different sound to appeal to a more quote, unquote legitimate audience. Harry has always defied trends, whether through his personal style — wearing floral suits where his bandmates wore classic black or jeans and t-shirts — or, now, by backing the passion and dedication of the teen-girl fan base where, historically, newly solo ex–boy banders were rabid about distancing themselves from that audience in favor of new, older listeners. Even for all the trendy nostalgia in this record, he also shrugged off his producer’s suggestion to use outdated technology to make it; on the Rolling Stone podcast, Cameron Crowe said Harry was adamant about using the most up-to-date tools today, just as his heroes did in the ’60s and ’70s, rather that backpedaling into analog for analog’s sake. The idea that he’s somehow more “real” now that he’s nervously plucking a guitar (one he’s traveled with for, like, five years) is misguided.

anonymous asked:

While there have been glaring factual errors in almost every piece written in the last week, there was one from the earlier Vulture article I wanted to point out. The writer states that Harry as the RS cover story was an honor considered "too sophomoric" for 1D. The truth is, there was a cover and story about 1D before Harry turned 18.

In the Rolling Stone podcast with Cameron Crowe, another writer mentioned that he had a cover story pulled about 1D in 2012 because of violating advertising rules when cover story subjects are under 18. Basically, Rolling Stone had prepared the 5 boys to be on the cover, and I’m unclear on the specific law that was in question, but because of a product (maybe cigarettes, maybe alcohol) with high advertising $$, the story was pulled. In early 2012, Harry was the only one still under 18. (2/3.)

Ironic, that along with his recognized talent and ability to sell magazines, that’s part of the reason he is the only one from 1D to now be on the cover RS. (3/3)

oh interesting!  I actually never got around to listening to that podcast (TOO MUCH STUFF HAPPENING AT THE SAME TIME).  Thanks for this info, anon! 

anonymous asked:

Where the phrase "I hope hopeless is just a state of mind. I hope hopeless change over time" is from?

I’m not sure. I’ve seen it quite a few times in the Halsey tag but I’ve never been able to find a source.

kenzi-malikov replied: yep it’s at about 19:38 minutes in her Rolling Stone Music Now podcast interview!

thank you!!

It’s all about melodies for him. He was like ‘Let’s do the most modern tech thing we can possibly do. Let’s go with the best system we have today, and just make it about melodies. Let’s not go retro in a slavish way. Let’s embrace the new tech while doing old-school love for melody.’
—  Cameron Crowe on Harry’s approach to the recording process (Rolling Stone Music Now Podcast)

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anonymous asked:

You can listen to the 46 minutes Cameron Crowe Rolling Stone Music Now podcast here if you don't have itunes: rollingstone,com/music/news/rolling-stone-music-now-podcast-cameron-crowe-on-harry-styles-w478700. It's also on spotify: open,spotify,com/show/0jCfnXfdYhwIM2I4x7SxZx

i’ve listened to it. is there something at the end that i missed? that’s what my previous anon was implying. 

anonymous asked:

I'm confused I'm sorry, what did Harry say about 1D now?

I need more context for this question, anon.

I’m still bitter that on Graham Norton he didn’t miss a single thing about being in “the band.”

Cameron Crowe is also blathering on on a Rolling Stone podcast.

Basically, he hasn’t said anything about “One Direction.” God forbid he dare mention that band.
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