I was not a rich kid. My father was a waiter at Arnaud’s – and he was an immigrant, so his experiences were different. He had this philosophy where he would work for five years, and take one year off. And that’s how he lived his life. He wasn’t a career guy – he was a life guy. One year, we followed the Rainbow Festival and the Rolling Stones across the country. We lived in a van…
not saying those first two D+D stories aren't wholly awesome themselves but I absolutely gotta have some more information on the instance where you seduced a dragon
okay fair enough and I don’t got any drawings for you today so story time it is;
alright so we’re like, at the end of this big ole campaign that’s been running a while and we’re facing the Big Cheese who is a sorceress who just went all maleficent on us and transformed herself into a dragon. It’s rad, she’s mad, we all have a good time, but due to some extremely unlucky rolls on our team and some real good rolls on the DM’s side the party is suddenly in a Bad Way; our wizard was dead, the fighter had been trapped in a block of ice, and the bard had just jumped out the window to save himself and landed in a dungheap. Frankly I still think that was an excellent idea and was probably the best move any of us made in that session.
My rogue, amazingly, was not doing all that hot either and was the only active player left- I had two HP, my arrows couldn’t pierce the dragon’s hide without the bard boosting my attack, she was out of range for a knife attack (throwing it would lose me the only effective weapon I had) and one of my legs was broken. Our DM is all sorts of guilt stricken and hadn’t expected things to go this badly, my companions are coming up with all sorts of get-out-of-jail plots but basically I can’t run, can’t attack, am nearly dead and there’s a dragon sorceress who’s about to eat me. I look at the only stat I rolled insanely well while making the character sheet… which is charisma.
So I ask if I can roll to seduce the sorceress. The DM looks at me like I’m insane, then a genius, then an insane genius, and allows it. Please also note that my rogue is tiny kenku, beaten to within an inch of her life, about to be toasted with hellfire and the sorceress who has been trying to crush our little band for the past year has more will than a stone fortress.
Had I the heaven’s embroidered cloths Enwrought with gold and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half light, I would spread the cloths under your feet But I being poor, have only my dreams I have spread my dreams under your feet Tread softly for you tread upon my dreams
Anita used to say that we (the two of us) are light years ahead of the Rolling Stones. Witty and probably true!
I will miss Anita so much; 52 years! I really loved her. We had good
times & bad times, but I only remember the good times now. She
taught me so much, especially after we got clean; it was very good, and
so much fun! Farewell my love, go well.
Who’s to say that young girls who like pop music have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy? That’s not up to you to say. Young girls like the Beatles. You gonna tell me they’re not serious? How can you say young girls don’t get it? They’re our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going. Teenage-girl fans – they don’t lie. If they like you, they’re there. They don’t act ‘too cool.’ They like you, and they tell you.
Cameron Crowe was chosen by the Azoffs for this interview. He is long time friends with Irving and the family. This is not a typical interview. Of course Rolling Stone would accept some lack of control when it's Harry and they have had horrible press this year. Any time they get Cameron to write for them, it is considered special.
You… really don’t understand how being the editor of an incredibly influential magazine like Rolling Stone works.
Firstly, regardless of how influential the Azoffs are, the editor of Rolling Stone is the one who makes the decision to have an interview with Harry, not anyone else.
Irving Azoff himself could very well have made a photo call to the editor saying “you know Harry is about to be hot-shit, you’d be an idiot to miss the opportunity to give him a cover interview” and that might be true, but the editor of Rolling Stone is the one to decide to put him on the cover, not anyone else.
The Azoffs might have suggested that Cameron Crowe (who by the way, was a staff writer for Rolling Stone for years, and still regularly does their features) might have been the best fit to interview Harry, over any of the other writers there, but the editor of Rolling Stone made the actual decision to book Cameron Crowe for the piece, not anyone else.
Harry might have been coached, and answered carefully and hedged his responses, he might have had Jeff literally there with him at all times, occassionally jumping in to field questions, but Cameron Crowe is the one who took Harry’s answers and wrote up his interpretation of what he thought Harry meant, and even though he might have written it with an intentionally favourable slant, as a personal favour to his friends, the Azoffs, the editor of Rolling Stone is the one who has final editorial decision on the piece, and they can and would have asked for any specific angles and changes they wanted.
Rolling Stone Magazine doesn’t need Harry, but Harry needs Rolling Stone Magazine, so all the straight, indie-cred, 30-something-guys who take themselves too seriously think “maybe I’ll check out this kid’s music” and end up falling in love with it and him too. Rolling Stone and that interview is going to be part of the reason that Harry’s solo career will be hot-shit, because fame doesn’t exist in a bubble without media.
Sorry, but some people have got to stop acting like Harry is the centre of the universe that all media and press revolves around - regardless of his talent and his connections, they still have to play by the rules. The rules might get slightly tweaked in their favour, but they’re still playing the game, not calling the shots. It’s naive to think otherwise.