“Asked a few friends to be in the ‘You Need to Calm Down’ video.”
That was the tweet Taylor Swift sent on Sunday, in the countdown to her new music video being released. And boy, has she delivered.
The video, which is set against the backdrop of a brightly-coloured tea party/food fight, dropped Monday morning — and it features everyone from RuPaul and Ryan Reynolds to Ellen and the stars of Queer Eye. Even Katy Perry makes a surprise appearance at the very end. Read more…
The last dance of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s fictional rock-and-roll epicDaisy Jones & The Six takes place at Chicago Stadium on July 12, 1979. That night in real-life Chicago, the White Sox’ “Disco Demolition Night” rocked Comiskey Park in the flame of burning records. The mob, white and male, raged against sounds from the radio, dances in a club. Thousands stormed the field, forcing a Sox forfeit loss amid the detritus.
“I chose that date because I wanted the band to break up in the heat of the summer,” Reid told The Daily Beast. “But when I realized it landed on ‘the night disco died’ it felt like a nice coincidence.”
It is a good coincidence. Knowing the real events, a reader can imagine the smoke from Comiskey wafting over the book’s finale fireworks. Reid captures the dynamic of relationships within her perfectly-described construct of a rock band in the ’70s stadium era; when Daisy Jones and The Six take the stage for one final time, it’s no spoiler to say that years of emotional engagement will boil over.