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Posted 15 July 2017 - 06:02 PM

Btw Lana is mentioned on the frontpage of the german local newspaper "Neue Westfälische" (Bielefeld) and there's an interview with her inside – get that promo, Lana! I don't recognize the interview (it's by a guy called Steffen Rüth) so I don't lnow if it's really a completely new one... If anyone's interested I can post the (german) text. Unfortunately it can't be found online.

 

I'm not good with translations so please tell me if something doesn't make sense/ sounds off and I'll change it. I think there is some pretty interesting information on Change.

 

"I've got more fun in life now"

5 years ago shooting star Lana Del Rey amazed and enchanted the world of music with her debut album. On July 21 her fourth record will be released. Which's title is program.

 

 

I: Mrs Del Rey, your debut record five years ago was called "Born To Die", the new one is called "Lust For Life". Are these album titles documenting where you were standing in your life during the respective time?

 

LDR: Yes, I've developed in a quite good way, considering my overall feeling of happiness.I am still on the way and growth and chaos will keep me company through my life. But nonetheless I can clearly feel the change. I've got more fun in life than years ago.

 

I: Is your new song "Change" about this transformation?

 

LDR: Exactly. "Change" is the last song I wrote for this album. The four words I sing during the chorus are basically saying everything: honest, able, beautiful and stable. That's how I want to be. My whole life is defined by this quest, the quest to belong somewhere, to be part of something. I progressed a lot on this path.

 

I: How do you know that?

 

LDR: Because of my behaviour. And the way I deal with people.I've become a lot more relaxed and open-minded. I'msurely more self-assured aswell. In the beginning, I was very afraid, I did not know what people expected from me.I was under heavy surveillance, I lived under a cover everyone wanted to peak under.

 

I: Why?

 

LDR: The people were a lot more wary of me than with a lot of other artists. "Video Games", my first single, was very polarizing. I still don't really know why though. Because of that, I had the feeling that I was present in the world of music, but not really a part of it for a long time. By now I'm not afraid to approach people. It's no coincidence I invited a lot of other musicians to be on my new record.

 

I: Like Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks, who's joining you on "Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems"

 

LDR: Stevie is a friend of my producer Rick Nowels. She's so great, I'd call her a friend by now. Stevie's been doing music for 50 years now, she#s been around in the 70s, she's seen everything. One could be jealous. The Eagles, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - this whole sound of that time, I love it to death. Since I ive in L.A., I've been looking for other artists - other people - who feel the same.

 

I: Did you already got to know a lot of 60s- and 70s-pop fans?

 

LDR: The funny thing is, I've build a fantastic circle of friends in L.A, who all share this passion. Father John Misty and his wife Emma Tillman belong to those friends. Or Miles Kane and Alex Turner, the two boys from The Last Shadow Puppets. We're some sort of small folk-community. We spread this Laurel-Canyon-vibe I like a lot.

 

I: Sean Lennon's on the record aswell, participating on the track "Tomorrow Never Came". How did that happen?

 

LDR: I'm talking about my ideal relationship on that song. The song is one of the few on this album that's now about me. I use John Lennon and Yoko Ono as an example. I imagine the two of them, sitting on a bank in Central Park intimately, this couple prompts romantic feelings for me. So it immediatly suggested itself to ask Sean, since I also really like his music. And he immediatly told me he'd be there.

 

I: When was the last time you danced on the "H" of the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles , naked, like you discribe it in the duet "Lust For Life" with Abel Tesfaye alias The Weeknd?

 

LDR: (laughs) Never, that's pretty high! You can't just reach it with a ladder. But there are some pretty cool cafés and the Beachwood Canyon, which has some beautiful, hidden corners.

 

I: Your voice and The Weeknd's voice go together perfectly by the way.

 

LDR: Thanks. Our chemistry's right. Abel was one of the first to post the clip for "Video Games" in 2011. I've contacted him and we became friends.

 

I: a few weeks ago, you've revealed you put a witch-curse on Donald Trump. Did it work?

 

LDR: (laughs) I don't know. Everything we see of him now is the same as it was during the voting campaigns. He's actually continuing to be the same. Because of that, I'm afraid the curse hasn't worked yet. I'd really wish for a peaceful, chill time, that's what I talk about on the track "Coachella - Woodstock In My Mind" for example. Where did it go, the golden hippie-age? Instead there are threatening scenarios and Trump keeps on adding fuel to the fire. He said some things, women should be afraid of. I just hope nothing bad happens within the next three-and-a-half years.


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 04:05 AM

"Where did it go, the golden hippie-age? Instead there are threatening scenarios and Trump keeps on adding fuel to the fire. He said some things, women should be afraid of"

 

Cuban missile crisis who? We had cruel, emotional, sexist, borderline despots as presidents during the golden hippie-age, too. That's why it existed. 


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 04:10 AM

"Where did it go, the golden hippie-age? Instead there are threatening scenarios and Trump keeps on adding fuel to the fire. He said some things, women should be afraid of"
 
Cuban missile crisis who? We had cruel, emotional, sexist, borderline despots as presidents during the golden hippie-age, too. That's why it existed. 


Maybe she meant a modern hippie golden age? Like one she expected to happen, but instead this is what we got. Giving her the benefit of the doubt lol
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Posted 16 July 2017 - 04:12 AM

Maybe she meant a modern hippie golden age? Like one she expected to happen, but instead this is what we got. Giving her the benefit of the doubt lol

Ahh, sort of the scifi hippie utopia dreamed up by things like Star Trek? I mean, I guess being born in this era disillusioned me, but I'm big into the futurism seen and we can be just as optimistic as people back then lolol 

 

Your interpretation makes sense, though, for sure. Didn't think of it that way at first. 


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 06:35 AM

Cuban missile crisis who? We had cruel, emotional, sexist, borderline despots as presidents during the golden hippie-age, too. That's why it existed. 

Don't forget who was President during the missile crisis  :fact:


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 06:51 AM

"Where did it go, the golden hippie-age? Instead there are threatening scenarios and Trump keeps on adding fuel to the fire. He said some things, women should be afraid of"

 

Cuban missile crisis who? We had cruel, emotional, sexist, borderline despots as presidents during the golden hippie-age, too. That's why it existed. 

 

Maybe she meant a modern hippie golden age? Like one she expected to happen, but instead this is what we got. Giving her the benefit of the doubt lol

 

Yeah I mean, Lana likes Hollywood history patterns but tbh does not know much about social history patterns (yet). Most people who don't reallllllyy know, don't realise that hippie movements of ANY decade aren't people just deciding out of nowhere "hey you wanna just be wild and free again and love everything??" it's a resistance, an almost subversive response to the political scene trying so hard to prevent the people from showing love. So it's a crazy big deal when it happens, since there's always something horrible going on to initiate the movement. People need a reason to keep supporting peace, and Trump is currently that reason. 

 

History repeats itself. We just gotta keep choosing the right side to fight for. 

 

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 07:06 AM

I'm reluctant listening to Lana talk about politics, not because she's a musician primarily or her stance, but it's just it brings out the worst in people in so many cases. This was a beautiful interview for the most part tho. Translation game blooming strong.


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 07:25 AM

I also thought she was a bit naive there and I'm afraid she really means it like this. She's into the vibe of this era so much that she apparently romanticises it too much to have a clear view on it
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Posted 16 July 2017 - 07:49 AM

A politically-infused album while praising the hippie era. Queen of irony. This quote sounds straight out of some conservative fake news site LOL

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 08:23 AM

Also "I just hope nothing bad happens in the next 3 and a half years" 
 
Lana sweety, bad things have been happening since day 1. Just not to rich white people  :toofunny:
 
 
But we still  love you, and are patient with your social education  :kiss2: 

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Posted 16 July 2017 - 08:30 AM

 

Also "I just hope nothing bad happens in the next 3 and a half years" 
 
Lana sweety, bad things have been happening since day 1. Just not to rich white people  :toofunny:
 
 
But we still  love you, and are patient with your social education  :kiss2: 

 

 

I think she meant something really huge like a world war. (And you never know what her exact words were since it's an interview translated from English to German (and back).)


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 09:59 AM

If anyone wants the original german pdf files of this article and the front page of the newspaper (including 2 pics of Lana) – here you go:

http://www109.zippys...o8Wrk/file.html


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 11:30 AM

I think she meant something really huge like a world war. (And you never know what her exact words were since it's an interview translated from English to German (and back).)


Even still, war is happening in third world countries 365/ 24/7, She just means the US.
But yeah it could be a translational misreading anyway
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Posted 16 July 2017 - 12:42 PM

Why? You guys talk as if romanticising the hippies is a bad thing. Is it? I mean hippies spread a vision of love & peace during bombing & wartime & we need that again now that the conditions are so volatile.

All I know about that era is by reading Allen Ginsberg & William S. Burroughs. Maybe I should do some research on the American history before speaking (I'm from India so)
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Posted 16 July 2017 - 12:44 PM

Why? You guys talk as if romanticising the hippies is a bad thing. Is it? I mean hippies spread a vision of love & peace during bombing & wartime & we need that again now that the conditions are so volatile.

All I know about that era is by reading Allen Ginsberg & William S. Burroughs. Maybe I should do some research on the American history before speaking (I'm from India so)

It's not about romanticising the hippies but the "golden hippie age" as some sort of peaceful time when it was not. Maybe she's talking about people having the hippie-mindset though.


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 01:25 PM

It's not about romanticising the hippies but the "golden hippie age" as some sort of peaceful time when it was not. Maybe she's talking about people having the hippie-mindset though.


I think she's talking about the hippie-mindset of the people. She is pretty aware of of the conditions that were in that age so I don't think she would romanticise it without knowing the facts or that she lacks social education (like someone said above).

I'm saying this because during an interview in the Born to Die era she said that she always keeps a copy of the poem 'Howl' in her wallet & it was this poem that taught her how to create breathing imagery out of words.

(For those who don't know, 'Howl' is a beat poem about the bombing & war in America & how the suffering artists tried to solace & peace in art, drugs & love without letting the hate guide them)

She's not just a dumb starlet y'all. This woman has a vision.
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Posted 16 July 2017 - 04:28 PM

 

Also "I just hope nothing bad happens in the next 3 and a half years" 
 
Lana sweety, bad things have been happening since day 1. Just not to rich white people  :toofunny:
 
 
But we still  love you, and are patient with your social education  :kiss2: 

 

Forreal. Even before Trump bad things were happening, he's only intensified and validated hateful actions and economic disparity. I think from her lofty position above the world, a bad thing happening that would affect her would solely consist of like... nuclear holocaust. Because that's how untouchable she is otherwise....


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 04:49 AM

Why? You guys talk as if romanticising the hippies is a bad thing. Is it? I mean hippies spread a vision of love & peace during bombing & wartime & we need that again now that the conditions are so volatile.
 

 

Romanticising hippies isnt a bad thing. We arent saying its bad, we are just saying that its important to understand WHY hippies even came about. It was because of bad things happening already.


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 05:00 AM

I think she's talking about the hippie-mindset of the people. She is pretty aware of of the conditions that were in that age so I don't think she would romanticise it without knowing the facts or that she lacks social education (like someone said above).

I'm saying this because during an interview in the Born to Die era she said that she always keeps a copy of the poem 'Howl' in her wallet & it was this poem that taught her how to create breathing imagery out of words.

(For those who don't know, 'Howl' is a beat poem about the bombing & war in America & how the suffering artists tried to solace & peace in art, drugs & love without letting the hate guide them)

She's not just a dumb starlet y'all. This woman has a vision.

 

I was not trying to make Lana sound dumb btw. I just thought she was missing information in that interview (which might be shortened too, we dont know)

She does have a vision of course, a good one, but I do not feel as if she is understanding the perspective of everyone who has been involved in hippie and social movements. That is not to blame her though. Lots of people have a one sided view. 

 

Anyway, Coaechella WIMM is not an accurate song to represent this stuff, period.  :hooker:


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