I looked forward to sitting down with your Fall Music Preview to see what a big season of releases had in store (#346, Sept. 27). Unfortunately, it seemed more geared to label executives. Maybe next time the focus should be on the albums’ content, not on whether they’ll outsell the artists’ previous releases.
I thought this Fall Preview would be the one in which Rush would be featured, considering they just released their 16th studio album and were recently listed at No. 5 on the charts for album sales. It seems a band needs to be addicted to heroin to get any recognition these days.
I was shocked and distressed over the death of Tupac Shakur. It affected my life in a way that no magazine, newspaper, or TV show has yet reflected on. Why must everyone dwell on his past? He is gone, and it should teach a great many people that violence is not the key.
Suge Knight and Sean Combs are doing for rap what Don King does for boxing: putting an ugly face on an otherwise good product. People like the Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Doggy Dogg, Knight, and Combs must live by the same laws as the rest of us and put a higher price on human life. Gold records can only go so far!
Suisun City, Calif.
Tupac Shakur was more than a gangsta rapper. He was a talented artist. I don’t know much about his life, but my life was filled with violence and struggle, so I can relate to his music. It’s very easy to live a negative lifestyle when it’s the only lifestyle you know.
Maria S.R. Green
Imagine my delight in seeing that you gave the Toronto International Film Festival some northern exposure. Now imagine my disappointment in seeing that you made use of Canadian stereotypes — illustrations of a moose, a Mountie, and a lumberjack. I have lived in Canada for 28 years and have never met a lumberjack. I’ve seen a moose only once (in a zoo), and I’ve seen Mounties only at ceremonies designed to entertain U.S. tourists. Toronto is the third-largest theater city in the world, and the third-biggest TV and film production center in North America behind L.A. and New York. You’d be hard-pressed to find a lumberjack or a moose, however.
‘Little’ Jimmy Smitten
As a fan of ”Little” Jimmy Scott, I was glad to finally see an article on him in your Music section. Readers who make the effort to hear him will know why Madonna calls Scott the only performer who can bring her to tears.
Correction: Sheryl Crow’s debut album, Tuesday Night Music Club, was released in 1993 (Music).