Monday, August 9, 2010
Barry Manilow wants hipster cred
Williamsburg-born preener Barry "Barack" Manilow talks with NJ.com about his new album, his love of performance, and his childhood growing up in Williamsburg. Unlike Ray Charles, Johnny Cash or even Burt Bacharach, Manilow has never really received his due from the indie-rock crowd, but my mom seems to like him well enough, so he's got that going for him. Anyway, here's an excerpt from the article
A new album means a new release event. Manilow has never had the full hipster rehabilitation that many of his peers have gotten, which is ironic, since he was born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn — the current incubator of new musical projects. The singer describes the Williamsburg of his childhood as “scary rough,” and a place that taxicabs were loath to visit.
“There was certainly no place to play,” remembers Manilow. “But Williamsburg has turned out to be a pretty popular location. We’re looking for a spot to debut the new album. Wouldn’t it be interesting if that debut took place in Williamsburg?”