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NME – Lana Del Rey says that copies of her forthcoming book of poetry will be sold for just one dollar each.
The musician has been posting poems on her Instagram over the last few days. Today (March 7), the singer gave fans more insight about what to expect from the self-published book.
“So I’m like super excited about self publishing my first poetry book,” she said. “And I just wanted to say any mom-and-pop SoCal/ San Fran book stores that are interested in having it just let me know and I’ll drive you out a couple boxes when I’m done binding it in a few months xx”
One fan asked how much the book would cost, to which she responded: “$1… because my thoughts are priceless.”
Recent poems posted to her Instagram include “Jasmine in the air / the burden of fame is real / never felt so clear.” The posts seem to indicate that the book will be titled Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass.
With a new album on deck and tour dates ahead, the musician reflects on the beauty-blogger phenomenon, her Gucci perfume campaign, and why disposable culture has her chasing that “forever feel.”
VANITY FAIR – When has Los Angeles lore not been in fashion? As the Chateau Marmont earns its nonagenarian stripes this month, that “high-thread-count clubhouse” lives on as the nexus of Hollywood’s foibles and fascinations. In 2011, when the ingenue Lana Del Rey released the single “Video Games,” the music video shimmered with vintage footage of the property. Years later, Gucci’s Alessandro Michele took his own deep dive into Marmont memorabilia, turning out logo-embossed satchels and reimagined laundry bags for his Cruise 2019 collection. “It’s possible that no hotel in America inspires so much nostalgia, speculation, and sheer devotion,” writes Mark Rozzo in the 2019 Hollywood Issue of Vanity Fair. It’s not a surprise that Del Rey and Michele are fans.
This time, the musician and the designer are coming together for a different kind of rewind—back to an era of body-hugging jumpsuits and sparkling laundromats, hairspray and patchouli-tinged perfume—to launch the campaign for Gucci Guilty. Del Rey, the face of the his-and-hers fragrance alongside Jared Leto, recalls meeting Michele early into his Gucci tenure. “He told me that he had been putting together a lot of his collections while listening to my music,” she says in a call from rainy Los Angeles. “Needless to say, I was definitely flattered!”
The campaign has a big-screen flair, with locations ranging from a classic diner to a nondescript supermarket (a roaming ostrich notwithstanding). The glamour—like the hair, styled by Paul Hanlon—is dialed way, way up. “We hadn’t really been thinking about nostalgia but just something that had a forever feel,” she says, likening the shoot to her recent Super 8-style music videos. “If you can mix that sensibility with a modern one”—Gucci’s mission in a nutshell—“you know you’re doing it right.”
Here, Del Rey, whose sixth album, Norman Fucking Rockwell, is out later this year, unpacks that loaded title, laughs about the slow-dance lesson with a teenage crush, and talks up her version of self-care.
BUKU Music + Art Project has announced the lineup for its 2019 festival, which will feature performances from Lana Del Rey, ASAP Rocky, Louisiana’s own Kevin Gates, and more. The two-day fest takes place on March 22 and 23 in New Orleans.
The aforementioned acts are joined by a huge list of rising stars and veterans in hip-hop, EDM, and rock, including GRiZ, Ella Mai, Suicideboys, Playboi Carti, Gunna, Toro Y Moi, Death Grips, Yaeji, Denzel Curry, J.I.D, EarthGang, Doja Cat, Rico Nasty, and more. From the looks of the full lineup, the fest hosted in Mardi Gras World on the banks of the Mississippi remains EMD heavy.
This 2019 iteration marks the eighth anniversary of the annual arts festival. Some of the ticket proceeds will support the Upbeat Academy Foundation, a non-profit organization providing New Orleans youth with opportunities to study hip-hop and dance music production. In addition to musical acts, BUKU hosts dozens of visual artists and galleries for an immersive experience. Earlier this year, 17,500 people attended the NOLA-based event, making it BUKU’s biggest fest to date.
Tickets for BUKU go on sale next week on Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. CT and will be available on the festival’s website. Last year, tickets sold out, so you might want to mark your calendars and snag yours sooner rather than later. The options include general admission, VIP, and an extra VIP dubbed “Too Buku,” which includes access to after parties and its own special lineup. The fest is a 17+ only event.