An interview with the most controversial director in America about his most controversial film to date: Malcom X.
When Spike Lee released Do the Right Thing in 1989, Universal Pictures and much of the press believed that it would spark a race riot. Do the Right Thing did not trigger unrest. Two years later, press and public feared that John Singleton’s Boyz N the Hood would start racial trouble. Boyz did not cause rioting. (A few L.A. gang members were denied entry to the film when they roughed each other up after a theater oversold the house. They had not even seen the movie.) Some weeks later, press and public believed Mario Van Peebles’s New Jack City would provoke black unrest, which it did not do. This month Spike Lee releases his film biography of Malcolm X, the man touted for 35 years as the instigator of violent racial revolution, which has not erupted.MORE from Penthouse
Greg Graffin, lead singer of legendary punkers Bad Religion, celebrates 30 years in music with his band’s 15th album and a memoir about his unique twin career paths.
Anarchy and Inquiry
Bad Religion frontman Greg Graffin has lived a double life for most of his adult existence. No, he’s not a CIA operative, he doesn’t have a second family squirreled away somewhere, and he’s definitely not addicted to a virtual online world, Dwight Schrute-style.MORE from Penthouse
Having taken a name like "Bad Religion" for his band, you might think Greg Graffin lacks a certain social acceptibility. That would be wrong.
Steve Van Zandt’s performing career goes back to 1974, when he conducted the soulfully cool Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes with friend Johnny Lyon.
Then he hooked up with Bruce Springsteen for the Born to Run album, beginning a seven-year association with the Boss as both touring-band stalwart and coproducer of the best-selling The River and Born in the U.S.A.
In 1982 Van Zandt decided to pursue a solo career, Adopting the name Little Steven, he opted for the personally rewarding but financially suicidal world of making politically charged albums. MORE from Penthouse
Christmas 1988 was no time for rejoicing at the University of Oklahoma. The school’s Sooner football team — the state’s pride and joy — had been placed on probation for illegal payments and recruitment violations. But the worst was yet to come.
Down and Dirty
On the first day of the new year, the team was blown out of the Citrus Bowl by an inferior Clemson team. A few days prior to the game, some of the players had destroyed a hotel room, and one of their coaches, under investigation by the F.B.I. for drug trafficking, got into an altercation at an Orlando country club, causing hundreds of dollars’ worth of damage to the premises.MORE from Penthouse