.

Lenny Kravitz Looks Back on "Let Love Rule" Backstage in New York

October 29, 2009 5:35 PM ET

Rolling Stone recently caught up with Lenny Kravitz backstage at New York's Fillmore at Irving Plaza, where the rocker performed a residency of five sold-out nights in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his debut album. "It's been 20 years now since I made Let Love Rule, and for me the record is still just as fresh as it was when I made it," Kravitz tells RS. "When I hear a recording, I can remember everything about my life at that time. It all comes back."

Kravitz says the album still sounds fresh because he went about recording Let Love Rule in an "organic way." "It doesn't have the sound of a certain era," Kravitz says, and the album does have a timeless quality — it certainly doesn't sound like it was recorded in 1989, and even Kravitz admits it doesn't fit into the archetype of what black men were recording two decades ago. "I've never fit in," Kravitz said. "I was supposed to be the an angry black man. I remember when I first started doing interviews, the big question was 'Why aren't you doing hip-hop?' "

For more on Kravitz, including his inspirations and his in-progress new album Negrophilia, be sure to watch our interview above and check out our Close-Up on Kravitz in our new new issue.

Related Stories:
Lenny Kravitz: I Want to Work With Jack White
Exclusive Audio: Lenny Kravitz Talks About Label Struggles and the Origin of "Let Love Rule"
Exclusive: Lenny Kravitz Tells RS "No Truth to the Story" About Joining Velvet Revolver

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com