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Portraits of Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Sex Pistols: "Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton"

December 9, 2008 4:35 PM ET

Portraits by artist Elizabeth Peyton are making the international rounds in a new show called "Live Forever." The exhibit features some of the painter's well-known depictions of some of rock's biggest names, from Kurt Cobain and Liam Gallagher to Sid Vicious and John Lennon. Peyton's show is currently on view at the New Museum in New York City until January 11, 2009, and you can check out some of her work here:

 

Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton

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“Try a Little Tenderness”

Otis Redding | 1966

This pop standard had been previously recorded by dozens of artists, including by Bing Crosby 33 years before Otis Redding, who usually wrote his own songs, cut it. It was actually Sam Cooke’s 1964 take, which Redding’s manager played for Otis, that inspired the initially reluctant singer to take on the song. Isaac Hayes, then working as Stax Records’ in-house producer, handled the arrangement, and Booker T. and the MG’s were the backing band. Redding’s soulful version begins quite slowly and tenderly itself before mounting into a rousing, almost religious “You’ve gotta hold her, squeeze her …” climax. “I did that damn song you told me to do,” Redding told his manager. “It’s a brand new song now.”

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