NYU Black Renaissance Noire Fall 2013 - Page 35

That was where my initial request fell for an interview with the reclusive mistress of funk and former ex-wife of Miles Davis. The Seattle based indie label Light In The Attic, had just released Is It Love or Desire, Betty Davis’ fourth album, recorded in 1976 but never released, until now. I knew it was a long shot, but, dear reader, it’s always worth a try. Besides that, the album was an interesting enough subject itself. Recorded in 1976 and shelved by Island records, the LP was that of legend: never bootlegged, never circulated. The master tapes sat somewhere amidst the dust, perhaps forsaken, perhaps forgotten, except to the intransigent crate diggers and diehard ?????????)????????????????????????()]????????????????????????????)??????????????????????????) ?????????????????????????????)?????????M??????????????????????)?????????$???????????????????)????????????????????????????)%??????e????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????)????????????????????????? ??)??????$????????????$??????????)????????????????????)???????????????????????5????)?????)????!??????(+?q$??????????????????????t????????+?q$?????e??????$????????????????t)]??e???????????????????????????+?q$??????'?e???????????????????????)??????$??????$????????????$??????)????????????????????1??????????)??????????????????????+?aI??????=?????????g????M??????)?????e?????????????????e?????)??e??????????????????????????)???????????e?????????????)??????e??????????????????t)M????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????????)??????e????????????)??????????e??e?????????????????)????????????????????????)]?????????????????9???? ??????)?????????????????M?????Q??????) ?????5????????????????????)????????????5?????????????)???????????!???????????????)???????????????????????????)!???????e????????????e????????)??????????????????????????]???)??????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????((??()Q????????????????????????????)???????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????)???????????????????????????)???????????????????????????)???????????????????????????????)?????a??d?????????????????e?????)???????????????????????????)5??????????????????????????)????????????????????????????????)??????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????)???????????????????????????)????????????????????????()Q??????????%?%?1??????????????)???????????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????)???????????????????????????)??????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????(?????????????????????????????)???????????? ?????????????????)?????????????????????????????)????????????????????????????????)??????????????????????????????????)????????????????????Q???????????)??????????????????????????????????)Q???????????????????????????????????) ?????????M??????????????????)?????????????????????????????????)????????????????????????????)???????????????????????????)??????????() 1 ,?I9%MM9 ?9=%I(+?qM????????e????????????????)???'?e????????????????????t()%??????????????????????????)???????????????????????????? ????)??????????????e???????????????)?????????????????? ???????????)?????????????????????????????)?????????????????????????????)??????????????????????????? ????)?????????????????????????)????????????????????Y?????)M????????????????????????????)???????????????????? ?????M????() I8?10????????????((????????????4((0