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Veteran Soul Singer Charles Bradley Answers Our Lucky 7

Veteran Soul Singer Charles Bradley Answers Our Lucky 7:
Charles Bradley has seen it all. Having spent much of his life in poverty, Bradley was catapulted into stardom after his first album ended up on Rolling Stone’s list of “top 50 albums of 2011.” He thus bid the Brooklyn Housing Projects adieu in furtherance of an astonishingly successful musical career. Distributed by Daptone Records, Bradley’s music has been sampled by the likes of Jay-Z and Asher Roth. Now, at 66, Bradley is the oldest performer at the Coachella Valley Music Festival. Coachella, which is arguably the pinnacle of privileged SoCal hipsterdom, seems like an unlikely destination for the once-homeless soul singer; however, Bradley, who is known as much for his eclectic fashion sense as for his soulful voice, is undeterred by the designer drugs and rampant cultural appropriation on Indio’s Polo Fields. We caught up with him after his performance on the main stage.
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What website do you visit most?
I’m still a little bit illiterate with computers. I’m doing my best to learn. I know a little bit about it, but I’m still learning the computer age.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?
What annoys me right now is my bird. He screams too much. I can be lying in bed and he’s like, aaaaah! But he just wants my attention. My sister takes care of him when I’m gone. I’ve had him for about 26 years. He’s my little baby. Right now he’s not happy with me, and when he’s screaming, I’m not happy with him.

What’s your pop culture blind spot?
Two things I really can’t understand are acid rock and rap. I can tolerate [rap] if they stop cursing and speak the truth, from the heart. I want to listen to it more. There may be good rap out there, but for me, it just turns me off.

What did you spend your first big paycheck on?

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I had [this bracelet] made.

If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?
Seafood. A lobster. And a T-bone steak.

What’s your go-to Karaoke song?
My favorite song is by–I learned it really well–what is that song? Sam Cooke–oh, no–“I got Dreams to Remember.” Otis Redding. I’ve got a karaoke machine at home.

What’s the greatest song of all time?
It’s called “Save the Last Dance.” I just love that song. Good music never dies.


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