Articles Written by Max Savage Levenson
A recent East Coast transplant, Max is currently studying at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, where he reports on the eccentric music community of the Bay Area and the state of the Oakland School District. Before arriving in California, he lived in Baltimore and Paris, where he documented music on the page and on the screen. Follow him on Google+.
In 1977 James Earl Jones Demanded Salary Up Front Instead Of "Points" On Star Wars – He Chose… Poorly
In 1977, because Star Wars had spiraled way over budget, George Lucas offered James Earl Jones points instead of salary for his role as the voice of Darth Vader. Unfortunately, Jones did not take that offer.
How YouTube Helped A Homeless Filipino Teenager Become The Lead Singer of the One of the World's Most Successful Bands
The amazing story of how Arnel Pineda went from being a homeless teenager to cover-band singer to fronting one of the most famous rock bands in the world…
The Amazing Story Of How The M*A*S*H Theme Song Was Written And The Fortune It Earned A Very Unlikely Person
This is the story of how the most unlikely person in the world ended up writing the theme song to the massively successful TV show and movie M*A*S*H. Oh, and the subsequent fortune he ended up making.
Freeway Ricky Ross Earned An $850 Million Cocaine Fortune In The 1980s. Oh… And His Supplier Turned Out To Be The CIA.
This is the absolutely unbelievable real-life story of Freeway Ricky Ross. He earned $850 million dealing coke in Los Angeles throughout the 1980s. Oh, by the way… his cocaine supplier turned out to be the CIA.
One Man Has Written Virtually Every Major Pop Song Of The Last 20 Years. And You've Probably Never Heard His Name
You might not be familiar with the career of Swedish born super-producer Max Martin. Actually you are very familiar. You just didn't know it.
While her last album cost millions, Miley Cyrus' surprise new record, made for only $50,000, carries an impact much larger than its budget.
Kanye West claims he will give a free pair of Yeezys, the sneaker he designed, to anyone who votes for him in 2020… but can he pull it off?
Rio de Janeiro Is Hosting The Olympics Next Year… But Did You Know The Water Is Toxic Enough To Kill The Athletes?
Rio de Janeiro is gearing up to host the Olympics next year, but the water – as toxic as raw sewage – is proving to be the biggest hurdle yet.
With the app Blade, you can now charter a helicopter via your phone for only a few hundred bucks. But not everyone is happy about it.
Kings of the car-share world, Über has unleashed a publicity war on NYC Mayor de Blasio after he threatened to put a cap on new drivers.