In the 1950s, the pop question was "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" In the 1960s, it was "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" In the 1970s, it was "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?" And in the 1980s it was "What's Love Got to Do With It?" So will we recall the 1990s with "Who Will Save Your Soul?" the sweetly vindictive musing that has made singer-songwriter Jewel Kilcher into a pop star and glossy cover girl?
According to the July Details, the magazine's annual music issue, the Alaskan beauty is saving her own soul along with a few multiplatinum records, with the help of a cultish following that may soon be nominating their ethereal, angelic leader for sainthood.
The best image in the story is of the introspective Jewel on the tour bus, casually doing her best Joni Mitchell for the reporter, strumming a dulcimer on her lap and singing "A Case of You" as she gazes out at the Pacific Ocean.
Also amusing: Jewel's defense of the much-commented-on see-through dress she wore to the Grammys: "I want to be allowed to experiment in front of the world. People were like, 'You can't be sexy and spiritual. You can't be sensitive and sexy.' But I refuse to be burdened by my womanhood. Anyway, you end up trying these things on in hotel rooms, which aren't backlit."
Anyway, Details conducts a survey to figure out exactly what baby boomers know about No Doubt and what teen-agers have learned about the Rolling Stones.
Turns out the young folk can easily remember the name of the Smashing Pumpkin fired for heroin, but 67 percent of them believe Ken Kesey was a member of the Grateful Dead. (Remember that classic record "One Flew Over the Mars Hotel"?) Furthermore, 18.5 percent of people under 18 think Otis Redding's biggest hit is about sitting on top of the world, while 42.3 percent of people over 50 think the brothers in Oasis are Liam and Noel MacManus.
Also in the music issue:
Yet another interview in which Jakob Dylan makes a big deal about not making a big deal about his father, Bob. Asked if he's ever played guitar with Bob, Jakob turns without using his blinker: "I've played with all kinds of people," he answers.
Maybe give him a couple of years. Seems as if even the most tight-lipped of stars loosen ever so slightly as time goes by.
Jodie Foster speaks
The July Premiere has a cover interview with Jodie Foster in which the famously private actress lets a few candid lines slip through her usually bolt-locked door.
Foster, who's wearing a mass of hyper-curly photo-shoot hair, muses about her college days at Yale, saying, "Obviously, drugs and alcohol were involved in everything I did."
Also, she discusses what she calls her "little Hinckley drama," which she'd been unwilling to comment on for years: "It was humiliating having body guards and being in college," she says, "where I was supposed to be anonymous, and walking into a class and having, like, the Guys."
On Harrison Ford
The always terse Harrison Ford gets a run for his money in July's Movieline, with interviewer Lawrence Grobel plaguing him with questions large and small, from who Ford would want to write his biography (Elmore Leonard) to Ford's whereabouts during the Vietnam War. Ford recalls that he beat the draft by becoming a conscientious objector and sending the government a petition that was so complicated they never followed up on it.
Also in Movieline: Thirty actors select their favorite role from their own oeuvres. Daniel Day-Lewis chooses "The Crucible," Richard Gere chooses "An Officer and a Gentleman," John Travolta chooses "Pulp Fiction," Lauren Bacall chooses "Designing Woman," and Diane Keaton chooses "Annie Hall."
Ford, of course, refuses to answer the question.
"But don't feel bad that I won't answer the question," he tells Movieline. "You'll never get me to commit on my favorite flavor of ice cream, either."
Pub Date: 6/22/97