Paul Williams Comes Clean in ‘Gratitude & Trust’

“We met in Robert Mitchum’s bedroom in 1981 or 1982.” That’s Oscar- and Grammy-winning composer Paul Williams, describing his first — and disastrous — encounter with comedy writer Tracey Jackson, the co-author of his new book, Gratitude & Trust: Six Affirmations That Will Change Your Life. “I was drunk,” admits Williams, “and Tracey walked into the bedroom where Mitchum and I were getting high. (I’m 24 years sober now, but in those days I would never pass up a little …

The Old MTV Is Back (Music Videos All Day!)

If you were 18 in 1981, the year MTV went on the air, you turn 50 this year. Back then, MTV actually played music. You may have to explain this to your grandchildren – to them, MTV may just be shows like “16 and Pregnant” – but back in 1981, MTV meant, literally, music television, playing videos all day. (Here’s video of the very first day.) Today, MTV is back. The channel that once introduced a generation to The Who …