Rocks In The Attic #477: Barbra Streisand & Kris Kristofferson – ‘A Star Is Born (O.S.T.)’ (1976)

RITA#477Woah guys, put it away, there are children watching!

The photograph that adorns this album cover may be responsible for many a young person’s anxiety about sex. It looks like the soundtrack album to The Joy Of Sex. I’ve never seen the film – I never intend to – but I saw the record for 50c so I thought it couldn’t be too bad. Plus I could always put it on top of the mantelpiece to scare the kids away from the fireplace.

Barbra was a bit of a fox in her day though, eh? Maybe not when she was in a naked embrace with Kristofferson, but we’ve all made mistakes. I’ve just finished reading an article on Sue Mengers, her original agent when she broke into Hollywood, by Peter Biskind (reproduced in his Gods And Monsters collection of essays and character profiles). Biskind paints Babs as having the world at her feet in the late 60s and early 70s; a star of both stage and screen. Today she’s still one of the highest selling female music artists ever with 145 million records sold worldwide. That reputation for being a diva – Queen of the divas, in fact – surely has something to do with the fact that her star has faded so much over time.

Kristofferson I know nothing about. Except for his beard. The man can grow a beard. In fact, he may just be a beard with a man attached to the back of it. He was born Kristoffer Kristofferson which must go down in history as one of the greatest names in the world; or an act of parental cruelty, depending on your standpoint.

Hit: Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)

Hidden Gem: Watch Closely Now

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