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THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME
Lenny Kravitz, who used to be best known as the son of actress Roxie Roker (TV's The Jeffersons) and as the husband of actress Lisa Bonet, is still reeling from the public's initial misperception of him as a hanger-on. "I married a woman that I love, and she was a public figure, so our lives were invaded," says Kravitz, 30, who divorced Bonet in 1991 after nearly four years of marriage and one child, Zoe, now 6, "but I was always a musician."
How is this record different from your three previous efforts?
I wanted to make a record that would be good to perform live. A lot of energy. A lot of electricity. It's drums, bass and guitars, basically, and vocals. I just wanted to break it down.
Does it bother you that critics accuse you of living in the musical past?
That's nonsense. With rock, people are always putting time limits and categorizing. Because I don't choose to make records the modern digital way [he eschews computerized instruments and sound effects], they say, "Oh, you're doing it old." If somebody sits down and plays guitar and sings the blues or a spiritual, you wouldn't say that was old. It's just how you express yourself that's new. A song is a song. That's how I see it.
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