Next month, “Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac” will collect Mac covers from artists like Lee Ranaldo and J Mascis, Lykke Li, the Kills, and MGMT. One of the most hypnotic tracks on the tribute is “Storms,” which originally appeared on the gnomic 1981 album “Tusk” and is covered here by Matt Sweeney and Bonnie (Prince) Billy. We are pleased to offer this exclusive preview of that song: http://nyr.kr/NjiFjL
Zinedine Zidane was a name that I first came across in 90 Minutes magazine. I am guessing it was around 1994 as I was in my most intense period of football mania and Zidane had begun to turn heads with Girondins de Bordeaux. This was a pre-Juventus, pre-hair loss Zidane, and in that time before Youtube, the internet and near limitless access to sporting events the world over, the French Ligue 1 seemed to be a world away. Still, the name stayed with me, and I followed his career on to Juve and Real Madrid, and the double glory of World Cup and European Championship victories with the great France team of that era.
When I eventually had the chance to watch him on TV - on Channel 4’s Football Italia, and as an almost constant fixture in the later stages of the Champion’s League from 1997 to 2002 - I came to think of him as the first great footballer of my youth. He was the master of his own sport, with an attitude that almost all truly superior football players share: to treat the match as a game and the ball as a toy.