Lenny Kravitz: It Ain’t for the Bread

September 23, 2014

Hip bohemian rocker Lenny Kravitz stopped by this morning. It’s been awhile since he sat down with Howard, so Howard really wanted to get into the high points of Lenny’s whole career.

Here are the highlights of Howard’s interview with Lenny:

Working with Mick – Lenny worked with Mick Jagger on Mick’s solo album ‘Goddess in the Doorway’. Lenny had never met anybody else who makes up gibberish lyrics while they write, but Mick was a kindred spirit. But was he nervous writing with a rock God? Not really, it was just fun. Because he had a famous mom (Roxie Roker from The Jeffersons), Lenny grew up around famous people – big ones like Jazz great Miles Davis.

Working with Dylan – Lenny opened for Bob Dylan to promote his first album, Let Love Rule. He and Bob kept in touch and folk icon recently hit Lenny up when he was in Paris. Bob came over to Lenny’s house and they hung out for hours. Eventually, Bob decided he wanted to go for a walk. It was pouring rain in Paris, but if Bob Dylan wanted to go for a walk, Lenny was going for a walk. They we wet and cold and they talked about politics, Barack Obama, real estate, everything. Eventually, Lenny was able to go home and dry off. Bob even gave him his harmonica.

Working with Madonna – Lenny wrote the song ‘Justify My Love’ and knew that it was right for him to perform. He thought of Madonna and called her up. ‘I have a #1 song for you’, he said. The infamous video was so racy for 1990 that it was banned from TV. Madonna, smart as she is, printed it on VHS tapes and sold it in stores. It was an enormous seller.

Working with Robert Plant – Legendary Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant actually opened for Lenny on Lenny’s ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’ Tour and Lenny describes him as a ‘great human being’.

As for his personal life, Lenny is still open to the idea of marriage, but he was pretty closed off at a certain point. He had to take a break from women to ‘heal’ himself after a rough patch of family deaths and pushing his emotions aside.

He’s still making music and still interested in putting out albums, even thought people supposedly don’t buy rock albums anymore. ‘It ain’t for the bread,’ Lenny said, ‘because there’s no bread in it.’

Check out Lenny’s new album ‘Strut’ and his new single, ‘The Chamber’, which Howard loves.