Interview Andrew W.K. WORDS and PHOTO by TRAVIS GILLETT Well, I never thought I'd say (write) this sentence in my whole miserable life: I recently had the opportunity to interview Andrew W.K . That's right, Mr.Would-Be-Cultural-Ambassado r-of-the-United-States-to-Bahr ain himself. Yup, the man once chosen to represent our fine nation and the power of "positive partying" on an international scale took time from his diplomatic endeavors to entertain my stupid questions. After meeting Andrew (first name basis, duh), my [...]
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Filed under: News , Exclusive , Q + A Gino DePinto, AOL As Spinner previously reported , Andrew W.K. was recently invited and subsequently uninvited by the U.S. State Department to partake in a cultural trip to Bahrain. The singer's plan was to preach the "power of positive partying" in the Bahraini capital of Manama. However, since news circulated that W.K. would venture to the Middle Eastern [...]
Andrew W.K. recently announced that he would be visiting Bahrain to promote partying and world peace on behalf of the U.S. Unfortunately the US Department of State cancelled the trip almost immediately after Andrew W.K.'s announcement. The party legend has since released a statement in response to the sudden cancellation: I'm disappointed and puzzled by their change of heart and last minute decision. I was personally invited to take this trip by The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Bahrain over a year ago. They came to me. The [...]
Over the weekend, the State Department shocked uptight old white people around the United States by announcing that expert on partying Andrew WK would be bringing the party to Bahrain as a cultu... Continue reading "With Andrew WK Out, Who Can Bring the Party to the Middle East Now?" >
The U.S. Department of State has officially rescinded their invitation that would have had Andrew W.K. represent the United States as a Cultural Ambassador. As covered by such outlets as The Washington Post, Pitchfork, Time Magazine, FOX News, Huffington Post, Gawker and many others, W.K. was formally invited by the State Dept. to visit Bahrain as a Cultural Ambassador to The Middle East, promoting music, freedom, and positive party power. The trip was to take place the week of December 2nd, 2012. Only days before W.K.'s scheduled journey, the State Dept. pulled the plug and canceled all of [...]
In development for over a year, rocker Andrew W.K. was scheduled to be an official U.S. ambassador for a trip over to Bahrain, but evidently, one can party too hard for the government. With everything that goes on in Washington, D.C., who knew? W.K. posted the following on his website (click here to read the full thing): "They came to me, the first email they sent me is dated September 13th, 2011 asking me to give a motivational lecture in Bahrain. I was overjoyed and accepted their invitation [...]
It's Jimi Hendrix's 70th birthday! The guitar god is celebrated on today's Rock it Out! Blog episode as Sami talks about his brand new single, "Somewhere," from Hendrix's forthcoming album, People, Hell, and Angels . Once you finish today's episode, be sure to check out a tribute to Hendrix written by CoS Editor-in-Chief, Michael Roffman. Sami also recaps some other music headlines including Andrew W.K. being confirmed and denied an ambassadorship to Bahrain, Hurricane Sandy relief concert from Yeah Yeah Yeahs and a major one at [...]
photo by Dave Lichterman Hot Chip released this confusing but totally amusing video for "Don't Deny Your Heart" - where those who have been denying their hearts are the video game soccer players. What starts as an innocent game controlled by a group of fun-times-having people becomes the video game having a mid of its own and ends in a huge field of soccer players kissing. Directed by Peter Serafinowicz who also directed the videos for Hot Chips' "Night and Day" and "I Feel Better" - you can catch [...]
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Well, that didn't last long at all. Earlier today we passed along the strange-but-true news that the State Department had invited Andrew W.K. to the US embassy in Bahrain as part of a cultural exchange; now a spokesperson is telling DCist that the trip planned for next week is longer happening. The official explanation: "The embassy determined that was probably not a best choice and didn't meet our standards." As you can imagine, Andrew W.K. — who had been very excited about his upcoming adventure — was not thrilled by the news. "I'm just blown away," [...]
Filed under: News , Holy Hell Gino DePinto, AOL When professional party animal Andrew W.K. recently announced that he had been invited by the U.S. Department of State to travel to Bahrain as a cultural ambassador , most of us were like, "Whaaa?" Don't get us wrong. The guy is unparalleled at promoting feelgood values, and camaraderie. But the dirty-shirted New Yorker has since been " uninvited " from his upcoming trip [...]
Unfortuantely, Andrew WK will no longer be traveling to Bahrain as the United States' Culture Ambassador to the Middle East after the State Department concluded Andrew's "offer of showing the Persian Gulf island nation the 'power of positive partying,' did not pass muster." As DCist reports (via Stereogum ), a State Department spokesperson also refuted Andrew's claim that he was ever designated a cultural ambassador, explaining that "embassies around the world routinely invite artistic and cultural figures to make appearances." However, as the spokesperson concluded, “The embassy determined that was probably [...]
According to Andrew W.K.'s website, the US Department of State and the US Embassy in Manama, Bahrain, has invited the partying expert to the Middle East "to promote partying and positive power." read more
Stereogum Andrew W.K. broke news last week that he would be visiting Bahrain as part of a State Department delegation devoted to spreading American culture overseas. Unfortunately, the trip has now been cancelled (according to DCist ). A spokesperson for the State Department made this statement: Read More... [...]
Andrew W.K. broke news last week that he would be visiting Bahrain as part of a State Department delegation devoted to spreading American culture overseas. Unfortunately, the trip has now been cancelled (according to DCist ). A spokesperson for the State Department made this statement: Read More...
“I’m very thankful to the Department of State for giving me the opportunity to visit a place I’ve never been before. And I feel very privileged and humbled by the chance to represent the United States of America and show the good people of Bahrain the power of positive partying. I can hardly wait for this adventure!” - Andrew W.K. , on his new role as cultural ambassador to the Middle East, as selected by the U.S. Department of State, presumably by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Just in case you woke up and thought the world was a normal, logical place, we've just gotten word that Andrew WK is becoming the US Cultural Ambassador to The Middle East. He's due to visit Bahrain in December. In his own words, "I feel very privileged and humbled by the chance to represent the United States of America and show the good people of Bahrain the power of positive partying." What his thoughts are on conflict in Gaza are will be announced shortly we presume.
Yeah, you read that right. Andrew W.K. has officially been named a cultural ambassador to the Middle East. The party-rocker's first assignment is in Bahrain, near Saudi Arabia. Here he will represent the United States and attempt to show the people the "power of positive partying." Andrew W.K. on being named ambassador: "I feel very privileged and humbled by the chance to represent the United States of America and show the good people of Bahrain the power of positive partying. I can hardly wait for this adventure!"
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