It's hard to believe it's been more than 20 years since Lenny Kravitz first rose to fame as a rocker with his debut album LetLove Rule. These days, the 47-year-old is still at it with his new album, Black and White America and recently talked to Details about his music career, what his mom taught him about race, and what he shares with his 22-year-old daughter Zoe.
"After I saw the Jackson 5 at Madison Square Garden, I knew music was what I wanted to do," he explains of his early career inspiration. "My dad took me. I didn't know who was playing. I was 7 years old, and it was my first concert. We sat close to Aretha Franklin, and she came in wearing this white fur outfit. It was stunning. The camera flashes were going off like crazy. The lights went down, the Jackson 5 came out, and it was paralyzing. I came home a changed person."
When his music career came to fruition years later, the biracial Kravitz found himself accused of both not being "black enough" and not being "white enough," something he still says he never understood. "It's so ridiculous to me that it should be brought upin regards to music. I've never fit into a category. I've been told that my strength was being multidimensional -- but also told it was my weakness,"Kravitz says in the magazine's August issue. "My mother never really brought up race because our house was full of color. But she did have an intelligent way of putting it. I was 5 years old and she said, 'You are just as much white as you are black.'"
As Kravitz evolved as a musician, so did his style. These days his fashion choices are a bit more subdued when compared to his early days. "I look back at some of those pictures and I'm like, 'Wow, that was really crazy.' I would try anything: furs, boas, platform boots," Kravitz admits. "But now my daughter, Zoe, has a lot of my stuff. She took all my boas from the Mama Said era. They were in storage, and Iyelled at her, 'Don't steal my boas!' She laughed and said, 'Those words would not come out of most fathers' mouths.'"
Though Kravitz has been divorced from Zoe's mom, actress Lisa Bonet, since 1993, he says he'd be totally open to tying the knot again. "Oh, most definitely. Have I experienced enough as a single man? Yes. Yes, I have."