Johnny Depp releases a song with Jeff Beck dedicated to actress Hedy Lamarr, feminist icon

“This is a song for Hedy Lamarr. / Enraged by something that made her a star. / Tied to the beauty of her, caught in the net of her.” This is what Johnny Depp (Kentucky, United States, 59 years old) sings in This Is A Song For Miss Hedy Lamarr, the song that he has just released with Jeff Beck (Surrey, England, 77 years old). The times have been perfect for the actor. It could have been planned if it didn’t come to be because everything is really unpleasant. Seven days after winning the lawsuit against his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard, this song arrives. A theme that is dedicated to Hedy Lamarr (Vienna, 1914-Casselberry, Florida, 2000), an actress and inventor who stood out for her struggle for independence and freed herself from the patriarchal control of the time.

On June 1, a seven-member popular jury ruled that actress Amber Heard defamed her ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp, with an article from Washington Post in which he presented himself as a victim of abuse. Heard will have to pay the actor 15 million euros. Depp left the room exultant: “Six years ago, my life, the lives of my children, the lives of my closest ones and also the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported me and believed in me, changed. forever. All in the blink of an eye. False, very serious and criminal allegations were made against me through the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me. It had a seismic impact on my life and my career. And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly honored.” Then he went off to have dinner with Jeff Beck and play rock.

Beck is one of the guitar gods. You can consult the lists of the best six strings in rock. This is how Beck will always be, only below Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and some others. Beck and Depp have a record ready titled 18 which is published on July 15. The couple met in 2016 “and connected, especially because of their passion for cars and guitars,” says the press release announcing the album. Beck explains the album’s title: “When Johnny and I started playing together, it really ignited our youthful spirit and creativity. We were joking about how we felt at 18 again, so that became the title of the album.”

The data that is known about the work is that it will contain 13 songs, some compositions by the couple and other versions by Motown, the Beach Boys, The Velvet Underground or Killing Joke. The actor is supposed to sing in all the pieces, leaving the fiery guitar solos for Beck. The advance piece is a tribute to Hedy Lamarr, an actress that the filmmaker Max Reinhardt defined as “the most beautiful woman in Europe”. Lamarr, in addition to being the first performer to simulate an orgasm (in Ecstasy, 1933), was the inventor of the technology on which WiFi is based. Lamarr’s life is set as an example of an empowered woman at a time, the 1930s, when women were subjugated. She ran away from a macho husband, fled to Paris, then to London, and finally moved to the United States, where she developed her career as an actress. And as an inventor. She realized that the signals that guided the ships of the United States Navy were easy to interfere with. She, helped by the composer George Antheil, found that they could change the frequency in the same way that the notes of a piano were changed. This technology is considered the antecedent of WiFi and Bluetooth.

Hedy Lamarr, in 1944 in a still from one of his films.
Hedy Lamarr, in 1944 in a still from one of his films.Cord Press

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This Is A Song For Miss Hedy Lamarr, which lasts 4.30 minutes, is relaxed, with Depp more whispering than singing. A piece that could be considered indie rock to the Conor Oberst, until the chorus arrives, which is more Brian Adams. Jeff Beck shines in a couple of solos. The couple also plans to go on tour. Another dream come true for this actor with the soul of a rocker. Depp has a more or less serious career group with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry (Aerosmith guitarist) called the Hollywood Vampires. Now his work as a musician accumulates.

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