I came to The Manic Street Preachers both early and late. I liked some of their early Glam stuff (with Richey James), didn’t care for their middle period (without Richey) and love their current stuff. The Manics formed in Wales (?) in 1986 as a quartet – James Dean Bradfield (Guitar & Vocals), Sean Moore (Drums), Nicky Wire (Bass) & Richey James (Guitar & Vocals). They broke (sort of) big w/ their first LP, Generation Terrorists, selling 250,000 copies. When interviewed about their new sound (they started as a punk outfit) Richey James carved the words 4Real into his arm to prove his sincerity. Hospitalized w/ a bunch of stitches, the cracks in Richey’s sanity were starting to show. On February 1st, 1995 Richey left his London hotel and was never seen or heard from again. He was declared presumed dead on 23 November 2008 by his family. Manic Street Preachers was put on hold for six months and disbanding the group was seriously considered, but with the blessing of Edwards’ family, the other members continued. Over the last 20 years the band have put aside a percentage of the royalties should he return – which they recently paid to his family as he was officially declared dead last year. To compress their music and careers into one LP and the death of Richey James is a disservice to the band. Check them out for yourselves. Special attention to their recent 2013 LP Rewind the Film, it’s great.
Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926) is the constitutional monarch of 16 of the 53 Member States in the Commonwealth of Nations. She is also Head of the Commonwealth and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Elizabeth holds many titles – (who would have thought she was also the Queen of Papua New Guinea), and has appeared on more currency than any other public official. She was really quite cute at age 8, kind of hot at 29 and then basically the queen we know today – old, old, old with a huge hat and pearls.
Some quick facts; Upon her accession on 6 February 1952, Elizabeth became Head of the Commonwealth and Queen Regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon. Her coronation the following year was the first to be televised. From 1956 to 1992, the number of her realms varied as territories gained independence and some realms became republics. Today, in addition to the first four of the aforementioned countries, Elizabeth is Queen of Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. She is the longest-lived and, after her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria, the second longest-reigning British monarch.
Lauren Bacall , born Betty Joan Perske – Lauren started her career as a fashion model in her teens where she made quite a splash w/ her “cat-like grace, tawny blonde hair and blue-green eyes”. While working as a model, director Howard Hawk’s wife spotted her on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine and urged Hawks to have her take a screen test for his new film To Have and Have Not. Hawks had asked his secretary to find out more about her, but the secretary misunderstood and sent her a ticket to Hollywood for the audition. During screen tests, Bacall was nervous. To minimize her quivering, she pressed her chin against her chest and to face the camera, tilted her eyes upward. This effect became known as “The Look”, and became Bacall’s trademark. The rest is, as they say, history.
Bacall would marry her To Have and Have Not co-star, Humprey Bogart, 37 years her senior (she was 19, he 56 – way to go Bogie!), they would remain together until his death in 1957. She would star in such films as The Big Sleep, Key Largo (w/ Bogie), Dark Passage, How to Marry a Millionaire and Written on the Wind, to name just a few. She would continue to act well into the 2000’s, appearing in among other things, The Sopranos and receive an honorary Academy Award in 2009 at the age of 84. Her final role was in 2014: a guest vocal appearance in the twelfth season of Family Guy.
Bacall died of a stroke on August 12, 2014, at her home in The Dakota, NYC. She was 89.
As you can see by the title, I’ve posted a number of these before. These are hand painted large scale fabric posters used to promote traveling cinema throughout Ghana. The films will be shown anywhere available; a town center or on a barn wall, usually off the back of a truck. All you need is the film, a projector and a few of these beautiful posters and you’re in business. It would seem the people of Ghana go for the horror movie most of all. They’re violent, weird and beautiful. Most of the films are American with a sprinkling of home grown and Nigerian imports.
I love these Burlesque promo photos. Great names, beautiful bodies, legs, legs, legs and in this case; big fuckin hair. I always hear from people about these posts, usually the dancers families, daughters, grand kids. Just heard from one of the 50’s biggest stars – Bambi Jones, writing about friends she danced w/ on Bourbon Street in New Orleans – great! This version isn’t about the prettiest or best known (though Tempest Storm and Blaze Star were the tops), it’s about the hair.
Michael Alig and friend James St. James (along w/ Rupaul, Amanda Lepore, et al) were part of the late 80’searly 90’s New York personalities known as The Club Kids. The group was notable for their elaborate and outrageous costumes and rampant drug use.
Alig’s notoriety and influence grew, and at one point he was on the payrolls of several clubs owned by Peter Gatien for simply showing up with his entourage, since their behavior attracted customers. Alig and the Club Kids also began holding illegal “outlaw” parties in various public places, including a donut shop, a semi-truck trailer, and the NYC Subway. At the height of their cultural popularity, the Club Kids toured the United States and appeared on several talk shows, such as Geraldo, Phil Donahue and Joan Rivers (on Youtube and hilarious).
In 1996 Alig and his friend Robert “Freeze” Riggs murdered friend and drug dealer, Angel Melendez after an argument over a long-standing drug debt. Alig has claimed many times that he was so high that he hardly remembers the events. Yet he somehow managed to beat Angel to death with a hammer, leave him in his tub for a week then dismember him and throw his body in the Hudson river. Several months later, Melendez’s torso washed up. Alig was arrested, confessed and sentenced to 10-20 years. Alig was released after serving 17 years on May 5, 2014.
Check out Party Monster – the awful film starring Macauley Culkin, Seth Green and Marilyn Manson. Or the pretty good book, Disco Bloodbath by James St. JAmes.