How ’bout a Little Love

We all know there’s deeper, darker more important events happening right now – and goddamn that orange turd, but here’s a bit of rock n roll love to get you through the day. Stay strong, love when you can and keep laughing. Let’s start with Bowie and Iman (who would be barred from entering the US today).

David Bowie, Iman and her Somali parents

David Bowie, Iman and her Somali parents

 

John & Yoko married at the rock of gibraltar

John & Yoko married at the rock of gibraltar

 

Robert and Mary Smith and the rest of The Cure

Robert and Mary Smith and the rest of The Cure

 

Johnny and June Carter Cash

Johnny and June Carter Cash

 

Marilyn Manson & Dita Von Teese (Dita Von Manson?)

Marilyn Manson & Dita Von Teese (Dita Von Manson?)

 

Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne

Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne

 

Mick & Bianca Jagger - looking disinterested

Mick & Bianca Jagger – looking disinterested

 

Bono & Ali

Bono & Ali

 

Jerry Lee Lewis and his 13 year old cousin/wife, Myra

Jerry Lee Lewis and his 13 year old cousin/wife, Myra

 

George Harrison & Patti Boyd

George Harrison & Patti Boyd

 

Tommy Lee & Heather Locklear

Tommy Lee & Heather Locklear

 

Elvis & Priscilla Presley

Elvis & Priscilla Presley

 

Bob Geldolph & Paula Yates. The wedding party is best man David Bowie as well as Duran Duran, & Spandau Ballet

Bob Geldolph & Paula Yates. The wedding party – best man David Bowie as well as Duran Duran, & Spandau Ballet

 

Buddy & Maria Elena Holly

Buddy & Maria Elena Holly

 

Eddy Van Halen & Valerie Bertinelli

Eddy Van Halen & Valerie Bertinelli (they look about 12)

 

Gregg Allman & Cher

Gregg Allman & Cher

 

Ringo & Barbara Bach & some other people

Ringo & Barbara Bach & some other people

 

Sebastian Bach & Suzzane Le. *For $300 you could attend this wedding at a casino

Sebastian Bach & Suzzane Le. *For $300 you could attend this wedding at a casino

 

Twiggy Ramiriz & Laney Chantel

Twiggy Ramiriz & Laney Chantel

 

The Beckhams - David & Victoria (beautiful crown there Posh).

The Beckhams – David & Victoria (sweet crown there Posh).

Hand Painted Jackets (and some are for sale)

Always loved hand painted coats and jackets – bombers, motorcycle cuts, hippy band jackets, etc. I’ve been painting them off and on for years – painting more now. I love commissions so If you’ve got something you want painted drop me a line – jon@jonmwessel.com.

David Bowie - Aladin Sane on 1970's vintage Levi's trucker jacket - SOLD

David Bowie – Aladin Sane on 1970’s vintage Levi’s trucker jacket – SOLD

 

Adam Ant - 90's era blue leather women's jacket. Size 10. $500.

Adam Ant – 90’s era blue leather women’s jacket. Size 10. $500.

 

Andrew W.K. - Lee trucker jacket - Commission - SOLD

Andrew W.K. – Lee trucker jacket – Commission – SOLD

 

Lady Gaga - Red leather women's motorcycle jacket - Commission - SOLD

Lady Gaga – Red leather women’s motorcycle jacket – Commission – SOLD

 

Buxom Fruit Label - 70's levi's trucker (painted around 1986) - $525

Buxom Fruit Label – 70’s levi’s trucker (painted around 1986) – $525

 

Siouxie Sioux - Flash art style on Levi's 80's era M trucker jacket - $399

Siouxie Sioux – Flash art style on Levi’s 80’s era M trucker jacket – $399

 

Siouxie Sioux - Detail

Siouxie Sioux – Detail

 

Johnny Cash - Flash art style on 80's-90's era Lee Trucker jacket XL - $399

Johnny Cash – Flash art style on 80’s-90’s era Lee Trucker jacket XL – $399

 

Johnny Cash - Detail

Johnny Cash – Detail

 

Apollo Butterfly on 70's era all leather 3/4 trench - $525

Apollo Butterfly on 70’s era all leather 3/4 trench – $525

 

Butterfly Detail

Butterfly Detail

 

Baby Bowie - Kids (5-7) vintage levi's mini trucker. $99.

Baby Bowie – Kids (5-7) vintage levi’s mini trucker. $99.

 

Trick R Treat - Sam on kids Levi's jacket - NSF

Trick R Treat – Sam on kids Levi’s jacket – NSF

 

Trick R Treat - Sam detail

Trick R Treat – Sam detail

 

Lil Nick (Cave) - Little kids levi's jacket - $99.

Lil Nick (Cave) – Little kids levi’s jacket – $99.

 

Lady Bug - Extra small little kids levi's jacket - $85.

Lady Bug – Extra small little kids levi’s jacket – $85.

Roxy Music – The First Five

Roxy Music has always been about style. Formed in 1971 from a bunch of art school dropouts (Bryan Ferry, Phil Manzenera, Andy Mackay, Paul Thompson, Eddie Jobson, Brian Eno, et al) they would record 5 great albums back to back. The band looked sharp in space glam gear (later it would be expensive suits) and played a mix of rock, glam, psych, frak-out and pop that would, though not as highly regarded in the US, be in direct competition w/ David Bowie in the early 70’s. For the cover art of their first 5 LPs they chose women, (not band photos) to illustrate their style and their 1940’s mindset. Each had one of the 70’s hottest models on a beautiful gatefold sleeve, (with the band photograph inside). 1974’s Country Life saw a small break from form with 2 nearly nude models posed amongst some pine trees. Most of the copies got through uncensored but the US censored copy is hilarious (just the trees). Some were also delivered as the nude cover w/ an opaque green cellophane outer sleeve. Below are the original covers along w/ a few outtakes. Enjoy the covers then go buy the music. BTW Siren has the big hit “Love Is A Drug”.

The Original

The 1st – Self Titled

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LP 2 - For Your Pleasure

LP 2 – For Your Pleasure

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The 3rd - Stranded

The 3rd – Stranded

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The 4th - Country Life

The 4th – Country Life

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Censored US version

Censored US version

The 5th - Siren

The 5th – Siren

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Victorian Xmas Cards – WTF

By the time of the Victorian age Christmas was not really an established holiday. There was no Santa Claus, no identifiable iconography, no stocking hung by the chimney with care.  The Victorians were trying to figure it all out. It was Queen Victoria (1819-1901) herself whose own celebration of Christmas gave the fledgling holiday a serious boost in England. Illustrated, mass-produced Christmas cards caught on with the British people during Victoria’s reign. Card makers of the era drew from Christian as well as pagan images, and also general interests of the era, such as science, art, or religion. Does that really explain sled riding chickens, murdering frogs and anthropomorphic oysters though?

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Image taken from a scrapbook compiled by Francis Parker, presented by J.F. Parker of Tickenhill Manor, Bewdley in November 1960. EFP/Parker Collection item number 698218

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Bonnie & Clyde – Lovebirds

What’s odd is that Bonnie and Clyde took so many pictures. Pictures of themselves, their gang, their guns, their loot. They would have been social media sensations had it been 40 years later. What’s also odd is that, though not Warren Beatty or Faye Dunaway, they were incredibly cute and apparently very much in love. Bad people to be sure, but they were really just kids, Bonnie was 19 when they met, Clyde was 20. Their short romance and crime spree would end in a hail of bullets only 4 short years later.

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Iggy’s Keyboard Player 1977

David Bowie and Iggy Pop first met at NYC hotspot, Max’s Kansas City, in 1971, while Bowie was on tour with his album The Man Who Sold the World. The then-largely unknown Iggy made a deep impression on Bowie, (and was part of the inspiration for Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust persona). Bowie invited Pop, who was experiencing heroin addiction, to London, where he helped mix Iggy and the Stooges’ album Raw Power. Though the album would eventually become a classic, the band collapsed under the weight of Pops drug addiction and general bad behaviour. Returning to California, Pop would check himself into a mental institution in an attempt to overcome his heroin addiction. Bowie remained one of his few friends and visitors. In 1976 riding a wave of hits Bowie toured his most recent album Station to Station bringing Iggy along for the ride. The pair moved into an apartment in West Berlin, (over an auto parts shop) where Bowie would began the first of his Berlin trilogy of albums – LOW, and also collaborating on writing and recording Pop’s first solo album, The Idiot. In 1977, Iggy Pop finally went on a 30-date world tour as a solo act.  His backup band included David on keyboards and backing vocals. Bowie remained truly in the background behind the keys. No costumes or stage show, Bowie wore bell bottom turned up jeans, flannel shirt and cap. It was meant to be Iggy’s show not the more famous Bowies’. That year the two also collaborated on Pop’s second album, Lust for Life, which would become Iggy’s long-awaited critical and commercial success, (with the title song eventually appearing in tons of commercials and films, most notably the opening for the Danny Boyle film Trainspotting). Iggy and Bowie would remain friends for the rest of Bowies’ life.


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