John William Weller (Paul) – Born May 25 1956, Woking, Surrey England. Paul Weller first came into the public eye in 1976 with the formation of The Jam. Although The Jam emerged at the same time as other punk bands like The Clash and The Sex Pistols, The Jam were the odd band out, and being from just outside London rather than the city itself, they were never really part of the tightly-knit punk clique. Nonetheless, it was The Clash who became a leading supporter and took them along as the support act on their White Riot tour of 1977, sealing their fame. Weller would dissolve The Jam after 5 LPs to form the Curtis Mayfield inspired soul band – The Style Council, recording a couple of pretty great albums, closing shop in 1989. From 1991 on it’s been solo work for Paul, releasing critically well received albums every few years.
Now to the Hair. Sporting a good close-cropped punk haircut in the Jam’s early days, Paul quickly evolved to a sweet Mod bowl cut, to a back-combed young Roger Daltry, to a Rod Stewart Peacock with an occasional soul boy look for good measure. And then the current ‘Do’ that he’s rocked for the past 20 years. He calls it the ‘Weller Wig’. Why call it anything else? It’s indescribable. It’s his haircut. Oasis tried it, some of the guys in Blur gave it a shot for a bit. Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane – yep. But no one wears it like the Modfather. May he never go bald.
Vladimir Dubossarsky & Alexander Vinogradov are two Russian painters that somehow manage to work and paint together. Both live and work in Moscow. In the early part of their career together they adopted the style of socialist realism, an officially sanctioned art practice under the soviet regime. Their early works resembled posters for non-existent thrillers and sleazy porn flicks. In 2001, Dubosarsky and Vinogradov made a transition from the socialist fantasy to the ideals of mass media using celebrity and pop culture as a focal point and statement. The following pieces are from more recent collections; 2009 – 2012.
Globe Poster, located in Baltimore, M.D., was one of the nation’s largest showcard companies and has been telling the story of R&B and all forms of American music and entertainment through bright and iconic posters since 1929. Globe began by printing posters for vaudeville acts, movie theaters, burlesque houses and carnivals, and became known for its work with R&B and soul performers-including James Brown, Ike and Tina Turner and Solomon Burke-and later hip-hop acts. Big, bold, fat type, Day-Glo colors and distinctive lettering were hallmarks of the Globe style.
You may have seen Mondo’s versions of movie posters here and there – I’ve posted quite a few. They’re beautiful limited edition hand screened prints illustrated by some unbelievably talented artists. Over the last few years Mondo has started producing movie soundtrack vinyl with the same attention to detail and striking illustration. Only a limited number of these are produced, with even fewer colored vinyl version, and some have become quite expensive and rare. If your a vinyl collector seek these out as they are truly amazing.
We know Betty White is a hot commodity these days. Standing all of 5′ 4″ and 92 years old, Betty is seemingly unstoppable. What I didn’t remember is that in the 1960’s to early 70’s Betty hosted the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for NBC TV (along with some joker from the TV show Bonanza – Lorne Green). In her late 40’s – early 50’s Betty was cute, irreverent, funny as hell and rocked a pretty hot pant suit.