Monthly Archives: May 2012

Design: Bride of Frankenstein

Bride of Frankenstein – 1935. Directed by James Whale. Starring Boris Karloff, Elsa Lancaster and Colin Clive. Bride… was the first sequel to the 1931 Frankenstein. The posters are super-cool, super-rare and super-expensive. Considered by some (?) to be the rarest movie poster in the world (photo #2 went for $700,000) recently. All beautiful.

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Photographers: Mick Rock

Mick Rock (born 1948, London England). Known as “The Man Who Shot the Seventies” Mick has been a busy man. He’s probably best known for his shots of Bowie (as his official photographer), Lou Reed and Iggy – among hundreds of others. He’s shot the covers of Lou Reed’s Transformer, Syd Barrett’s The Madcap Laughs, Queen II, Joan Jett’s I Love Rock n Roll as well as the chief photographer for The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch,  and Short Bus. Wait there’s more, he’s directed the videos for Bowies’ John I’m Only Dancing, Gene Jeanie, Space Oddity and Life on Mars. His recent subjects include The Misfits, Snoop Dogg, The YeahYeahYeahs, The Chemical Brothers, Queens of the Stone Age, Daft Punk, and on and on, and on and on. He currently lives in NY with his wife and daughter and continues to shoot and show. Check out his site at www.mickrock.com

Iggy and is vinyl cheetah jacket

Bryan Ferry 1975

Syd Barrett

Debbie Harry

David Bowie & Mick Ronson

Joan Jett

Queen

Lou Reed – Cover of Transformer LP

Iggy

Tim Curry as Frank-n-furter – Rocky Horror Picture Show

And the best Mick Rock photo ….. ever

Style: Skinny Rock Stars in Expensive Skinny Suits

This appeared in NY Times Style with the title “Ballad of a Thin Man……Godfathers of Glam Who can Still Rock a Skinny Suit” I think that pretty much says it all.

Iggy Pop in Prada

Nick Cave in a Chris Kerr suit and his own shoes.

Bryan Ferry in a bespoke Anderson & Sheppard suit

David Johasen in Vercase

Michael Stipe in Gucci

Dave Gahan in Roberto Cavalli

John Doe in John Varvatos and his own hat

Ray Davies in Calvin Klein

Lou Reed in Rick Owens

 

Design: Jaguar Magazine

There’s not a lot to be told about Jaguar – The Magazine for the Male Animal. Created after the success of Playboy, Jaguar was one of hundreds of magazines taking advantage of the new sexual freedom of the 60’s. What makes Jaguar interesting is that it had some pretty good authors writing for it, Truman Capote, Edward Albee, John Barth, et al. I doubt they were writing exclusively for Jaguar, probably they sent their stories to a number of publishers and they found their way into Jaguar but they’re there none the less. The other interesting thing is that it had possibly the dopeiest mascot, logo, spokes-animal in the history of men’s mags (or any mag for that matter) – Jaguar Bond Secret Agent 0069 from O.R.G.I.E. Nicely drawn at first, he got progressively weirder as the years went on – the 70’s in particular. It looks like Jaguar lasted into the mid-seventies but I don’t really know. I can’t see it going much further, as things started getting a bit more hard-core and though racy, I don’t see Jaguar Bond making it into the new era of Penthouse and Hustler – and we’re all better for that.

1964 First Issue – The Magazine for the Male Animal

1966 – Secret Agent 0069 – The Man From O.R.G.I.E.

1967 – Smooth Skin & Soft Fur

1967 – Tight, Twitching and Tender

1967 – The Girl With the Big Pink Pussycat

1967 – How to Organize a Pussycat Posse

1968 – Girls Who Swing in All Directions

1969 – Love-In, Greek Style

1970 – The Girl with the Big Pink Persuaders

1970 – A Little Hot Sherry

1971 – Stuck Deep in a Hot Wet Hole

Everybody Loves: MM

Looking through pictures of Marilyn is like listeng to an AM oldies station. You hear/see the same 5 things over and over again. There are definitely better Elvis songs than Hound Dog, better Stones song than Satisfaction and if I ever hear Stairway to Heaven again it will be too soon. The same applies to Marilyn, she was so much prettier than the brassy, perfectly coiffed headshot – the one every dork (talking to you Megan Fox) has tattooed on their arm – badly, or the 7 Year Itch upskirt shot. The realaxed Marilyn is the prettiest Marilyn – and she was something!

At the beach – 1949

Hollywood – 1952

1949

With husband Arthur “How did I get so Lucky” Miller

With Edddie “Rochester” Anderson and Jack Benny

Ian Curtis

Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980) Listening to the radio yesterday I heard more Joy Division songs than usual, and realized it must be the anniversary of his death – but 32 years came as a bit of a shock. Ian formed Joy Division along with Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook and Stephen Morris in 1979 after meeting at a Sex Pistols gig. Signed to Tony Wilson’s Factory Records they recorded 2 great LPs  – Unknown Pleasures and Closer. Ian suffered from epilepsy and depression and on the night before Joy Division was set to leave for their first American tour, Ian Curtis hung himself in his kitchen. Joy Division would evolve into New Order and continue to play to this day. Ian would become known as another dead young rock star and for Joy Division’s only real radio hit – “Love Will Tear Us Apart”. A biopic – Control – directed by photographer Anton Corbijn would be released to acclaim  in 2007.