Monthly Archives: May 2012
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.
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
And the best Mick Rock photo ….. ever
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.
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.
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!
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.