Monthly Archives: February 2013
Some people feel like they can do everything or anything they want and that we all should be party to it. Robert Mitchum, one of the 40’s and 50’s coolest movie stars (Thunder Road, Night of the Hunter, et al) sure as shit could, with his super cool LP, “Calypso – is like so…”. But what makes Bruce Willis think we want to hear his washed out white boy blues or Steven Segal’s bullshit new age guitar. Some of these folks were actual recording artists before they were movie stars (I think) or at least could really sing – Andy Griffith, for example. Some were just boobs – David Hasselhoff (even though he is huge in Germany).
Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery (April 15, 1933 – May 18, 1995). Best known for her role as the beautiful witch Samantha Stevens in the TV show Bewitched (1964-1972), Elizabeth was much more then just a clever sitcom actress. Staying close to TV for most of her career (she was in only 6 movies and never the star) and usually comedy, Elizabeth won multiple Emmy’s for her work. Straying from her usual light-hearted persona she starred as Lizzie Borden in 1975 TV movie The Legend of Lizzie Borden. From the looks of some of these first few photos, she could have easily been cast as the sex kitten, in the mold of Ann Margaret or Carol Baker, but decided to persue the role of the comedianne and all around good-egg, which she was as a strong activist agaisnt the war in Viet Nam, gay rights and later a campaigner for AIDS awareness. Elizabeth died in 1995 of colarectal cancer only 2 weeks after being diagnosed.
George Gross (1909-2003) was one of the great pulp magazine cover artists of his time. His first pulp cover assignments were for Mystery Novels Magazine and Double Action Western, both cheaply printed pulp mags. He next found work at the more professional publishing firm – Fiction House, where he soon became their top illustrator. He painted hundreds of freelance pulp covers for Action Stories, Air Stories, Baseball Stories, Complete Northwest, Detective Book Magazine, Fight Stories, Football Stories, Jungle Stories, North West Romances, and Wings, all beautiful pieces of commericial /fine art.
Like all pulp artists of the era, it was all about the DAMES, dames in trouble, dames takin’ charge, dames shootin’ and lovin’ and even being brutalized by Japanese prison camp gaurds. George knew his way around the female form, living to be 94, still painting dames up to his death in 2003.
David Sylvian along with his brother Steven Jansen and 2 other school chums, Mick Karn & Richard Barbieri formed the glammy rock outfit – Japan in the early 70’s. Signing to a major lable and releasing their first LP ‘Adolescent Sex’ in 1978, Japan was completely out of step with the times. Punk was exploding all over Britain and these guys were not punks – far from it. It wasn’t ’til the early eighties that they hit their stride with a mix of Roxy Music, a little David Bowie, a touch of Eno and their own synth touches to create a couple of LPs that would crack the British top 40. Never a huge draw – though they were superstars in Japan – they disbanded around 1982. David Sylvian would go on to have a successful, though eclectic career, working with Riuchi Sakamoto (Yellow Magic Orchestra), scoring a hit with ‘Forbidden Colors’ – the title song to the David Bowie film ‘Merry Christmas Mr. Lawerence’. He has sense worked with, among others Holger Czukay (Can) Bill Nelson (Be-Bop Deluxe) Marc Ribot and Robert Fripp (King Crimson). In 1990 he reunited with the band members of Japan under the name ‘Rain Tree Crow’ to release a well received one-off LP. He has gone on to release a number of albums on his own lable Samadhi Sound, a mostly improv free form mixture of jazz, ethnic sounds and electronic. He’s currently working on a collaboration w/ Joan as Police Woman and still has a nice head of hair.
Back in the 1970’s and early 80’s, people actually went out in public to watch porn – no internet, no videos. There were small theaters in almost every medium size city in the US that would show double or triple features for a price a bit higher then the regular movies. It can only be blamed on the popularity of Deep Throat in 1972, the first real porn movie to break big. Movie stars would talk about seeing it on Johnny Carson, theaters were packed and suddenly it was fashionable to be seen watching porn. Things would quickly take a turn for the ridiculous with the advent of xxx rated parodies of popular films. Most of these were simple comedies with only the barest nod to the original movies. They’re still being made today with higher production values but no real sense of humor (or so I’m told). These posters are about as slapdash as the movies themselves. I’ve included the real movie name for those of you under 40.
Liu Bolin is an artist from China’s Shandong province. Born in 1973, he currently lives and works in Beijing. Bolin received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Shandong College of Arts in 1995 and his Master of Fine Arts from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing in 2001. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world.
Known as The Invisible Man, Bolin’s most popular works are from his “Hiding in the City” series; photographic works that began as performance art in 2005. Helped by his assistants, Bolin stands still for hours in a landscape while they paint on him to create a camouflage, blending him into his surroundings. Bolin states: “My intention was not to disappear in the environment but instead to let the environment take possession of me.”
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