Category Archives: Photography

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).

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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Abandoned Amusement Parks

Beautiful photography of amusement parks that for one reason or another have called it quits. Whether by economic problems (Detroit), disaster (Chernobyl) or just a weird non-commercial concept (Gulliver’s Kingdom in Japan) these parks just could not continue. This is what’s left.

Detroit, MI

Detroit, MI

Gullivers Kingdom, Japan

Gullivers Kingdom, Japan

Gullivers Kingdom, Japan

Gullivers Kingdom, Japan

Korea

Korea

Panama City, FL

Panama City, FL

Berlin

Berlin

Berlin

Berlin

Pripyat, Ukraine (Chernobyi)

Pripyat, Ukraine (Chernobyl)

Pripyat, Ukraine (Chernobyi)

Pripyat, Ukraine (Chernobyl)

Umoja Childrens Park - China

Umoja Childrens Park – China

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Nablus – West Bank

St Petersburg, Russia

St Petersburg, Russia

Louisiana

Louisiana

Berlin

Berlin

Shijingshang Park-Beijing

Shijingshang Park-Beijing

Encore Gardens Taiwan

Encore Gardens Taiwan

Berlin

Berlin

Wichata, KA

Wichata, KA

Drivers Licenses of the Rich, Famous and Infamous

Not really a lot to be said here. It’s interesting to see something as simple and everyday common as a drivers license … with Charles Manson’s name on it

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

Robert DeNiro

Robert DeNiro

Charles Manson

Charles Manson

Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

James Brown

James Brown

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Davey Jones - The Monkees

Davey Jones – The Monkees

Steven "Tyler" Tallarico - Aerosmith

Steven “Tyler” Tallarico – Aerosmith

James Morrison

James Morrison

Liberace

Liberace

Jackie O

Jackie O

Dean Martin

Dean Martin

Harland Sanders - Kentucky Fried Chicken

Harland Sanders – Kentucky Fried Chicken

John Winston Ono Lennon

John Winston Ono Lennon

New York Dolls – 1st LP Outtakes

New York Dolls (The 1st LP) released in July of 1973 received widespread acclaim from critics when it was first released but sold poorly. The band toured the United States to promote the record, but they were difficult to market and developed a reputation for rock-star excesses. Despite its commercial failure, the album was an influential precursor to the 1970s punk movement and has since been named in various publications as one of the greatest debut records in rock and one of the greatest albums of all time. The photography by Toshi has become (somewhat) iconic. Many bands would emulate the Dolls style over the years (and still do) but no LP has really had the punch of seeing these 5 men in drag on an album released 43 years ago. It’s the outtakes that are even more interesting, somehow even glammier and more shocking. And who is kid in the back cover photos and where is he today?

Self Titled 1st LP

Self Titled 1st LP

In order of appearance - #1 Arthur "Killer" Kane

In order of appearance – #1 Arthur “Killer” Kane

Sylvain Sylvain

Sylvain Sylvain

David Johansen

David Johansen

Johnny Thunders

Johnny Thunders

Jerry Nolan

Jerry Nolan

Back Cover - The Gem Spa, NYCNY

Back Cover – The Gem Spa, NYCNY

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Jerry

Johnny

Johnny

David

David

Arthur

Arthur

Syl

Syl

Gem Spa today

Gem Spa today