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Really Bad Heavy Metal Cover Art

Man oh man are these awful. I’ve only heard of a couple of these bands and a couple titles I have no idea what they even say. Not a lot needs to be said about these – enjoy.

Gruesome - Savage Land

Gruesome – Savage Land

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Destruction – Release From Agony

Mortal Sin

Mortal Sin – Mayhemic Destuction

Angel

Iron Angel – Hellish Crossfire

Vanlade - Iron Age

Vanlade – Iron Age

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? – Incurso

Manowar

Manowar – ? (Gods of War)

Angel Witch - Screamin & Bleedin

Angel Witch – Screamin’ & Bleedin’

Battle Axe

Battleaxe

Brainfever

Brainfever

Disgraseed (?) - Flesh Market

Disgraseed (?) – Flesh Market

Pantera - Metal Magic

Pantera – Metal Magic

Revenge -

Revenge – Harder Than Steel

Movie and TV Novelizations – A Lost Art

This is not the source material for these movies and TV shows, oh no, these are all written after the fact to squeeze one last tiny bit of cash out of the public. Nothing wrong with that. Who doesn’t want to read the novelization of, say, Childs Play 3 to get just a bit more exposition about Chuckie’s motives and thought process. I doubt that these are still being written today (though Star Trek and Star Wars both have tons of ‘inspired by’ novels) but from the 60’s through the nineties they were everywhere, most notably the used book bins of Goodwill and Salvation Army.

Taxi Driver by Richard Elman

Taxi Driver by Richard Elman

Star Wars

Star Wars

Halloween

Halloween

Batman - TV Show

Batman – TV Show by Winston Lyon

Childs Play 3 by Mathew

Childs Play 3 by Matthew J. Costello

Invasion USA by Jason Frost

Invasion USA by Jason Frost

Star Trek

Star Trek by James Blish

Robocop

Robocop by Ed Naha

Squirm

Squirm by Richard Curtis

Return of the Living Dead by John Russo

Return of the Living Dead by John Russo

Nightmare on Elm St 1-3

Nightmare on Elm St 1-3 by Jeffery Cooper

Friday the 13th Part 3D

Friday the 13th Part 3D by Michael Avallone

Kung Fu

Kung Fu by Howard Lee

Escape from New York

Escape from New York by Mike McQuay

Raw Deal

Raw Deal by Walt Wager

Rambo - First Blood 2

Rambo – First Blood 2 by David Morell

Brian Duffy – The Man who Shot the Sixties

Brian Duffy (15 June 1933 – 31 May 2010) was an English photographer and film producer, best remembered for his fashion and portrait photography of the 1960s and 1970s. With fellow photographers; David Bailey and Terence Donovan, Duffy was a key player in Britain’s “Swinging Sixties” – a culture of high fashion and celebrity chic.

Socialising with actors, pop stars, royalty and the notorious gangsters, the Kray twins, they represented a new breed of photographer and found themselves elevated to celebrity status. Duffy commented on the culture shock the three were to the industry: ″Before 1960, a fashion photographer was tall, thin and camp. But we three are different: short, fat and heterosexual!″

Duffy’s relationship w/ David Bowie yielded one of the most iconic photos in pop history – the Alladin Sane lightning bolt cover. He’d go on to shoot 2 other Bowie covers – Lodger and Scary Monsters and Super Creeps.

In 1979 Duffy abruptly gave up photography attempting to burn many of his negatives in his studio yard but fortunately neighbours objected to the acrid smoke, the council were called and much of his work was saved. Although a large number of his images were lost. Duffy moved onto television commercials and in 1983 Duffy directed the music videos for Spandau Ballet, ABC and The Human League. By 1990 Duffy retired from all image making and followed his lifelong passion for furniture restoration and became an accredited BAFRA (British Antique Furniture Restoration Association) restorer. Duffy died on 31 May 2010, after suffering from degenerative lung disease.

David Bowie - Alladin Sane album cover test sheet

David Bowie – Alladin Sane album cover test sheet

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Michael Caine

Michael Caine

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Vogue shoot

Vogue shoot

Jeanne Shrimpton & Terrance Stamp

Jeanne Shrimpton & Terrance Stamp

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Sammy Davis Jr. and wife May Britt

Sammy Davis Jr. and wife May Britt

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Twiggy

Twiggy

The Shadows

The Shadows

Ronnie Kray and his uncle

Ronnie Kray and his uncle

Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin

Bowie - Scary Monsters

Bowie – Scary Monsters

Michael Caine

Michael Caine

Angie Bowie

Angie Bowie

Brian Duffy

Brian Duffy


Richey Edwards and The Manic St. Preachers

I came to The Manic Street Preachers both early and late. I liked some of their early Glam stuff (with Richey James), didn’t care for their middle period (without Richey) and love their current stuff. The Manics formed in Wales (?) in 1986 as a quartet – James Dean Bradfield (Guitar & Vocals), Sean Moore (Drums), Nicky Wire (Bass) & Richey James (Guitar & Vocals). They broke (sort of) big w/ their first LP, Generation Terrorists, selling 250,000 copies. When interviewed about their new sound (they started as a punk outfit) Richey James carved the words 4Real into his arm to prove his sincerity. Hospitalized w/ a bunch of stitches, the cracks in Richey’s sanity were starting to show. On February 1st, 1995 Richey left his London hotel and was never seen or heard from again.  He was declared presumed dead on 23 November 2008 by his family. Manic Street Preachers was put on hold for six months and disbanding the group was seriously considered, but with the blessing of Edwards’ family, the other members continued. Over the last 20 years the band have put aside a percentage of the royalties should he return – which they recently paid to his family as he was officially declared dead last year. To compress their music and careers into one LP and the death of Richey James is a disservice to the band. Check them out for yourselves. Special attention to their recent 2013 LP Rewind the Film, it’s great.

James Dean Bradfield, Sean Moore, Nicky Wire & Richey Edwards

James Dean Bradfield, Sean Moore, Nicky Wire & Richey Edwards

 

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Nicky Wire - Bass

Nicky Wire – Bass

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Richey Edwards

Richey & Nicky

Richey & Nicky

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Richey and James Dean

Richey and James Dean

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Nicky Wire

Nicky Wire

The Manics - 2013

The Manics – 2013

 

God Save the Queen

Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926) is the constitutional monarch of 16 of the 53 Member States in the Commonwealth of Nations. She is also Head of the Commonwealth and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Elizabeth holds many titles – (who would have thought she was also the Queen of Papua New Guinea), and has appeared on more currency than any other public official. She was really quite cute at age 8, kind of hot at 29 and then basically the queen we know today – old, old, old with a huge hat and pearls.

Some quick facts; Upon her accession on 6 February 1952, Elizabeth became Head of the Commonwealth and Queen Regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Ceylon. Her coronation the following year was the first to be televised. From 1956 to 1992, the number of her realms varied as territories gained independence and some realms became republics. Today, in addition to the first four of the aforementioned countries, Elizabeth is Queen of Jamaica, Barbados, the Bahamas, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, and Saint Kitts and Nevis. She is the longest-lived and, after her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria, the second longest-reigning British monarch.

 

Canada, $20. Age 8

Canada, $20. Age 8

Canada, $1.00 Age 25

Canada, $1.00 Age 25

Jamaica, 1 pound, Age 26

Jamaica, 1 pound, Age 26

Mauritius, 5 Rupees, Age 29

Mauritius, 5 Rupees, Age 29

Cayman Islands, $100, Age 34

Cayman Islands, $100, Age 34

Australia, $1.00, Age 38

Australia, $1.00, Age 38

St. Helena, 5 Pounds, Age 40

St. Helena, 5 Pounds, Age 40

Isle of Man, 50 Pounds, Age 50

Isle of Man, 50 Pounds, Age 50

Jersey, 1 Pound, Age 52

Jersey, 1 Pound, Age 52

Australia, $5.00, Age 58

Australia, $5.00, Age 58

New Zealand, $20. Age 60

New Zealand, $20. Age 60

Gibraltar, 50 pounds, Age-60

Gibraltar, 50 pounds, Age-66

Fiji, $5.00, Age 73

Fiji, $5.00, Age 73

Jersey, 100 Pounds, Age 78

Jersey, 100 Pounds, Age 78

Canada, $20. Age 85

Canada, $20. Age 85

Lauren Bacall – Sept. 16, 1924 – Aug. 12, 2014

Lauren Bacall , born Betty Joan Perske – Lauren started her career as a fashion model in her teens where she made quite a splash w/ her “cat-like grace, tawny blonde hair and blue-green eyes”. While working as a model, director Howard Hawk’s wife spotted her on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine and urged Hawks to have her take a screen test for his new film To Have and Have Not. Hawks had asked his secretary to find out more about her, but the secretary misunderstood and sent her a ticket to Hollywood for the audition. During screen tests, Bacall was nervous. To minimize her quivering, she pressed her chin against her chest and to face the camera, tilted her eyes upward. This effect became known as “The Look”, and became Bacall’s trademark. The rest is, as they say, history.

Bacall would marry her To Have and Have Not co-star, Humprey Bogart, 37 years her senior (she was 19, he 56 – way to go Bogie!), they would remain together until his death in 1957. She would star in such films as The Big Sleep, Key Largo (w/ Bogie), Dark Passage, How to Marry a Millionaire and Written on the Wind, to name just a few. She would continue to act well into the 2000’s, appearing in among other things, The Sopranos and receive an honorary Academy Award in 2009 at the age of 84. Her final role was in 2014: a guest vocal appearance in the twelfth season of  Family Guy.

Bacall died of a stroke on August 12, 2014, at her home in The Dakota, NYC. She was 89.

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1st Husband - Humphrey Bogart

1st Husband – Humphrey Bogart

With Humphrey

With Humphrey

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Still cool in her late 80's

Still cool in her late 80’s

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