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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).

Shameless Promo for My New Vintage Store

My wife and I have been collectors and pickers for years. We’re opening up the new online version of our shop called Dear Wolf. Great, beautifully designed stuff from the 1930’s to the 90’s. Clothes, Accessories, Furnishings and Ephemera. Have a quick look. All the stuff here isn’t in the store yet, but should you want any of it message me through this blog for prices and availability. We’re at – http://dearwolfvintage.bigcartel.com/ https://twitter.com/DearWolfVintage and https://www.instagram.com/dear_wolf_vintage/

Vintage Hand Painted levis Jacket - David Bowie

Vintage Hand Painted Levis Jacket – David Bowie

1956 Mexican Movie Poster - Pension de Artistas

1956 Mexican Movie Poster – Pension de Artistas

1970's Mayor Dailey Neighborhood Program T-Shirt, Chicago

1970’s Mayor Dailey Neighborhood Program T-Shirt, Chicago

Vintage Wood Theater Chairs - Set of 6

Vintage Wood Theater Chairs – Set of 6

Old Animal Motif Indian Kantha

Old Animal Motif Indian Kantha

Vintage Leather Motorcycle Jacket - Hand Painted w/ 1920's Russian Movie Poster

Vintage Leather Motorcycle Jacket – Hand Painted w/ 1920’s Russian Movie Poster

Cast Aluminum Deco Door Knocker Peephole

Cast Aluminum Deco Door Knocker Peephole

Blue and Brown Ladies Boots

Blue and Brown Ladies Boots

Buddhist Church Drum And Bugle Corps Felt Banner - 11'x 3'

Buddhist Church Drum And Bugle Corps Felt Banner – 11’x 3′

Antique Leather Dr.'s Bag

Antique Leather Dr.’s Bag

1930's - 40's Elaborate Steamer Trunk

1930’s – 40’s Elaborate Steamer Trunk

Vintage Hand Painted Levi's Jacket - Buxom

Vintage Hand Painted Levi’s Jacket – Buxom

1970's Scaasi Dress

1970’s Scaasi Dress

Vintage Kids Wicker Rocking Chair

Vintage Kids Wicker Rocking Chair

 

 

 

Photography: Bowie Proof Sheets

Is there anyone in the world more photogenic than David Bowie? Many of his album covers (always a self portrait) have become iconic. Everyone knows the lightning bolt make up of Alladin Sane and the weird black and white ‘salute’ of Heroes. His many personas were equally as famous – the half-man-half-dog of Diamond Dogs, The Thin White Duke of Station to Station, Scary Monsters… victorian clown or the young long haired singer/songwriter of Hunky Dory. Even though he’s been photographed 1000’s of times it’s interesting to see the alternate shots – what might have been,  from these famous LPs.

Alladin Sane

Alladin Sane

Alternate Alladin Sane cover shot

Alternate Alladin Sane cover shot

Photograph by Brian Duffy

Photograph by Brian Duffy

Heroes proof sheet

Heroes proof sheet

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Hunky Dory

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The famous Diamond Dogs promo shot

The famous Diamond Dogs promo shot

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The contact sheet for the Diamond Dogs album cover shoot

Scary Monsters and Super Creeps

Scary Monsters and Super Creeps

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Photography: Bowie’s ‘Station to Station’ tour

The Station to Station Tour began in Feb. 1976 in support of the album of the same name, and lasted until May of the same year. Bowie had been living on ‘cocaine, peppers and milk’  for the making of the album but seemed a bit more fit, and less insane, for the tour. All black and white clothes and white neon light stage design, Bowie said  “I wanted to go back to a kind of German Expressionist movement look … and the lighting of, say, Fritz Lang or Pabst. A black-and-white movies look, but with an intensity that was sort of aggressive. I think for me, personally, theatrically, that was the most successful tour I’ve ever done.”

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David Bowie On Stage At Wembley

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Style: Klaus Nomi

Klaus Nomi – Nee Klaus Sperber (January 24, 1944 – August 6, 1983), Ah, the 80’s. You have to hear Klaus as well as see him to appreciate the full effect of his art. Klaus sang every single song in the mile-high voice of a female opera singer and he was good – though certainly an acquired taste to be taken in small doses. The first story floated was that David Bowie discovered him in a broken down Berlin cabaret performing his act and brought him to NY. Truth is Klaus came all on his own from Berlin and worked as a pastry chef and acted and sang in avant garde theater around NY’s East Village. He formed his own band in ’78 and performed at NY hotspots, Danceteria, Max’s Kansas City and Hurrah (the places to be seen in the late 70’s and early 80’s). It was around this time that Bowie came into the picture, hiring Klaus and boyfriend/scenester Joey Arias to perform w/ him on Saturday Night Live singing backup on Boys Keep Swinging and TVC15. Klaus’s fame never really went past the NY East Village scene and he died in 1983, one of the first celebrities to die of AIDS. His influence though has hung on in bits and pieces. He can be seen w/ Bowie and Iggy Pop in the animated Venture Brothers series, Jean-Paul Gautier designed a line inspired by him and Big Fat Rush Limbaugh used his version of Lesley Gores’ You Don’t Own Me as the theme to his Gay Update segment on his shitty radio show.

Mr. Klaus Nomi

Klaus Live

SNL - Joey Arias, David Bowie, Klaus - all in skirts

Before SNL Show - Carlos Alomar (Bowie guitarist), Klaus, Joey

A New Look

Robby Benson and Klaus

Promo Shot

At The Mudd Club, NYC

Jaggermeister Ad - "...because that's my kind of girl over there."

 

Style: David Bowie – The Man Who Fell to Earth

The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976 Dir. Nicholas Roeg   Staring David Bowie, Candy Clark, Rip Torn & Buck Henry

First of all this film is by no means a ‘must see’. It’s overly long, dated badly and somewhat confusing (not in a good way). The one huge thing it has going for it is David Bowie at his peak. He is near perfect as the alien who’s come to Earth to try to save his planet but instead discovers the pleasures of Booze, Sex and TV. Bowie was 29 years old and just off of his Diamond Dogs Tour. Addicted to cocaine, rail thin, slightly paranoid, Bowie was in a perfect state of mind for the role. In the film he plays Thomas Jerome Newton, a mysterious stranger whos other-worldly inventions make him a multi-millionaire. He soon forgets he’s meant to go back to his home planet and falls prey to all the Earthly vices. The end finds him drunk and despondent, not aging a day. He’s all ’40’s suits, orange hair, sharp angles and different colored eyes. His style from this film would resonate for years – with Tilda Swinton copping it completely 30 years later.

1976 would see the release of Station to Station using a still from the film as the cover shot and the LP Low, again using another film shot, was released in 1977. Low was intended to be the soundtrack for the film but Bowie stepped away and created a different piece of music entirely.