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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).

Happy 67th Birthday Nick Lowe

Nicholas Drain “Nick” Lowe (born 24 March 1949) Nick Lowe was a tad older than the rest of the guys in the class of ’77. He’d already gained some fame w/ British pub rockers Brinsley Schwartz and by 1976 was the in-house producer for new punk label STIFF – whose motto was “If it ain’t Stiff it ain’t worth a fuck”. Nick would release the first Stiff single “So it Goes” b/w “Heart of the City”. Lowe would go on to produce his friends Elvis Costello and Graham Parker and the Rumor, among others and have hits of his own, scoring a Top 40 Hit w/ “Cruel to be Kind” in the US and a Top 10 UK hit w/ “I Love The Sound of Breaking Glass”. He also wrote the single “What’s so Funny ’bout Peace Love and Understanding” for his friend Elvis Costello. *Side Note: In 1979 he became Johnny Cash’s son-in-law by marring his step-daughter, Carlene Carter. The marriage would ended in 1990 but they all stayed on good terms. Johnny would even go on to record a few of Nick’s songs on his American Music series LP’s. Nick continues to tour and record regularly, most recently with Los StraitJackets.

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Nick-Lowe

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The Stiff Tour 1977 - Wreckless Eric, Nick, Elvis Costello, Larry Wallis & Ian Dury

The Stiff Tour 1977 – Wreckless Eric, Nick, Elvis Costello, Larry Wallis & Ian Dury

"The Jesus of Cool" - Retitled in US to "Pure Pop for Now People"

“The Jesus of Cool” – Retitled in US to “Pure Pop for Now People”

Young Nick (or old Jody Foster?)

Young Nick (or old Jody Foster?)

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With Andy Williams (!?)

With Andy Williams (!?)

David Bowie released his LP "Low". Nick Lowe promptly released a single called "Bowi"

David Bowie released his LP “Low”. Nick Lowe promptly released a single called “Bowi”

Aging well - and a full head of hair

Aging well – and a full head of hair

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With old mate Elvis Costello

With old mate Elvis Costello

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Design: Early Rock and Blues Tour Posters

All these come from about 1963-1966. It’s hard to believe that The Beatles even existed in the same time period  as, say, Howlin’ Wolf or Etta James, and that the Stones were ever second on a bill to Brian Poole and the Tremelos, or that the opener for The Monkees could have been The Jimi Hendrix Experiance. Design-wise, they are beautiful. Usually cheaply produced, hand silk screened on heavy paper with minimal colors and tons of fonts. They would be sent to venues with a blank portion, usually the top, were the club could include their own name, dates and cost (Jesus Christ man – Howlin Wolf and Muddy Waters for $4.00).

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marvin gaye

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james brown

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Beatles Exeter gig

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The Rolling Stones Teen Beat '63 (1963)

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Painting: Jon Langford

You may know Jon Langford as the founding member of British punk group The Mekons or perhaps alt country bands The Pine Valley Cosmonauts or The Waco Brothers – or you may not know him from Adam. When he’s not playing music, he’s painting these memorials to famous and forgotten country stars. Painted on board or etched copper plates his work is very recognizable, very beautiful and very cool. Jon continues to perform and paint and show his work mostly in his adopted home town of Chicago (originally from Wales) and around the world.

Johnny and June Carter Cash

Hank Williams

My Own Worst Enemy

Connie

Deep Sea Diver

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