Thinking of my friend Bill Teck tonight and these two. So strange and surreal to know that I am currently being subtitled in Italian at The Venice Film Festival. What an honor to have participated in such a special project…#theyalllaughed #johnritter #dorothystratten #peterbogdanovich
My wife is amazing. How she puts up with my schizophrenic music obsessions is beyond me. Who else could handle my 24 hour Burt Bacharach marathons, month long Springsteen stints or early morning Grunge shenanigans. Current obsession: Old Skool eighties and early nineties hip hop and rap. I can’t get through a goddamn day right now without blasting Treacherous Three, Ice T or Eazy E. Why Kelley hasn’t contacted a divorce lawyer yet is a mystery.
One of the most brutal, nihilistic and greatest albums in rock history turns twenty today. The final testament to the genius if Richey Edwards, who vanished just after the albums release, The Manic Street Preachers’ THE HOLY BIBLE still sounds like nothing else out there. If you haven’t heard it, don’t waste another second. It is a truly unique masterpiece. #manicstreetpreachers #richeyedwards
My beautiful wife, and ART DECADES co-creator, Kelley turned 27 today. She has been putting up with me for almost eight years now and I love her more and more with each passing day. She is the absolute greatest.
Francoise Hardy is everything.She was composing and writing her own material years before The Beatles and Dylan made it the norm. By the late sixties she began handling co production duties on records in a period where that was an almost unthinkable thing for a female artist to do. By the early seventies she was expertly blending and mixing genres long before the notion was even conceived by most ‘rock’ artists. She survived punk, new wave and didn’t falter in the eighties like most of her peers. More than fifty years of astonishing recordings, always ahead of her time and always uncompromising. Francoise Hardy is in my opinion the most important female artist of the rock era and holds her own with Presley, Lennon, Reed, Bowie or any other great rock icon you want to name. She is everything…
First behind the scenes photo from our ‘Memory of a Free Festival’ shoot for Issue Two.
Very sad news. Legs McNeil has reported that the great bass player Billy Rath has passed away. Billy’s startling work with Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers was as brilliant as it was influential. #billyrath #johnnythunders
Among my greatest Memphis memories was getting to meet the beautiful Myrna Smith, one of the great soul singers of the sixties and seventies. Myrna recounted a great many stories about Elvis with ny favorite being about the time he went head to head with the racist mayor of Houston who told E to leave The Sweet Inspirations at home to which he replied, ‘No Sweets, No Elvis’. The lovely Myrna Smith tragically passed away just a few years after she signed this amazing platter for me…’Sing it Myrna.’ #myrnasmith #thesweetinspirations #elvispresley
Gathering outside the gates of Graceland 37 years ago today. #elvispresley
God dammit we lost one of the last great classic Hollywood legends today. Lauren Bacall always seemed ahead of her time and radiated a cool sexual energy few could touch. Beautiful woman and a bloody good actress to boot. Dammit…
Whether you were a fan or not it is hard to imagine the last four decades of American cinema and comedy without Robin Williams. His passing is extremely disheartening and tragic.
The wonderful Sharon Tate was stolen from us 45 years ago tonight…
#TBT with my first copy of THE EXORCIST. I was around eleven when this shot was taken.
French Poster for THE AWFUL DR. ORLOF dir. by JESS FRANCO
Howard Vernon stars as a diabolical surgeon who, with the help of his blind minion Morpho (Ricardo Valle), lures beautiful women into the operating room of his stone castle, so they may provide the raw materials for a series of experimental face grafts for his disfigured daughter.
Lou Reed isn’t the only legendary punk icon paid tribute to in Issue one of ART DECADES, as we have an incredibly moving and personal tribute to Blondie penned by Dave Stewart with previously unseem shots of Debbie Harry from Chris Stein’s upcoming book.