Seminal Image #744

(Rouben Mamoulian; 1929)

Artists in Action #278

Duke Ellington advertises

When Legends Gather #312

Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh and John Mills

The Art of the French Postcard #10

Before and After #95: Leonard Cohen



Fun at Bohemian Grove #26

Bohemia's first born (1904)

The Art of Cinema #259

The Patriot
(Ernst Lubitsch; 1928)

Artists On Artists #1:
Patti Smith on Edie Sedgwick

She begins talking about Edie Sedgwick, an early heroine -- "It's funny how heroine and heroin are very similar . . . " -- from the days when Patti first hit New York, and suddenly her voice becomes less assertive. She uses even more 'ya knows' than usual. "Half of Blonde On Blonde was written about her and, uhm . . . she just burned herself out. She was a deb, a socialite . . . I just met her . . . I was a fan of hers . . . I just met her once . . . I thought she was really wonderful." Behind the RayBans the shadows of her eyes have stopped darting. "She was like traveling with Warhol and I used to see her at art exhibits and I wrote a couple of poems about her because I thought she had so much abandon and she was such a fantastic . . . it was the days of like discotheques and the Peppermint Lounge and stuff and she was like, she wore these mini-skirts and had platinum hair and black eyebrows and she was gorgeous, ya know, really American, like rich, ya know, especially like she was upper-class and I was lower-class, I had this sort of like fascination for her . . she was really, totally in tune with her body, all her movements and, ya know, she was really like a rock'n'roll Salome and I really dug that." You get an image of Patti, the gawky girl grown to gawky late-adolescence, watching Edie and getting the germ of an idea....maybe it's alright to be weird...
© Bart Bull, 1976

(This excerpt from an interview with the always demure Patti Smith appeared in the December, 1976 issue of Sounds, and was generously supplied by its author, a just and righteous man of letters named Bart Bull. Señor Bull's blog, which achieves in prose what we seek to achieve with images here, is heartily endorsed by this corner of the Gunslinger quadrangle, for whom it has become a favorite among favorites)

Musical Indulgence #11

Committed to Parkview
(Porter Wagoner; 2007)

Second only to Kinky Friedman's 'Sold American' in its limning of Country music dissipation and madness, 'Committed to Parkview' was written and recorded by Johnny Cash for his 1976 Columbia LP One Piece at a Time. And no better song could have been chosen to represent what turned out to be Porter Wagoner's welcome, but cruelly brief, career revival.

Porter Wagoner Dead at 80

All of North America awakens this morning to very sad news of the passing of Porter Wagoner, who succumbed to lung cancer last evening at the age of 80. Variously known to multitudes as leader of the Wagonmasters; the duet partner of Norma Jean, then Dolly Parton; as The Thin Man from West Plains, Missouri, and someone who could wear a spangled, rhinestone-studded Nudie jacket like no man alive, he should perhaps best be remembered as author and singer of some of the finest (and some of the most gloriously deranged) Country music ever committed to record.

For what it's worth, I always preferred his recording of "Settin' the Woods On Fire" to Hank Williams' original.

That's my heresy for today; all in his honor.

More about his life and work can be found in the following Obits:

The People's Daily (China)

The Washington Post

The Art of Science Fiction #8

Operation Interstellar
(by George O. Smith)
(Merit Books; 1950)

When Legends Gather #311

Milton Berle and Marlene Dietrich

Before and After #94: George Jones



They Were Collaborators #387

The Will Mastin Trio

The Art of the Gig #11

They Were Collaborators #386

Clara Bow, Jean Harlow and Jean Arthur join forces for The Saturday Night Kid.

Collect 'Em All #39

Ann Harding
No. 24 in a series of 50 from Player's Navy Cut Cigarettes
Ann Harding, who was christened Dorothy Gatley, was born in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, on August 7th, 1904. The daughter of an army officer, she began to earn her living in an insurance office, and in her spare time read manuscripts for a film company. Then she joined a group of amateur theatrical players, subsequently appearing professionally in stock companies. This led her to the Broadway stage, and later to Hollywood, where she was persuaded to try screen work while on holiday. Paris Bound was her first film, later productions including Gallant Lady, The Right to Romance and The Life of Vergie Winters.

Adventures in American Filmmaking #86

Today's Adventure: Charles Chaplin dictates from on high.

The Friends of Milt Hinton #7

Cab Calloway, Chu Berry and Tyree Glenn have fun with some local kids in Durham, N.C. circa 1940

They Were Collaborators #385

The Shangri-Las

Artists in Action #277

The Specials chow down.

A Is For Arbus #44

Roy Lichtenstein (1966)

Great Canadians of the 20th Century #10

Winston "Scotty" Fitzgerald

Heroes of Animated Cinema #1

Gertie the Dinosaur

Glamour Jungle! #9

When Legends Gather #310

Sammy Cahn, Dean Martin and Louis Prima

Before and After #93: Marilyn Monroe



(this post is for the inimitable Mick Farren)

They Were Collaborators #384

Willie Nelson and Ray Price

Artists in Action #276

Samuel Clemens shoots Pool

Sex Education #89

Jean Harlow

They Were Collaborators #383

Lou Clayton, James Durante and Eddie Jackson

Joints #3

The Stork Club

Faces from the Past #15

Charles Chaplin (1917)

Tricky: Scenes from a Life #42

Tricky visits his old workplace (1988)

Friends and Family #13

Charlie Lucky takes a stroll through Roma

The Art of the Gig #10

G is for Gedney #11

San Francisco (1967)

Seminal Image #743

Robinson Crusoe on Mars
(Byron Haskin; 1964)

They Were Collaborators #382

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

When Legends Gather #309

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Tony Wilson, Peter Saville and Alan Erasmu

They Were an Item #22

Marina and Lee Oswald

The Cool Hall of Fame #100

Gene Kelly

The Art of Jazz #44

Takin' Off
(Herbie Hancock)
(Blue Note records; 1962)

Relevant Quote #93

"All the worst people are good Americans"
-- Norman Mailer

Adventures in the Fight Racket #9

Today's Adventure: Sonny Liston anticipates good fortune (1963)