29 February 2012

John Waters and his parents

24 February 2012

John Peel's Record Box

For some time now, John Peel has been one of my biggest heroes. I loved his dedication to finding and broadcasting new music, especially since punk rock was the thing that got me through high school and gave me some of the best times of my life. When I became a DJ, John Peel was such a huge influence. And when I played punk rock late at night, I felt like I was broadcasting music to people who hadn't ever heard real punk before, much like John Peel. I think all two of them really appreciated it (thanks for listening, Mom and Dad!).
This is a documentary about the box full of 45s that he would escape with if his house ever caught fire. Pitchfork embedded it in a post discussing how his enormous record collection will soon be digitized and put online for the world to hear. I'm pretty excited about it.

10 February 2012

Cynthia the Famous Mannequin

So the story goes:

"In 1937, LIFE Magazine launched the career of an up-and-coming starlet in a multiple-page photo spread that, overnight, made “Cynthia” a household name. In very short order she became an A-list celebrity; was given her own television talk show and starred on the silver screen; was sent jewels and dresses by top fashion houses; was briefly engaged to one of radio’s biggest stars; hobnobbed with the former king of England; and became one of the most recognizable faces in the fashion world.
There was only one minor catch: Cynthia was a mannequin. Not a mannequin in the way a supermodel is a mannequin. But a mannequin mannequin. A made-of-plaster mannequin. Hers was a stranger-than-fiction tale that encompassed the highest circles of New York and London society, the very the lowest brow of American entertainment — and even (as so many improbable, compelling stories so often do) touched on a grisly murder investigation."

I'm not sure if I believe it, but hey, it's interesting nonetheless.
Here's the link for the photoessay on Cynthia and her creator.

Photos of Rock Stars with their Parents

Check out this article, portraying rock stars (like Richie Haven, above) with their parents in the good old 1970s. Also included is Grace Slick, Michael Jackson, and Frank Zappa.