50 stiffs in 2010: daniel schoor
July 28, 2010, 1:39 am
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daniel schoor, born: nyc, 1916 – died: washington d.c., 2010. journalist

a great american journalist for more than 60 years (in fact, he was reporting only months ago). he considered his most cherished award being on disgraced president nixon’s “enemy list”, which he found out about when reading those names while on the air at c.b.s in 1971 (he was number 17, near paul newman, number 19).

he refused to tell his sources on several news stories and was impolitely told to leave c.b.s. he went to c.n.n. and finally to n.p.r. in the mid 1980’s where he remained a voice of reason, tinged with left wing leanings until his death earlier this week. a true icon with with a strong american revolutionary spirit.


50 best voices, 50 forgotten songs
July 22, 2010, 5:27 am
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bonnie bramlett, born alton, illinois (1944), with ex-husband delaney bramlett

bonnie bramlett, along with her then husband, delaney invaded england and took the country by storm in 1969 with their soulful southern church sound. they opened for blind faith on a british jaunt, but by the end of the year eric clapton had left blind faith, and joined george harrison to become part of delaney & bonnie & friends. their regular band included leon russell on piano, rita coolidge, backup singer, and soon to be stones’ horn man bobby keys (who wails on “brown sugar” and is still a part of the stones touring band).

bonnie was the only white ikette in the ike and tina turner revue, and it would have been her voice screaming “war children, it’s just a shot away. love, sisters, it’s just a kiss away” on the stone’s masterful “gimme shelter” had she not had a cold that fateful day (it is mary clayton’s voice that is indelibly printed in our minds on that song). probably one of the most soulful white singers around, tis a pity that one of her best moments on vinyl was reduced to rubbish when karen carpenter changed the title and  lyrics, and made a once mournful tune a sappy piece of  saccharine (as was the case with all of miss carpenter’s sorry history). however, bonnie’s version of the song she wrote with leon russel and sang on the last album d&b recorded before their split is, hands down, one of the great moments on vinyl:

“groupie (superstar)” by delaney & bonnie & friends, (1969, written by bonnie bramlett & leon russell, produced by delaney bramlett for a&m records, from the album “d&b together”)

the carpenters changed the title to “superstar”, and changed the lyrics from “i can harldy wait and sleep with you again” to “be with you again”. so the most popular version of this much recorded song, is the worst version. miss bramlett’s back up singer, the young rita coolidge, who modeled her early voice on bonnie’s, did a wonderful version as a solo, when touring as part of joe cocker’s mad dogs and englishmen band (whose members were all veterns of d&b’s first band). bette midler also turned “groupie” into a real torch number on her debut album “the divine miss m”, but bonnie bramlett’s original is known by only those in the know. become one!

[all of these lost songs can be found on youTube, most as audio vids with slideshows. try if you can to figure out which is the original recording, sometimes it isn’t quite obvious and pictomat does not post links because they change frequently]

50 amazing faces, 50 fashion mavens
July 22, 2010, 4:19 am
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keith richards, musician, born: london, england (1943)

all dressed up and nowhere to go … or a tad bit too far gone!

50 amazing faces
July 20, 2010, 7:24 pm
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anita pallenberg, actress, born rome , italy (1944), and keith richards, musician, born london, england (1943)

50 amazing faces, 50 fashion mavens
July 20, 2010, 1:14 am
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keith richards, musician, born london, england (1943). photo: cecil beaton

50 amazing faces, 50 fashion mavens
July 20, 2010, 1:04 am
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anita pallenberg, actress, born rome, italy (1944)

actress and keith richards’ most interesting lover, pallenberg is an inspiration to other model/rock & roll lovers like good friend kate moss.

[see post below]

50 amazing faces, 50 fashion mavens
July 20, 2010, 12:56 am
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keith richards, musician, born london, england (1943), and anita pallenberg , born rome, italy (1944), actress, witch, and mother of three of richard’s five children

both richards and pallenberg had “the look” and dressed as their status in those heady days of the late ’60’s, allowed them to, though at that time they were thrown out of grand hotels for being too casual. richards schtick is well known, pallenberg, however, less so.

she appeared with jane fonda in roger vadim’s classic film “barbarella”, and with mick jagger in the excellent nick roeg & donald cammell film “performance”. keith looked young and beautiful then partly because he wore much of anita’s wardrobe. she sang the “whoo-whoo’s” on “sympathy for the devil”, with mick’s girlfriend, singer, marianne faithfull. pallenberg was one of the few women who had any say in the music the stone’s produced. if pallenberg disliked a mix, she was the only one that could convince jagger to use another take. she was richards’ girlfriend from 1967 – 1979. both shared an interest in witchcraft, heroin, and among other things, clothes. both richards and pallenberg remain good friends. pallenberg and faithfull attend stones concerts together when they are in the same country. neither pallenberg or richards have gone under the knife, so they share amazingly craggy faces of experience. both are true originals.