BY ANDI HARRIMAN VIA LETHAL AMOUNTS
Lux Interior, camera man of The Cramps. Photo by Chris Amouroux.
It’s of no surprise that Lux Interior of The Cramps directed his artistic abilities towards other areas besides music, mostly in the form of photography. Poison Ivy and Lux met in “art school” in the early 1970s and fell into a chaotic and beautiful romance that lasted up until Lux’s death in 2009. His photography almost always included Ivy – his eternal muse – as the subject of his work, with his provocative and fetishistic photographs of her used as Cramps album covers throughout the years.
BY CATIE L’HEUREUX VIA THE CUT
Models wearing Betsey Johnson at the Mudd Club, 1979. Photo: Allan Tannenbaum/Polaris Images
In New York in the 1970s, the photojournalist and author Allan Tannenbaum rented a room in a communal Fort Greene brownstone for $45 a month (there was a darkroom on the top floor). He worked as a bartender and taxi driver and motorcycled to Soho while looking for work as a photographer, until one day in Ken’s Broome Street bar when he noticed the SoHo Weekly News on the bar’s cigarette machine. He interviewed with the paper a few weeks later and became its photo editor and chief photographer.
BY AIMEE MURILLO VIA OC Weekly
Wherever you believe the sound of punk originated from, you cannot disagree that the primal energy generally associated with punk performance was invented by Iggy Pop in the late 1960s. Pop’s crazed vocals, public nudity, self-inflicted wounds, aggression toward the audience (he’d often flip off and berate the crowd) and creation of the stage dive divided the barrier between performer and audience in an era when even “rebellious” peace and love music was commodified and controlled for the masses. As innovators of a new sound and musical approach, at odds with the counterculture model of hippies and Woodstock, where did Iggy and the Stooges fit in?
BY MARK DAVID VIA VARIETY
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Our favourite viola-scraper has two very special shows up his sleeve.
John Cale will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Velvet Underground & Nico album with shows in Liverpool and New York next year.
Following a recent concert at the Philharmonie de Paris, has decided to perform the album in its entirety in two more cities: the band’s home, New York, and Liverpool, the city the Welsh musician sailed from on his journey to America more than 50 years ago.
“I’m often reluctant to spend too much time on things past, then a time marker shows up – The Velvet Underground & Nico turns 50! As so many bands can attest to, it is the fulfilment of the ultimate dream to record your first album. We were an unfriendly brand, dabbling in a world of challenging lyrics and weird sonics that didn’t fit into anyone’s playlist at the time,” said Cale.
VIA VINTAGE EVERYDAY
The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. They became perhaps the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed act in the history of popular music. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as “Beatlemania”, but as their songwriting grew in sophistication, they came to be perceived by many fans and cultural observers as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era’s sociocultural revolutions. Here are some funny and awesome photos of face-off Beatles fangirls from 1964-1965.
BY JEFF CAMPAGNA VIA SMITHSONIAN
An associate of Andy Warhol, Gerard Malanga reflects on his subjects and his career as a photographer Gerard Malanga, c. 1970s. (Gerard Malanga)
While researching photographs for “Four for a Quarter” (September 2008) about old photobooths, Smithsonian’s Jeff Campagna came across a captivating 1966 photostrip image of socialite Gerard Malanga, a photographer whom the New York Times called “Warhol’s most important associate.” Malanga discussed his career–chronicling the famous and non-famous, bohemian and non-bohemian–with Campagna via e-mail.
BY ALEXANDRA ALTER VIA NY TIMES
Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images
Paul Beatty’s novel “The Sellout,” a blistering satire about race in America, won the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday, marking the first time an American writer has won the award.
The five Booker judges, who were unanimous in their decision, cited the novel’s inventive comic approach to the thorny issues of racial identity and injustice.
With its outrageous premise and unabashed skewering of racial stereotypes, “The Sellout” is an audacious choice for the judges, who oversee one of the most prestigious awards in literature.
BY TELEGRAPH REPORTERS
Pete Burns in 1991 CREDIT: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK
Pete Burns, founder and lead singer of the band Dead or Alive, has died at the age of 57 after a cardiac arrest. The news was confirmed today in a post on the musician’s official Twitter account.
“It is with great sadness that we have to break the tragic news that our beloved Pete Burns of Dead or Alive died suddenly yesterday of a massive cardiac arrest,” the post read. “All of his friends and family are devastated by the loss of our special star.”
BY ASSOCIATED PRESS VIA PAGE SIX
Bobby Vee Photo: AP Pop idol
Bobby Vee, the boyish, grinning 1960s singer whose career was born when he took a Midwestern stage as a teenager to fill in after the 1959 plane crash that killed rock ‘n’ roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, has died. He was 73.
Vee, whose hits included the chart-topping “Take Good Care of My Baby” and who helped a young Bob Dylan get his start, died Monday of advanced Alzheimer’s disease, said his son, Jeff Velline.