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Photo: Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, and Peter Orlovsky. Credit: Getty images
Celebrating Herbert Huncke‘s birthday. “Godfather of the Beats”, he would have been one-hundred-and-two! – See here for our posting on the occasion of his Centennial. Today, courtesy of our friend Laki Vazakas , footage of the great story-teller, raconteur, recorded in New York, at the Chelsea Hotel, February 7, 1994. Evoking the notion of “the invisible body”, Huncke recounts and recalls his time in India, witnessing the burning ghats.
Siouxsie Sioux is a often a very warm, accommodating, and reasonable person—quite often undeserving of her crown as the “ice queen”. She, however, has limits to her patience—and to illustrate this point, here is an awkward yet humorous video of a 1981 Dutch interview gone wrong. (The cool thing about this clip is that it features all the members of the Banshees’ speaking, including John McGeoch.) One thing you’ll notice is that the interviewer keeps mentioning a band called Soviet Sex (the Dutch band, not the Swiss Soviet Sex). Turns out the founder of the Pirate TV Station PKP was involved with that band, and shot their music videos…so I think by attempting to plug the station’s own interests—the interviewer should be glad that only his microphone was damaged!
BY TIM GRAY VIA VARIETY
May 20 marks the 70th birthday of Cher, who has enjoyed nearly a dozen showbiz careers in 50-plus years — and managed to maintain a sense of humor about herself despite all those changes and all the media attention. She was born Cherilyn Sarkisian on May 20, 1946, in El Centro, Calif., and began her career 20 feet from stardom, as a backup singer for studio recordings while still a teenager. Her career moved into high gear when she met Sonny Bono. They had minimal success performing as Caesar & Cleo, but Variety first reported on them in 1965 when they were using their real names.
On Aug. 25, 1965, Herm Schoenfeld wrote: “In oblivion a year ago, Sonny & Cher are now hot artists.” They were recording, together and individually, for Atlantic, Reprise and Imperial records — the industry was very different in those days — and sang on the primetime network music shows like NBC’s “Hullabaloo,” and ABC’s “Shindig!” and “Hollywood Palace.” Sonny was “the creative sparkplug of this duo, and a songwriter,” wrote Schoenfeld. Bono couldn’t explain their popularity except to say, “Maybe it’s because we’re honest and real.” Cher was 19, he was 30.
BY BILL FRISKICS-WARREN VIA NY TIMES
BY BILL FRISKICS-WARREN VIA NY TIMES
Photo Credit Marty Stuart
Merle Haggard, one of the most successful singers in the history of country music, a contrarian populist whose songs about his scuffling early life and his time in prison made him the closest thing that the genre had to a real-life outlaw hero, died at his ranch in Northern California on Wednesday, his 79th birthday. His death was confirmed by his agent, Lance Roberts. Mr. Haggard had recently canceled several concerts, saying he had double pneumonia.
Few country artists have been as popular and widely admired as Mr. Haggard, a ruggedly handsome performer who strode onto a stage, guitar in hand, as a poet of the common man. Thirty-eight of his singles, including “Workin’ Man Blues” and the 1973 recession-era lament “If We Make It Through December,” reached No. 1 on the Billboard country chart from 1966 to 1987. He released 71 Top 10 country hits in all, 34 in a row from 1967 to 1977. Seven of his singles crossed over to the pop charts.
You say it’s your birthday? Happy birthday to ya, Ringo Starr! To celebrate his 75th birthday on Tuesday, the eternally youthful Beatle drummer returned to a familiar landmark in the group’s history, the famed record-stack-shaped Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood – The Beatles’ first U.S. label – with friends and family to promote peace and love around the world.
Debbie Harry is celebrating her 70th birthday today, not that she looks a day over 30 Debbie Harry is celebrating her 70th birthday today, but the singer doesn’t look her age – bless with a youthful smile. The 70-year-old beauty was born in New York City and rose to fame as Blondie with guitarist Chris Stein in the punk scene of 1970s. Still rocking and rolling to this day, age is nothing but a number to Debbie who belts out a tune like she did over forty years ago.
The UK’s Glastonbury Festival is taking place this weekend, and among performers like Kanye West, Pharrell, and Florence and the Machine, there was another big name: the Dalai Lama. The 79-year-old Tenzin Gyatso appeared briefly on stage today before Lionel Richie’s set to talk about happiness, peace, and the Middle East, according to the BBC.
Alan Vega came hurling through a time warp from the future to New York City and the city has never been the same since. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ALAN VEGA!
“The fact that he still stands in the ring, still dancing on its canvas like Muhammad Ali in his prime, ready to fight another musical fight, and still show the world that he can still trump it all, fuck all and come out on top as he inches ever closer towards seventy, is in itself the wonder to behold.”
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