Sunday, September 23, 2018

R.I.P. ROBERT MATHEU

It is with great sadness I report the death of my colleague ROBERT MATHEU on September 21, 2018.  He is survived by his wife Sheryl and three young daughters. Robert is deservedly well known for his extraordinary photos in the late 1960s/early 1970s of his native Detroit acts like The Stooges, MC5 etc., and since then of everyone in music under the sun. 

He is seen here backstage at the Dec. 1, 2011 Iggy and The Stooges show at the Hollywood Palladium with his longtime friend from 'the good old days' Evita Corby, whom he hadn't seen in quite a while and with Allie Shields, daughter of the late Sabel Starr Shields.  (Evita was Stooge James Williamson's girlfriend in the 1970s, and Allie's mother's sister Corel Shields was Iggy Pop's paramore during the same era.) 

 Despite his professionalism, Robert always seemed to be in a great mood and loved to joke around. My friend Evita reminded me of another side of jocular Robert though. When James was onstage, she said Robert was very protective of her, since young beauties like her were a magnet to too many creeps otherwise.
↑Photo on this book cover by Robert Matheu.

↓ Robert Matheu, Ron Sobol and Kurt Ingham at Jeff Gold's Iggy Pop book Total Chaos signing in 2016. All three had photographed the Stooges live back in the day...
 
 ↓ Below, here's Robert in full raconteur mode on the right with Jimmy Recca, one of the three still living Stooges, trading Detroit war stories in Robert's house, 2010. You can go to LINK* for more details.

 Also, please go to LINK **
 to read my obituary of Robert Matheu in prestigious Detroit Rock and Roll Magazine.

Our longtime mutual friend Jeff Gold of RecordMecca.com also wrote a touching piece at LINK***


*http://fastfilm1.blogspot.com/2010/08/swapping-detroit-rock-and-roll-war.html
**http://www.detroitrocknrollmagazine.com/2018/09/detroit-rock-photographer-robert-matheu.html
*** https://recordmecca.com/news/rip-robert-matheu-photographer-music-historian-author-and-friend/

Monday, September 10, 2018

THE HAILERS, PLAY WITH FIRE at Fais Do Do 3.6.18


                   Charismatic couple Robert Mills and April Carson lead The Hailers 

                            




↑The Hailers at the re-emerging Club Fais Do Do packed the venue with an appreciative crowd as well as packing the stage with their rather full ensemble. They continue to perform their appealing original fare that would sound at home on most radio genres. The Hailers frequently open for A List headliners in larger venues, so this was a treat to hear them in the confines of the club.

Mark McKinniss and his band Play With Fire opened, with soulful blues and a cool Commitments-style backup vocals trio. The beautiful young singer with her hair piled on top of her head is Mark's talented daughter Kaylie!




DENNIS DAVISON AND JONATHAN LEA, "the Half Seen" at private showcase 3.16.18

VERY rare treat earlier this year in March. Dennis Davison and Jonathan Lea of The Jigsaw Seen in a Hollywood Hills home performing a showcase that really emphasized the high quality of their songwriting. 

Mr. Twister taking photos and a disruptive purse can also be seen in this small but enraptured crowd...
 
















happy member of this exclusive audience!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

REST IN PEACE SARABELLE

REST IN PEACE SARABELLE, Sept. 5, 2018
Rest in peace Sarabelle. For ten years she was Kurt's and my loving best friend. A rescue, we've guessed that she was probably fifteen years old today Sept. 5, 2018, her last day. Like Game of Thrones mother of dragons Daenerys, she was the "mother of sighthounds" to Deerhounds Karis, Gia and Borzoi Livia in their respective puppyhoods, running with, comforting and snuggling these giant creatures. We all loved her so much...
 
with her human friend Sherry, and many of her canine friends...
photo below © 2018 Kurt Ingham

 photo above © 2018 Kurt Ingham.

Now Sarabelle can join Barbaro, Karis, her various puppies, and any and all canine and equine friends, and once again be at peace.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

R.I.P. JOHN McCAIN

R.E. the book Character Is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember by John McCain with Mark Salter. It is a book like Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy, also co-written and for younger readers, about people who battled THEIR OWN SIDE or PARTY as well as obstacle forces, which takes courage and character to do the right thing when all others oppose. 

Peruse this list, and remember John McCain as a politician (which means "flawed" to me, all of 'em) consistently on board for all Americans. Rest in peace, America's ethical maverick.

Part One: Honor 
HONESTY -- Thomas More 
RESPECT -- Mohandas Gandhi 
AUTHENTICITY -- Joan of Arc 
LOYALTY -- Sir Ernest Shackleton 
DIGNITY -- Viktor Frankl 
Part Two: Purpose 
IDEALISM -- Sojourner Truth 
RIGHTEOUSNESS -- Roméo Dallaire 
CITIZENSHIP -- Pat Tillman 
DILIGENCE -- Winston Churchill 
RESPONSIBILITY -- Lord Nelson and His Lieutenants 
COOPERATION -- John Wooden 
Part Three: Strength 
COURAGE -- Edith Cavell 
SELF-CONTROL -- George Washington 
CONFIDENCE -- Elizabeth I 
RESILIENCE -- Abraham Lincoln 
INDUSTRY -- Eric Hoffer 
HOPEFULNESS -- John Winthrop 
Part Four: Understanding
 FAITH -- Christian Guard at Hua Lo Prison 
COMPASSION -- Maximillian Kolbe 
MERCY -- Mother Antonia 
TOLERANCE—The Four Chaplains 
FORGIVENESS -- Nelson Mandela 
GENEROSITY -- Oseola McCarty 
Part Five: Judgment 
FAIRNESS—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 
HUMILITY -- Dwight D. Eisenhower 
GRATITUDE -- Tecumseh 
HUMOR -- Mark Twain 
COURTESY -- Aung San Suu Kyi 
Part Six: Creativity 
ASPIRATION -- Ferdinand Magellan 
DISCERNMENT -- Leonardo da Vinci 
CURIOSITY -- Charles Darwin 
ENTHUSIASM -- Theodore Roosevelt 
EXCELLENCE -- Wilma Rudolph   
Part Seven: Love 
SELFLESSNESS AND CONTENTMENT -- Mother Teresa

Thursday, July 19, 2018

R.I.P. EARL HAMNER, JR. (two years ago)

 fair use screen capture from The Twilight Zone episode "The Hunt"

Let me summarize an incredibly poignant Twilight Zone episode written by a screenwriter who passed away two years ago, called "The Hunt." A rural gentleman and his dog encounter a gatekeeper alongside the road, and come to realize his dog and he have passed away. The gatekeeper welcomes the man but says his dog can't come in, there's a separate place for dogs. The alternative is to wander eternity with his dog outside the gates, which the man chooses, and ambles off with his dog. Soon he comes upon another gatekeeper who joyously welcomes them both inside. Who was that who said my dog couldn't join me, asks the man. The answer: that was Hell. 

R.I.P. Earl Hamner Jr., who hopefully met up with his past dogs...

Best known for creating "The Waltons" tv series, Earl Hamner Jr.'s obituary proper: LINK  *



*http://www.tampabay.com/news/obituaries/the-real-life-john-boy-earl-hamner-jr-who-created-the-waltons-dies-at-age/2270739

Sunday, July 1, 2018

JAMES WILLIAMSON and the PINK HEARTS, Change of venue 2.0 July 1, 2018

 
July 1, 2018, another change of venue for live show by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Stooges' guitarist JAMES WILLIAMSON and the band featured on his latest solo album of all new original material "Behind The Shade," featuring vocalists Frank Meyer of the Street Walkin' Cheetahs and Petra Haden of her all a capella "The Who Sell Out," plus many of his Re-Licked live gig musicians. New venue is the Monty Bar, downtown Los Angeles, 
1222 W. 7th St.


Friday, June 29, 2018

JAMES WILLIAMSON and the PINK HEARTS LIVE! Change of venue

July 29, 2018, change of venue for live show by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Stooges' guitarist JAMES WILLIAMSON and the band featured on his latest solo album of all new original material "Behind The Shade," featuring vocalists Frank Meyer of the Street Walkin' Cheetahs and Petra Haden of her all a capella "The Who Sell Out," plus many of his Re-Licked live gig musicians. New venue is Alex's Bar Long Beach, 2913 E. Anaheim Blvd.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

R.I.P. KOKO

Rest in peace Koko, shown here with her pet kitten All Ball (photographer unknown, fair usage.) She was perhaps the most successful species ambassador ever due to her command of ASL English, and her easily understandable sense of humor. When young, she made a mistake in her housetraining, to which her handler signed "Bad gorilla!" to which Koko immediately replied, "No. Funny gorilla!" She later was seen to be signing to herself "hurry! hurry!" thereafter when running to her restroom...

Friday, June 8, 2018

R.I.P. ANTHONY BOURDAIN

I am forwarding the assessment of Little Caesar's intelligent soulster/hard rock singer Ron Young, as it seems to be the most accurate while still being heartfelt...

The man admits he was a cocaine and heroin addict for a long time and then we spend years watching him travel all over the world getting drunk as fuck. Don’t be shocked folks. We all enjoyed watching him slowly kill himself every week. It’s one of the reasons we loved him. He was punk rock. He wanted to punch Guy Fieri in the face. We tuned in hoping we would get to see it.
 

Don’t be so naive. We love watching a car crash in slow motion and having it poetically narrated by the driver.
 

RIP Mr Bourdain. I will deeply miss you buying tacos off a truck in a dangerous neighborhood. I saw it coming and wish people in places of power did too.


 Below, (photographer unknown, fair usage) shot of Anthony Bourdain
 and Iggy Pop at the latter's Florida residence; plus one of Bourdain's favorite objects ever,
 the Raw Power by Iggy and The Stooges Deluxe re-issue, as was featured in an article
 in the Wall Street Journal about Bourdain's favorite things ever in his life.
 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

REESI ROCCA BRAND NEW VIDEO- BIZARRE YET SO ACCESSIBLE !









Full frontal disclosure: 
I shot stills for this production (some herein.) That said (or written) I always have liked the 'a girl and her dog" angle of stories, and this video's star Reesi Rocca also shares a nice quality with the current actress who plays Wonder Woman, Gal Godot. Both emote a sincerity in their facial expressions to do good as a superhero. Lastly, think of all the bizarre disparate elements in this. Reesi not only thought them up, she arranged to make them all happen...

Click Video: LINK  

 ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnnDlUHgqUE&app=desktop )

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

R.I.P. TOM WOLFE, MARGOT KIDDER

 Fair usage photograph © 1967 Marie Cosindas. Tom Wolfe for her series 
on modern Dandies.
 The Right Stuff might also be a generalized epitaph, as Tom Wolfe always got his research dead right. His vivid descriptions and immersive "you are there" stylization spawned useless drab imitation, and kept Pop Culture on its toes with his cogent insights thereupon. Marie Cosindas, who passed away a year ago, worked exclusively with large format Polaroids for her commercial and fine art photgraphy.
 
                                  Fair usage photograph © 1979 Patrick Jarnoux.
Hollywood chronicler Alison Martino found the above stunning and cool pic. Rest in peace actress Margot Kidder, who reportedly was last heard from yesterday morning, raspy-voiced on the phone to friends complaining that she was throwing up every hour. It sounds as if our wretched 2017-18 flu season has claimed another poor soul...

Thursday, May 3, 2018

MUSINGS ON SUBJECTIVE ACADEMIA, IN MY CASE ART SCHOOL



 Four examples of my fine art and photojournalism completed while I attended UCLA: Rod Stewart in Faces,1972; my 6' x6' painting that was stolen right after this documentation; Alice Cooper at the beginning of their career; my copy of Gustav Klimt's Portrait of Sonja Knipps, assigned to teach students how to utilize undercoats, as currently displayed in our home.



Last night my friend Lisa Davidson inspired me to muse on subjective academia experiences. Actually, in the late '60s/early 70s the art instruction at UCLA's Dept. of Fine Art was pretty cool, with the gamut from learning hardcore systems like 3 point perspective to no less than Ed Ruscha telling us to paint whatever we wanted or no less than R.B. Kitaj requiring us to make a line drawing from a nude model for all 6 weeks of the class*, asking us to "make it perfect. Erasure is allowed." 

In contrast, I've been told the current emphasis is on "cultural development" and "contemporary issues" rather than honing one's art to the best of one's abilities to present it to anyone and everyone. Also, my very first week at UCLA I figured out that A) if 19 out of 20 professors concurred, that was probably close to the truth and B) out of any given class of 20 art students, only 5 had any art expertise, 1 was probably a future success as visuals genius, and 15 were there to goof or were bereft of any real visual talent. I always endeavored to be at least one of those 5... 

My most important accomplishment at UCLA was meeting the writers and journalists of its newpaper entertainment sections. We dealt with our company town's actual record companies and studios, which forged the directions of my life's work in photography, art direction, writing and photojournalism. Life lessons indeed... 


 * "It's all true. I stood next to you in Kitaj's class." - Phil Savenick
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