Thursday, December 6, 2018


Pete Shelley, deceased at age 63 from a heart attack. Solo or with Buzzcocks, it was all so damn catchy! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

REST IN PEACE LEA BISHOP of Enumclaw, Washington

Pictured above with her well nigh perfect Scottish Deerhound multiple Best in Show  Champion Rayne An Gael and 3 of her puppies that she bred (daddy was Ch. Benachie's Bobcat); below showing my Scottish Deerhound Karis: Lea Bishop. Little blurbs don't sum up such a life so well lived. She was a survivor, as both her parents died young. She was a self-taught expert on fine hounds and showing them. She was an expert seamstress at stage costuming, which was how I met her at UCLA with Kirk Henry's, John Mendelsohn's, Ralph Oswald's and my future better half Mr. Twister's band (see LINK*). She became my sighthound mentor, unusual as we both were relatively young to specialize in purebred dogs. 

She was a fine, self-taught travel photographer who exhibited often. She used her initial relocation to learn a new vocation, and climbed up the ladder until she was the head of the entire Senior Center for which she first worked in the Seattle area. She bought sports cars to drive around in Europe then imported to sell here in the U.S. to finance selfsame trip. 

She specialized in showing, breeding and enjoying Borzois, then Scottish Deerhounds where her Merridale Farm kennels enjoyed its most rousing success, then Petit Basset Griffon Vendèen ("PBGVs,") then Italian Spinones, all lovely, fuzzy hounds. Why did she quit Deerhounds, often called "the most perfect breed under Heaven" as by Sir Walter Scott?  Because, dear readers, Deerhounds are also called "the heartbreak breed," but that's a whole other story although a hint can be found here LINK**...

 ←Lea with her 
Italian Spinone  
UCLA rock and roll
daze 1970: Lea top row far right, Mr. Twister bottom row far left plus the rest of the band, its roadies and their rock press →

 She had a wicked sense of humor, once suggesting naming her puppies "the terrorist litter," which prompted me to call my first Arabian horse the apropos Muslim sobriquet Idi Amin, since most would hear "Idi" as "Edie."  After the breakup of her first marriage she visited a counselor with whom she told me she felt at ease only after he sang "People Are Strange" by The Doors to her at her insistence. On one visit, the comedy Best in Show hadn't been released to her area yet so we enjoyed Almost Famous together at her local theatre, guffawing loudly at the insider rock and roll jokes to an otherwise silent audience.

I always had a great time whenever we got together. The photo at top represents such a happy memory of Twister's and my visit to her Deerhound-filled farm of that era. She sent thrilling accounts of her world travels via Christmas cards with her second husband Emerson. She gave me a fine, vintage Landseer etching of a Deerhound when I had cancer in 1984. After our mutual dog showing friend, acclaimed Deerhound breeder Jana Brinlee informed me how really ill Lea was at this stage of her own cancer, I tried calling all the phone numbers I had for Lea. I never got through. Now I never will. Rest in peace, Lea...

Two of Lea Bishop's travel photos, of Italy and Thailand. 

Below, a dog show in the 1970s, Lea with her Borzoi and our friend Debbie Reinberg.


Sunday, September 23, 2018


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 also wrote a touching piece at LINK***


Monday, September 10, 2018


                   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. For ten years she was Kurt's and my loving best friend. A rescue who was dumped in the pound with her puppies who all died then lovingly saved by the breed 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 her various puppies, her pal Karis, Barbaro (below) and any and all canine and equine friends, and once again be at peace.

Sunday, August 26, 2018


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 

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  *


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


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


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


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.
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