Thursday, June 30, 2011


An example of my casual photography circa 1970 (although I added
the digital color noise to the original black and white print just now after I scanned it.) This was my UCLA friend Barbara Witus posing in the selfsame UCLA Botanical Gardens. I haven't seen her since, but she and my still current UCLA pal Kirk Henry both could burst into song of ANY Broadway show tune that anyone ever named. Her "I'm Just A Girl Who Can't Say No" from "Oklahoma!" was in itself a LOL showstopper.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


LITTLE CAESAR at the Key Club, Hollywood, this June. My pictorial history of this amazing hardest rock/soul band can be found throughout here: LINK

Also enjoyed recently this past June,
Ruby Friedman Orchestra
at the Rhino Records "Pop Up" (temporary) store, with a few more photos of the Orchestra this time.

Very Edith Piaf!

Photo ops at RFO: below, Mark London and Evita Corby

Kenneth Rains Shiffrin and Dire McCain (also editoress of Paraphilia literary/cultural flashpoints magazine.)

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Friday, June 17, 2011


Fascinating evening at Beyond Baroque in my old haunts of Venice, California*. Eve Brandstein/Poetry in Motion presented a mix of live music and highly entertaining Spoken Word performers, sometimes even simultaneously as with the segment of Michael Des Barres' (pictured above and below.)

Des Barres, whose much in demand rock frontman career began with 1970s Glamsters Silverhead, advertised this on Facebook as, strange as it seemed, his first ever solo gig. Insofar as his "day job" has been equally steady work throughout the intervening decades as the go-to actor for edgy outsiders or rocker types, it's puzzling that he hasn't happened on this mash-up of playing his own songs and hilariously raconteuring before now: the combo is a natural for this extrovert who had the audience enraptured with his every word.

Easy rapport with the audience!

Ron Zimmerman (above) evinced a genuine, Jeff-Bridges-casual charm (but with more bite and Bizarro Worldliness) via his dry but riotous humor. Check into IMdB for his extremely extensive television/writing/producing C.V., Google(TM) for extraneous lovelife stuff.

Comedienne/writer Suzanne Whang, sardonic and beauteous (sorry, but it's true.)

Best idiosyncratic delivery: a tie between Rick Lupert (whose resemblance to Danny Strong, comic supporting actor seen in most seasons of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" initially threw me,) left and Ellyn Maybe, right.

Ben Brandstein (fils d'Eve) above left, and Mason Summit, right, bravely made it a truly all ages gig. Charismatic young Summit performed a rousing "I Ain't Marchin' Anymore" worthy of its writer the late Phil Ochs (subject of a well-received recent documentary "There But For Fortune.")

Des Barres' spellbound audience (assorted Brandsteins visible.)
"J'accuse!!?" No, unexpected props to your trulys from onstage. Thank you Michael.

"Can I borrow your capo, Mason?"

Photo op: Evita Corby (right) and friend get noticed.

*An ad hoc Venice cruising proved that twenty years later, the Jolly Roger Motel still stands. Twister and I knew it well as an annex. Our Lilliputian beach house was too tiny for houseguests...RELATED:
This Ron Zimmerman video is from a 2007 book signing for Catherine James' memoir "Dandelion," which I like to plug as it's a worthwhile, poignant and entertaining read.

Michael Des Barres (with band at SXSW) performing his song (co-written with Holly Knight) "Obsession"

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

IGGY and THE STOOGES, Tribute to Ron Asheton, Ann Arbor 4.19.11, first photographs

One fan said of my photo above "this is the baddest Iggy's looked in years!"

From the Tribute to Ron Asheton at the Michigan Theatre, Ann Arbor MI, 4.19.11. A taste from the feature-to-come.* (In the meantime visit Retrokimmer's excellent account LINK.) Second
from top photograph displays Iggy Pop doing that crazy hand jive with his microphone. Also depicted are Stooge guitarist James "Raw Power" Williamson (
LINK) and saxophonist Steve MacKay. Below, Iggy and James, on Weissenborn lap guitar, offer an emotional duet in keeping with the evening's theme, "Ron's Tune" featuring hints of "I Wanna Be Your Dog" slack key-style.

Below, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Stooges' guitarists James Williamson and the evening's honoree, the late Ron Asheton.
For the entire concert photofeature, follow the instructions on LINK for Paraphilia Magazine; for the first part of this report go to LINK.
"Ron's Tune" on Youtube

*we first have to rid our house of lycanthropes. A film production of webisodes for MTV's "Teen Wolf" has taken over our abode with much disruption to my normal work routine...
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