DOO DOO-DOO DOO-DOO DOO-DOO-DOO

May 19, 2014 by

What an extraordinary evening it was.

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Thank you – all who were involved with my ‘gig’ at the ‘Moulin Rouge’ Spiegeltent as part of the Brighton Fringe – particularly Richard, Jo, Mandy and the guest keyboard player, Richard Clark-Monks. A very special thanks to Adrian and all those at the Tent who made the performance happen and run so smoothly.

Early on in my chat I was talking about Holly Woodlawn – the Warhol Superstar …

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… and major player as part of  the Warhol Factory in New York.
Lou Reed immortalised Holly …

Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she
She says, “Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side”
He said, “Hey honey, take a walk on the wild side

Halfway through my stories of spending 3 weeks with Holly in London,
(see Blog ’50: LOU REED – ‘Life-Changer’ for details!)
someone unexpectedly walked towards the stage. I did a real double-take. It was the legend HERBIE FLOWERS. Herbie Flowers was a founding member of the group BLUE MINK, featured in a mid-1970s line-up of T-REX and later played bass with many superstars including David Bowie and Paul McCartney. I had NO idea he would be appearing and I sat down on the stage and listened to his wonderful story about how the classic bass line was created in the studio with LOU REED. Watching him play his bass to explain how the riff developed was one of those moments of history for me

Thank You Herbie Flowers – you made my day/week/year …

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The talks ‘Graphic Design as an Extreme Sport‘ will continue and who will show up next time I wonder?
Who knows? – not me – not yet.

Make sure you check out the rest of the blog for stories of working with ‘Megastars’!

Enjoy
&ie

 

 

Rock Gods and Spoilt Brats at the infamous Spiegeltent in Brighton

April 29, 2014 by

Hello All,

Preparations are now well under way for fun, drinking and debauchery at the ….

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On Friday 16th May 2014 from 6-7 pm …

… I’m very excited and honoured to be asked to talk at the famous ‘Moulin Rouge’ Spiegeltent as part of Brighton Fringe.  After the country’s largest music festival ‘The Great Escape‘, I shall be chatting about how iconic designs are created for legendary music stars in the utterly insane world of Pop Music and Rock’n’Roll, and telling stories of what it’s like to work with music’s unpredictable ‘megastars’ …

Starting Out • ‘PYROMANIA‘ and 9/11 • Dealing with ‘difficult’ clients • Creating ‘HYSTERIA‘ • PETE BURNS tells a few home truths to Sony • Pre-computer Techniques • “You’ll never work in the music industry again” • Finding allies in business • With METALLICA honesty always wins • Buttock-clenching embarrassment at opening night of ROLLING STONES tour • Joys of Typography • Working at Clarence House • Get out and about • Designers ultimate nightmare • The pressures working on LIVE AID and LIVE 8 • Axl Rose flips out • Fans and Parties • Lessons from PAUL McCARTNEY • The wonderful Victor • Challenges from LED ZEPPELIN and much more.

The venue is hardly your average tent  …

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… but this extravagant and colourful venue was erected in less than 5 hours !!!  The original Spiegeltents were the ‘domain of night-owls, heartbreakers and dream-chasers’. They were legendary and still are.

Don’t miss out.
Book your tickets now at brighton fringe website
or Box Office on 01273 917272

 

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L O V E P O W E R joins BOWIE METALLICA HENDRIX ZEPPELIN AC/DC BEATLES and STONES

November 25, 2013 by

Continuing our quest for Christmas presents …

First, thank you for a great response from AC/DC and METALLICA fans after last blog. Now you can relax. SORTED.

During the coming season of commercial hysteria and shopping meltdown –  endlessly repetitive TV advertising (tedious cartoons courtesy of John Lewis, SnotBall games from Iceland and perfume-ads called  Pariah Carey, Hairy Bikers, Fragrance Of Burnt Offal and Sweat Of Armadillo) is driving me mental. There are still weeks left to be bombarded/blackmailed/co-erced into joining in the race to the 25th December. All very little to do with …

Happy Birthday to Me

To counterbalance here are a couple of new Limited Editions expressing sentiments I hope are more appropriate to the occasion in question …

EDITIONS LAUNCH on Friday 29th November …

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These two symbol/graphics were created for the ace Guitarist ROBIN GEORGE a couple of years ago.
Check out … http://www.robingeorge.co.uk/

Meanwhile visit THE AIRFIX EDITIONS PAGE

to see them all. Remember …

NONE OF THEM WILL MATCH THE SOFA!
Yes – they’re all signed
and numbered
and printed on the highest quality grade art paper

So what are you waiting for …
Here’s the AC/DC again and the two METALLICA editions Lars Ulrich – Metallica’s drummer called ‘AWESOME!

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THE BEATLES, BOWIE of course (see MADONNA below) and two DEF LEPPARD editions. The first is taken from my original pencil sketch for ‘Hysteria‘, the second shows how I designed the 12″ singles from ‘Hysteria‘ to complete a giant (3′ x 3′) version of the album sleeve if you bought them all (the final single packaging contained the additional 3 needed to complete it.)

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HENDRIX editions. The first one I created as a painting for THE HENDRIX SUITE at the Cumberland Hotel (Jimi’s official residence in the UK) when I was asked to design images in the newly-created suite celebrating 40 years since the guitarist died. The second image is taken from a collage of printed Japanese papers embellished with stitching and gold leaf.

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The last Hendrix edition is of the mural I created for the suite … here’s how it looked

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There are ZEPPELIN editions naturally. The first created from preparatory sketches I did for the LED ZEPPELINBBC Sessions‘ LP/MC/CD. The original of the second edition is a solvent transfer – a technique I love – created, well – purely because I love Jimmy Page. The bottom is one of the preparatory designs from which the wraparound cover of the fabulous LED ZEPPELINDVD‘ was finalised. ‘DVD’ was the first release of live footage of several complete concerts by the band. Watching it – it’s obvious to see why they were such a massive and innovative phenomena.

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Finally, a mix of LITTLE RICHARD, MADONNA and THE STONES –Little Richard because I love him, the Madonna was created as a polaroid transfer for a major art piecee for a highly-acclaimed exhibition – ‘ICON‘ which I did with a friend and collaborator Sean Johnson-Kuczinski – as was the Bowie polaroid transfer above. ‘Skippy’ the rabid dog, a disturbing mascot for the ‘URBAN JUNGLE‘ tour in 1990, was recreated from a photocopy sketch

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So there you go.
I hope you like them. You know where we are …

 THE AIRFIX EDITIONS PAGE

METALLICA UP NEXT

&ie

AC/DC Logo Explodes

November 15, 2013 by

It’s that time of year again …
(sssshhhh) – 

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and so, naturally, you’re out there looking for ideal gifts to shower on your loved ones to celebrate the occasion. And can you find anything that’s cool enough. Of course you can’t – it’s all predictably dull and boring for us music fans.

Well – look no further – problem solved …

Sticking very firmly to the belief of creating …
art that DOES NOT match the sofa …
Here’s a solution for all you Rock’n’Rollers.

Click HERE to see Limited Editions

Andie Airfix Limited Editions bring something unique to Christmas. They’re cool, very affordable and ideal for music fans. Here’s a brand NEW edition.
available from November 18th 2013 …

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Created from original pen and ink/pencil drawing of the logo for the Ballbreaker World Tour in 1995. This is pre-computer and was completely hand-drawn (very tricky to do!)

Don’t forget the recently released  ‘Ninja Star 1′ & Ninja Star 2′:  2 METALLICA editions created for the AIRFIX LOUNGE last March, editions Lars Ulrich, METALLICA’s drummer described as ‘AWESOME!‘ …

Editions Web 1b 1000px MetallicaEditions also include:
LED ZEPPELIN  DAVID BOWIE  JIMI HENDRIX
THE ROLLING STONES  THE BEATLES  MADONNA
DEF LEPPARD and LITTLE RICHARD.

CLICK HERE to see Limited Editions

Order NOW to guarantee Christmas delivery worldwide.

All Editions are printed on the highest grade, heavyweight art paper by the latest digital technology to ensure the richest colours and to maintain the finest of detail.

Problem is – and I feel obliged to inform you – that many who purchase Andie Airfix Limited Editions, somehow forget (?!) to send them on to the people they bought them for. Shocking behaviour. The solution is obvious of course – buy one for yourself too – and everyone will be happy.

More very soon …
As ever
&ie

50. LOU REED – ‘Life-Changer’ (1942-2013)

October 29, 2013 by

At the end of the night, he (Lou) told us we’d been such a crummy audience we didn’t deserve an encore. and he didn’t do one. That I decided was a true rock’n’roll star.”
– Neil Gamen in The Guardian.

There is nothing to say and everything you want to about Lou Reed.
This album sleeve sums it all up for me …

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I never met Lou Reed (though loved his music and attitude) but I did meet Holly Woodlawn, the ‘he was a she’ in Lou’s ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ …

… “Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she
She says, “Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side”
He said, “Hey honey, take a walk on the wild side

Holly Woodlawn

When I say I ‘met’ Holly Woodlawn – it was rather more than that.

Holly was one of the stars in the Warhol Factory in New York. If Lou Reed hadn’t brought her additional fame by including her in his song, then Holly probably wouldn’t have developed the extraordinary cabaret act she brought to London in the late 70’s. If she hadn’t come to London I wouldn’t have met her – I happened to be working in the place where she would be performing – the innovative ‘supper-club’ Country Cousin on the Kings Road.

I noticed she had her eyes on me during day-time rehearsals for the opening night but didn’t think much about it. After her late-night performance that night though – I was ‘summoned’ to her dressing room. She curled her finger and I was, quite literally, ‘hooked’. She insisted I become her escort for her two-week stay in London. There really was no choice – she was extremely persuasive. I thought it could be fun.

It was more than fun. There followed two weeks of hilarity and wonderful times. I met her manager and entourage, had dinner with her friends, hit the newly-emerging night-club ‘scene’ springing up all over London, danced the night away as she continually shocked, enlivened and challenged those whose lives we unsuspectingly swept into. I cruised around town getting into serious mischief with the explosive diva that was Holly Woodlawn and it was one of the most precious, entertaining and exhilerating experiences of my life.

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If it wasn’t for Lou Reed  – those extraordinary two weeks would never have happened. Lou Reed changed my life. I’m convinced there are many, many others who would say the same thing. He not only changed lives directly but indirectly too – through the diverse and left-field challenges he continuously presented to us in his music and in his own life.

Thank you Lou Reed. Thank you a million times over.

Peace.

49. METALLICA Part Nine – ‘The Return’

September 9, 2013 by

It seems fitting, after SOOO long to return to METALLICA …

… as their new movie

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… is soon to be premiered in the USA

… Watch Trailer 

You can rely on METALLICA to break the rules. Originality is guaranteed. A live concert movie it is … but … from what I’ve seen so far – it’s SO much more than live concert footage …

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Metallica TTN Hero

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COMING SOON – more METALLICA stories in

50. METALLICA Part 10

M E A N W H I L E … B o o k  Y o u r  T i c k e t s  f o r   . . .

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As ever
&ie

ART: METALLICA, LED ZEPPELIN, HENDRIX, DEF LEPPARD

August 12, 2013 by

Archiving always throws up some oddball artwork ….

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OWN SOME ART THAT DOESN’T MATCH THE SOFA

With literally 1000’s of items to catalogue there are always a few items that don’t really fit into categories: they arrive late or unannounced, are stuffed in some envelope or stuck to the back of something else. They certainly have value but can be released more randomly than through the AIRFIX ARCHIVES (GALLERY ONE opening in September by the way).

To give fans a chance for a real bargain – a few of these Little Rogues have been dropped into e-Bay.

Click here to see them.

High quality photographic proofs for Metallica, artist proofs editions of Zeppelin – and more.

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Check it out. Best of luck.

Over the next few weeks I’ll do the same – getting stuff out for FANS. Stay in tune with twitterings and bloggerings.

As ever – &ie

SPIN DOCTOR WHO – Essential viewing right here!

August 5, 2013 by

Hoped as much – but now confirmed … the brilliant PETER CAPALDI is the new DOCTOR WHO.

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As always it’s a hard act to follow. Expectations are huge. Matt Smith was a radical choice too – an unknown actor (then!) but he brought physicality, lunacy and vunerability to the role and made it his own. Capaldi is a daring gamble for sure and Christ knows what he will bring to the role. It’s hard to imagine MALCOLM TUCKER delivering such acerbic horrifying insults as THE DOCTOR

WATCH THIS: Malcolm in ‘IN THE LOOP’
and
WATCH THIS: Malcolm in ‘THE THICK OF IT’

but then, of course, we know better when we watch other performances by CAPALDI. From the horrific outbursts of Malcolm Tucker we witness this heart-breaking and dramatic outburst of emotion in one the best BBC dramas on TV this year, (also starring the exquisite Ben Wishaw, Dominic West and the amazing Romola Garai). This is Capaldi as the Head of News when he finds out his daughter is dead – the powerful performance still astounds and shocks me.

WATCH THIS: Randall Brown in ‘THE HOUR’

Interesting choice then.

From a DOCTOR WHO fan, who really did hide behind the sofa and have nightmares when the Daleks first appeared in 1963, I wish you the best of luck, Mr Capaldi. I get the feeling we’re in for another extreme regeneration.

BRING IT ON!

THE ROLLING STONES visit the Airfix Lounge – ‘Skippy’

July 1, 2013 by

Seems appropriate … after Glastonbury and Hyde Park

to remind you I created an edition for the Airfix Lounge launch in May …

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I called the Dog ‘Skippy‘, inappropriate as it was – the design of a monstrous rabid dog fronting a Rolling Stones tour. The logo was for the brilliant ‘Urban Jungle‘ tour in 1990. I was commissioned to re-design all the elements of the ‘Steel Wheels‘ tour when it arrived in Europe. The band felt the corporate look which dominated Steel Wheels in the US needed to be much more ‘edgy’ for the European leg of the tour.

Much more on ‘URBAN JUNGLE‘ – PART ONE & PART TWO from blogs in 2012. They give an insight into working with The ROLLING STONES and there are some hilarious stories including serious embarrassment at the launch party for the tour in Rotterdam. Still makes me cringe after over 20 years.

Check out the website

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to see the ‘Skippy’ edition and more
– including two editions Lars Ulrich described as ‘AWESOME!’
– the METALLICA ‘NINJA’ Stars, of course.

More very soon – I feel I need to catch up on some of the STORIES! and introduce you all to …

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Now THERE’s a Pandora’s box that needed opening. some of it I’d almost forgotten about. I love the older artworks with the colour instuction overlay – amazing what you find …

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Later,
&ie

GUITAR: Metallica, Zeppelin, AC/DC, Def Leppard, DoA, Live8, Stones. NOW on eBay

June 24, 2013 by

On EBAY until 10am Monday July 1st 2013 … start bidding!

http://tinyurl.com/ph8jvhb

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Is it a Bird? Is it a Guitar? Is it Art? Does it Play?

Well – three of those certainly. (I don’t think it flies – yet.) Depends who buys it. I could think of a few people who could help it on its way.

I created this guitar (with more than a little technical help from Zoli) as part of the AIRFIX LOUNGE exhibition at the Brighton Fringe this year. It celebrates many of the artists I have worked with over the years including METALLICA, LED ZEPPELIN, DEF LEPPARD, AC/DC, THOMPSON TWINS, DEAD OR ALIVE & PAUL McCARTNEY.

The Hutchins limited edition (of 250) guitar is a replica of the famous ‘teardrop’ guitar played by Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones. The edition was a sell-out apart from a few retained by Hutchins GuitarsThis is one of them – edition number o99. It was kindly donated by Gary Hutchins – to help support and promote the launch of the ambitious AIRFIX LOUNGE project.

The guitar has escaped to EBAY to help further the expansion of the AIRFIX LOUNGE

The LOUNGE was a huge success (much more on that in another blog soon) and there were so many comments received from the US, via various social media, asking if the exhibition and talks would transfer to America.

In answer to those exhuberantly supportive fans – I’m happy to announce that talks ARE in progress right now to take the AIRFIX LOUNGE to a major US city. Stay tuned.

Here’s the Beast in more detail – the design perfectly replicated on the body of the guitar

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Full LOUNGE guitar

So … hang it on your wall,
play it,
fly it,
love it
and also help us get the show further down the road as the AIRFIX LOUNGE expands and begins to tour – bringing a great rock-art show to those fans who have been so positive about the project so far.

More techy details and specs on EBAY.

http://tinyurl.com/ph8jvhb

The Beast could be yours. Catch it before it escapes again
Best of luck
&ie


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