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 …
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 …
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 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!‘
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.)
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.
The last Hendrix edition is of the mural I created for the suite … here’s how it looked
There are ZEPPELIN editions naturally. The first created from preparatory sketches I did for the LED ZEPPELIN ‘BBC 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 ZEPPELIN ‘DVD‘ 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.
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
So there you go.
I hope you like them. You know where we are …
METALLICA UP NEXT
“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 …
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”
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.
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.
It seems fitting, after SOOO long to return to METALLICA …
… is soon to be premiered in the USA
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 …
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 . . .
Hoped as much – but now confirmed … the brilliant PETER CAPALDI is the new DOCTOR WHO.
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 …
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.
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.