Frances Bean Cobain Assumes Pseudonym, Debuts Artwork

[Editor's note: For the next two Fridays, Flavorwire will be counting down our 20 most popular features of 2010. This post, which originally ran on July 13, 2010, comes in at position number 12.] We always knew to expect great (or, at the very least, interesting) things from the daughter of two of rock’s darkest legends, and Frances Bean Cobain‘s burgeoning art career has not disappointed. The 17-year-old offspring of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love (pseudonym: Fiddle Tim) just put up her first gallery show Scumfuck at L.A.’s La Luz De Jesus Gallery. Cobain’s art is gritty and visceral (kind of like her dad’s), depicting androgynous, obese, or malnourished characters and fringe public figures like punk provocateur GG Allin and cult leader Jim Jones. Oh, and there’s one piece with the caption “Treat me like your mother or I’ll eat the sun.” From what we’ve seen, young Frances Bean’s artwork promises to be as controversial as her parents’ musical legacy. After the jump, check out some images from the show and let us know what you think of the alterna-rock scion’s creations. … Read More

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Rolling Stones Guitarist Ronnie Wood Debuts Artwork Stateside

Though the rumors that the Rolling Stones’ 2011 tour will be their last have already been laid to rest, guitarist Ronnie Wood has a retirement plan. Wood has been painting and drawing since age 12, and in September will get his first American gallery show at The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngston, Ohio. The 8-week exhibition titled Ronnie Wood: Paintings, Drawings and Prints will feature 60 of Wood’s paintings, which mostly depict his fellow band members on stage and in the recording studio. Click through for a preview. … Read More

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5 Great Concert Films Directed by Famous Filmmakers

Earlier this week it was announced that Terry Gilliam, director of films such as Brazil and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, will helm the live stream of Arcade Fire’s August 5 show at Madison Square Garden as part of American Express’s Unstaged series. Luckily for us impatient types, Gilliam is not the first major filmmaker to use his cinematic eye to commit live rock ‘n’ roll performances to film. We’ve rounded up five of our  favorite concert films by well-known directors after the jump. Check out our picks, and leave a comment with any that we missed. … Read More

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The 5 Best and 5 Worst Music Biopic Casting Decisions

We’re a little bit sensitive about our beloved music icons. So when it comes time to make a biopic and Hollywood studios cast A-list actors to fill their glittery shoes, we’re likely to get defensive about their choices. For instance, a recently announced film about Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia has us hoping for lots of tie-dye, illicit substances, and trippy cinematography — but we won’t allow ourselves to get excited about it until we know who’s playing the hippie hero himself. Our trepidation about the Garcia film got us thinking about notable musician biopic casting decisions of the past. Check out the five best and worst after the jump. … Read More

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Design Porn: Staircases

You can build a stairway to paradise or buy one to heaven, but its rare that we actually notice the architectural beauty of these underappreciated architectural elements. In this edition of Design Porn, our regular roundup of covet-worthy objects, we look beneath our feet at some of the most unusual and aesthetically pleasing staircases around the globe. After the jump, check out stairs that defy gravity, disappear, spiral, slide, and actually inspire us to skip a leisurely ride in the elevator. … Read More

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How to Redecorate Your Apartment for Josef Frank’s Birthday

Today would have been Swedish architect and textile designer Josef Frank‘s 125th birthday, and we’re celebrating by pretending we can afford his elegant, contemporary furnishings. Featured in 2008′s Mamma Mia, Frank’s elaborate patterns have made him a touchstone of contemporary Swedish design. He once said, “It is easy to avoid every instance of a lack of taste if one restricts oneself to anemic asceticism and suppresses every expression of temperament. What is tasteful becomes desperately boring.” In honor of the birthday boy, we’ve picked out some of Frank’s designs to take your pad from from ascetically boring to tastefully fabulous.

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Q&A: Bootsy Collins Talks About His Funk University

Bootsy Collins’ newly-established Funk University, the first ever online guitar school for bassists, will make you into a funk legend — or at least teach you the basics through video lectures and daily lessons from guest professors such as Les Claypool and John B. Williams. We emailed Professor Bootsy — who along with 15 other members of Parliament-Funkadelic, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 1997 — and University Director Cory Danziger to learn more about the upcoming semester at FU and determine once and for all the meaning of “the funk.” After the jump, check out our interview with the funk gurus and learn how you can get your own degree in Funkology 101. … Read More

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Pop Culture Icons as Minimalist Art Posters

In today’s round-the-clock news cycle, the images of world leaders and entertainers have been burned into our brains. Capitalizing on this media saturation, Ali Jabbar, an artist located out of Dubai, has created minimalist portraits of popular political and cultural personalities in his series Simple Public Figures. After the jump, check out his stripped down renderings, and see if you can recognize the public figure from the bare essentials. … Read More

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The 10 Strangest Celebrity Product Endorsments

If you’ve ever traveled abroad, then you’ve probably had the disconcerting experience of running into a well-known Western celebrity holding a bottle of liquor on a billboard. (If not, think of Bill Murray’s character in Lost In Translation.) We’ve scoured the Internet to find some of the weirdest celebrity television ads from the past 40 years, which include odd product pitches from Iggy Pop, Johnny Rotten, and Nicolas Cage. After the jump watch musicians, athletes, and film stars sell their wares and let us know if you think they’re making an honest living or just plain selling out. … Read More

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10 of the Coolest Fan Made Music Videos

Typography geek Greg Solenström recently paired black and white photos of Brooklyn with Akzidenz Grotesk font and Jay-Z and Lil Wayne’s “Hello Brooklyn 2.0″ for a fan made tribute that we think could work as an official video. Check it out after the jump, plus nine more of our favorite fan videos for artists like Radiohead, MGMT, and Grizzly Bear. … Read More

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