Many awesome Stooges-related things have come out of the last week or so, not least the band’s new album (which is actually quite good) and their killer performance at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge. But perhaps most awesome of all is the photo that’s been making the rounds of Iggy clutching two kids in junior versions of his trademark sequined jeans. They look terrified, he looks delighted, and the whole thing is many kinds of awesome. So, in a similar spirit, here’s a selection of other debauched rock stars with cute kids. You’re… Read More
Like business cards, passports can say a lot about a person — where they’ve been, where they’re going, and well, how photogenic they are under the worst conditions. This week, we caught a glimpse of René Magritte’s passport (and pipe!), and so we decided to check out the legal papers of a few more of our favorite artists, from Virginia Woolf to Walt… Read More
From a young Iggy Pop vacuuming his apartment to a costumed Lady Gaga making eggs, here’s a photo roundup of our most endearingly flamboyant musicians doing incongruously domestic… Read More
As of this year, the James Bond film franchise has been going strong for half a century, and while the movies’ have changed casts and varied in quality during that time, ever since Shirley Bassey belted out “Goldfingahhh” in 1964, there’s been one constant: the James Bond theme song. The honor of composing these title tracks has fallen to some of pop music’s most venerable figures, from Paul McCartney and Gladys Knight to Madonna and Jack White.
But perhaps even more fascinating than who ended up on a James Bond soundtrack is who didn’t. The sizable list of acts whose contributions didn’t make the cut includes the likes of Johnny Cash, Blondie, Pulp — and even Alice Cooper, whose rendition of “The Man With the Golden Gun,” intended for the film of the same name, has surfaced on Dangerous Minds. To us, it brings to mind a book report written by someone who didn’t bother to read the book (with some spooky “ooh”ing and hard-rock riffs thrown in for Alice Cooper branding purposes), so it’s not difficult to understand why Lulu’s more spirited, double entendre-packed version won out. Click through to hear Cooper’s rejected song, and if you’re interested in the stories behind other nixed themes, Badass Digest has a great post on the topic. … Read More
Happy Saturday! It’s a beautiful sunny day, in NYC at least, and if such things make you feel like nothing more than holing up on the couch for the day, then you could do a whole lot worse than spending today in the company of 2005 documentary Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, which has recently surfaced in its entirety on YouTube. The film is a pretty great exploration of what it means to be a metalhead, and features interviews with a load of metal luminaries, including Alice Cooper, the late Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy, Tony Iommi, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, the frankly terrifying Gaahl of Gorgoroth, and the similarly terrifying Necrobutcher of Mayhem, who provides the film’s most memorable quote in answer to a question as to whether he has any comment on the idea that black metal is losing touch with its roots: “Yeah, I got a comment. FUCK YOU.” Watch the film in its entirety after the jump. … Read More
Musician and rock archivist Jim Laspesa has been sharing some drool-worthy pics on his Facebook page. The most recent batch comes from a swap meet in Pasadena, California and shows several rock and roll legends mixing it up (with one even wearing a bathrobe). The source of the images is unknown, but whoever shot the likes of Jagger, Bowie, and Jimmy Page must have attended the best damn parties ever. Hit the jump for more vintage photos you wish you owned. … Read More
When established artists decided to lend their talent to the music world, the creations that result from the collision of egos and imaginations are often mind blowing. From Pablo Picasso’s costumes for an avant garde ballet by Erik Satie to Andy Warhol’s management of the Velvet Underground, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite artist and musician collaborations. How did Salvador Dalí and Alice Cooper meet? How did the world survive? Read on to find out and drop us a comment if you think we missed any biggies. … Read More
For forty years, celebrated photographer Bob Gruen has captured rock ‘n’ roll and its shiniest, sweatiest, rowdiest stars and most mythologized icons. He captured John Lennon, posed on a rooftop in a “New York City” tourist tee that the photographer picked up for $5 off the street, Debbie Harry roaming through Coney Island in an indelible, natural capture, a young and fierce Joan Jett, lounging in a hotel room. Gruen was there to document it all.
His hard cover book Rock Seen goes on sale next month, with an introduction by Debbie Harry, a curated selection of his favorite shots, and insider anecdotes. To celebrate its release, here are some of the shots from the book, courtesy of Bob Gruen — a munching Sid Vicious with a face streaked in mustard, “brainy” buds Alice Cooper and Salvador Dalí and John grinding up on Yoko. Enjoy your nostalgia tour! … Read More
If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite literary characters might be listening to while they save the world/contemplate existence/get into trouble, or hallucinated a soundtrack to go along with your favorite novels, well, us too. But wonder no more! Here, we sneak a look at the hypothetical iPods of some of literature’s most interesting characters. What would be on the personal playlists of Holden Caulfield or Elizabeth Bennett, Huck Finn or Harry Potter, Tintin or Humbert Humbert? Something revealing, we bet. Or at least something danceable. Read on for a cozy reading soundtrack, character study, or yet another way to emulate your favorite literary hero. This week: that cheeky standby of English folklore, Robin Hood. … Read More