As we reported last week, Gaspar Noé — the man responsible for the French films Enter the Void and, shudder, Irreversible — has directed the video for the rather excellent new Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds single “We No Who U R.” The video is rather restrained by Noé’s standards, but it fits the song beautifully, and it got us thinking about other well-known directors who’ve moonlighted in making music videos. There have been plenty over the years, some triumphant, some rather less so — so here’s a selection for your viewing delectation! Marvel, giggle, shake your head in despair, and then let us know if we missed any. … Read More
New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery showcases the rich and diverse world of fine art photographs both of and by rock, blues, and punk’s greatest legends, from Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen to Blondie and Björk.
Co-founder Henry Diltz is responsible for the gallery’s namesake Doors album cover (and dozens more classic-rock memes), and shows photographers as varied as Jim Marshall and Autumn DeWilde, with a special appreciation for photography by artists better known as musicians, such as Julian Lennon and Dave Stewart. The epically thorough website is searchable by band, year, and genre, and includes special web-only exhibitions.
“I don’t actually remember doing the painting,” Julian Lennon admits. “But I certainly remember walking through the front gates of our house and actually showing Dad it and him saying, ‘What is that?’”
Lennon is, of course, referring to the legend behind one of his father’s most famous songs, “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” the Beatles’ classic whose inspiration comes from a drawing by Julian. Despite John Lennon’s vividly psychedelic description of Lucy — “A girl with kaleidoscope eyes” — Julian’s is remarkably subdued: “the best you can draw a child-like character at the age of four.” … Read More