Thursday, July 29, 2010

This Day in History | 1978
Pioneer 11 transmits images of
Saturn, its rings, and a moon, Titan

Born this day in 1938 | Peter Jennings

When being a journalist conveyed respect.

The Vault | Released October 31, 1977
Donna Summer | Once Upon a Time

What can I say?

If you were gay and in the clubs in 1977 and 1978, most likely the most productive and explosive years for disco music, every guy dancing to RUMOUR HAS IT backed with I LOVE YOU really thought it was about them.

And if they were there and deny it? They're liars.

And Donna Summer was the Queen of the Dancefloor.

You never know just what you've won until you lose (people talking...)
(rumour, have you heard? rumour has it)

The Vault | 1977
Queen | News of the World

Again, music videos, which were, in essence "invented" by Queen (with the promotional video for their iconic BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY) didn't yet have the reach, the penetration, beyond DON KIRSCHNER'S ROCK CONCERTs which were broadcast at midnight, predating, even, SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.

Being an outcast in a group of outcasts in high school, there was some alignment of the universe which secured me a ticket to see Queen, and Freddie Mercury, from front row, center, in November 1977.

I haven't been the same since.

Thank God.

The Vault | 1973
Elton John | Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

I didn't know it at the time, but this double album, four sides of vinyl, taught me how to see more than any photograph I have been exposed to since.

There's a magic to the lyrics of Bernie Taupin which haven't been "ruined" by the advent of the "music video."

Thank God.

On Deck | Elton @ 60
[Madison Square Garden]
The Godfather of AIDS Fundraising

Elton John's record-breaking 60th sellout performance at Madison Square Garden on his 60th birthday, recorded on March 25th, 2007 and televised worldwide is the setting for his DVD, Elton 60: Live at Madison Square Garden.

Sixty Years On
Madman Across the water
Where to Now St. Peter?
Ballad of a Well Known Gun
Take Me to the Pilot
High Flying Bird
Holiday Inn
Burn Down the Mission
Better Off Dead
Empty Garden
Honky Cat
Rocket Man
I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues
The Bridge
Roy Rogers
Mona Lisa's and Mad Hatters
Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word
Bennie and the Jets
All the Girls Love Alice
Tiny Dancer
Something About the Way You Look Tonight
Philadelphia Freedom
Sad Songs (Say So Much)
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me
I'm Still Standing
The Bitch is Back
Crocodile Rock
Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting
Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding
Your Song

Monday, July 26, 2010

LIFE Magazine | AIDS across three decades

Photo: Therese Frare

View LIFE's 30 year gallery on the impact of AIDS here.

Scanning 35mm film, full-frame.

Annie Lennox | Dark Road

Photograph by Diane Arbus

More work by the master photographer here.

To D – Dead By Her Own Hand
Howard Nemerov

My dear, I wonder if before the end
You ever thought about a children’s game—
I’m sure you must have played it too—in which
You ran along a narrow garden wall
Pretending it to be a mountain ledge
So steep a snowy darkness fell away
On either side to deeps invisible;
And when you felt your balance being lost
You jumped because you feared to fall, and thought
For only an instant: That was when I died.

That was a life ago. And now you’ve gone,
Who would no longer play the grown-ups’ game
Where, balanced on the ledge above the dark,
You go on running and you don’t look down,
Nor ever jump because you fear to fall.

Committed suicide this day in 1971
Diane Arbus, photographer

Diane Arbus died on July 26th 1971 by committing suicide, taking an overdose of barbiturates and slashing her wrists. Arbus had suffered with depression during her life, which had been exacerbated by symptoms of hepatitis. She was found in her bathtub two days after her death.

CT's Canine Numismatist! Jerry B!