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Wednesday Links: Please Kill Me Edition

I finally read Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain.

One of the benefits of reading a book of this ilk in this day and age is to have streaming media at your disposal to provide the appropriate soundtrack, and hunt down any digital artifacts referenced by our oral historians.

Below are just a small handful of links that I went searching for after being referenced in this book:

Nico and Iggy Pop Evening of LightRon Asheton: Nico got some filmmaker to come to Michigan and make some sixteen-millimeter movie with Iggy. We all went out to this farm, and Nico got John Adams to be in it, too, because he looked like a sphinx: big, long, tight, curly red hair. It was the dead of winter and we were sitting looking out this picture window, laughing, while they put these mannequin arms all over the field – John with no shirt on, and Iggy with no shirt on, doing nothing. Boy, it was real artsy.

Stiv Bators in John Waters’ PolyesterThe late Dead Boys singer, has a pretty great cameo in 1981 Polyester playing to type as a weasel-y punk.  Perfect mix of art direction and camp.

The Filmography of Amos Poe – From the CBGBs time capsule Blank Generation, his work on Glenn O’Brien’s TV Party, to the “New New Wave,” of Unmade Beds. Poe’s filmography plays as a great companion scene to the Punk and No Wave scene of NYC.

Revisiting Rachel Amodeo’s East Village Classic ‘What About Me’ (Via Bowery Boogie)– I read a bit about Johnny Thunders and Dee Dee Ramone being in a movie together, I’m not sure it was even mentioned by name, but I believe What About Me was the movie in question. If not, it’s got some Please Kill Me All Stars. Richard Hell, Johnny Thunders, Richard Edson, Jerry Nolan, Dee Dee Ramone, and Rocket Redglares.

John Belushi drumming with the Dead Boys – John Belushi has been often heralded as a champion of Punk rock.  He is largely credited with orchestrating Fear’s infamous 1981 appearance on SNL. He also tried to get Fear onto the Neighbors soundtrack, going as far as recording a vocal track with the band.

One of the more harrowing Please Kill Me is when the Dead Boys are accosted by a gang on the Lower East Side, and drummer Johnny Blitz is stabbed upward of five times in the abdomen. CBGB’s put on a benefit of Blitz’s medical bills, and Belushi filled in for Blitz on the drums.

Frank Zappa, John Cage, Patti Smith celebrate William S. Burroughs at the Nova Convention (Via Dangerous Minds) – This Venn Diagram of Burroughs and Patti Smith and Zappa represents another subtext of the NYC Punk scene. It wasn’t all loud guitars,sweat, and bile.  There was definitely a literati, art, and poetic side to the scene as well. From the Poetry of Patti Smith and Jim Carroll, the Absurdist Theatre and Warhol Factory scene that spawned the NY Dolls.




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Stanislaw Zagorski – Cover Artist

The other day I dissected the cover art of The Velvet Underground’s Squeeze, and it’s similarites to the Loaded cover artwork.  Loaded was designed by graphic designer Stanislaw Zagorski, one of the trailblazing Polish graphic designers who founded the Polish School of Posters.  Click above to read a great article and showcase on Stanislaw and his contemporary Rosław Szaybo.

10 Amazing Polish Movie Posters

Who says Shutterstock is for stockfootage only.  Their blog has a nice post on some 20th Century film posters inspired by the mid-century Polish School of Poster movement.

How John Belushi Almost Brought Hardcore Punk To Hollywood

Fear frontman Lee Ving discusses his long-lost musical collaboration with the comedy legend. Via Consequence of Sound.

Danny Says Trailer

A documentary on the ubiquitous Danny Fields, a mover, shaker, mentor, protector of many Punk and Post-Punk legends.

Scott Young pedaling Esso rewards program

Scott Young, Neil Young’s dad, was a revered Sports Journalist in Canada.  Here he is looking like Neil, and doing a commercial for Esso gas/oil, something Neil would not do.

Made In Japan – Official Trailer

“Made in Japan” is the remarkable story of Tomi Fujiyama, the world’s first female japanese country music star. From playing the USO circuit throughout Asia to headlining in Las Vegas and recording 7 albums for Columbia records, Tomi’s career culminates in a 1964 performance at The Grand Ole Opry where she followed Johnny Cash and received the only standing ovation of the night. Forty years later, Tomi and her husband set out on a journey through Japan and across the United States to fulfill a dream of performing at The Opry one more time. “Made in Japan” is a funny yet poignant multi-cultural journey through music, marriage, and the impact of the corporate world on the dreams of one woman.