Category: new york city

Heart: Nancy and Ann Wilson above Central Park

Heart: Nancy and Ann Wilson above Central Park

Iggy Pop at the New York punk mecca Max’s Kans…

Iggy Pop at the New York punk mecca Max’s Kansas City, by Leee Black Childers.

Aretha Franklin’s Grammy Award for Best Female…

Aretha Franklin’s Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her 1971 single, “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” one of 8 in a row she won from 1968-75, via Billboard

And here’s the performance from that year’s Grammy telecast, which aired March 15, 1972 from New York’s Felt Forum.

The Doors, Fillmore East 1968, poster by David…

The Doors, Fillmore East 1968, poster by David Edward Byrd

John Lennon, NYC 1974

John Lennon, NYC 1974

Iggy Pop & Debbie Harry, NYC 1990, by Timo…

Iggy Pop & Debbie Harry, NYC 1990, by Timothy White

Debbie Harry with producer Mike Chapman and gu…

Debbie Harry with producer Mike Chapman and guitar wizard Robert Fripp at work on Parallel Lines, Record Plant NYC, 1978, by Chris Stein, via blondieofficial

I love everything about this. Three such different personalities in a state of exhaustion. They recorded Parallel Lines in 6 weeks, even though the label had funded them for 6 months, but damned if everything didn’t come together. Chapman had been riding the band hard, adamant that they simply weren’t playing well enough, and needed to step up or get out. 

At the same time, he was being very careful with Debbie, who he saw was pushing herself into emotional places she’d never gone, so he rarely asked for more than a few takes a day from her. 

The drive to the finish line was coming from Debbie herself. Sometimes she’d disappear for hours, crying alone, other times, finishing songs while standing at the mic. She KNEW what she wanted, and Chapman knew they were getting it on wax. The songs speak for themselves: “Heart of Glass”, “One Way or Another”, “Hanging On The Telephone”, “Sunday Girl”, and more. 

(Fripp’s appearance is on track 4, “Fade Away and Radiate”, a Chris Stein composition.)

But when Chapman took the finished record to Chrysalis, they rejected it! “There’s nothing here,” they said. Start over.” What the actual fuck.

One of the ways that Chapman earned his money on this was standing his ground, and insisting that was going to be major hit. Needless to say, he was right: over 20 million copies, including a run of 106 weeks on the US charts, their commercial breakthrough here.

And more important, damn near perfect in every way. 

Bashful Patti Smith, by Judy Linn, via vintag….

Bashful Patti Smith, by Judy Linn, via vintag.es

Patti Smith channeling Bob Dylan, by Judy Linn

Patti Smith channeling Bob Dylan, by Judy Linn

John Lennon & Yoko Ono, 1971, by Raeanne R…

John Lennon & Yoko Ono, 1971, by Raeanne Rubenstein