Patti Smith, record shopping in NYC, John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme in hand. Photo by Danny Clinch
“I was shooting Patti shopping in a New York City record store. She grabbed Coltrane’s A Love Supreme and said, ‘I have to buy it. I can’t stand to see it in a bin, not being played.’ She had six copies, and bought that one, too.”
Keith Richards’ first act of piracy: raiding Anita Pallenberg’s closet. “I steal women’s clothes. Charlie Watts got really pissed at me a few years ago. There was some page in Vogue, and I was a fashion icon. I was actually wearing Anita’s clothes. And Charlie, who spends half his time on Savile Row, said, ‘You, a fashion icon.’ […] I said to Charlie, ‘Look at that picture in Vogue and you’ll see the buttons are on the wrong side of the shirt. All I did was put on Anita’s clothes.”
Bruce Springsteen, rethinking that shirt in this outtake from 1978 sessions for the cover of Darkness on the Edge of Town, by Frank Stefanko, taken in Frank’s Haddonfield, NJ home
that shirt is fucking fire
I didn’t mean to suggest it’s not! I confess to amping up the color a bit to emphasize that very point.
Here’s another take with leather jacket, color probably closer to the way Frank first printed it, the darkness of the leather jacket naturally pulling down the color in the rest of the frame:
In the end, though, Bruce DID rethink it, and went with the leather jacket and a legendary v-neck white T.
Frank boosted the color in Bruce’s face and let some of the details in the wallpaper to wash out to bring out more detail in the jacket, and warmed it all toward brown rather than black.
As Bruce himself wrote about the final result, “When I saw the picture I said, ‘That’s the guy in the songs.’ I wanted the part of me that’s still that guy to be on the cover. Frank stripped away all your celebrity and left you with your essence. That’s what that record was about.”
Hang around my blog any time at all, and you’ll know that my own aesthetic is “too much is never enough”, but Bruce’s take on “sometimes less is more” is pretty hard to argue with.
I agree, though, that many of Bruce’s experiments in this era that didn’t make the final cut are nonetheless indispensible. I’d include songs like “Because The Night” on such a list, but I’d also include that purple paisley shirt.
Stevie Nicks: “There Is Nothing Better Than Being Inducted Into the Hall of Fame”
I joined Fleetwood Mac at the beginning of 1975. We started talking about the solo album at the end of 1979, so my solo work was just a little over four years behind Fleetwood Mac. It has made my life amazing because I’ve been able to have these two amazing careers and live in two completely different worlds.
How do you feel about being the first woman to enter the Hall of Fame twice? Well, that’s probably the biggest part of it. After the show last night I was talking to the Haim girls. I was saying to them, “Okay, now I’ve opened the door for you. Now each one of you need to go do a solo album really fast and get your solos going so in the next 20 years you’ll be able to do this too and maybe I’ve opened the doors to all the girls in my life that sing and write and play and are amazing.”
I didn’t have children, but I sort of do have a house full of daughters since I have so many women singers around me that are in their twenties all the way up to not quite as old as me that are friends of mine. We discuss music and we talk about it and we’re friends. Every time I play a show they come. That’s because we have so much to talk about and so much to share, just about being women musicians and what we love and what we want to do.
My biggest hope is that I have opened the door due to the fact that there’s 22 men who have gone in twice and zero women. I think that’s really a little off balance. That’s what I’m hoping, that what’s happened here to me will give all the little rock and roll stars that are just waiting out there a little hope that they can also do what I do. Mind you, it took a long time. I’m 70 years old. It took a long time for this to happen, but maybe because of this it won’t take so long for all the other incredibly talented women that I know and that I respect and that I listen to and that I’m friends with. That’s really the nicest thing.
~ Stevie Nicks in Rolling Stone, my gently edited excerpt. You really need to read the whole thing, though, here.
Photo above by Clayton Call, of Stevie in Oakland on October 3, 1981, on her first solo tour.
Kate Bush, cowgirl packing heat! Copenhagen, April 26, 1979, by Jorgen Angel. “It was a fantastic show. Half concert, half theatre – great for a photographer. We had no idea it would be her only tour. I am happy to have witnessed it. What a performer!”
Rush! Double doublenecks! Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Garden, December 29 1977, by Patrick Harbron, my edit of original via socanmagazine.
“In the summer of 1977 I wrote and photographed an article, for the Globe and Mail reviewing Farewell to Kings. At the time I was conflicted about whether to continue as a writer or become a photographer; when the Globe ran the piece with a huge photo, the decision was made.” ~Patrick Harbron
“You know why I stopped playing ballads? Because I love playing ballads so much.” Miles Davis at the Fillmore East, June 17-20 1970, playing a four night stand opening for Laura Nyro, by Amalie R. Rothschild, via bostonglobe