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❝If I could come back as anything, I’d come back as Yorkshire terrier, owned by me.❞ 

Todd Rundgren, 1973, by Francesco Scavullo, fo…

Todd Rundgren, 1973, by Francesco Scavullo, for Interview Magazine.

He’s tall and lank and dresses to kill and thrill, and his once brown hair is now shades of green and orange and in personal brief encounters at Max’s Kansas City’s back room or at the best rock and roll parties, Todd Rundgren joyously walks around like some kid out way past curfew. “Everyone asks me how I got this hair. I bleached it. How do they think I got it?” [x]

Debbie Harry, by Chris Stein. “By 1975, we wer…

Debbie Harry, by Chris Stein. “By 1975, we were plunging ahead with the band and I was taking pictures of everything around me, among them Debbie. I was always aware of her astonishing looks and the effect she had on people.” 

Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe, on the …

Patti Smith & Robert Mapplethorpe, on the balcony of their Hotel Chelsea apartment, 222 W. 23rd St, 1971, by Gerard Malanga.

“We used to laugh at our small selves, saying that I was a bad girl trying to be good and that he was a good boy trying to be bad. Through the years these roles would reverse, then reverse again, until we came to accept our dual natures. We contained opposing principles, light and dark.”  ~Patti Smith, Just Kids



this picture is a blessing.

Elton John rockin’ Bob Mackie’s diamond-sequined custom uni for Dodger Stadium, October 25 & 26, 1975. Asked at the time how much it cost, Elton quipped “Two thousand [almost $10,000 in 2019 dollars]…but that’s just a ballpark number.” [x]




Pink Floyd

August 1971, press conference before the Hakone Open Air Festival in Japan, by Koh Hasebe.

Nick Mason, from his book Inside Out: “Of all the overseas tours, our first visit to Japan in August 1971 was a particular success. The record company organised a press conference (something which we generally hate) and presented us with our first gold records. Although these were completely bogus, as they had not been earned through sales, we nonetheless appreciated the gesture.

“The real reason for the success of this tour was an outdoor show at Hakone. Not only was this a beautiful venue set in countryside a couple of hours outside Tokyo, but a festival audience in Japan was a lot less inhibited than one at an indoor show.”

“I sold my first strap to the amazing ROBERT P…

“I sold my first strap to the amazing ROBERT PLANT 1971!” by Jan Nicolas. “I had been working in leather for a while before I started making straps.  I had a few beautiful ones hanging in my studio/office.  Led Zeppelin were in town at the Continental Hyatt ‘riot’ House Hotel.  My friend Linda and I used to spend weekends hanging out in the coffee shop to star gaze.  In the evening, they had a line winding through the lobby to accommodate all the people who wanted to meet Rock Stars.  

“This was a pretty quiet Saturday afternoon, and I grabbed a strap that I thought would suit RP and we found him hanging out in the lobby with body guards, groupies and photographers.  

“I was so shy, that my girlfriend had to call him over to look at the strap.  He loved it, he paid $100 for it and gladly posed for a photo.  Happily, one of the magazine photographers was a friend, and took this picture for me.  I was still in high school, and I was  completely overwhelmed when Mr. Plant cuddled right up to me for the picture.  Now, it is my all time favorite.”

More here. My edits to the pictures she posted, but do click through for more of her amazing story.

Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd, by Andrew Whittuck.  …

Syd Barrett, Pink Floyd, by Andrew Whittuck. 

“I had a friend who knew the Pink Floyd managers and they were keen for any publicity, since the Floyd had only been formed 18 months before. They all came to my studio/bedroom in my parents’ house in Hampstead with all their instruments and most importantly for me, with their lighting guy.“

Joan Jett, 1976, via vogue, from a wonderful 2…

Joan Jett, 1976, via vogue, from a wonderful 2018 interview where Joan happily talks about her hair and makeup choices in the context of rock and roll and rebellion. An excerpt:

Who was your hair inspiration in those days? Did you have pictures pinned to your wall or rockers you wanted to emulate?

I’ll tell you, a big influence on my style was the movie Cabaret—that sort of decadent, heavy-makeup, ’20s flapper-girl vibe. Also, I was a big British glitter-music fan, so that means Bowie and T. Rex and Suzi Quatro, who was having hits at the time. She was wearing black leather, and she had a shag haircut. Keith [Richards] had that haircut. Bowie had a wacky shag there for a minute, and a lot of the band the Sweet had shag haircuts. Those were all bands I was listening to, so I sort of went with that. I was looking for a way to have my own look. In high school, I was getting howled at—very lightweight bullying, maybe because they were afraid [laughs]—but stuff like “Diamond Dog,” “David Bowie.”…. 

What did your parents make of all this?

I was still living in my mother’s house in the Valley in the early Runaways [days]. My mother was one of the people who drove me to Hollywood to go to Rodney’s English Disco, and she would pick me up later, you know? She wanted me to have that sort of experience and not just be stuck at home. 

What I was rebelling against wasn’t my parents, it wasn’t school, it wasn’t the government—all the things people normally rebel against. I was very against American society telling me what I could be as a woman. “Rock ’n’ roll is sexual, and girls aren’t allowed to do that”—that just burned me to no end. So I was willing to totally sacrifice everything to prove that was not true.

Did you cut and dye your hair yourself on tour in those early years?

Oh yeah. I dyed my hair myself most of the time, mainly just for convenience’s sake. And I’m sure I had a person cut my hair from time to time, but a lot of times, I did it myself—you can tell because it’s not a great haircut! 

Elton John, 1971, by Terry O’Neill: “I heard t…

Elton John, 1971, by Terry O’Neill:

“I heard this guy singing on the radio in 1971 and I thought he has to be a great new young American musician because his voice and his mastery of his music seemed so native to American rock ‘n’ roll. I discovered he was a young emerging singer-songwriter not yet famous and went along to the studio to photograph him.”