A throwback photo of rebel queenie from The Runaways, Cherie Currie! #TheRunaways #1970s #rocknroll #QueensofNoise
People are afraid of skulls…maybe because it’s a sign of death. But to me, it represents rock and heavy metal music, intense emotions, a rebellious attitude and fashion style like that of Alexander McQueen. Skulls can be edgy, dark expressions of the creative artistic mood that reflect courage, struggle, soul, spirit and passion. Skulls protect the most important and complex organ in the human body–the brain. It is the invisible shield. Don’t fear skulls…embrace and respect them.
Can you handle the intense fright and terror from the show, “American Horror Story”. That’s what you can experience at the Last Rites Art Gallery in NYC. I was invited to view the recent exhibition of many talented artists, in particular, Jessica Joslin. She transforms unexpected objects like brass buttons, musical instrument parts, bones, to name a few, into animal figurines that sometimes move, snap or bolt. The gallery contains art and sculpture of the “Darker Side of Art” that is not for the squeamish or little children, but can be a great place for an authentic haunted house adventure during Halloween. It’s complete with skulls, vampires and coffins! I’m fascinated with skull artwork as it represents not only rock and heavy metal music, but also embodies an edgy, avant-garde fashion style like that of Alexander McQueen. (Check out my Last Rites hoodie!)
It’s a small gallery on three floors and the bottom level is a complete tattoo parlor that is a very dark filled room of red burning candles and gothic art. So if you are brave enough and have the courage, go visit this exhibition until the 15th!
Blondie, the legendary pop rock singer from the 70’s and 80’s is celebrating her 40th anniversary as a musical and cultural icon. Her music was a blending of pop, punk, rap and reggae…a new wave sound. The other day while heading home from FIT, I walked over to see her exhibition at the Chelsea Hotel Storefront Gallery. I grew up listening to her music…Heart of Glass and Rapture.
“Music keeps me going — it’s stimulating, it’s important as an artist and as a musician to keep digging for it…” Debbie Harry.
It’s been a tragic week. We lost two great artists. Scott “Rock Action” Asheton, who co-founded and played drums for the influential 70’s punk band, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, passed away last Saturday at the age of 64. And L’Wren Scott, fashion designer and long time companion of Mick Jagger, died this morning in her NYC apartment. She was a famous stylist for celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Oprah Winfrey and Sarah Jessica Parker. She was 47. We will never forget you! Rest in peace.
Rock ‘n’ Roll, Sex Kittens, Queens of Noise…these are The Runaways, an American all-female rock band in the mid-70’s! This photo is the book cover from “Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway”, an autobiography by Cherie Currie (the lead singer). When I first listened to the songs “Cherry Bomb” and “Queens of Noise”, I immediately fell in love with this group and couldn’t resist playing their songs over and over again. I discovered that Cherie Currie wrote this book. The book spanned her music career that started during her wild teen years to her serious struggle with drug and alcohol addiction, family issues, and fame…a very roller coaster life. It chronicled her journey to rock stardom when she first met a music producer, Kim Fowley. He introduced her to guitarist, Joan Jett and the rest is history. Cherie wrote that David Bowie was a huge inspiration and influenced her look–she changed her hair, makeup, and clothes. Most interesting and daring was her corset outfit she wore during her tours all over the country, including London and Tokyo! It became her signature style. Well, I could tell you more about Cherie Currie but instead, urge you to read this book–it’s really, really good, I swear!
Here’s a video of the Runaways during a 1977 tour in Japan.
The Runaways in 1975-1979:
“I realized the other day that I’ve lived in New York longer than I’ve lived anywhere else. It’s amazing: I am a New Yorker. It’s strange; I never thought I would be.” –David Bowie–
One night, my mom shared an interesting story with me about David Bowie. Most everyone knows he’s a famous singer, right? Well, back then … the 70’s. Like most musicians, he struggled to find his niche and style. In his mid-twenties, he endeavored to start out as a solo performer and it was a real battle. Things weren’t going as fast or in the direction he had hoped until his life made a turnaround when he met a young American stylist, model and musician, Angela Barnett. She gave Bowie ideas about the costumes and music that had an immediate impact on his career. At first, he was apprehensive. But when he met the punk rock star, Iggy Pop, and watched him perform on stage, it inspired him to move forward. Bowie and Iggy Pop joined together to produce songs and perform and the rest is history. Even the Rolling Stones called Bowie, after a performance, and told him that it was an outstanding show! (LOL, for those of you who don’t know this … I have a chihuahua … I named him “Iggy Pop”!)
Bowie continued to write and produce songs, and along the way, continued to impact and influence fashion. He made some bold and radical changes. One such bold move came when he was introduced to a Japanese designer, Kansai Yamamoto. Kansai designed Bowie’s memorable striped bodysuit for the “Aladdin Sane” tour in the late 70’s. Kansai acquainted Bowie with his hometown, Tokyo, and presented him with his avant-garde designs, that included his new-fashioned Japanese kimono. They had great memories working together and built a lasting friendship. Kansai continues to design today and is truly one of the leaders of contemporary fashion.
David Bowie — sensitive, bold, innovative and dynamic!
Lou Reed fans mourn the rock star’s death this week. He was just 71 years old. A member of The Velvet Underground and also a solo artist who influenced not only music but fashion as well. Take a listen along with me and my gold spiky headphones and remember this legend’s memorable music!
The Ramones epitomize the 70’s – 80’s downtown NYC punk scene, both musically and in urban fashion. Their fashion, music and counter-culture position are an inspiration to me. They capture a mood that spurs my creativity and imagination. 70’s and early 80’s fashion has now become mainstream, emerging in pop culture music of today. It has, in some ways, because of this, made punk an alternative lifestyle, street and youth culture, acceptable and mainstream society. The very thing it originally opposed. Punk is a blending of many emotions … anger, frustration, euphoria, elation. It’s fighting for your life and your belief system. A constant endeavor to be heard, even if it’s counter. It’s your expression. Your revelation. That’s the Urban Edge.
What is your favorite Rock genre?