portrait of this blog's author - by Stephen Blackman 2008

Saturday, January 30, 2016


I am haunted by this song . . . . .. . . . . especially this phrase or paragraph

Lovely live set available from Big O this morning [2/02] worth getting hold of

not forgetting . . . . . 

PAUL KANTNER with The Jefferson Airplane

                 B  O  W  I  E★S T I L L

Bowie as Andy Warhol in the film 'Basquiat'

Bowie as Andy Warhol in the film 'Basquiat' II

Friday, January 29, 2016

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Quentin de Briey


 ©️BRIAN ARIS 1993

PAUL KANTNER R.I.P. 1941-2016

Paul Kantner at his corner coffee shop in his beloved San Francisco

Paul Kantner, one of the giants of the San Francisco music scene, has died on January 28, 2016 of multiple organ failure. He was 74 and had suffered a heart attack earlier this week. Kantner is known for co-founding the counterculture era psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane and its spin-off band Jefferson Starship. His death was confirmed by longtime publicist and friend, Cynthia Bowman, who said he died of multiple organ failure and septic shock. Kantner suffered from a string of health problems in recent years, including a heart attack in March 2015. With Jefferson Airplane, Kantner pioneered what became known as the San Francisco sound in the mid-1960s, with such hits as “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit.” The Airplane was renowned for thrilling vocal gymnastics by singers Marty Balin, Grace Slick and Kantner, the psychedelic blues-rock sound developed by guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bass player Jack Casady and the LSD-spiked, ’60s-era revolutionary fervor of its lyrics. - sfgate.com
Jerry and Paul

I guess I have to understand that I have got to the age where I am going to be losing more and more of my heroes.
Sad to read Paul Kantner is gone, another musician lost, airplane Captain, free thinking stoner and explorer of inner spaces, guitarist, science fiction freak and artist, unique, sharp, prickly and funny and he will be greatly missed. "Have You Seen The Stars Tonight?"
Blows Against The Empire!

I learned the news from The Doors Facebook page who reported:
Our condolences go out to the friends, family and fans of Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane on the news of his passing. Music would not be the same without the sounds of The Doors and Jefferson Airplane, which both contributed so heavily to the signature sound of the 60s and 70s. They often shared the same bill. Celebrate them with this article of the bands’ shows together in England in 1968

There have been some great things filtering through not least from Rolling Stone as we should have expected . . . . Paul Kantner - Rolling Stone
Doors and Airplane hit Middle Earth

Paul Kantner was born in 1941, the musical and nonconforming son of a traveling salesman. He dropped out of college to pursue a career in folk music and became friendly with Crosby and future Starship member David Freiberg, spending days and nights on the beach, strumming guitars and indulging in Crosby’s premium stash of marijuana.
He spent much of his life in his native city, San Francisco and would look back years later and remember a golden age of art, free love and joyous possibility. He joked that it was a privileged haven, “49 square miles surrounded by reality”. He believed deeply in the 60s dream, often citing an anecdote that for a few days in 1966 the stars were so aligned that you could expect any wish to be granted.
“Which, needless to say, it was,” he liked to add.

Blows Against the Empire & If Only I could Remember my Name by Dave Crosby et al here

It's time we walked away
Set me free
I must move away
Leave you be...
Time's been good to us, my friend
Wait and see how it will end
We come and go as we please...
We come and go as we please...
That's how it must be

Here in crystal chandelier, I'm home
Too many days, I've left unstoned
If you doubt my happiness
What full pleasure feels in the Sun
Ah, don't you know I'm runnin' home...
Don't you know I'm runnin' home...
To a place to you unknown?

I take great peace in your sitting there
Searching for myself, I find a place there
I see the people of the world
Where they are and what they could be...

I can but dance behind your smile...
I can but dance behind your smile...

You were the world to me for a while


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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One of the first Ziggy and The Spiders photos copyright Brain Ward 1971

not forgetting . . . . . . . 

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

 O  W  I  E
loved this artwork . . . . . .found it here
Bowie fell in love with Iman at first sight, 
“I was naming the children the night we met … it was absolutely immediate.” 
However, Iman was reluctant to a date a rock star. In an interview she shared, “I did not want to get involved with a rock star. No way. It is not a sane thing to do, but David changed my mind. He wooed me.” 
“I remember once we went out to dinner and the laces on my trainers came undone, and David was down on his knees in the middle of the street, tying them for me. I thought to myself, ‘This one’s a keeper.’”

Monday, January 25, 2016



Sunday, January 24, 2016

From a favourite sitcom . . . . 



Brilliant! Ramona Marquez as 'Karen' Tyger Drew-Honey as 'Jake' watch as father Pete the wonderful Hugh Denis is suitable bamboozled
It also features Clair Skinner as Mum and Daniel Roche as the whirling dervish and force of nature that is youngest son Ben
A master class in brilliant comedy writing and astonishing acting (mostly how to be upstaged by children) from
Andy Hamilton & Guy Jenkin

I miss it!

Saturday, January 23, 2016


"If she was here I’d probably be just as crazy now as I was then in about 5 minutes. Ain’t that ridiculous?… Naw, it ain’t really. ‘Cause being crazy about a woman like her is always the right thing to do. Being an old decrepit bag of bones, that’s what’s ridiculous. Gettin’ old"
The Last Picture Show (1971) 
Director: Peter Bogdanovich.

Friday, January 22, 2016


oh, I'm just visiting . . . . . . . . .