Erik Satie (May 17, 1866 - 1925) was a French composer who ranks  among the oddest figures in late 19th C./early 20th C. music. He  preferred to be called ‘gymnopedist’ or ‘phonometrograph’ rather than  ‘composer’, and his pieces - often whimsically titled bagatelles for piano - have a hypnotic and addictive effect on the listener. They  sound simple but are actually hard to perform properly (not as pretty  little ditties, but as complex and minute variations on a minimalist  theme - Vexations for instance calls for 840 repetitions). Sequences such Gymnopédies and Gnossiennes foreshadow later ambient music, as do the later pieces that Satie himself dubbed ‘furniture music’…

Erik Satie (May 17, 1866 - 1925) was a French composer who ranks among the oddest figures in late 19th C./early 20th C. music. He preferred to be called ‘gymnopedist’ or ‘phonometrograph’ rather than ‘composer’, and his pieces - often whimsically titled bagatelles for piano - have a hypnotic and addictive effect on the listener. They sound simple but are actually hard to perform properly (not as pretty little ditties, but as complex and minute variations on a minimalist theme - Vexations for instance calls for 840 repetitions). Sequences such Gymnopédies and Gnossiennes foreshadow later ambient music, as do the later pieces that Satie himself dubbed ‘furniture music’…

Dennis Hopper (May 17, 1936 - 2010) jumped to superstar fame thanks to his performance in and direction of Easy Rider in 1969, but prior to that he had already appeared in numerous signature films - twice playing opposite James Dean (in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956)) and with Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke (1967). In the meantime Hopper had also appeared in 140 TV-episodes of  shows such as Bonanza, and found time to seriously pursue his other  talents as a photographer, painter and poet…
Photo: Dennis Hopper - Self-Portrait at Porn Stand

Dennis Hopper (May 17, 1936 - 2010) jumped to superstar fame thanks to his performance in and direction of Easy Rider in 1969, but prior to that he had already appeared in numerous signature films - twice playing opposite James Dean (in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956)) and with Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke (1967). In the meantime Hopper had also appeared in 140 TV-episodes of shows such as Bonanza, and found time to seriously pursue his other talents as a photographer, painter and poet…

Photo: Dennis Hopper - Self-Portrait at Porn Stand

Jean Gabin (May 17, 1904 - 1976), French gangster-film  specialist, was born into show biz as the son of cabaret entertainers.  He worked his way up from variety stages, through silent movie roles and  into the talkies in 1930. Despite his reputation as a tough cookie, he  was also a character performer in serious French films such as Renoir’s La Grande Illusion (an adaptation of Zola’s La Bête Humaine) - not to mention Gabin’s lead role in the 1949, Oscar winning (Foreign Film category) Au-Delà Des Grilles…
Photo: Gabin as Maigret

Jean Gabin (May 17, 1904 - 1976), French gangster-film specialist, was born into show biz as the son of cabaret entertainers. He worked his way up from variety stages, through silent movie roles and into the talkies in 1930. Despite his reputation as a tough cookie, he was also a character performer in serious French films such as Renoir’s La Grande Illusion (an adaptation of Zola’s La Bête Humaine) - not to mention Gabin’s lead role in the 1949, Oscar winning (Foreign Film category) Au-Delà Des Grilles

Photo: Gabin as Maigret

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn (May 17, 1911 – 1992), born Lisa Birgitta  Bernstone was a Swedish fashion model widely credited as the first  supermodel…
She was married to two photographers, first Fernand Fonssagrives -  then Irving Penn (hence her hypenated last name), and modeled for many,  many more of the greats… Lisa herself became an artist after she gave up  on being what she called a “good clothes hanger…”
Photo: Irving Penn

Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn (May 17, 1911 – 1992), born Lisa Birgitta Bernstone was a Swedish fashion model widely credited as the first supermodel…

She was married to two photographers, first Fernand Fonssagrives - then Irving Penn (hence her hypenated last name), and modeled for many, many more of the greats… Lisa herself became an artist after she gave up on being what she called a “good clothes hanger…”

Photo: Irving Penn

Jonathan Richman (b. May 16, 1951), always youthful, energetic and  positive, is a seminal figure in rock and folk-inspired song-writing (he  is so unique that labels quite fail me here). Who else sings  about their ill-fitting jeans or a chewing gum wrapper on the sidewalk,  with intense and real feeling?
Photo: Elsa Dorfman, 2003: Jojo and Nicole, polaroid

Jonathan Richman (b. May 16, 1951), always youthful, energetic and positive, is a seminal figure in rock and folk-inspired song-writing (he is so unique that labels quite fail me here). Who else sings about their ill-fitting jeans or a chewing gum wrapper on the sidewalk, with intense and real feeling?

Photo: Elsa Dorfman, 2003: Jojo and Nicole, polaroid