Franz Marc, German Expressionist artist, Feb. 8, 1880 - 1916 (life stupidly wasted at the front in WW I…)
Above: Fate of the Animals, 1913 - oil on canvas (Kunstmuseum, Basel)
Birthday of the World’s Greatest Talker, Neal Cassady - immortalized by Jack Kerouac in On the Road…
Cassady’s intense life stretched from Feb. 8, 1926 to the day in 1968 when Neal took a walk along the railroad tracks leading out of San Miguel de Allende, down in Mexico, and died of exposure…
Photo - Allen Ginsberg: “Neal Cassady sitting in chair at Karen Sexton’s house after arriving in Bolinas with Charles Plymell and Allen. According to Plymell, Neal had spotted a copy of a Kerouac book and began reading his “parts” to everyone.” Summer 1963 c. Allen Ginsberg Estate.
WIlhelm Freddie, the leading Danish Surrealist artist: Feb. 7, 1909 - 1995…
Freddie is the only Danish artist ever to get arrested for obscenity (in his art) - he painted a penis on the cheek of a bust of a young lady…
Above - Wilhelm Freddie: Skyggens fødsel, 1950 - olie på træfiberplade (Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen)
Bob Marley, Feb. 6, 1945 - 1981…
A youthful ballad:
The Wailing Wailers: It Hurts To Be Alone - from The Wailing Wailers, 1965
Fine drummer Richie Hayward shared a birthday with Kate McGarrigle - and also checked out in 2010…
Hayward was best known as the drummer of Little Feat, but played on tons of albums as a sideman too, for instance this star-studded affair:
Warren Zevon: Splendid Isolation - from Transverse City, 1989
Personnel: Warren Zevon (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica), Neil Young (vocals), Mike Campbell (guitar), Bob Glaub (bass), Richie Hayward (drums)
Darling Kate - McGarrigle, that is: Feb. 6, 1946 - 2010…
Kate & Anna McGarrigle: You Tell Me That I’m Falling Down - from Odditties, 2010
Dolenz’s love song to his English ‘Wonder Girl’, Samantha - originally recorded 1967 w. The Monkees…
Micky Dolenz: Randy Scouse Git - from Remember, 2012
Fashion model, TV presenter, first wife of Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees - Sandra Slater, later Samantha Juste, or Samantha Dolenz - passed away yesterday, aged 69, killed in her sleep by a massive stroke.
Photo: Samantha Juste in ‘67…
William S. Burroughs: A New Standard By Which to Measure Infamy - from Dead City Radio, 1990
William S. Burroughs at 100!
Photo: Iain Sinclair, 1995 - Lawrence, Kansas.
"Scene is lower Manhattan 2014. Poses problem as to how background material is to be presented on screen. Postulate a story set in the 1960’s written by an omniscient writer in the 1930’s. Writer knows about World War II, the atom bomb, Vietnam, the drug problem, inflation, rock stars, gay lib, women’s lib, the Black panthers. How, in terms of what is actually presented on screen, can we acquaint those living in the 1930’s with a 1960 background, with what is common knowledge to anyone living in the 1960’s? Of course, someone can give a brief summary of the milestones which separate the world of the audience from the world on the screen; but this is an awkward expedient. Such a narrator constitutes a stilted and improbable device.
Lower Manhattan in 2014 has less a look of having been rebuilt than resettled. Services are limited. Only one subway line is still operating. The derelict tunnels are occupied by delco gangs, clandestine laboratories, rats and wild dogs who snarl and snap at passers-by through rusty subway grates. They are maintained by the occupants to discourage intruders. A mysterious personage known as the King of Subways has his headquarters in Queens Plaza — a dazzling construction of subway cars, change booths, turnstiles, so that part of the structure is always in motion. You get on a diner train for dinner, and get off at a northern Carrville outpost, frogs croaking in New Jersey swamps.
Vegetable gardens are everywhere — on roofs, in vacant lots and terraces and basements. Many streets are blocked with refuse since the riots. The potholes are enlarged and used as fish ponds. A reclamation project called for a series of canals across Lower Manhattan to substitute waterways for trucks, owing to the fuel shortage. The project was not completed. The canals stop in a dead-end of rusty locks and machinery. Houses along the derelict canals are sought after, though some can’t get used to the damp and the mist. The fish are coming back…” — Burroughs: Blade Runner, A Movie, 1979/86, Blue Wind Press, unpaginated
Jacques Prévert: I Am as I Am
I am as I am
I’m made that way
When I feel like laughing
I burst right out
I love the one who loves me
Is it my fault especially
If it’s not the same one
I love each time
(Translation Lawrence Ferlinghetti)
Photo: Jacques Prévert and Jacqueline Laurent, Paris 1937 - by Wols
Jacques Prévert, the French film maker and lyricist, was born Feb. 4, 1900 (d. 1977)…
Here Yves Montand sings his poem Les Feuilles Mortes - you’ll know the number under its English title, Autumn Leaves.
Commemorating the Day the Music Died, the plane crash on February 3, 1959 that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper…
Let’s hear Buddy work the ol’ hambone rhythm!
Buddy Holly and The Crickets: Not Fade Away, 1957