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De Niro: A Life — on sale from October 28

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That girl: Divine (via HunterCR)



That girl: Divine (via HunterCR)

Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich (amazing fotos…















Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich (amazing fotos by Sandro Miller)

Alvy Singers



Alvy Singers

Lads: Keith, Mick, Zimmy (via Figililly)



Lads: Keith, Mick, Zimmy (via Figililly)

The kid Dujardin (via KellyAkaBilly)



The kid Dujardin (via KellyAkaBilly)

Freddie’s got back (via TheNiftyFifties)



Freddie’s got back (via TheNiftyFifties)

George in bloom (via SoundsOf71)



George in bloom (via SoundsOf71)

Impish Zimmy (via Sashusa)





















Impish Zimmy (via Sashusa)

Beggars (via PinkFled)



Beggars (via PinkFled)

The kid Lou (via PsychedelicNowhereMan)



The kid Lou (via PsychedelicNowhereMan)

Liz & Dick make an entrance



Liz & Dick make an entrance

That girl: Betty Bacall



That girl: Betty Bacall

The kids The Who (via PsychedelicSixties)



The kids The Who (via PsychedelicSixties)

Lads: Sindey, Tony, Sammy, & Jack (via…



Lads: Sindey, Tony, Sammy, & Jack (via IfCharlieParkerWasAGunslinger)

Things that happened:  The Bogarts & The Burtons & the…













Things that happened:  The Bogarts & The Burtons & the Santana (via TheFilmCanister)

Bert & Ernie & George (via Lars134)



Bert & Ernie & George (via Lars134)

“….neverwas….”: The Lost Beatles ’70s Album

black album

 

Inspired by a moment of profound genius in Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood,” I recently compiled a playlist of 39 tracks that represents my idea of the album that The Beatles might have made in the ’70s if they had been together. Comprised of solo tracks by each Beatle, it shows how close the four principals were musically, spiritually, and aesthetically, even as events in their lives and the world conspired to keep them apart.  I made it as two CDs for a long car ride, and I’ve entitled it “….neverwas….”

 

two masonsThe idea for this album, which reintroduces me to songs I’ve known since I was a boy with utterly fresh ears, could have been claimed by anyone in the past four decades and recognized and acclaimed immediately as a masterstroke.  As it turns out, like many things in “Boyhood,” it comes from real life: “The Black List,” as the album is known in the film, was created by actor Ethan Hawke for his own daughter.  In “Boyhood,” Hawke plays Mason Sr., father to the protagonist, Mason Jr., and  the scene in which this remarkable gift is presented is but one of many transcendentally truthful moments Linklater and company have created — not to mention a startling instance of Beatlemania at its most sublime.

 

Hawke has shared the story of his inspiration for “The Black Album” on Buzzfeed in a post that includes the liner notes he wrote as part of his gift to his daughter and, of course, the complete tracklist.

 

Here’s my version:

DISC 1

My Sweet Lord (gh)
Oh, Yoko! (jl)
Helen Wheels (pm)
Whatever Gets You Through the Night (jl)
Jet (pm)
What Is Life? (gh)
Junior’s Farm (pm)
You’re Sixteen (rs)
Stand by Me (jl)
Wah-wah (gh)
Snookeroo (rs)
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (pm)
Apple Scruffs (gh)
Watching the Wheels (jl)
Live and Let Die (pm)
Bangla Desh (gh)
Band on the Run (pm)
Crippled Inside (jl)
Isn’t It a Pity? (gh)

DISC 2

Imagine (jl)
Give Me Love (gh)
My Love (pm)
Mother (jl)
Mull of Kintyre (pm)
Hold On (jl)
Back Off Boogaloo (rs)
Let ‘Em In (pm)
(Just Like) Starting Over (jl)
No-No Song (rs)
If Not For You (gh)
Maybe I’m Amazed (pm)
It Don’t Come Easy (rs)
God (jl)
Beware of Darkness (gh)
Give Peace a Chance (jl)
Photograph (rs)
Free as a Bird
Real Love

Pair of Masons



Pair of Masons

Lads: Versace, Valentino, Armani, Ferre



Lads: Versace, Valentino, Armani, Ferre

Blowback



Blowback

Review: “The Drop”

That girl: BB (via 20thCenturyMan)



That girl: BB (via 20thCenturyMan)

Marvins (via FenderLust)









Marvins (via FenderLust)

Dem boots (via SharonTates)



Dem boots (via SharonTates)

Lads (via CulturaPopRigor)



Lads (via CulturaPopRigor)

A caffe for il maestro



A caffe for il maestro

Hello there



Hello there

RIP (via Micdel)



RIP (via Micdel)

Reality bites



Reality bites

That girl: Gillian Anderson (via ArcaneImages)



That girl: Gillian Anderson (via ArcaneImages)

The kid Bonaduce (via SuperSeventies)



The kid Bonaduce (via SuperSeventies)

That girl: Francoise Hardy (via MindGardens67)



That girl: Francoise Hardy (via MindGardens67)

Being geniuses together:  Stanley, Tom & Nicole (via…



Being geniuses together:  Stanley, Tom & Nicole (via TheAcademy)

The kid Pacino (via CulturaPopRigor)



The kid Pacino (via CulturaPopRigor)

My inner life (via ModRules)



My inner life (via ModRules)

Les Supremes (via VintageGal)



Les Supremes (via VintageGal)

Mad about the boy: Alain Delon (via CulturaPopRigor)



Mad about the boy: Alain Delon (via CulturaPopRigor)

Wired; bespectacled; black



Wired; bespectacled; black

Fellini’s finale: directing bank commercials in 1992 (see…



Fellini’s finale: directing bank commercials in 1992 (see ‘em here) (via CineArchive)

Dog Day for reals



Dog Day for reals

The kid Ollie #Burning Man #BMIR



The kid Ollie #Burning Man #BMIR

Happy Brando (via MarlonAndMarilyn)



Happy Brando (via MarlonAndMarilyn)

The kid Nick #BurningMan #BMIR



The kid Nick #BurningMan #BMIR

That girl: Anna May Wong (via LittleHorrorShop)



That girl: Anna May Wong (via LittleHorrorShop)

Ring of fire



Ring of fire

Live fast, die young, &ct. (via JamesDeanDaily)









Live fast, die young, &ct. (via JamesDeanDaily)

The happy couple:  George and Martha (via BlancheForDubois)



The happy couple:  George and Martha (via BlancheForDubois)

That girl: Grace Kelly (via Grapnel)



That girl: Grace Kelly (via Grapnel)

Being geniuses together: Dean Martin, Ann-Margaret and Dino,…



Being geniuses together: Dean Martin, Ann-Margaret and Dino, Desi & Billy (via GenericArt)