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Happy Bowie’s Day! [25 Dec 2011|02:53am]


Glam Masquerade party

St.Petersburg, Russia, MONEY HONEY Club


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[17 Feb 2008|03:28pm]

This wallet needs to be owned by the most worthy of patrons.

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[13 Jun 2007|10:37pm]

I got this on vinyl today.

It's pretty great :)
And man, this place needs a makeover...
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Hedwig in NW Indiana [27 May 2007|10:36am]

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is coming to the Chicagoland area next week. www.dunessummertheatre.com
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Everything Is an Afterthought [23 Apr 2007|10:00am]

I recently sold my first book. In conjunction, I've established another LiveJournal to report on the project's progress, occasionally provide links about, and writings by, its subject, Paul Nelson (famous for signing the New York Dolls to their first label, and for his Rolling Stone cover story about Warren Zevon's battle with alcoholism), and share snippets of information or parts of interviews that may or may not be covered further in the final product.

The new journal shares the book's working title, Everything Is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson. Just follow the link.

Anybody interested in learning more about this brilliant critic, whose own life proved just as mysterious and fascinating as the artists' about whom he wrote, is welcome to join. As well, tracking the process of how a book goes from sale to publication should prove interesting. I'm rather curious about that part myself...
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hi y'all [07 Jan 2007|05:03pm]

i'm ruby and i'm brand spankin' new to live journal.

i love, love, love music and i love glam rock...

music is my life and i'm going to writing lots about my true and crazy experiences...and for once, be totally honest and uninhibited (gotta love the internet!)...

anyway, just thought i'd introduce myself.

happy 2007. peace and love,

ruby tuesday
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Venture bros season finale spoiler [16 Oct 2006|12:19am]

So .. my friend Bryan told me that 3 very awesome glam rockers come out near the end..
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[25 Aug 2006|06:31pm]

S.Marie Designs

Click the shirt to view this fantastic David Bowie design by S.Marie.
This design is so awsome and it comes on a wide varitey of shirts!
You won't find this in any store, completely unique and a million times better than those mainstream shirts.

It comes in long sleeve, short sleeve, and in many other colors.

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Playing with Dolls [28 Jul 2006|02:34pm]

[ mood | famished ]

In the early Seventies, the New York Dolls were the reigning rock & roll band in New York City, the darlings of David Bowie and the avant-garde intelligentsia, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith rolled into one, and America's principal purveyors of such newfound concepts as deliberate musical primitivism and the punk rock of futuristic, haute-couture street children. A cult band, they were passionately loved or hated, and more than a few critics (myself included) saw in them this country's best chance to develop a home-grown Rolling Stones. The Dolls were talented, and, more importantly, they had poisonality! Both of their albums made the charts, but a series of stormy misunderstandings among their record company, their management and themselves eventually extinguished the green light of hope, and the group disbanded... Like all good romantics, they had destroyed everything they touched. 

-- Paul Nelson, Rolling Stone, May 18, 1978

The argument could be made that we have the Mormon Church to thank for One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This, the first studio album in 32 years by the New York Dolls. It may not be a particularly good argument, but all the components are there for a not even half-baked conspiracy theory: 

As depicted in Greg Whiteley's fine documentary New York Doll, original Dolls bassist Arthur "Killer" Kane, who, following an an act of self-defenestration, had converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was working in the church's Family History Center Library when he discovered that an almost 30-year dream, something he had prayed for again and again, was about to come true: the remaining Dolls (David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain) wanted to reunite. Not only are his Mormon coworkers and bishop supportive of their friend, whose life of drinking and drugs had gone out the window with him, they help fund the retrieval of his guitar from a local pawnshop so that he can start practicing for the reunion gig. Had they not and had Kane not rejoined the band, and had New York Doll never been made, you could argue that there would not have been the press and acclaim and subsequent momentum to get the Dolls back into the studio, back on the radio, back on TV, and back in the stores. 

If New York Doll isn't the best piece of pro-LDS propaganda the Mormon Church has ever had at its behest, it's at least some damn funny and insightful off-the-cuff filmmaking. (Has ever a movie come into being so accidentally?) The movie's wacky elements and plot twists -- a faded, jealous rock star, his bitter wife, a quart of peppermint schnapps, a handy piece of cat furniture, an open kitchen window, and an unexpected demise -- tell a tale of decadence and redemption worthy of Raymond Chandler.

But in the midst of all this craziness there beats a heart, and it's a sweet one. Such as when Kane, "the only living statue in rock & roll" and, in Johansen's words, "the miracle of God's creation," leads the group in prayer before they take the stage for the first time in almost 30 years. Or earlier, back at the library, when Kane explains the responsibilities of being a rock & roll bassist to the two little old ladies with whom he works. Or when he confesses to his Mormon bishop his apprehensions about getting back together with Johansen (who, when he finally arrives in the studio, looks like a haggard Allison Janney). 

Which brings us to the Dolls' third album, One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This, which arrived in stores on Tuesday and which, like Bettie Page adorned in leather, is hard and soft at the same time. Lots of ricocheting guitar lines and anthemic pounding housed within four Phil Spectorish walls of sound; middle-aged men acting tough, vamping and posturing while sounding melodic as all hell. A reminder of how rock & roll ought to be. How it used to be. 

Combining clever wordplay ("Evolution is so obsolete/Stomp your hands and clap your feet," from the pro-simian/anti-creationist single, "Dance Like a Monkey") and wordy cleverness ("Ain't gonna anthropomorphize ya/Or perversely polymorphousize ya"), Johansen, whose vocalizing and songwriting have both aged magnificently, proves that, despite his Buster Poindexter detour, he remains one of rock's savviest practitioners. He leads the Dolls through a variety of subjects and styles while spewing his trash poetry lyrics ("All light shines in darkness/Where else could it shine?") with his heart on his sleeve and his tongue firmly in cheek -- often at the same time:

Yeah, I've been to the doctor
He said there ain't much he could do
"You've got the human condition
Boy, I feel sorry for you"

Funny is one thing, smart is another; but funny and smart at the same time, that's tough. Ask Woody Allen.

Listening to the new album, I couldn't help but think of critic Paul Nelson, whose words opened this piece and who, back in the early Seventies, was the A&R guy who put his job with Mercury Records on the line when he signed the Dolls to their first record deal ("I knew they were going to have to be a big success or I would lose my job, and I did"). What would Nelson, whose body was found alone in his New York apartment earlier this month, have made of the Dolls' new effort and return to the spotlight? And would he have seen anything of himself in the song "I Ain't Got Nothing"?

This is not how the end should have come
Who could imagine this when I was young?
Where is everybody?
It's not the way I wanted it to be

With One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This, the New York Dolls pick up right where they left off over 30 years ago, as if no time at all has passed. Which begs the question (especially with all the dancing like a monkey going on): shouldn't there have been some kind of evolution musically? If the Dolls remain just as smart and funny as before, and rock just as hard -- if just plain surviving isn't enough -- what have they gained? 

Wisdom perhaps?

We all should be so lucky.

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[20 Jun 2006|04:45pm]


I bought velvet goldmine on vhs. i'm thrilled to finally own it.

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Glam rock trash flash... come out and play with us!! [15 May 2006|11:33pm]

[ mood | bouncy ]

Club 86'd!

This Wednesday, May 17, 2006

@ the Cat Club
1190 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94101

Doors open at 9:30 PM
Cover: $3 before 10/$5 after 10

Dress Code: Anything goes, just keep in mind that this is primarily a glam rock night, which should give you an idea of where to begin with your wardrobe selection. Be trashy, sassy, sophisticated, or silly; just be YOU!

DJs: Lunatic E'Sex playing Glam and up to the nanosecond modern rock
Glamtasm playing 60's Garage, 70's Glam, Punk, & more
special guest alien Dire DeLorean (that's me!) playing glittery trash from the 60's to the present day

Bring as many people as you want, come romp with us at Club 86'd! Get blitzed! Bounce to the glam racket and make it a night to remember!


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Brain Capers [22 Mar 2006|07:51pm]

I recently posted a review of Mott the Hoople's Brain Capers over at my blog Mere Words. Your comments are welcome. Enjoy.
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My version of Bolan's Dreamy Lady [06 Feb 2006|08:02pm]

Hi, people! It's funny to say that this is my version...I'm just a big fun of Marc and it's nothing but a hobby...I'd like you to hear me singing and leave your comments...
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I'm new [19 Jan 2006|06:35am]

I'm new here.
My name is Beatriz.
I love David Bowie and I collect/sell Bowie items.
Check out my site for lists, pictures and prices.


E-mail me for any questions: bowiekillerstar@yahoo.com

Thanks a lot!
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Bolan Fanart [07 Jan 2006|09:32pm]

[ mood | depressed ]

Er... new to the fandom. New to the comm. Hope nobody minds me posting links to pretty Bolan fanart.

x-posted to metal_guru

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[31 Dec 2005|09:56pm]

Happy New Year...

Thank goodness for digital cable tv...

David Bowie Reality Tour on Detroit Public TV right now...

Goodbye 2005, Hello 2006... David Bowie all my life... love you David!

Hope everyone has a good one.
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[17 Dec 2005|08:12pm]

Hey there, I'm rather new...actually, quite new.
I am almost completely, over-the-the-top-ly obsessed with a certain band called Queen.
And, of course, I love David Bowie.
And Elton.
Aww, damn, I love them all. =)
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Random Glamrock Playlist [06 Dec 2005|11:48pm]

[ mood | moody ]

This music would have been a likely playlist at Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco, 7561 Sunset Blvd in Hollywood, of course... somewhere back in time.

Saturday - Bay City Rollers
Hang On To Yourself - David Bowie
Baby's On Fire - Kevin Ayers-John Cale-Eno-Nico - June 1, 1974
Angel Face - The Glitter Band
Telegram Sam - T. Rex
Rebel Rebel - Bowie
Stranded In The Jungle - New York Dolls
Do The Strand - Roxy Music
Cum on Feel the Noize - Slade
Panic in Detroit - Bowie
Gudbuy t' Jane - Slade
Glycerine Queen - Suzi Quatro
All the Young Dudes - Mott the Hoople
48 Crash - Suzi Quatro
Roxy Roller - Sweeney Todd
Get It On (Bang a Gong) - T. Rex
Star Star (Starfucker) - Rolling Stones

Songs I would add if I had them on MP3: Tiger Feet (can't remember who did that), Ballroom Blitz (The Sweet), Louie Louie (Stories), Do You wanna touch (me) Gary Glitter, Something from Silverhead, and finally - just to be authentic - something from the Ronettes. Rodney always played "Leader of the Pack".

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hello! [04 Nov 2005|02:11am]

[ mood | enthralled ]

I am fairly obsessed with David Bowie but was thinking it was time to expand my horizons. So I'll probably just gape and stare at what everyone has to say in this community for a little while. Bye Bye!!

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[05 Nov 2005|01:54pm]

Hey I'm new.
I found this community by searching on the Sweet.. and I've got a question!
Can anybody recommend me some music that kind of sounds like the Sweet?
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