The Beatles win the 1971 Grammy Award for the album ‘Let It Be’. Paul is the only member of the band to turn up (of course), a depressed Duke Ellington can be glimpsed in the crowd, and, last but not least, whose idea was it to have John Wayne, the right-wing scourge of the counter-culture, present the award? He looks as though he’d rather be almost anywhere else.
Superman vs. Muhammad Ali is an oversize comic book published by DC Comics in 1978. The 72-page book features Superman teaming up with the heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali to defeat an alien invasion of Earth. The wraparound cover shows a host of late 1970s celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball, Tony Orlando, Johnny Carson, the cast of Welcome Back, Kotter, and The Jackson 5; sharing close-up seating with Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, and other curious superheroes.
First Edition is a superb 1977 American short documentary film on the Baltimore Sun. It was directed by Helen Whitney and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.
In the garage of the semi-detached house in Dublin that I grew up there were three large timber shelving units divided into many neat square boxes for the storage of tools, cans of paint or – memorably – my father’s large and unwieldy collection of American magazines from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. I used to watch him put the shelves together from a safe distance most evenings one summer. Mindful of sudden rages at the loss of a hammer or inability to find a special nail I kept my distance. I observed in grave silence as the wood was hammered and sawed and screwed together. Continue reading…
A wonderful gem of a short film about the now defunct Grand Luncheonette on Times Square in New York that was created by New York-based documentary filmmaker Peter Sillen.
The Grand Luncheonette was closed as part of the Times Square redevelopment project in 1997. It was a seven-seat, 250-square-foot piece of old-time New York on West 42nd Street, owned by Fred Hakim, who recently died. The Luncheonette lived on 42nd Street for 58 years, offering hot-dogs and sauerkraut to the passing trade.
Writing about the demise of the Grand Luncheonette, a New York Daily News journalist pessimistically concluded: “This is bigger than 42nd Street, bigger even than the Disney Corp. This is about New York being colonized by The Gap and Banana Republic and Starbuck’s and all the rest.”
Drunk on Love 2 Rodolfo Loaiza
No internet. No email. No wi-fi. No cable tv. No mobile phones. No twitter. No webcams. No euro. No contraception. No divorce. No personal computers. No Apple. No Sky. No Premiership. No RTE2. No PDs. No Greens. No EU. No breaking news. No this just in. No U2. Wait…maybe…when did they start again?
“The victim, Shirley Anne Durdin, was snorkelling for scallops with her husband, Barry, and a friend, Keith Coventry, out from Wiseman’s Beach, Peake Bay, South Australia. Peake Bay had always been a popular picnic spot and the beach was dotted with families, including Mrs Durdin’s four children. It was a beautiful day with clear calm water. Keith Coventry told me that he was just swimming away after comparing his scallop catch with that of Mrs Durdin, when he heard a strange sound, but definitely not as the papers reported, terrible screams… Continue reading…