Just discovered this fab performance of "I Shall be Released", as sung by the dazzling triumvirate of Joni Mitchell, Mama Cass (in cosmic rainbow caftan), and the recent inclusion to folk-music heaven, dreamy Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul and Mary fame).
And speaking of Mary, here is a photographic tribute to the angel-locked bird of song . . .
As a wee punk rock girl in the early '90s, I mainly hung with older music-geek-dudes who knew everything there is to know about good music. And even though many of these lads were punk purists, they all respected and bowed to he who would eventually become the grandaddy of grunge, Mr. Neil Young. Not to mention that Thurston Moore, who held probably the most indie-cred during that era, frequently mentioned the genius of Neil during interviews, as did Kurt Cobain. So I bought Harvest, but as a Dead Kennedy's worshipping teen, had a hard time digging his falsetto warble and Freedom Rock-on-smack vibe, so I shelved it, to be re-experienced at a later date. Flash-forward some years later, when I hit my 20s, and could finally understand the complexity of his sound, his purposefully vulnerable vocal style, intensely passionate (and frequently heart-wrenching) lyrics, and let's not forget about his bitchin' style. So after I had finally opened my ears and accepted the gospel of Neil into my life, I purchased After the Gold Rush, and the development of a serious crush was inevitable.
Here is a favorite Neil performance, from a BBC performance in 1971, where he performed songs off of the LP After the Gold Rush for the very first time, live. This is also one of my all-time favorite songs. Enjoy!
The world lost two very influential and culturally important icons this week . . . that of Gourmet magazine (which is one of the world's oldest culinary publications and to which I had recently become an avid reader), and the genius photographer Irving Penn, who gave us gorgeous images of his wife, the legendary mannequin Lisa Fonssagrives, as well as unforgettable portraits of world leaders, cultural figures, tribesmen and still-lifes.We bid you both a sad adieu.
Wanted to share my excitement about something happy that occurred for yours truly this month . . . NPR's most popular program, All Things Consideredaired a story wherein my dear friend, former editor at ELLEgirl and fellow authoress, Melissa Walker, reported about her 3 current favorite book picks in honor of fashion week, and Vintage LA was one of them.Huzzah!
One of my favorite things about Walker's story was that my lil' ol' book was mentioned alongside Diana Vreeland's legendary memoir, D.V., which was one of the first "grown-up" books I ever read as a kid, and was most-likely the inspiration for me wanting to be a scribe. Hearing Melissa say my name, followed by Vreeland's was enough to make me cry real tears of happiness, and to jump up and down holding hands with my mom (jaded, i'm not).
You can listen to the whole story here, and please be sure to leave comments and use the "recommend" option, if so inclined (and to ensure that Melissa can report on many more vintage-friendly stories like this in the future).