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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
BUREAU MUSIC : THE ROLLING STONES
Art, Music and The Rolling Stones
by Joshua A. TRILIEGI
It has been over thirty-five years since I first experienced The Rolling Stones
perform live. I was ten years old. It was Nineteen-seventy five and our entire
family attended. Mom, Dad, older brother, older sister and me. Even back then,
I was the artist of the family. So it was my job to paint the famous " Lips and
Mouth " logo originally created in 1970 by fellow artist John Pasche. Later, Peter
Corriston would go on to design The controversial Some Girls album art as well
as Tattoo You. Some Girls led to law suits. I have a copy of the original with
celebrities that have since been blacked out. There has always been a very special
relationship between art and music. The Rolling Stones have known very well
through their personal relationships with interesting artists of their time how
art and music intersect. From the fabulous photography of Michael Joseph on
Beggars Banquet, which opens up into a centerfold like layout of a 17th Century
painter to Sticky Fingers and the infamous Zipper and banana by Andy Warhol.
Robert Frank's documentary and photographs used on Exile on Main Street with
the help of John Van Hammerveld 's design layout were striking and poignant.
There is a raw and honest intensity within the ethos of The Rolling Stones. An
attitude and raunchy style that says, ' Hey man, this is the way it is, this is
Rock and Roll. This is what life is like. This is who we are. Mellow out and listen "
Experiencing The Rolling Stones at ten years old in a live venue with thousands
of people and my family was a trans formative experience. A Ritual of the highest
order. While my friends were at home watching The Brady Bunch and The Partridge
Family, I was watching Mick Jagger dance down a star shaped stage as the conical
shape slowly lowered one petal at a time. " Please allow me to introduce myself,
I'm a man of wealth and fame..." Drums, guitar and that bongo like rhythm
leading into a raging histrionics explaining what had just happened to America
since the death of JFK and the loss of innocence that hovered above our existence,
unexplainable except through music, poetry and the like. He swung from a rope
high above our heads.He threw buckets of water on the first few rows. He danced
astride a plastic inflated erectile shaped instrument that exuded confetti from its
pointed top. Mindblowing. Of course he needed no introduction, we had grown up
listening to the Stones, glowering over the albums and remembering the lyrics.
From the early simple blues influenced love ballads into the post sixties dark tales
and on into the seventies rock.Through to The Eighties, Steel Wheels, etc ...
Album covers, album liners, T shirts and memorabilia plays a large part in Rock
and Roll.The images that will forever be connected to the music and visa versa.
I have designed a few album Covers for musician friends and it's always a special
sort of assignment. What will represent the music ? Images and sound wedded to
tell a larger story. As we drove to the forum that evening, people began to beep
their horns at the artwork on the back window. My parents had proudly taped my
version to the back of the vehicle. When people began to react, I was surprised.
For me it was just a personal expression, something fun to do, be a part of the
scene. For others it was something altogether different. We were all a part of
something. We were a family of Rock and Rollers and people wanted us to know,
that they too were heading to this ritual. That it was a community and we were
all connected through the music. We were connected in this counter culture experience.
It was the first time I realized the power of Art and Music and Ritual and
Community in a way that changed my entire perception.I sometimes wonder
how many other ten year old were at that concert ? Not too many. How many
entire families attended ? Not too many. My old man insisted that we all attend.
He is no longer on the planet. But every time The Rolling Stones are being played,
he's here all right. He even slightly resembled Jagger and to be honest, Mom
resembled Bianca. We sorta were The Rolling Stones. Music has a way of enlivening
memories, history, loss, joy, energy, rebellion and the acceptance of the moment.
Music is life. In a way, Mick Jagger is my old man, he's still alive. Still Rocking and
Rolling. Still kicking and screaming. Still selling a million albums and reminding us
how far we have all come after all these years. The Rolling Stones tell a story of
America that is highly influenced by Black America, The Blues, The Working man,
The Bikers, The Lovers, The Outsiders, The Struggles. Its a beautiful tradition,
Rock and Roll. With a new Documentary on HBO, " Crossfire Hurricane " as well as
a new album and a Tour of America,The Rolling Stones are gathering no moss.
There is a whole new generation about to discover the Stones. They have kept
rock and roll alive. I still get teased from my family for passing out three quarters
of the way through the concert. That was way past my bedtime. The next day my
friends at school were talking about Fred Flintstones and George Jetson, while I
was singing , " Wild Horses " , " Angie " and " Satisfaction". Oh well.
The other day, I heard a radio D.J. say , " This is a new song by The Rolling Stones."
Its about time. I turned it up. It was good. Life is good. Rock and Roll is good.
For Links to Other Artists connected to The Rolling Stones Art, Albums etc ...
Also Google : Andy Warhol, Peter Corriston, Robert Brownjohn,
Robert Frank, John Pasche, Shepard Fairey, Ethan Russel,
Hiro, Annie Leibovitz, Gared Mankowitz, JohnVanHammerfeld
AND The San Francisco Art Exchange Gallery for Photographs
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
BUREAU : FASHION
By Joshua A. TRILIEGI
Mr. Fords new Fall line for men drives a classic line straight
through Wall Street. Grey flannel, grey, patterns, and grey
cotton suits all with a flourish or a flare for fine tradition.
The fun is in the accessories and comfort wear : sweaters,
shoes, canes, hats, cuffs, collars and coats as well as bags.
Tom is no longer just a controversial figure anymore. He has
proven to be the comeback kid time and time again. From his
clothing design to bold accessories, from his recent foray into
film making to his personal battles, Tom Ford is a champion.
Now we can sit back & thoroughly enjoy his prodigious output.
The newest of which is a very slinky, elegant, yet sexy new
line for women with just a touch of that classic asian influence.
As we predicted this Summer, orange is indeed the color for
women this Fall and Tom Ford is utilizing it well. Though, lets
start with those kinky Boots. A Simple, tall, long, straight flare
upward with side zipper, knee high in leather, suede and are you
ready for this ? Anaconda baby. Tom Ford knows what women
like. He knows what men want and he is willing to spend a pretty
penny on a well crafted production line that never seems trendy.
It's as if Mr Ford has experienced the 80's, the 90's, the 00's and
is now creating works for all the decades that lay ahead. Those
thoroughly modern times that we live in today. The dresses have
that touch of Coco inspired scale, tone and classicism. Black on
black, tight fitting, for the younger set, long flowing for mature
girls. The evening gowns come with matching dramatic capes.
A wide variety of shoes of the Italian inspired variety one may
see in Fellini' s, " La Dolce Vita " party scene escapades that we
love so much. Luxury. Bold. Comfort. Fun.Classic. Flair. Serious.
Sexy. Fun. Strong. Plush all come to mind.
Controversy is no longer the story at Tom Ford. Eventually an
artist is judged by his or her output. The art, the object, the craft,
the product itself, be it a film, a shoe or an interesting turn of the
phrase. Who can deny a fabulous dress, a great pair of shoes, a
warm fuzzy hat, a classic tuxedo with your choice of over seven
different collars or the kinkiest boots in town ? " Not I" , said the
wise man as he walked among the throngs. Like most designers
of a certain ilk, it's no longer just about the clothing, It's a lifestyle.
This is a one stop shop, make-up, perfume, cologne, hats, dresses,
ties, shoes, canes, umbrellas, shirts, coats, sweaters, purses and that
special Tom Ford signature object : The Travel Bag with Zipper(s).
Tom Ford' s signature line of travel bags employs the Extra Large
Zipper motif which is indeed a copyrighted feature of this broadcast.
The zipper which is large, dipped in gold and [ we have it from a very
reliable source] that it gets easier and easier to open the more one
uses it. Makes sense to me. Travel ought to be fun, safe and sexy.
Tom Ford has been around the world and it shows plenty. The travel
bags are the tried and true keepers of the key here. They come in a
wide variety of colors, sizes and are designed with simple functional
flourishes that make them a joy to behold. An overnight bag says a
lot about the owner. These bags have the strength of a construction
worker's tool kit and the classic style of a Cary Grant romance film.
There is a very down to earth style here at Tom Ford. He has arrived.
What are you waiting for ? Written by Joshua A. TRILIEGI 9.27.12
Exclusively For : BUREAUofARTSandCULTURE.com Magazine
BUREAU : FASHION
Written By Joshua A. TRILIEGI
The Mc Queen line has gone through a few
transformations since it lost the founder. A
groundbreaking designer who catapulted an
interesting and influential high fashion idea
into what has become an empire of Gothic
clothing for both men and women alike.
This new Fall line is a bit like day & night.
Utilizing silks, satins and worn leathers has
created an extremely stylish line that is also
quite comfortable to wear, touch and view.
Women' s bodice top jackets with dramatic
capes attached, men' s umbrella's, canes and
slippers with skull adornments, give it a Doctor
Jeckyl & Mr. Hide vibe via the turn of the century.
Many of the women's jackets and purses come with
a touch of fur, though if one is philosophically against
wearing animals, there is still plenty to appreciate.
For men, the gray, tight fitting suit & the silk striped
tuxedo of the modern variety worn by Cary Grant in
so many Hitchcock movies takes a classic look and
makes it their own. A business and holiday special.
For women, red and black shoes with fur, zippers
and a stiletto type heel that harkens back and also
forward to a time of pedestal - like adoration for the
female form which borders on fetishistic fascination.
The large boot - like arrangement seems to be an
amalgamation of classic heels, boots and the afore
mention pedestal, but with a sense of high art as well.
The future is here. A completely and utterly luxurious
line of clothing which connects the links between high
art, fashion, fetish and the creation of incredible objects.
One can only imagine visiting the factory that whips up
this line of phenomenal products. Craftsmen and women
cutting the patterns, stitching the fabrics and stretching
the leather. One thinks of architects, sculptors and draftsmen
when viewing these wearable fine art objects of the highest
Highly influenced by the costumes and original designers
of clothing for king and queens of early Europe. Velvets,
ruffles, leather, suede & fur all turned on its head an re-
thought to invigorate the modern and utterly unabashed
as well as the unlimited pocketbook of the upper classes.
Although high fashion is often finicky, fickle and trendy in
its nature and there is plenty of fun, frolic and flourish here,
many of the pieces are of a classic cut and simple line that
will indeed last forever both physically and in terms of style.
The Mc Queen line is so well crafted and created that it
presents the wearer on a pedestal that entirely transcends
the pitfalls of the last season versus this season paradigm.
The calf skin urban cut jackets for women available in both
dark green and mauve distressed leather are soft to touch.
They wear well, collars flip up dramatically for that wind
swept moment and back down accordingly. The attention to
detail is downright erotic on most of the Mc Queen Fall line.
There is a keen attention to scale, line and placement that
has an artists touch at every turn. Surely crafted by the best
tailors and leather workers anywhere in the entire world.
One is left thinking about where one might wear these objects.
The Alexander Mc Queen Line is pure art. The real question here
is not whether the clothing stands up, the real question here is :
Can the world itself live up to these fascinating art like objects ?
VISIT THE FASHION PAGE FOR MORE ...
Saturday, November 10, 2012
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