Hollywood Royale – Matthew Rolston

I love to report on and own music photography books. This book, Hollywood Royale from photographer Matthew Rolston caught my eye today.

Matthew Rolston started his career as a “discovery” of Andy Warhol for Interview magazine.

Soon after, he began shooting covers and editorial assignments for founding editor Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone, as well as for other established publications such as Harper’s BazaarVogueEsquireCosmopolitan, and The New York Times.

The Birds of St. Marks – Jackson Browne

There is something hauntingly romantic about the Jackson Browne song, “The Birds of St. Marks”.

“This is a song I always heard as a Byrds song, and that was even part of the writing of the song because Nico loved the Byrds. She even said on a couple of occasions, ‘Oh, you can play something like Jim McGuinn?’”

Read more:http://www.rollingstone.com/music/premieres/jackson-browne-returns-to-an-old-favorite-hear-the-birds-of-st-marks-20140818#ixzz3paY1C2Ym

“The Birds of St. Marks” was originally written in 1967 when Jackson Browne was 18 and returning home to California after a brief stint living in New York where he was recording with Nico. A time of innocence and lost love. A time of youth.

Nico: Chelsea Girl

Three of Jackson Browne’s first songs were recorded on Nico’s solo album. He played electric guitar on her recording as suggested by Andy Warhol to create a modern sound.

  • These Days
  • Fairest of the Seasons
  • Somewhere There’s A Feather

St. Marks Place Landmarks – East Village, New York City

St. Marks Place was a vibrant community in the late sixties and early seventies. It’s still a happening scene today.

#13 – Home to Lenny Bruce in the mid-1960s.[14]

#19-#25 – The Dom, Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey turned The Dom into a nightclub in 1966, which served as a showcase for the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Warhol’s multimedia stage show for the Velvet Underground.

#19-#25 – Became The Electric Circus. Billy Joel filmed his video, “A Matter of Trust” (1986) inside The Electric Circus.

131 Second Avenue (corner St. Marks Place), Gem Spa – Home of the Egg Cream 😉

#96 & #98 – The Led Zeppelin album Physical Graffiti features a front and back cover design that depicts these two buildings, which feature carved faces. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger are in front of same building in the Rolling Stones music video “Waiting on a Friend“.[14]


Andy Warhol’s The Factory – Men In Black 3

I saw Men In Black 3 last night. My favorite sequence was when they went back in time to Andy Warhol’s The Factory. Bill Hader of SNL fame portrays Andy Warhol. Wouldn’t you just love to have been part of that experience for just a little while, witnessing The Velvet Underground with Lou Reed?

Bill Hader as Andy Warhol in Men in Black 3 (2012)

The Velvet Underground & Nico

The Velvet Underground and Nico in 1966, with ...
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The Velvet Underground & Nico – Often Voted As The Most Influential Record of the Late 20th Century

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Recorded in 1966 during Andy Warhol‘s Exploding Plastic Inevitable multimedia event tour, The Velvet Underground & Nico vinyl LP was released in March, 1967. It received very little attention in the year of the Summer of Love when albums such as  The Beatles, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced, Cream’s Disraeli Gears, and Love’s Forever Changes drove album play.

It was not until decades later that the album received almost unanimous praise by many rock critics, many of whom made particular note of its influence in modern rock music. In April 2003, Spin put the album at the number one spot of their “Top Fifteen Most Influential Albums of All Time” list.[17] On November 12, 2000, NPR included it in their “NPR 100” series of “the most important American musical works of the 20th century”.[18] Rolling Stone placed it at number 13 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” in November 2003, calling it “the most prophetic rock album ever made.”[1][19]

All songs written by Lou Reed unless otherwise noted.

Side one
  1. Sunday Morning” (Reed, Cale) – 2:54
  2. I’m Waiting for the Man” – 4:39
  3. Femme Fatale” – 2:38
  4. Venus in Furs” – 5:12
  5. Run Run Run” – 4:22
  6. All Tomorrow’s Parties” – 6:00
Side two
  1. Heroin” – 7:12
  2. There She Goes Again” – 2:41
  3. I’ll Be Your Mirror” – 2:14
  4. The Black Angel’s Death Song” (Reed, Cale) – 3:11
  5. European Son” (Reed, Cale, MorrisonTucker) – 7:46
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