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I really like both of these guys in this.
I’d never seen an interview with Frank Zappa. I must say its surprising to me that he’s such a cool cat. Having grown up periodically hearing his zany music (and vocal style) I guess I just assumed he was a zany guy.
Leslie Howard is my favorite actor and this might just be my favorite movie. This is Mr. Howard totally owning it in 1934 in “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” This is the first “superhero by night” story I know of. Merle Oberon costars with Mr. Howard and they will appear together again in “Gone with the Wind” in 1939.
This movie is public domain so you can watch it almost anywhere for free. It is hilarious. Watch it tonight.
Sidney Bechet. Jump jazz.
This is the the most quintessential artist of this sound that I think I’ve ever heard.
I went to see a grumpy Woody Allen play this music in New York with his band and lemme tell ya there weren’t young girls with pageboy haircuts swishing their beaded shorty dresses around pinky nails of white snuff whilst doing the Charleston. Or whatever. It kinda broke my heart.
But on a lighter note:
Just get this guys greatest hits and put it on repeat and random. dress up. have a cheap french champagne party. that’s always a super fun drunk anyway. Boys in tuxedos with your hair slicked back. Wear a monocle.
Here’s an interesting person whom I’d never heard of before recently. Emma Goldman. Thought you might dig on her tendency toward saying these kinds of things:
“Here, then, are my answers: I do not believe in God, because I believe in man. Whatever his mistakes, man has for thousands of years past been working to undo the botched job your God has made.
As to killing rulers, it depends entirely on the position of the ruler. If it is the Russian Czar, I most certainly believe in dispatching him to where he belongs. If the ruler is as ineffectual as an American President, it is hardly worth the effort. There are, however, some potentates I would kill by any and all means at my disposal. They are Ignorance, Superstition, and Bigotry — the most sinister and tyrannical rulers on earth.”
What a rebel. It seems that she also may have coined the phrase “free love” sometime around the turn of the century. I haven’t read her whole wiki, but in a couple of the things I’ve read of her she was defending that phrase as though it were her own.
Damn interesting lady.
For years I have wondered what the hell she could be singing about in this song. This chorus is so grand and sweeping that I of course hoped the lyrics and subject matter lived up to the sweeping grandeur of the melody. Well guess what…. holy shit.
Here is the older Edith singing it with English translation:
Here’s a great shot of her in her younger grace and beauty:
This chick sings like the ultimate heavyweight champ of the world. Damn.