I read the news today …

I read the news today, oh boy
About a lucky man who made the grade
And though the news was rather sad
Well, I just had to laugh
I saw the photograph

Photograph by Marcel Mariën
Mariën and his fellow Surrealists loved making jokes. In 1953, Mariën went to the Belgian coast, where he distributed false bank notes printed by René and Paul Magritte.
Carmenica’s Musical Bonus


Suzy Parker, 1955.
Suzy Parker’s photo appeared in Life magazine when she was 15. Parker was the first model to earn $200 per hour and $100,000 per year. Her first film role was in 1957, her last role was in a 1970 episode of Night Gallery. She did, in a way, make one other film “appearance” in The Beatles’ 1970 documentary film Let It Be, in which the band performed their song “Suzy Parker”. The song, one of the few credited as written by all four Beatles, was part of their Academy Award-winning score for the original songs they performed in the film. Suzy Parker died in 2003. Her husband, Bradford Dillman died this year, aged 87.

Christmas Eve: Christmas Past

Sunday: 5 of 6

David Bailey.

The film Blowup (1966), directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, depicts the life of a London fashion photographer (played by David Hemmings) whose character was inspired by Bailey.
The “Swinging London” scene was aptly reflected in his Box of Pin-Ups (1964): a box of poster-prints of 1960s celebrities including Terence Stamp, The Beatles, Mick Jagger, Jean Shrimpton, PJ Proby, Cecil Beaton, Rudolf Nureyev, Andy Warhol and notorious East End gangsters, the Kray twins. The Box was an unusual and unique commercial release. (Read more)

Sapphic Saturday: 2 of 6

A couple only have eyes for each other at a Beatles concert in U.K. October 1964.

We can only speculate about the John Lennon-Yoko Ono relationship.
John Lennon once described her as “the world’s most famous unknown artist: everybody knows her name,
but nobody knows what she does.”