Happy 40th Birthday, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars

Posted by The G on June 6, 2012 under GNN | Comments are off for this article

Photo of the Ziggy Stardust album cover by G.


Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars by David Bowie

40 years ago on this day,  June 6, 1972, David Bowie released his epic album “Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars.”

The following 11 songs have rocked all of our worlds:

Five Years / Soul Love / Moonage Daydream / Starman / It Ain’t Easy / Lady Stardust / Star / Hang onto Yourself / Ziggy Stardust / Suffragette City / Rock and Roll Suicide.

Perfect album.  Many happy returns Ziggy!  Thanks for making all of our ears so happy for the last 40 years and beyond!


Roberta Thorn’s 9/11 Message

Posted by The G on September 11, 2011 under Street Art | Comments are off for this article

Photo by G.  Art by Roberta Thorn.

Be real + think about it -- considering America's history of genocide, 9-11 is just a little fart.

Wow!  Good one!  Once again the maxim – the truth is stranger than fiction applies.

Remembering Notorious BIG

Posted by The G on March 9, 2011 under Celebrities, The G Spot | 3 Comments to Read

Photo and autograph courtesy of the G Archives.

Notorious BIG

Notorious BIG

It seems hard to believe that rapper Christopher Wallace, aka Notorious BIG aka Biggie Smalls was murdered 14 years ago on March 9, 1997.  He was only 25 years old when he was assassinated and his murderer is still on the loose.  Way to go police!  His debut album “Ready to Die” has so many great songs on it. The record has weird memories attached to it for me, so I don’t listen to it too often, but it’s very hard to resist Biggie’s voice and those funky ass beats!  One of the things I’ve always found so interesting about meeting famous people is to see them interact with fans in comparison to their on stage personas.  So many rappers whose lyrics are all about violence are extremely soft spoken and very friendly in person, which in my opinion adds another dimension to their music that the general public does not get to see.  It’s like a switch they turn on and off when they step onto the stage.  Since Biggie’s death, I’ve had the chance to experience life on both the East and West Coast and I’ve seen first hand the rivalry between the 2 sides.  I always say that both places have great and bad things about them when I am asked and I cannot understand why there is such a hatred of one versus the other.  Can’t we all just get along?  Obviously more is involved, but this type of rivalry resulted in the senseless deaths of two very talented rappers – 2Pac Shakur and Notorious BIG.  Biggie, RIP.  Your music continues to live on and will not be forgotten any time soon.

Remembering Andy Warhol

Posted by The G on February 22, 2011 under GNN | Read the First Comment

Photo by G.  Art by Andy Warhol.

Andy Warhol

"I Think Everybody Should Like Everybody" - Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol, the most famous artist of the modern age, died on this day, February 22, 1987.  Not only was he hugely influential to the art world, but amongst many of my friends, their impetus for moving to New York was to play and create in the same city that Andy did.  With that in mind, at any given time in New York, you are likely to find works by Warhol on display in galleries and museums across the city.  Though he’s gone, his art will never be forgotten.  RIP Andy.

Remembering Keith Haring

Posted by The G on February 16, 2011 under GNN | 2 Comments to Read

Photo by G.  Art by Keith Haring.

Keith Haring

Keith Haring

21 years ago today on February 16, 1990, American artist Keith Haring died of complications from AIDS.  Keith Haring is one of my favorite artists.  I have always admired the vivid colors he used, the positive messages in his work and reading from pretty much every source that he was one of the nicest people on the planet.  If you ever get the chance to read his journals, which are collected in the book “Journals” by Keith Haring, I recommend it.  You’ll see the writings from a man who always questioned where the borders were and tried to break them down.  Like so many of the greats, Keith Haring exited this planet too soon.  21 years on, his voice is missed, but never forgotten.

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