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Lana Del Rey
Happy birthday to Elizabeth Grant, better known as Lana Del Rey. As you know, I love me some Lana! Her debut album “Born To Die” is great from start to finish as her songs transport you to another time and space. It’s really sad to me that there is so much online hatred towards her, but I have figured out why – people are jealous. Lana is very pretty and extremely talented (and apparently comes from a wealthy background), so people will rip her to shreds at the first chance they get. Well, before you do that, please note that as of press time, Lana has over 100 unreleased songs in her arsenal (and so many of them are excellent!), and she’s not even 30 years old yet! Singers like Madonna that have had 30 year careers have barely released this many songs, so please respect that she’s put in the work before you start your hating! Another awesome thing about Lana is that she is EXTREMELY nice towards fans (something that so many famous people are not) and it’s also admirable that so many times, with no build up, she just spontaneously releases a new song (plus video!) I absolutely love that and I absolutely love Lana Del Rey! Happy birthday, Lana! x
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John Gourley of Portugal. The Man and Geoffrey Dicker
Happy birthday to John Gourley, lead singer of one of my favorite bands, Portugal. The Man. If you don’t know their music, I highly encourage you to check them out. They are a psychedelic rock band who have a nice streak of making excellent albums from start to finish. As I’ve said before, their 2011 album “In The Mountain In The Cloud,” is nothing short of a masterpiece, whose songs deserve to be sung en masse in stadiums. Thankfully, their fan base is growing by leaps and bounds after their latest record “Evil Friends” was produced by uber-producer Danger Mouse.
“Evil Friends” will definitely be on my best albums of 2012 list and if you like that album, you will like ALL of their music. Lucky for you, if you are just discovering Portugal. The Man, they’ve already released 8 albums, and they are all great! John Gourley has done much of the artwork for these albums and a lot of their releases have cool and unique packaging. Since you know I like to meet the men (and women) behind the music, you’ll be pleased to know that not only is John Gourley super talented but he’s also an extremely nice guy. I’ve met him on a couple of occasions and most recently he told me that the band has quite a few unreleased songs from the “Evil Friends” sessions, so let’s hope they see the light of day! Happy birthday John! I heart you!
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Maxi Priest and Geoffrey Dicker
What do singer Maxi Priest and Gina Gershon have in common?
Gina Gershon and Geoffrey Dicker
Two things: 1. Both celebrate their birth on June 10. 2. They have both had the pleasure of being photographed with yours truly. Ha!
The pleasure was all mine!
Happy birthday Gina and Maxi!
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On June 5, 2013, Patti Smith and friends celebrated the life and birthday of poet Federico Garcia Lorca at a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. For this particular show, Patti brought out several of her friends to read poems by Federico Garcia Lorca including one of his family members. Lorca was outspoken about his political views and was executed in 1936 in Spain for being openly gay.
Patti Smith mentioned that earlier in the evening, she’d gone to see a documentary about the imprisoned Russian band Pussy Riot and she talked about the fact that we need to continue to voice our opinions no matter what the cost because one of the few liberties we have left in America is freedom of speech. It’s inspiring to see Patti Smith because not only is she a rock and roll goddess and poet, but she is a champion of equal rights and freedom. To quote one of her songs (which she also performed), THE PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER!
The night wasn’t all about Lorca, however. Her band joined her on stage and they performed a full set which included some of her classic songs including “Redondo Beach,” “Pissing in a River,” the title track off her latest release, “Banga” as well as a cover of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues.” The finale of the show was Patti reading her poem “Piss Factory” and it’s always amazing to see a crowded room become completely silent to catch every word that Patti Smith speaks. What a night! Thanks Patti, happy birthday Federico and make sure to speak up ALWAYS for what you believe in!
Patti Smith – Lorca Birthday Setlist
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Marilyn Monroe’s Grave in California
On June 1, we remember the birthday of one of the most iconic actresses of all time, Marilyn Monroe. Her image is everywhere, decades after her death and where you don’t see her, you see people emulating her looks and her style. I will never forget the first time I visited her grave (in Westwood, California). You’d think that the resting place of one of the most famous icons would be ultra chic and instead, it looks as you see above. It was a huge wake up call for me that day. We have such little time on this planet to make our marks, so we must live life to the fullest each day because one day (and one day soon), we won’t be here! Since that life changing moment, I’ve started to take more chances and really take advantage of what this planet has to offer. Hopefully you are doing the same. And if you are not, remember tomorrow is a new day….