Photo by G.
-Bloomberg nixes free vibrator day (via Village Voice)
-Get well soon Blakie! (via Gigwise)
-Class of 1982 in music. Where are they now? (via Rolling Stone)
-50 Unreleased Albums Complex wants to hear. (via Complex)
-Alliyah‘s family think Drake sucks shit too! (via NME)
-Famous album covers recreated with socks! (via NME)
-Rock stars that have posted naked pix of themselves on line (via Gigwise)
-MCA’s will says “don’t whore me out to advertisers” (via Gothamist)
-Vote for Boy George as top DJ of 2012! (via DJ Mag)
-Fun Photos From Photobooths. Say that 100 times fast! (via Flavourwire)
-Will Prince sue Capital Cities for covering “Nothing Compares 2 U”? (via Gigwise)
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Photo and autograph courtesy of my obtained in-person autograph collection.
My "Colour by Numbers" by Culture Club CD, autographed by Boy George
I don’t know how it’s possible that Boy George is 50 today, but it’s true. The front man of Culture Club has always been one of my heroes. I grew up in the 80s and Boy George was such an inspiration in my life. In a time when it was practically verboten to be flamboyant, let alone be outspoken and unapologetic for being yourself, there was Boy George dressing in drag, on the cover of every magazine, all over the TV and making great music along the way. Looking back, I remember so many people that were anti-gay, but there they were singing along to the words of hits such as “Time (Clock of the Heart),” “It’s A Miracle,” “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” and “Karma Chameleon.” It was the first time in my life where people listened to the music and ignored the personal details. For my generation, Boy George was a pioneer in breaking down the barriers for gay people to not have to live their lives in the closet.
When I saw Culture Club in concert for the first time, the audience was comprised of every type of person on the planet! Everyone at the concert came not to express hatred for their differences, but instead, it was one of the biggest love-fests I’ve ever seen in my life. The show was great and afterwards, I met Boy George. He had his hands full and I thought my chances at getting a signature were not going to happen. I decided to ask anyway and Boy George said, “Listen cutie, let me put this stuff down and I’ll be right back.” True to his word, a moment later he came back and gladly signed a few albums for me! I’ve never gotten over it. All I can say again is thanks so much George for all the music you’ve given the world, thanks for giving so many people the courage to live out and proud and on a personal note, thanks for giving me a memory I still think about 20 years after it happened! Happy birthday! xx
Photos of Janette Beckman & David Corio’s photos by G.
'Catch the Beat' The Roots of Punk and Hip Hop Photographs by Janette Beckman & David Corio. Showing at Morrison Hotel Gallery in NYC through March 2011.
If you are a fan of the punk and hip-hop scene, you’ll definitely want to head over to the Morrison Hotel Gallery to check out their latest exhibition ’Catch the Beat’ The Roots of Punk and Hip Hop Photographs by Janette Beckman & David Corio. Though viewing punk and hip-hop images together seems at first like an odd combination, both styles of music raised the bar a lot higher and seeing these images together will help viewers to realize how important Punk and Hip Hop are to the history of music and photography.
Boy George by Janette Beckman
You’ll also see wonderful and rarely seen photos of Eazy E, Roxanne Shante, The Jam, The Clash, Johnny Rotten, Shane MacGowan, Run DMC, James Brown, The Police and many more.
Notorious BIG by David Corio
The Morrison Hotel Gallery is located at 313 Bowery in Manhattan. Don’t miss it!
Photo by G.
For the second time in under a month, I’ve proven that Twitter is not completely useless! If you want the Holy Ghost remix of the Mark Ronson produced song “Somebody To Love Me,” featuring vocals by Andrew Wyatt (of Miike Snow) and Boy George, go to this site, simply retweet the message, and get a free download link. Both the album version (from Ronson’s amazing “Record Collection”) as well as the remix are must-haves, so I highly recommend you do this! You can follow me @according2g on Twitter if you just can’t get enough G action.
Photos by G. Art by Johnny Rozsa, Olek and Scooter LaForge, respectively.
Johnny Rozsa at Christopher Henry Gallery in NYC. Now showing through November 28, 2010
There’s no doubt that Johnny Rozsa is a photography legend. He’s taken iconic photos of everyone from Leigh Bowery to Sade to Carmen Electra. In tandem with his latest monograph Untouched, the Christopher Henry Gallery in New York has a must see exhibit of Rozsa’s work. On display are fantastic photos of Boy George, Grace Jones, Robert Mitchum, The Jacksons, Rick James and Leigh Bowery, just to name a few. Rozsa’s photos are from a pre-Photoshop era and the exhibit collects intimate and iconic moments from some of the world’s best loved stars. I attended the gala opening reception and it was quite a scene. I spoke with Johnny Rozsa and he was extremely nice. He even showed me the work-in-progress prototype which inspired Untouched!
Leigh Bowery by Johnny Rozsa
In other fantastic news, the “Knitting is for Pu****” exhibit by Olek, which I’ve raved about numerous times before, has been extended due to overwhelming demand! A studio apartment has been built inside the gallery and Olek has crocheted over every single item inside the apartment! It’s one of the most unique exhibits I’ve seen in a really long time and everyone that sees it is blown away by how cool it is. ”Knitting is for Pus****” has been extended until November 17, 2010, so make sure you go see this!
"Knitting is for Pus****" by Olek at the Christopher Henry Gallery through November 17, 2010.
It gets better. In addition to two wonderful exhibits, one of my favorite artists, Scooter LaForge has designed a very limited edition T-shirt commemorating the Johnny Rozsa exhibit. There are two designs available and below, you can see the shirt I’ll be sporting on future adventures. These shirts can be purchased at the Christopher Henry Gallery located at 127 Elizabeth Street in Manhattan while supplies last.
Boy George by Johnny Rozsa by Scooter LaForge!
After the jump see a crowd shot from the opening night gala as well as a photo of my encounter with Johnny Rozsa.
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