IN WHICH A PERSON CONTINUES TO LONG FOR ERAS SHE DID NOT LIVE THROUGH, VINTAGE ROLLING STONE MAGAZINES PART 7

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June 7, 1973. The height of technology.

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Daltrey, piercing even in black and white. (June 7, 1973)

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The Master of Erotic Despair, Leonard Cohen. Dayyyum. (June 7, 1973)

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Utterly classic. Ad from June 21st issue, 1973.

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Maybe these hip people are listening to Bowie on their Hear Muffs!!! (June 21, 1973)

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“A young man’s search for the things that everybody wants.” (July 5, 1973)

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More like hot Mid-Western, amiright? (Dylan is from Minnesota…too much of a stretch? July 5, 1973)

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Glorious. (July 19, 1973)20150328_145820

Isaac. (July 19, 1973)

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George. (July 19, 1973)

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I’d like to wear that on the subway, next to a man spreader. (August 16, 1973)

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I had wondered about this. The oldest copies have not held up well, what with the folding. (August 30, 1973)

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Sleepy Van Morrison. (August 30, 1973)

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New York Dolls ad, August 30, 1973.

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Roberta. (September 13, 1973)

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I wonder how much praise the person who came up with this concept received.

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Maybe if I am ever famous I would shill for something, but only if I actually liked to product, and only if I could pose in an ad with it like this. (September 27, 1973)

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A timeless Ralph Steadman piece, September 27, 1973.

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Persistent pant campaign. (October 11, 1973)

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David Carradine serving major face. (October 25, 1973)

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Slumber party at Al Green’s house! (October 25, 1973)

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Liza Minnelli, Alice Cooper, and Ronnie Spector. How did the camera not combust?! (November 8, 1973)

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Crazy. (November 8, 1973)

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This accompanied a piece called “Hatboxes Full of Dreams” about beauty contests. I like that flashbulb quality image layered over a solid color. (November 8, 1973)

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Gimme Mick. (November 8, 1973)

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Bowie’s marketing and style presence really set the bar. (November 22, 1973)

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Also great design, though I don’t know about the cherub. Plus OVERALLS (November 22, 1973)

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Radical. (December 6, 1973)

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Could you imagine what would happen if 70s Lou Reed and Loudon Wainwright III got together? What would they talk about?

(December 6, 1973)

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I should research who designed ads for Apple Records. (December 6, 1973)

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I feel like that is a genuine smile on Diana’s face. (December 20, 1973)

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This goof again. How could I not? The colors, the colors! And the curls.  (December 20, 1973)

Apparently I jumped to 1982…

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Belushi and Aykroyd. Can we talk about the name Aykroyd? The more I look at it and say it in my head the stranger it seems.

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I’ll tell you where you went wrong – you placed overalls in the past. Overalls are the present and the Future!

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Indeed.

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Again, not praising the actual product, just the design of the ad.

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Zappa babies.

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Diane Keaton is the coolest.

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Worlds are colliding! Joe is such a babe.

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Now that’s a dynamic layout.

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Damn. Sanity versus insanity.

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My New Favorite Movie

I don’t care what anybody says. Arthur has it all. New York City. A love story. A tale of perseverance. A short man with a  sharp tongue wrapped in a charming accent and a drinking problem. And Liza!

Dudley Moore – the sex THIMBLE –  may be best remembered for this role, at least stateside. He did a brilliant drunk, which he supposedly modeled after his former comedic partner Peter Cook.

And how great is John Gielgud as Hobson? There is yet another endearing aspect of this film – the relationship between the sardonic butler and the spoiled man child. I wish I had a Hobson.

I am also envious of Arthur’s bath. After viewing this film closely I did my best to pretend to have nearly as cool a bath, and used some champagne to aid in my delusion. Maybe I need a top hat.

Of course, there is the classic swoon-worthy love story that just spontaneously combusts in the middle of Bergdorf Goodman. Who doesn’t love a good traditional rich bastard falls for a poor yet whimsical dame plot? But nobody could play the roll of Linda Marolla quite like Liza Minnelli. Even though she is Hollywood royalty, and was born as such, she plays a convincing Queens girl, working in a diner.

I love how much they love each other. I know it’s just actors following a script, but it’s nice to think that there could be people willing to be poor together, and see each other through addiction, and manage to just laugh when the other does something stupid. Plus I think they look good together, in a special early-80s sort of way.

I’d be remiss not to mention Arthur 2: On the Rocks, the sequel which was released seven years later. Not quite as good as the first one, but you know I could watch a regular sitcom if it starred these two. Plus it entails Arthur fighting for his love, which I feel is a concept entirely lost on men these days.

Not to mention it involves redecorating on a dime, a baby (the ultimate symbol of a lasting relationship… not) and this lovely metaphor for Arthur’s man-child syndrome:

and some pretty funny quips about an ancient stair-chair: