June 7, 1973. The height of technology.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Glorious. (July 19, 1973)20150328_145820

Isaac. (July 19, 1973)


George. (July 19, 1973)


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


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


Sleepy Van Morrison. (August 30, 1973)


New York Dolls ad, August 30, 1973.


Roberta. (September 13, 1973)


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


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)



A timeless Ralph Steadman piece, September 27, 1973.


Persistent pant campaign. (October 11, 1973)


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


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


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


Crazy. (November 8, 1973)


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)


Gimme Mick. (November 8, 1973)


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



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


Radical. (December 6, 1973)


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

(December 6, 1973)


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


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


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

Apparently I jumped to 1982…


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.


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




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


Zappa babies.


Diane Keaton is the coolest.


Worlds are colliding! Joe is such a babe.


Now that’s a dynamic layout.


Damn. Sanity versus insanity.


imagine that

“Lou and I played music together, became best friends and then soul mates, traveled, listened to and criticized each other’s work, studied things together (butterfly hunting, meditation, kayaking). We made up ridiculous jokes; stopped smoking 20 times; fought; learned to hold our breath underwater; went to Africa; sang opera in elevators; made friends with unlikely people; followed each other on tour when we could; got a sweet piano-playing dog; shared a house that was separate from our own places; protected and loved each other. We were always seeing a lot of art and music and plays and shows, and I watched as he loved and appreciated other artists and musicians. He was always so generous. He knew how hard it was to do. We loved our life in the West Village and our friends; and in all, we did the best we could do.

Like many couples, we each constructed ways to be – strategies, and sometimes compromises, that would enable us to be part of a pair. Sometimes we lost a bit more than we were able to give, or gave up way too much, or felt abandoned. Sometimes we got really angry. But even when I was mad, I was never bored. We learned to forgive each other. And somehow, for 21 years, we tangled our minds and hearts together.”

Laurie Anderson on her loving relationship with Lou Reed.


2015-03-07 12.47.44

Oh Todd, if only that were possible.

2015-03-07 12.53.38

April 27,1972 Prime Jagger.

2015-03-07 13.02.46

2015-03-07 13.03.54

A granola ad. This is such a far cry from the modern days ads in Rolling Stone.

2015-03-07 13.07.55

2015-03-07 13.08.30

2015-03-07 13.12.51

2015-03-07 13.28.05

2015-03-07 13.27.36

Damn. It’s time I get into Randy Newman. At least his stuff before cartoon accompaniments.

2015-03-07 13.48.03

2015-03-07 13.56.16

Now there’s a sock ad. Thanks 1972.

2015-03-07 14.03.56

Tina and Bowie welcome us to June 1985.

2015-03-07 14.04.30

Aidan and Bono? If I ever were to see those to together, particularly in 1985, I would have evaporated. Spontaneous combustion.

2015-03-07 14.04.38

Lately I’ve been re-appreciating Bryan Adams. He’s vegan! Look at Tina being a boss.

2015-03-07 14.06.47

Look at those tresses on Tilbrook.

2015-03-07 14.17.25

Oh Lou.

2015-03-07 14.17.43

I know he’s had his questionable moments, but I still like him. I used to sneak down to the living room when I couldn’t sleep and find my dad watching his show. I probably didn’t keep my eyes open long after crawling up into his lap, but I absorbed an essence. Plus I always knew whatever my dad thought was cool, was legit.

2015-03-07 14.24.05

Stipe in coveralls. It’s crazy that Peter Buck is the most attractive in this photo. For a brief moment in time. Mike Mills makes everyone who ever had a bowl cut feel a little bit better.

2015-03-07 14.26.16

Sigh. Where can I find my Bruce? I’m listening to Born to Run (the album) as I type this.

2015-03-07 14.28.48

I didn’t know this was a book first! or that Alan Zweibel wrote it!!! I need to read it. The movie was fantastic, and Zweibel, I hold in high esteem for his time at SNL and moreover, his special kinship with Gilda Radner. Read Bunny Bunny.

2015-03-07 14.34.27

1985 wouldn’t be complete without a bit of Madge.

2015-03-07 14.40.55

Frank Sinatra and fans. Does this type of boundary-crossing still occur? I feel like if there were repercussions for this lady, they wouldn’t be anywhere near as harsh as they would be today. Though, well worth it nonetheless.

2015-03-07 14.41.43

Do I spy a young Jason Alexander? I would never have guessed that he modeled for Levi’s. Now that is some party trivia.

2015-03-07 14.41.48

He really doesn’t want your hot dog.

2015-03-07 14.45.49

Bowie serving face.

2015-03-07 14.50.37

Patrick Swayze and C. Thomas Howell. I’m not sure who the woman is. I’m also not sure what the point of this spread would have been…according to the wealth of the internet, these guys didn’t have a movie in 1985… they did Red Dawn in 1984, and of course The Outsiders in 1983. Let’s just enjoy it for what it is then.

2015-03-07 15.02.01

Another candy-colored absurd beer ad.

2015-03-07 15.05.52

No words.

2015-03-07 15.06.10

Nearly 30 years ago.

2015-03-07 15.07.16

HERo! i rode the 1 train next to her for a few stops once. Magical.

2015-03-07 15.07.55

Why couldn’t actual year book photos be as cool as these? (From the Rolling Stone Yearbook 1984.)

2015-03-07 15.10.39

i lurve me some Michael Keaton.

2015-03-07 15.11.10

Hold the phone kids. UHAUL used to rent out clunky portable vcrs? And called it Haullywood?! That just makes me think of Pauly Shore. I wonder how many of these things are in landfills.

2015-03-07 15.13.46

Time to swing back to high brow.

Prince is manicured royalty. The precision that must go into maintaining such a look!

2015-03-07 15.15.41

2015-03-07 15.22.50

A guy I once dated (who was a teenager in the 80s) claimed that I reminded him of Belinda Carlisle. I don’t know how I feel about that. Like what era of Belinda Carlisle, ya know?

2015-03-07 15.24.24

Fairuza Balk!

2015-03-07 15.29.49

Young love. I can’t wait for Chrissie Hynde’s autobiography, due later this year.

2015-03-07 15.30.28

Look at those eyes. Are you mad about having to get your photo taken, Bob, or that you’re not wearing a shirt?

2015-03-07 15.36.13

Behold the engineering feat that was breakdancing sneakers.

2015-03-07 15.42.09

Only for the elite!

2015-03-07 15.36.56

May 1984. I went to grad school with a girl who didn’t know who Cyndi Lauper is. I was insulted by her ignorance. INSULTED.

2015-03-07 15.37.03

I mean, the kid was raised in a strict religious home in the some podunk Southern town, so I guess that’s how such ignorance exists. Sad.

2015-03-07 15.44.04

There’s a nice shirt Bob. And some overwhelming track pants on Dave. I wonder why he has his hands so timidly placed in front of his groin.

2015-03-07 15.49.42

So cool.

2015-03-07 15.50.54

2015-03-07 15.52.39


2015-03-07 15.59.27

The brilliance of this image is dumbfounding.

2015-03-07 16.01.42

This is such a lovely illustration for a film. I wish there were more ads like this.

2015-03-07 16.03.44

I have a Blaupunkt in my 2004 Ford! The Ultimate in Complete Car Sound Systems. Supposedly.

2015-03-07 16.04.24

What is he pointing at? Did he break his pinky? Is it crooked? He looks pretty out of it.

2015-03-07 16.13.58

More nerdy Letterman, this time with a helping of Franken!

2015-03-07 16.15.51

When the Camcorder was new. I think my aunt still has hers.

2015-03-07 16.16.06

Talk about a boom time for technology. Leather briefs!

2015-03-07 16.16.51

This cover is so beautiful. The composition, the color of the print. The fierce eyebrow game and cheekbones.

2015-03-07 16.17.31

I couldn’t believe that multiple sclerosis made the pages of Rolling Stone. I’m sure my dad would’ve heard about this benefit for Ronnie Lane (Faces, The Small Faces), years before his own diagnosis. I wonder if he gave it a passing thought.

2015-03-07 16.24.17

Perhaps more unbelievably, they dedicated an entire cover to Ronnie Lane’s fight, and his mates’ efforts to raise awareness. The charity concerts supported Action into Research for Multiple Sclerosis (ARMS) in 1983, which is an organization I had never heard of. This gets me in the feels. 2015-03-07 16.19.01

Anyhoo. Here’s Steve Jobs with his baby.

2015-03-07 16.19.20

Joe Strummer. A member of the elite group of men who have roamed this earth and shown me what men are capable of being, therefore raising my standards to an unconscionably high level.

2015-03-07 16.21.53


2015-03-07 16.25.15


2015-03-09 18.16.19

2015-03-09 18.17.10

2015-03-09 18.18.39

They were such babies! Damn right the Stray Cats were great faces of 1983.

2015-03-09 18.19.33

Subtley risque.

2015-03-09 18.20.05

u2 by david montgomery

2015-03-09 18.25.54

I wonder how many people wasted money on this.

2015-03-09 18.26.00

2015-03-09 18.32.29

Nylon billfolds is such a nicer way of saying velcro wallet.

2015-03-09 18.36.53

Merry Christmas indeed.

2015-03-09 18.43.51

Now those are power suits.

2015-03-09 18.46.14

I can’t get enough of young Jerry Harrison. Patrick Fugit needs to play him in a movie.

2015-03-09 18.48.08

Now that’s a centerfold.

2015-03-09 18.47.44


2015-03-09 18.56.08

Catherine O’Hara being all experimental.

2015-03-09 19.00.40

It’s hard to believe he’s English.

2015-03-09 19.03.05

2015-03-09 19.08.03

A seemingly out of place, yet very welcome fashion spread about sunglasses.

2015-03-09 19.10.11

Pee Wee!!!

2015-03-09 19.11.14


2015-03-09 19.13.05

You didn’t think I’d go a post without Hall and Oates, didja?

2015-03-09 19.13.11

Bonus! G.E. Smith right under that 9!

2015-03-09 19.14.14

I love this pose so much. it’s such a small gesture but it speaks volumes.

2015-03-09 19.24.24

Gilda! Put down the soda!

2015-03-09 19.27.17

2015-03-09 19.33.23

2015-03-09 19.36.50

Prince again. He must’ve sold issues.

2015-03-09 19.37.37

And given the lace industry a boost.

2015-03-09 19.41.17

2015-03-09 19.41.57

This gave me newfound interest in Joan Baez. Obviously I know that she and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were both alive and active in their respective careers at the same time, but seeing them together was like fitting a puzzle piece into a big puzzle. For some reason I don’t often think of folk music when I think of the civil rights movement, and vice versa, which is silly because they are so obviously relative.

Upon preliminary research, I learned that Baez is half Mexican and half Scottish. What a combination.

2015-03-09 19.43.11

I just like this.

2015-03-09 19.48.27

Dudley Moore! The Sex Thimble!

2015-03-09 19.49.32

2015-03-09 19.50.56

The McGarrigles! Featuring elementary-age Rufus Wainwright on the far left! I’m not sure which one is Martha.

2015-03-09 19.52.15

I knew there was another picture of Brian Setzer in this grouping. So much look.

2015-03-09 19.53.52

I daresay he got better with age.

Until next time!

Adventures in Vintage Rolling Stone Magazines Part 4

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about my Rolling Stone escapades (that makes sitting in a library for hours sound just a touch more important, right?). I’ve covered a good span of time in issues.

Up first, September through December 1976.

2015-02-28 13.20.50

I have a staunch appreciation for any ads that actually incorporate illustration. Might have something to do with being the daughter of a man talented in illustration.

2015-02-28 13.23.19

September 9th, 1976. I have come across so many ads for Hall and Oates at this point that I can now believe their cultural impact. I once dated a Jewish guy in Manhattan that was very into his vinyl Hall and Oates collection. And De La Soul.

2015-02-28 13.26.00

The 70s delivered the best in bizarre ads and useless products. This one seems to make light of abusive uncles. (Sept., 9, ’76).

2015-02-28 13.55.38

October 21st, 1976. Ralph Nader. Yes please. I should read more of his books. I read The Good Fight a few years ago and remember it being really powerful. We have seat belts and OSHA and the EPA  thanks to this guy!

2015-02-28 14.04.45

November of 1976 brought us this jewel. The couple that gets mullets together, stays together. And visits Brian Wilson.

2015-02-28 14.18.40-1

It speaks for itself. heh.

2015-02-28 14.27.17

This is the kind of biographical byline I would concoct. Not that I would ever drink Coke.

2015-02-28 14.30.53

Here we have a perfect example of how Rolling Stone used to be cool – a Wild Things cover (no relation to a tacky 90s movie).

2015-02-28 14.36.12

Maurice Sendak owned this issue!

2015-02-28 14.32.55

The December 30th, 1976 issue also had this George Harrison feature, and a cool ad for 33 & 1/3.

2015-02-28 14.34.36

In the same sitting I tucked into early 1985. I needed to switch it up a bit. I was eager for the 80s rock stars that I was weened on. And glossy pages.

2015-02-28 14.43.30

Of course! Are they trying to tell us something with Hall’s hand in Oate’s pocket? Mischief.

2015-02-28 14.46.51-1

I wish so hard that people still dressed like this. Maybe they do, just not in the lame area where I live.

2015-02-28 14.47.54-1

Was Hall ahead of the game with the no-eyebrow look?

The same issue also delivered these gems:

2015-02-28 14.44.48

2015-02-28 14.45.51

2015-02-28 14.46.00

And that was just the January 17th issue! 1985 has such potential.

2015-02-28 14.50.29-1

Whoa. January 31st. Somebody fetch my smelling salts.

2015-02-28 14.53.26-1

Next are a few snippets from the February 14th issue.

2015-02-28 14.56.08

Anybody else remember Perfect Strangers?

2015-02-28 14.55.56-1

I’ve researched the sitcom “Sara” before and unfortunately there isn’t much film evidence online. I bet it was awesome. I mean Geena Davis is a boss! She has dedicated herself to creating a balance of gender in media! And she dated Jeff Goldblum!

2015-02-28 14.51.42

For the SNL 40 anniversary season, this musical performance actually aired recently during their earlier 10 o’clock airings. It was glorious.

2015-02-28 14.57.56-1

This product is disgusting, but this ad (and there are more!) is fantastic. It reminds me of Monty Python and the Canadian kids tv show You Can’t Do That On Television! In trying to see if any dots connect, I see on the You Can’t Do That On Television wiki that opening animation to the show was created by a Rand MacIvor, overseen by art director Terry Gilliam, he of course, the only non-Brit member of the Monty Python tribe.

You Can’t Do That On Television:

That makes me think that Terry Gilliam’s work must’ve influenced whoever created the beer ads. The internet is failing to supply me with more information on who created these colorful urban ads. Onward!

2015-02-28 14.59.01-1

Behold. Now this is what I’m talking about. Cue the angelic chorus. The February 28th edition features Bruce, and the March 14th none other than U2.

2015-02-28 15.03.22

Sad, but a cool ad.

2015-02-28 15.05.03

The March 14th issue gave us a bit more Bruce, and Chrissy baby news:

2015-02-28 15.08.37

2015-02-28 15.09.24

I mean.

2015-02-28 15.09.31

I always say that Bono ruined me for other mere mortal men (him and Joe Strummer).

Another Gilliam-esque beer ad.

2015-02-28 15.10.53

March 28th brought us these delights:

2015-02-28 15.13.56

Canadians for Africa!

2015-02-28 15.14.40-1

Darlene Love and Ellie Greenwich!

2015-02-28 15.14.47

A sweet Swatch ad!

2015-02-28 15.15.44-1

Goth Molly Ringwald!

2015-02-28 15.18.07

This is quickly devolving into a Hall and Oates fansite.

2015-02-28 15.18.44

And the March 28th issue rounds out with a bit of whimsy from Mary Lou Retton, America’s sweetheart for her success in the 1984 Summer Olympics.

2015-02-28 15.19.28

April 25th. It’s like they are gently letting us down from the Bruce and U2 covers.

2015-02-28 15.21.15

I guess Richard Hell couldn’t hold court with the cool Patti Smith.

May 9th brought us Madge…

2015-02-28 15.25.33

this horrendous yuppy ad…

2015-02-28 15.26.16

and Martin Short.

2015-02-28 15.27.19


2015-02-07 15.30.49

The July 15th, 1976 issue of Rolling Stone featured a lengthy piece on the new show “Saturday Night”.

2015-02-07 15.30.58

I particularly enjoy old photos of Lorne Michaels.

2015-02-07 15.33.14

He was a babe. I also love how the show is repeatedly referred to as “SN” for Saturday Night, which beautifully, is also my initials. Coincidence? I think not.

2015-02-07 15.39.41

There were also great portraits of most of the cast members. I’d never seen this shot of Gilda before.

In other 1976 issues…

A goofy McCartney from the June 17th issue.

A goofy McCartney from the June 17th issue.

2015-02-07 15.11.31

A striking Hall and Oates full page ad from May 20th.

2015-02-07 14.55.56

Lou in the April 8th issue. Gotta love that yellow script typography.

2015-02-07 14.42.59

Dylan, March 11th. I could stare at this face for hours.

2015-02-07 14.37.36

I just like this Bose ad. It’s a pretty sassy lil’ ad.

2015-02-07 14.35.18

A February 12th, 1976 Patti Smith album review. All hail. Better than this? A full spread in the January 1st issue!

2015-02-07 13.44.42

2015-02-07 13.44.54

2015-02-07 13.47.55

2015-02-07 14.21.17

February 12th. Bowie made all of the other covers between January and July look silly.

2015-02-07 14.18.22

2015-02-07 14.04.04

Dylan and Ali in the January 15th issue.

2015-02-07 14.11.15

“Bob’s attitude is very similar to the Buddhist view of nonattachment.”

2015-02-07 13.36.21

And this gem from the January 1st issue. This is one for a caption contest.

2015-02-07 13.28.54

And last, but most certainly not least, a letter from “Lennono” in the January 1st issue.