April 30, 2014

14 Fascinating Black and White Photos of Janis Joplin in 1968

Janis Joplin was perhaps the premier blues-influenced rock singer of the late Sixties, and certainly one of the biggest female rock stars of her time. Even before her death, her tough blues-mama image only barely covered her vulnerability.

The publicity concerning Joplin's sex life and problems with alcohol and drugs made her something of a legend. In recent years, periodic attempts to recast her life and work within the context of feminism have met with mixed results. Sadly, Joplin was one of three major Sixties rock stars (the others being Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison) to die at the beginning of the 1970s.

Janis Joplin at the Newport Folk Festival. Newport, R.I., 1968.

Janis Joplin and Clive Davis, the President of CBS Records, at a press party in New York City, 1968.

Hanging out in Max's Kansas City restaurant in New York City. From left to right: Paul Morrissey, Andy Warhol (sunglasses), Janis Joplin and Tim Buckley.

Janis Joplin backstage at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, 1968.

Ed Sanders and Janis Joplin backstage at the Andersen Theater in New York City, 1968.

Rare Photos of Young John F. Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 29, 1917, the great-grandson of Irish immigrants. His father, the son of a saloon keeper, had graduated from Harvard and at age 25 became the youngest bank president in the U.S. He was a highly skilled investor and money handler and made a fortune. In 1914, Joe Kennedy had married Rose Fitzgerald, the daughter of John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, a colorful Boston politician. Young Jack Kennedy was the second child in a family that would eventually have nine children. Joe Jr., Jack, Rosemary, Kathleen, Eunice, Patricia, Robert, Jean, and Edward (Teddy).

Father and Sons - Joseph P. Kennedy holds sons Joseph Patrick Junior (left) and two-year-old future president John Fitzgerald Kennedy, in 1919.

Pals - and rivals - Joseph Patrick (left) and John Fitzgerald. Fiercely loyal and fiercely competitive, they sometimes even brawled as boys. Joe was a natural athlete and had many talents, but was also a bit more serious. Young Jack Kennedy was a sickly child but fun loving and well liked. Despite his illnesses, Jack liked to compete in sports, the competitive spirit largely encouraged by his father.

With the girls - Rosemary, Kathleen and Eunice in 1925.

Playing policeman. At about age five, Jack decided he would become a cop.

In the water at Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, the family's summer home.

April 29, 2014

20 Wonderful Color Photos of Sweden in 1979

Sweden is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. It is the third-largest country in the European Union by area, with a total population of over 9.8 million. Sweden consequently has a low population density of 21 inhabitants per square kilometre (54/sq mi), with the highest concentration in the southern half of the country. Approximately 85% of the population lives in urban areas.

Like countries around the globe, Sweden entered a period of economic decline and upheaval following the oil embargoes of 1973–74 and 1978–79. These wonderful photographs below were taken by Yvon Maurice in Sweden in 1979.

Rarely Seen Crime Scene and Evidence Photographs Discovered in LAPD Archives

Until recently, an old, deteriorated collection of no less than one million crime scene photographs rested silently in the nearly forgotten archives of the Los Angeles Police department; spanning 150 years of violence and corruption, these images were only recently discovered by the photographer Merrick Morton, who is also a reserve LAPD officer, learned of the giant archive when he went digging for LAPD photos for an exhibition he had planned at Fototeka, which he owns and operates with his wife.

Morgue, man with floral tattoo, 1945 © LAPD. Courtesy of Fototeka.

Shoes, arm, and knife, 1950 © LAPD. Courtesy of Fototeka.

Detail of two bullet holes in car window, 1942 © LAPD. Courtesy of Fototeka.

Onion field reenactment, 1963 © LAPD. Courtesy of Fototeka.

Victim’s feet hanging off bed, 1934 © LAPD. Courtesy of Fototeka.

April 28, 2014

19 Amazing Vintage Photographs Captured Street Scenes of Times Square, New York in the 1970s

Kenneth Siegel (1949-1994) was introduced to photography as a young boy by his uncle, Cornell Capa, a photographer and the founder of the International Center of Photography in New York City. After completing a Bachelor's degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Siegel worked for many years as a film editor at New York's Channel 9 before becoming a full-time freelance photographer. During his career as a photographer, Siegel worked for a number of important clients including the Democratic National Committee, the New York Times, St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, Prep for Prep, and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

Rarely without a camera around his neck, Siegel delighted most in photographing people -- particularly the people of his beloved New York City. His largest body of work documented the places and faces of New York's Times Square and Central Park in the mid-1960s through the early 1980s, a period when New York was both politically charged and culturally diverse. Many of Siegel's photographs from this period feature gatherings of young activists on the streets of New York and in Central Park, protesting the war in Vietnam, advocating for women and worker's rights, and freedom of lifestyle. The images taken in or around Times Square vividly depict the pre-gentrified area as a seedy melange of pornographic movie house marquees, small stores, restaurants, and sex shops populated by colorful habitues sporting tattoos, offbeat clothing, and street-wise expressions.

Siegel, however, approached his subjects with a certain camaraderie and a sense of identification that lets the viewer know he was not a voyeur, but rather among people he thought of as friends. "Most of the portraits are of people I know, usually by street name," Siegel explained. "They all knew me or knew of me often asked me to take their portrait. I could not have made these images without their cooperation. They express their need for recognition and I graciously oblige them."

April 27, 2014

Rarely Seen Black and White Pictures of a 17 Year Old Carole King Working in Studio B of the RCA Studio in New York City, 1959

On June 9, 1959, a young Carole King made her way to RCA’s Studio B in New York City to record the songs “Short-Mort” and “Queen of the Beach.” She was 17 at the time. She co-wrote those tunes with her partner, Gerry Goffin, who was present at the session, along with publisher Al Nevins and a young “Jerry Landis,” a.k.a. Paul Simon. That’s him on guitar in the checked shirt.

A number of recordings from this era found their way onto 2012’s Legendary Demos, which also features hits like “Natural Woman” and “You’ve Got A Friend.”


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