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Monthly Archives: December 2008

Not too crazy about the snow really but it’s here.  It’s freezing and cold.  If I had money I’d travel to LA, AZ and to Mexico, the Pacific Coast this time of the year.

Good news about the screening of The Graffiti for the cast/crew and anyone who’s interested to view it.  Have support to show Navajo Talking Picture and The Graffiti at the Gachet Gallery in Vancouver in February 09.  It was very hard to find a place to screen it. I did not look real hard, but I looked and inquired.

Finally got this rock.com slide to work.  Crazy. At first it wouldn’t work, but after I tried the second time and did this and that with the computer, it worked! Sometimes you just want to throw the computer out the window.  So glad it worked.  

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lst picture – Ninja Pants, our 10 year old cat.
2nd picture – A street in Surrey I shot about 2 weeks ago or a week ago.  It had red lights for Christmas.
3rd picture – Bare trees near the Serpentine walk/bike way biking south to the King George Highway.

I worked some hours on the computer to create this card. Finally got it to work so I could upload it onto Facebook, but it would not do it. I was able to change the pdf file into a jpeg file so that Facebook could accept it. The card that uploaded to Facebook was a still. This card was created from the slide.com using their fx, the snowflakes swirling. Mostly with this one I tried to perfect the fonts, but all the information would not fit onto the bottom so I decided to type in the holiday greeting.

img_51982To the left,  I drew and used water color to make this picture of the Beatles, 2-5/64 at Cortez High School art class. My old Agfa scanner is not working very well so I resorted to shoot the watercolor/drawing with my digital camera.

“Behind Sad Eyes, The Life of George Harrison by Marc Shaprio, 02′ & “Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Me” by Pattie Boyd with Remmy Junor, 07

My book reviews are not meant to be classical book reviews. I read two books, “Behind Sad Eyes, The Life of George Harrison by Marc Shaprio, 02′ and “Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Me” by Pattie Boyd with Remmy Junor, 07, which I liked a lot. I read “Eric Clapton, An Autobiography” by Eric Clapton and liked his autobiography quite well, but I will comment about it later on.  The subject matter relates to what I am into:  music, filmmaking, artists and the business side of movies/music. Reading the bios helps to understand the period I lived through and to reexamine my life. In particular with “Behind Sad Eyes, The Life of George Harrison,” and “Wonderful Tonight” what came through clear this time were the male and female

Below is a picture/another drawing of women I saw in fashion and teen magazines, drawn in 1964 at the same art class at Cortez High.

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dynamics from that period of time, although I had turned the rock and roller types into perfect male/female icons. Well, I was very naive about it when I was fourteen-sixteen from 64-67. What prompted me to finally release this book review is because last week I saw Pattie Boyd being interviewed by George Stroumboulopoulos on CBC’s “The Hour” show. I did not know she was on the November 18th show. She promoted her still photography show “Through the Eye of a Muse,” pictures of rock and roll icons from the sixties and seventies, which is being exhibited in Toronto. I would like to view her still photography show, but I cannot because it is far away in Toronto! Too bad it cannot exhibit here.

Sometimes I feel people can live forever and ever. Maybe that is why I feel the feeling of being jolted when a person dies.  I usually feel very sad afterwards when I hear about a death such as George Harrison’s death.  I remember I surfed into a famous software’s website. When I opened the home page, I saw a black and white head shot of George Harrison staring at me.  When I saw that, at first, I thought what had happened? The website explained itself and I was a little stunned. In the beginning when I first heard about the Beatles during 1964, I liked George Harrison the best at the time. John Lennon was second.  Later on as I grew older in my early-mid thirties, my likes changed about the Beatles. It became: 1. J Lennon. 2. G Harrison. 3. R Starr 3. P McCartney. I grew to like John Lennon because he was very upfront and vocal in his beliefs about the world. I am attracted to human beings like that.  His songs illustrated his activism.  George was an activist as well about certain issues such as Bangladesh. Ravi Shankar asked George Harrison to help out in some way for the difficulties in Bangaladesh. George responded right away and organized a concert to raise funds.  I viewed the dvd, “Concert of Bangladesh,” which was pretty good.  It held up after all these years.  The music did not feel or appear outdated.  What I liked from the dvd concert was to view and hear the musicians play/sing like Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton. Some books said prior to the concert Bob Dylan lived in seculsion.

The book expressed when George worked with Lennon and McCartney, George had issues when he tried to express to Lennon and McCartney that he was a song writer too.  Finally when the Beatles quit touring, he attained the song writer status he wished and became recognized for.  Making his own albums allowed the public to view him as a songwriter rather than a string along writer among the Beatles.  So maybe it is good sometimes when a group breaks up so an artist can achieve personal artistic goals.  He had a few successful albums and some bummers.

George wrote some songs which will always be remembered: “Here Comes the Sun”, “Blue Jay Way,” My Guitar Weeps” and others.  For me Paul McCartney wrote a few good songs here and there, but he generally became too pop for my taste. John and George’s songs I admired the best of the Beatles.

George Harrison married Pattie Boyd in his early twenties.  I read her biography as well, “Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Me” written by Pattie Boyd with Remmy Junor, 07.  This book was her point-of-view about her relationship with George Harrison, the Beatles and the British rock and roll scene. Reading the two books allowed me to see that although I believed The Beatles to be gods of rock n’ roll in the beginning, some of the Beatles did not treat their women partners equal as I thought.  George Harrison requested Boyd to drop her modeling career.  She was a successful high fashion model like Jean Shrimpton.  She never reached the high status of Jean Shrimpton, but Boyd still was recognized enough to epitomize the English fashion model of the sixties, her look of long flowing straight blond hair, very slim build, beautiful looking face I heard or viewed in fashion magazines.  Boyd gave up her career. So if George Harrison asked his wife to give up her career for him, I imagine other straight guys did the same thing with their girlfriends and wives.  From what I gather to this day some men from that period still carry old fashion ideas about women if they expect their wives to give up work and other ideas.  At that time, beginning in the late sixties, the women’s movement began to build.  In the U.S., during 71-73, if a woman asked for contraception at a Family Planning Center, the center gave it to the woman, which was how women negated pregnancy. Some straight guys carried on as if not anything touched them.  From what I pick up from reading biographies of the British sixties, Invasion time, John Lennon of the Beatles might have been the only Beatle to think about woman as being an equal partner, which may have developed from his relationship with Yoko Ono since she already was a established artist in her right.  I am aware of his lost weekend in LA. He was not a perfect straight guy. Several factors in their relationship caused rift between the Beatles I read about in the bios.  Now I understand better why there are difficulties with SOME straight men who are my own age. On one hand, I do not buy into the segregation of women and men; yet on another hand I take into account the different protocols that exist among First Nations men and women. Intuitively as I grew up; for example from sixteen to twenty, when I was unaware of the sexual politics and the women’s movement, etc., on my own, I knew I was not going to follow the straight path set up for women, what straight guys expect and want from females especially if it involves a career.

Returning back to her story, her story was sad on one hand, but pretty colorful because she lived that period of time that films and books were written about, for example, “Blow Up” and “Gimme Shelter.”  Her husband was one of the musical icons of that time. In the end, Pattie became interested in still photography. She shot some very good still photographs of George Harrison and Eric Clapton. She still lives to testify to all that.

Little did I realize that at fourteen, the iconic life styles of rock and rollers did not match up with the everyday living realities of men and women.