November 7th 2011
Alain Delon. He’s pretty cool, right?
Worked with Godard, Visconti, Antonioni.
Starred in Le Samouraï, Girl On A Motorcycle, Rocco and His Brothers.
Had an affair with Nico.
While he was seeing Romy Schneider.
Cut a single with Phyllis ‘Move Closer’ Nelson …
This was recorded for the soundtrack to Parole de Flic (Cop’s Honor) from 1985. According to the one person who bothered to review it on IMDb, this is ‘the best movie Alain Delon ever did’. He gives it ten stars out of ten (“Best Delon Action ever !!!!!!”). Our lone wolf also reveals that Delon wrote the film, produced it, sang the theme toon and did all his own stunts. Top that, Dennis Waterman.
If you can be bothered, try and listen until the end. Alain and Phyllis are having so much fun together that they just can’t help laughing and messing about – on the actual record! And it sounds really natural too, like they were just having an amazing time and enjoying being at the pinnacle of their careers.
June 27th 2011
I love these African barbershop and beauty salon signs…..I think the bold colours, quirky poses, misshapen faces, and hand drawn type make them charming. Commonly painted by the hairdressers and barbers themselves, the signs are used to advertise the popular styles available at their salons. I think it would be great if all hairstyles here had such interesting names. Wouldn’t you like to step into your barber’s and ask for a Tyson or a Ford Zip?
I think I actually had a Boeing cut at secondary school!
June 21st 2011
Bought a copy of this magazine purely for the cover – wanted to use it as a reference for a job we were working on. Saw immediately that it was printed with care on beautiful paper but assumed that, like most magazines of this kind that I buy, I would look at it once, see that it was a nice design thing, and then put it on the shelf with all our other nice design things and never open it again.
Glad to say that this didn’t happen. Qompendium is definitely a nice design thing, but it’s also totally engrossing and unlike any magazine I’ve picked up in a long while. I found it to be like a really well curated print version of an online experience – it’s easy to browse through, stopping when you find something you like, but also easy to ‘link’ in to other articles. The selection of imagery is brilliant, with pics from the celebrity archives of Deborah Feingold and Douglas Kirkland mixed in with beautiful shots of space exploration and NASA technology. Stars and stars basically.
As if that weren’t enough, you get a load of great interviews, some top drawer fashion, a bunch of free cards and a nice two-colour Ben Watts poster. There’s a limited edition hardbound version if you want to go really nuts, but the regular one is boss anyway. Go gerrit.
Mark Leckey at the Serpentine
June 7th 2011
Just found this amazing trailer for Mark Leckey’s exhibition at the Serpentine. Not sure exactly what to expect but looks like a good ‘un. Finishes soon mind.
SEE, WE ASSEMBLE
19 May – 26 June 2011
London W2 3XA
March 30th 2011
Another spring cleaning find…God I feel old.
The Joy Of Spring
March 29th 2011
I found this beauty after a spot of spring cleaning, it dates back to 1943 and I can’t quite remember where I picked it up… but I am wondering why it was put out of sight in the first place!
January 19th 2011
Went to an amazing shoe shop on Friday, Men’s Traditional Shoes in Camberwell. Bit of a schlep to get there (unless you live in Camberwell) but well worth the effort. Owner Fred is a real gent, and a mod, so he knows his Scooby Doos. Used to work on Fleet Street, so knows a thing or two about printing too.
Being new to this whole blogging lark, I forgot to take lots of pictures of his shop and conduct an extensive interview. But Vice have already done that anyway, so just go here and read all about it.
Men’s Traditional Shoes
171 Camberwell Road SE5 0HB
020 7703 4179
(the 171 bus stops right near the shop)