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electric lady studios

from jimi hendrix, led zeppelin, weezer posted in music by corporate_sunshine

After Jimi Hendrix saw how much it cost to rent studio time for Electric Ladyland, he and his manager Michael Jeffrery decided to turn the Generation Club they had recently invested in into a studio. After several construction upgrades and expenses, Electric Lady Studios had their opening party on August 26, 1970.

Although Jimi Hendrix only recorded there for four weeks before he died, numerous landmark albums have been recorded there since: Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy (1973) and Physical Graffiti (1975), The Clash’s Combat Rock (1982), Weezer's first two albums, Run-DMC's Tougher than Leather (1988) and the White Stripes’ De Stijl (2000) are just some of the more noteworthy creations.

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gammage memorial auditorium

from frank lloyd wright posted in art and design by corporate_sunshine

The Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium on the Arizona State University campus is considered to be the last public commission from architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The building was finished in 1964, and it was entered to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

From the back of this post card:

This last large design of Frank Lloyd Wright produced a fine arts center which commands notice from the world. Completely circular in design, with two-level pedestrian bridges extending two hundred feet from either side, this magnificent view illustrates the success of the designer's hope that the structure would seem to say "Welcome to Arizona".

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oriental theater

from violent femmes, the pretenders posted in music by corporate_sunshine

In August of 1981, the Violent Femmes were having a tough time booking a show. Their sound didn't exactly match the musical landscape of the era. So they took to the streets, busking for change outside a drug store near the Oriental Theater.

The Pretenders guitarist, James Honeymoon-Scott, saw the group performing and stopped to listen. He got Chrissie Hynde. The opening act for The Pretenders had just canceled, so they asked the Violent Femmes if they would open. And that's how the Femmes got their commercial start.

When Femmes bassist Brian Ritchie went to thank Hynde after their set, she told him, "I didn't do it because I'm a nice guy. I did it because you were good."

source: Permanent Record: The Very Best of the Violent Femmes liner notes, Rhino Records

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modrzejowska street

from maus, art spiegelman posted in comic books by corporate_sunshine

Vladek Spiegelman hustles for food coupons and contraband all along Modrzejowkska Street while Poland is occupied by the Nazis in the graphic novel Maus.

He also witnesses the hanging of four other Jews on the street when they are arrested for dealing goods without coupons.

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spiegelman home

from maus, art spiegelman posted in comic books by corporate_sunshine

This home in the Rego Park neighborhood of Queens is where the Spiegelman family lived, and it's featured extensively throughout Art Spiegelman's interviews with his father in the classic graphic novel, Maus (Pantheon Books/winner of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize).

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