Upon first glance, 139 West 10th Street blends in with the century-old brownstones on this quiet, tree-lined West Village Street. On closer inspection though, you see the small white and black stencil sign above the door. This wooden sign tells you that this is not just another brownstone apartment building but rather De Santos, an inviting and warm restaurant with a deep connection to the arts throughout its history and in the present day. De Santos is co-owned by Alex González, the drummer of the hugely popular Mexican rock band Maná, Luis Miguel Amuito, and Sebastian Gonella. The owners all also have their own links to the world of art and music making 139 West 10th Street an appealing location for their Contemporary American restaurant.
While the wide-ranging list encompasses DJs from all sects of the EDM world, it fails to include one thing - women. Not one female DJ made the list this year. In fact, Claudia Cazacu is the only women to make the list since 2007, earning her spot as number 93. In a scene that’s fairly equi-gender when it comes to the fan base, I really have to wonder, what gives? Where are the female DJs?
Maybe it stems from the old-school days when DJs had to carry heavy boxes of vinyl with them into clubs. But it’s 2012, and most DJs walk up to the decks with a backpack toting their Macbook and headphones. Maybe it’s like every other genre of music, where men can be as hideously-grotesque or obese but their talent reigns over their looks, whereas women are judged on their appearance before their talent. But Deadmau5 isn't exactly a supermodel, and he sports a giant mouse head while performing so he doesn’t scare away the crowd.
Guernsey's is putting on the auction of a lifetime. The auction house, known for many prestigious offerings, including items and paraphernalia of Princess Diana, Mickey Mantle, John F. Kennedy, and many more, is putting on a rock 'n' roll auction, with one-of-a-kind items. The auction will take place September 24th and 25th and there will be a chance to preview the auction on the 23rd.
I was able to snag an exclusive interview with Arlan Ettinger, President of Guernsey's, about the upcoming auction. Head to the auction on Saturday to bid on (or watch others) the famous Manny's Music original inscribed photographs of celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Janis Joplin, and The Rolling Stones. Manny's Music was an iconic store that contained thousands of signed photographs of music's biggest names. Also on Saturday will be original photographs of The Beatles, outfits from the band Kiss, and original letters and artwork by John Lennon.
Sunday will be dedicated to Astrid Kirchherr's original photographs of The Beatles. Astrid, who was engaged to Stuart Sutcliffe before his untimely death, produced some of the most iconic photos of The Beatles ever taken. There are nearly 1000 photos being auctioned, along with the negatives and copyrights to the photos.
How exactly does an auction like this come together? Arlan divulged that he was contacted about a year ago to meet with Astrid in Germany. Ettinger, who has been doing auctions for over 35 years, has spent his career building relationships and has learned to deal sensitively with the sentimental items of others. It took nine months to put together this particular auction.
There has been great interest in this event, from people all over the world. Luckily, with the help of LiveAuctioneers.com, people may now bid in real time from wherever they are, so even if you can't make it to good ol' NYC, you can still acquire a piece of history. People of all ages (including celebs) bid at these fun events. Check out some of the items to be auctioned!
Though reactions to Amy Winehouse's demise have ranged from sympathetic to brutal "she had it coming" sentiments, one thing is certain --she is not the first, and likely not the last musician to suffer such a fate. It's known as the 'Forever 27' club, it includes Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix, who all died tragically and unnaturally.
Marco Perego created a sculpture two years ago called, 'The Only Good Rock Star Is a Dead Rock Star.' The piece shows Amy Winehouse shot in the head by William Boroughs. Winehouse replaces Joan Vollmer, Boroughs' wife who was shot during a game of William Tell in 1951. The sculpture was part of 'The Truth Is All of These Things. The Truth Is None of These Things. The Truth Is Some of These Things,' at Half Gallery.
This Spring, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be showcasing a new exhibit, entitled: Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power, which deals with women in music throughout the past century. The exhibit is two-floors, and will feature important women musicians, from the early 1900's, all the way through the modern era and how they fought and changed many stigmas during their time.
Jim Henke, the vice president of exhibitions, told the LA Times, "women were often put in the background, they weren’t given the same kind of airplay as their male counterparts. They had to struggle with the same issues in the music world that they were struggling with in the general culture.”
For those of you who haven't heard of The Flutterbies (a spoonerism pronounced Flut-ter-bye's), you've been missing out. The Flutterbies core group is as followed, Maureen Davis -- Lead Vocals & Guitar; Adam Daniel -- Vocals & Guitar;. Bart Ryan -- Lead & Lap Steel guitar; Steve "eye candy" Whalen -- Bass; Christopher Allis - Drums. The band is Maureen Davis & Adam Daniel, and the other band members flutter in and out of their music life -- playing either unplugged or full band every month. With songs chalked full of lyrics intended to massage heartache and sooth bellowing emotions, the Flutterbies sound can best be described as Bonnie Raitt on a blind date with Beck while being served a shot of Southern Comfort by Janis Joplin in a Louisiana juke joint.
For the 40th anniversary of Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will display a new exhibit that will showcase numerous items from the historic musical event that hosted artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, The Grateful Dead and Joan Baez.