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Italian Grindhouse @ Egyptian Theatre

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, July 10, 2009 07:15pm | Post a Comment
The Egyptian is hosting a short Italian Grindhouse festival these next 7 days! Yesterday featured the legendary Cemetary Man as well as Argento's Opera. Fortunately for those that missed this double, both are available at Amoeba. Tonight the Cinematheque is showing a Carroll Baker double with Paranoia (Orgasmo) & A Quiet Place to Kill (A Drug Called Helen). Over the next week they'll cover sword and sandal territory, spaghetti westerns, psychedellic giallo & italo-crime. Films featuring Edwige Fenech, John Cassavetes, Klaus Kinski, Steve Reeves, Christopher Lee & many more favorites. Many not on DVD!

Compete Calendar here.

Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Blvd. (@ Las Palmas)







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L.A. Covered

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, February 20, 2009 01:35pm | Post a Comment
Dory Previn Mary C. Brown & the Hollywood Sign LP back coverB.B. King L.A. Midnight LP coverDory Previn Mary C. Brown & the Hollywood Sign LP cover
Andre Previn Hollywood at Midnight Lp coverSilver, Platinum & Gold Hollywood Lp coverBob Welch man overboard lp cover
Nice shot of the Rainbow above on the Silver, Platinum & Gold Lp. Below David Ruffin is rushing down Vine St. just North of Molly's Burgers. He's actually headed right to the strip of Hollywood Blvd. pictured on the Racer X back cover, which is the image to his right. Maybe he's running up for a quick peek inside the Cave strip joint, but most likely he had a transaction pending up on Yucca.
Racer X second heat lp coverDavid Ruffin in my stride lp coverRacer X second heat lp back cover
David Remsing lonely street lp covergeorge jones frozen in time lp coverRandy Newman little criminals lp cover
The "Lonely Street" that David Remsing is standing on? That would once again be the blvd. of broken dreams, in the same vicinity as the Racer X cover. The George Jones pictured above is contemplating a burrito @ Dos Burritos, which was directly west of the Pantages. It's now on the opposite side of the street about a block down. He's actually standing in front of the famous Frolic Room sign. I believe Randy Newman is on a downtown LA overpass...
freddy cannon action! lp covercrusaders street life lp coverjohnny rivers whiskyagogo lp cover
george jones frozen in time lp back coverwasp i wanna be somebody 12" cover
Aah, two classic Sunset Strip covers, picturing the Whisky a Go Go in its prime along with a nice shot PJ's on the Freddy Cannon cover. The Crusaders take a stroll down Rodeo drive. The next row returns us to the dirty blvd -- not somewhere that I would crawl & writhe around on, but then again I'm not in WASP. To the left of Blackie we have the back of that George Jones record, with a full view of said sign.  I'm sure that there was once frolic to be had at the Frolic Room, but the last time I walked in, there were 3 losers and a jukebox blaring Pearl Jam. Instead of rockin out to "Evenflow," I frolicked on down to Musso & Frank. Musso & Frank is Hollywood's oldest resturant, and their sign can be seen in the background on the LP to right of the WASP record.
george wright live-in concert lp coverlas lineas blancas lp cover jerry grey orchestra lp cover
history of latino rock lp coverthe muffs really really happy lp coverbest of thee midnighters lp cover
Some classic theatre shots. The Rialto is still standing in South Pasadena, but is in pretty rough shape.  Of course you have Graumans Chinese Theater in the center and then the Palladium, which has been renovated to look very much like it did on this Jerry Gray LP. A couple of eastside shots, including a nice pic of the Paramount Ballroom, surround the Muffs. You'll have to stop by the buy counter and ask Ronnie where they're at in the photo; he told me once but I've forgotten. I think it's in the Wilshire area, but I might be off on that one. Below we have a shot of the old Capitol Records Melrose Ave studio.  The shoes I'm currently wearing came from the Supply Seargeant, pictured in the surreal take on Hollywood Blvd. that adornes the Little Feat record below. And finally, back to the Pantages, which was photographed and then painted over for this Mancini record. 
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Frederick's of Hollywood

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, July 25, 2008 10:55am | Post a Comment
So, on a walk back from the Egyptian a couple of weeks ago I had had the displeasure of running the gauntlet....Hollywood Blvd. on a Saturday Nite: females in late 80'sish formalish wear, hoar-moanally pumped young men who mad-dog everything in sight-- probably even the trees, cracks in the sidewalk and their own reflection in the windows. Hell, there were even a couple of Guardian Angles, two of the most out of shape guys imaginable. In fact, that gave it kind of retro twist, as I haven't seen GA's since 1990 or so.

Anyhow, we passed the old Frederick's of Hollywood building-- it's now another "classy" "party" palace.  The facade is still intact, one of the nicest on the Blvd, but the interior is now just another one of those places plushed up to make the bridge and tunnelers think they might rub elbows, or whatever, with Sienna Miller

I prefer Hollywood Blvd. in the day time, as it's had the same vibe for many decades.  

"Hollywood Blvd. my foot. A lot of bit players out of work and fish faced blondes trying to shake a hangover out of their teeth."
--Raymond Chandler, Bay City Blues

OK, so I rest my case. The Blvd. by day still delivers... a huge let down for tourists, a real dream ender.

A couple of days later I stumbled upon this LP with the tag intact. I thought it really embodied the yesterdays of classic Frederick's. Tacky yes, but no dream ender...