Mucha Blonde in B.Bubbles heist
RandM: great play we saw yesterday.obviously bb and dury have a BIG link (although not referred to in the play)
Wills to RandM: What needs writing is Barney’s highly developed graphic larceny, his magic way of ‘stealing’ from sources that made them entirely his.
RandM: When you write a post about Barney’s larceny, (see above) you may use this image as the header if you like (if you find it interesting and a suitable example). On the left is ‘The Blonde’ by Alphonse Mucha 1897. On the right is the cover of a Hawkwind tour programme by Barney Bubbles 1974. It’s interesting how so many details (big and small) carry across both. We also think Barney’s winter colour palette on his version is very well chosen. Best wishes, Rebecca and Mike
Wills: I writ a post that got lost, unsaved, in electroland on Barney influences from on stage. Brecht, Ionesco. You can imagine. Barney’s time in Ladbroke Grove in the thick of the ol’ Cockney grifter, snitch and fence operations wasn’t wasted (see previous post deep in the ‘Grove).
So, here for you to ogle, RandM produce from their tucker-bag of charms another wizbang viz with this gender bending transformation from the blonde wiles of Mme. Habsburg Strasse, Vienna, 1897; to the Hawkman of Portobello London, 1974, nicked fair and square.
The colors are probably chosen from that Victorian book of decoration printed in something like 36 colors litho from Mr A. Senefelder’s limestone, that Twickenham Art school declared obsolete, and was appropriated by the nimble fingers of Filcher Fulcher.
Seem to do a recall that a teacher (maybe Mathews?) at Twickers gave the green light for students in Fulcher’s year to blatantly crib. Maybe Bob Wagner will verify. It was a newly acceptable dodge, acknowledging in a new way the traditional hand-me-down skills of ‘derivation’ in a very traditional school, and was noticeable in some of the students work that year. Bob Priest (sometime art ed on Esquire and who worked with me at Spectator Publications) was, I think, another of that year’s talented crop that included rocker ‘Mac’ McClagan. Hows about some of the old memories kids? .