Simeon Coxe, an innovator in electronic music and synthesizer performance, died at 82 on September 8, according to AL.com. The Guardian reported he had pulmonary fibrosis. Coxe formed the group Silver Apples in the 1960s, becoming one of the first musicians to perform with a synthesizer. He introduced a 1940s oscillator when he performed with the Overland Stage Electronic Band, prompting all other members to quit except for Danny Taylor. Coxe and Taylor formed Silver Apples and released two albums of psychedelic electronic music, Silver Apples in 1968 and Contact in 1969, often cited among the best of the ’60s. Silver Apples logged fans across the rock landscape, including John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix, the latter of whom jammed with Coxe ahead of his iconic “Star Spangled Banner” performance at Woodstock in 1969. A lawsuit from Pan Am forced the group to disband after Contact — the airline had allowed Coxe and Taylor to shoot the album cover in one of its … [Read more...] about Simeon Coxe, Silver Apples Founder, Dead at 82
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The filmmakers, writers, and actors who emerged to make the drug films of the 1990s and the following decade were the ones who grew up watching Cheech & Chong and the first wave of pothead flicks. They’re the drug movie equivalent to Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson and Robert Rodriguez, the self-taught VCR filmmakers of the same era. The Friday movies and Half Baked modernized the Cheech & Chong formula, while Dazed and Confused and Detroit Rock City broke from it a little bit, following potheads with the films focusing on other things besides the drugs. Over the course of the ‘90s and this past decade (whatever you want to call it), new talents like Ice Cube, Dave Chappelle, Richard Linklater, Danny Leiner, Seth Rogen and David Gordon Green have put their own spins on the stoner film. These were guys that watched the pot comedies of the 70s and 80s on home video, and the influence shows. Casual marijuana use found its way back into non-drug comedies, too. … [Read more...] about A Definitive Guide to Stoner Comedies
The Waleses' nuptials really brought the big white wedding back into fashion. The opening salvo of the public celebrations was fired by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery with a gun salute in Hyde Park marking the first marriage of a Prince of Wales in 118 years, followed by a huge fireworks display. Among the 500,000 people watching was Prince Charles's goddaughter India Hicks, who ended up staying the night with Princess Margaret in nearby Kensington Palace because the streets were too busy to reach her own home. It was certainly a magical evening when the Queen's sister might offer you a bed and a young girl could go to sleep a nursery teacher and wake up to become a Princess of the realm. … [Read more...] about Royal brides’ wedding eve: how Princess Beatrice, Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle, more spent it
Gossip Girl (6 seasons, 2007–2012)Connor Paolo (Eric van der Woodsen), Jessica Szohr (Vanessa Abrams), Taylor Momsen (Jenny Humphry)For Momsen: Season 4, episode 10, “Gaslit”; for Paolo and Szohr: Season 4, episode 22, “The Wrong Goodbye” (though all three would return for cameos in the series finale, “New York, I Love You XOXO”)What “happened”: By its fourth season, Gossip Girl had become less a TV show and more a Versace-clad ouroboros willing to shill Vitamin water, ignore plot mechanics, and consume itself in a never-ending cycle of character pairings, each more ridiculous than the ideas you’d find in the average slashfic forum. And in the midst of that chaos, more than a few characters jumped ship.In the season finale, boho-chic troublemaker Vanessa has Dan Humphrey’s novel about the Upper East Side published in secret before decamping to Spain. Somewhere between seasons four and five, perpetually overlooked Eric … [Read more...] about What Happens When Actors Leave High-School-TV Shows?