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Voodoo Excess (Rolling with the Stones) by Jeremy Reed

April 21, 2015

 

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Voodoo Excess

(Rolling with the Stones)

by Jeremy Reed

with an introduction by R J Dent

 

Voodoo Excess, Jeremy Reed’s latest collection, is a history of the Rolling Stones in verse, prose and prose-poetry.

In Voodoo Excess, Jeremy Reed chronicles the Stones’ progress from the early days at the Crawdaddy Club in 1962 to the fiftieth anniversary in 2012; he explicates Mick Jagger’s dance steps and his accent; he examines the Rolling Stones’ logo; and the different ways Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood angle their cigarettes; he describes the emotional impact of the Stones’ Hyde Park performance; he details the Redlands bust and the anti-establishment stance and attitude of the band; and he looks unflinchingly at the violence of Altamont and the inevitable death of the summer of love.

Voodoo Excess is far more than a Rolling Stones biography and it is far more than a collection of Rolling Stones-themed poems and prose-poems – what Jeremy Reed has achieved with Voodoo Excess is to provide an incredibly in-depth, up-close and intimate chronicle of the life and times of a group of musicians who have – for fifty years – collectively and individually continued to define the term ‘rock and roll rebels’.

 

Product details:

Title: Voodoo Excess

Author: Jeremy Reed

Format: Paperback

Pages: 224 pages

Publisher: Enitharmon Press

Published: 12 June 2015

ISBN-10: 1907587500

ISBN-13: 978-1907587504

 

Contents

INTRODUCTION: The Rolling Stones and Jeremy Reed (by R J Dent)

PART 1 – THE GREATEST ROCK AND ROLL BAND IN THE WORLD

PART 2 – THE BRIAN JONES YEARS: 1962–1969

PART 3 – THE MICK TAYLOR YEARS: 1969–74

PART 4 – MEMORABILIA/BONUS MATERIAL

PART 5 – THE RONNIE WOOD YEARS: 1975–

 

Voodoo Excess is available at:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Voodoo-Excess-Jeremy-Reed/dp/1907587500

and at:

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and at:

https://www.waterstones.com/book/voodoo-excess/jeremy-reed/9781907587504

 

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In Memory of Guy Peellaert (April 6, 1934 – November 17, 2008)

November 19, 2008

Guy Peellaert was a Belgian artist, painter, illustrator, comic strip artist and photographer.

 

Guy Peellaert

Guy Peellaert

Peellaert was probably most famous for his album covers for rock artists. He designed the album cover for Ėtienne Daho’s Pour nos vies martiennes.

 
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He also designed the album cover for The Rolling Stones’ It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll.

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The Rolling Stones – It’s Only Rock And Roll

 

However, his most famous album cover design is probably David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs.

 

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David Bowie – Diamond Dogs

The album cover of David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs immediately met with controversy. The cover art features Bowie as a striking half-man, half-dog grotesque and was controversial simply because the full painting clearly showed the hybrid’s genitals. The genitals were quickly airbrushed out for the 1974 LP’s gatefold sleeve, although the original artwork (and the inner cover artwork that featured Bowie in a hat holding onto a ravenous dog) has been included in CD re-issues.

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 Guy Peellaert also designed some quite striking film posters.

He designed two posters for Wim Wenders films: Paris, Texas

Paris, Texas - Wim Wenders

 

… and Wings of Desire.

Wings of Desire - Wim Wenders

Wings of Desire – Wim Wenders

 

He also designed the poster for Robert Bresson’s L’argent…

 

and for Robert Altman’s Short Cuts.

Robert Altman's Short Cuts

Robert Altman – Short Cuts

 

However, his most famous, most iconic film poster design is probably the one he created for Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver.

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Peellaert made his debut as a theatre decorator and as a comic strip artist. His style was influenced by psychedelic art and Pop Art. He painted using a very photo-realistic style that favoured pastel.

His first comic strip, Les Aventures de Jodelle, was published in 1966. The protagonist, Jodelle, was modelled after the singer Sylvie Vartan.

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Peellart’s second comic strip heroine, Pravda, made her debut in 1968 and was modelled after the singer Françoise Hardy. 

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The Brussels-born artist was one of the first artists to embrace the Pop Art movement that began in the late 1950s. His work has featured in major exhibitions in various cities across the world. He provided the surreal pictures for Nik Cohn’s book Rock Dreams, which was a fantasy tribute to the greats of rock and roll music. Rock Dreams has sold over a million copies.

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The Beatles - Guy Peellaert

The Beatles – Guy Peellaert

 

 

Guy Peellaert was a major European artist. He died on Monday, November 17th, 2008 in Paris aged 74. He had been ill for some time with cancer.

 

 

In Memory of Guy Peelaert (April 6, 1934 – November 17, 2008)

Copyright © R J Dent (2009)

Revised version 2016

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