Friday, July 18, 2014

Jimi Hendrix on Carnaby Street 1967

This candid photo of Jimi Hendrix out shopping emerged as a lot in a sale of Pop Art at Christies last year. In the era of the smartphone we are used to seeing pictures of the famous caught off their guard, in the 1960s they were more unusual. Jimi carries a bag from I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet,  a boutique which specialized in selling retro military costumes. In his right hand Jimi has a cigar, which he has presumably just purchased from Finlay's the tobacconist, just behind him. Playing Sherlock Holmes, we might deduce that the photographer had seen Jimi go into Finlay's and waited for him to come out.
Jimi was left-handed but as child he was put under immense social pressure to use his right-hand and in adult life he wrote as well as smoked right-handed.
What is most striking about this un-posed photograph  is that it shows Jimi's very pronounced stoop. He was also pigeon toed and walked what a shuffle. Like Baudelaire's albatross, out of his element he was maladroit.


My book on amazon.com Jimi Hendrix: London (MusicPlace) and amazon.co.uk Jimi Hendrix: London (Musicplace) (Musicplace Series) by Saunders, William published by Roaring Forties Press (2010)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

"You left out my tattoo"

The beautiful Sophia in charcoal on a chalk ground. When she saw the picture she said "You left out my tattoo". It was just a small one on her right hip.

Strip: a work in progress


Strip will be shot in Britain this autumn by US director Osaretin Oghomwen.
Currently  there is a fund raising campaign at Indiegogo.

Or you can donate via Osaretin's tumblr 


Friday, June 13, 2014

Lay your sleeping head, my love....




Chalk, charcoal and pastels on black paper, and as I drew the lines of W. H. Auden played through my mind:
Lay your sleeping head, my love, 
Human on my faithless arm;
Time and fevers burn away
Individual beauty from
Thoughtful children, and the grave
Proves the child ephermeral:
But in my arms till break of day
Let the living creature lie,
Mortal, guilty, but to me
The entirely beautiful.

Full poem here.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Bitter Tales - a collection of short stories


Exclusively on Amazon. US readers here Bitter Tales UK readers here Bitter Tales
Also Canada and India 

One reviewer said:
I love the authors writing style here. The sentences have a certain poetry to them and they read like silk. The descriptors that he uses fit the picture in my head so perfectly. His style of writing combined with his ability to describe pictures allows me to read this story so smoothly that I can see a movie instead of the words.  
Adam B at The Enchanted Conversation