Vale...and thanks! “When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for a walk” ― Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart

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Shatner'sBassoon started the topic in Friday, 1 Apr 2016 at 12:18pm

And it's goodnight from him...

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Constance B Gibson Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021 at 7:35pm
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zenagain Wednesday, 10 Nov 2021 at 7:41pm

Sounds like a good bloke and a sad loss to those who knew him.

I liked his movie reviews.

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upnorth Thursday, 11 Nov 2021 at 4:41am

How good is Blue Velvet. David Lynch perfect working with Hopper and Stockman.
Most days the obituary's are the best read.

By the early 1980s, Dean Stockwell had been acting for almost 40 years and was ready for a career change. Depressed and demoralised, he had left Hollywood and moved to New Mexico, where he applied for a licence to set up as an estate agent.

Then he received a phone call from his fellow actor Harry Dean Stanton. “He said he’s going to do this movie with Sam Shepard and Wim Wenders and thinks I should play his brother in it,” Stockwell recalled.

The film was Paris, Texas (1984), a classic road movie that won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and relaunched Stockwell on what was to become the most successful phase of his stop-start career. Over the next decade or so he went on to appear in some of the defining films of the era, including David Lynch’s Blue Velvet (1986), Jonathan Demme’s Married to the Mob (for which he was nominated for an Oscar in 1989) and Francis Ford Coppola’s The Rainmaker (1997).

In between came his signature performance as the womanising, larger-than-life Admiral “Al” Calavicci in the quirky sci-fi television series Quantum Leap, which ran for five seasons between 1989 and 1993. His portrayal earned him not only a Golden Globe but a rare personal satisfaction. “I’ve been deeply affected by the sincerity, warmth and affection coming back to me from fans of the show. I’ve never experienced that before in my life,” he enthused.

Stockwell called his comeback his “third or fourth career”, for as a seemingly reluctant actor he had walked away at least twice before. As a child actor in the 1940s, he appeared on screen with Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Errol Flynn but had not enjoyed it. “I had no friends, except for my brother, and I never did what I wanted to do. I had one vacation in nine years.”

His childhood mood was perhaps not helped by a practical joke Flynn played on him when he was 13 and was acting the title role in an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Kim. During a scene shot in a tent on location in India, Flynn was meant to hand Stockwell a bowl of food. Instead, on a bet with the crew, he handed the boy a plate “piled high with fresh camel dung, still steaming”.

When his seven-year contract with MGM expired in 1950, he was delighted. “I did everything, just to get out of it,” he said. After a hiatus, he returned to Hollywood and appeared with Orson Welles in Compulsion (1959) and with Katharine Hepburn in Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962). When Hepburn objected to him turning up on set each day with a bottle of vodka, he told her that it was because he was “cold”. She bought him a coat and left it in his dressing room. He won best actor awards at Cannes for both films.

Moving to Topanga Canyon in the mid-1960s, where fellow residents included Neil Young and Jim Morrison, Stockwell tuned in, turned on and dropped out for a second time. One night while stoned he symbolically threw his Cannes citations into the fireplace. It was as if in the freewheeling hedonism of the hippy subculture he was finally getting to live the carefree childhood that he had been denied.

“I did some drugs and went to some love-ins,” he said. “The experience of those days provided me with a huge, panoramic view of my existence that I didn’t have before.” He later co-directed and appeared in Young’s 1982 film Human Highway. For a time he found work hard to come by but starred in such counter-cultural fringe pictures as Psych-Out, in which he played a long-haired hippy guru alongside Jack Nicholson, and Dennis Hopper’s 1971 cult classic The Last Movie. He retired from the big screen for the final time in 2015, making another career change to exhibit his artworks under his full name, Robert Dean Stockwell. He cited his other interests as golf, chess and cigars.

He was divorced from his second wife Joy Marchenko, a textile designer whom he met in Cannes in 1976 “at one o’clock in the morning, on the beach in front of the Carlton Hotel”. She survives him with their children Austin and Sophia. Stockwell spoke movingly of the pleasures of becoming a father in middle age; mindful of his childhood unhappiness, he did all he could to protect them from the limelight. His first marriage between 1960 and 1962 to the actress Millie Perkins, who starred in the screen version of The Diary Of Anne Frank, ended in divorce.

Robert Dean Stockwell was born in 1936 in Los Angeles into a showbusiness family. His mother, Betty, was a vaudeville actress and his father, Harry, was an actor and singer who appeared in Broadway productions. His parents divorced when he was six and his stepmother, Nina Olivette, was also an actress and singer. At six he made his stage debut alongside his brother, Guy, and his first significant film appearance came in the 1945 musical Anchors Aweigh, alongside Kelly and Sinatra.

“It’s a miserable way to bring up a child, though neither my parents nor I recognised it at the time,” he later said. In one of his films as a child actor he was required to cry and recalled the director telling him to “think of a puppy dying” to get his tear ducts going.

He enrolled at the University of California but dropped out after a few months. He received a “psychological deferment” which helped him to avoid being drafted to serve in Korea. “I took drugs and pretended I was a fag,” he said.

Considering a return to acting, he attended one class at the Actors Studio, but never went back. His hero at the time was James Dean and he spent several years travelling America in a hobo-like existence, working in railroad gangs and picking fruit. When he returned to the screen aged 21, the innocent, curly-haired cherub had turned into a dark, intense and charismatic leading man.

“I’m really not a philosophical guy. I just take it as it comes,” he reflected. “Things happen in a haphazard way without cause and effect. One minute you’re nothing, and the next minute everything’s going for you.”

Dean Stockwell, actor, was born on March 5, 1936. He died of natural causes on November 7, 2021, aged 85

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truebluebasher Friday, 12 Nov 2021 at 9:22pm

swellnet drum circle sendoff Moody Blues Drummer Graeme Edge
https://www.moodybluestoday.com/graeme-edge-passing/

tbb was spoon fed Moody Blues '60/70's prog rock...happy to share Graeme's sound.
Know for a fact that fellow swellnet drummers will instantly hear the backbeat of 2 drummers.
Stranglers Jet Black + Spiderbait Kram...there's no hiding that fact... All legendary pounders.

Story in your Eyes ...modern slab drums drive this classic thru our time & onward...brilliant!

Graeme's live Drum off ... with some serious Kram Pounding
I'm just a singer in a rock'n'roll band...another all time classic that ages well with Slab sound.

'78 Steppin' in a Time Zone (Listen for Graeme's Mod cross patterns on "Own" Electro Drums?)
Teaser! Graeme actually created & recorded the 1st Electro Drum Track > 1971 Procession.
Iconic prog slab master was long pioneering new wave sounds...long before any noticed.

Weird Rock Anomaly...Drummers are usually ripped off & die broke...not this guy!
Graeme also headed his own band for a while...
Moody Blues Founder / Graeme wrote just enough (18 pieces) to stake a claim from most LP's
Moodys / Floyd fans always bought the LPs...adds up over time > (AUD) $22m Slab works fine too.
Makes one wonder if Graeme locked in any shares in Electro Drum sales? Another Time!

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seeds Tuesday, 30 Nov 2021 at 12:17am

RIP David. One of my favourite actors and Aussie characters.

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harrycoopr Tuesday, 30 Nov 2021 at 7:27am

Rest in Peace Tracker

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philosurphizing... Tuesday, 30 Nov 2021 at 8:22am

Charlies Country is currently on ABC Iview.
Well worth a watch.
https://iview.abc.net.au/show/charlie-s-country

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zenagain Saturday, 11 Dec 2021 at 4:23pm

RIP Michael.

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blackers Saturday, 11 Dec 2021 at 6:35pm

Had to be done Zen, thank you.

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truebluebasher Saturday, 11 Dec 2021 at 7:12pm

RIP Mike Nesmith (The Monkees)
tbb caught the Monkees in Feb 1987

Mike Nesmith Solo Career was above & beyond but carved out an alternative audience craving more.
Comparisons to oddball Ringo Star's quality off beat alt tracks...
Whimsical but astute...give it a listen! How could you not luv it!
Also note the superb quality of these Performances...Perfectionist!
Fans can check out the quality of his recent performances...

"Different Drum" Yes! Mike wrote this smash hit before The Monkees!

"Joanne" - really out there!

"Fly down to Rio" - way way out there!

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GuySmiley Saturday, 11 Dec 2021 at 10:07pm

RIP Mike

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GuySmiley Saturday, 11 Dec 2021 at 10:09pm

Is it too early in the summer to note the death of English cricket?

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blindboy Saturday, 25 Dec 2021 at 1:38pm

RIP Joan Didion. For 50 years the most perceptive commentator on US politics and culture. Those looking for a political education should look no further.

On a book tour in the days after 9/11.

“These people to whom I was listening—in San Francisco and Los Angeles and Portland and Seattle—were making connections I had not yet in my numbed condition thought to make: connections between that political process and what had happened on September 11, connections between our political life and the shape our reaction would take and was in fact already taking.
These people recognized that even then, within days after the planes hit, there was a good deal of opportunistic ground being seized under cover of the clearly urgent need for increased security. These people recognized even then, with flames still visible in lower Manhattan, that the words “bipartisanship” and “national unity” had come to mean acquiescence to the administration’s preexisting agenda—for example the imperative for further tax cuts, the necessity for Arctic drilling, the systematic elimination of regulatory and union protections, even the funding for the missile shield—as if we had somehow missed noticing the recent demonstration of how limited, given a few box cutters and the willingness to die, superior technology can be.”

https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2003/01/16/fixed-opinions-or-the-hinge-...

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batfink Tuesday, 28 Dec 2021 at 7:52am

Big fan of Mike Nesmith. Apart from just loving The Monkees, they’re music is top class and still sounds great, Nesmith had that world weary charisma that seemed to get under my skin, in a good way. His song ‘Rio’ is a time capsule for me, coming out in my late youth, it had great lines that stayed with me, and the general ambience of the tune sets me back to that time.

“What I thought was proper for battle, I see now is proper for love”.

Or at least I think that’s close to the lyric.

Was almost going to re-subscribe to Crikey on his death. Guy Rundle had promised an obit for the ages when he died. Would have been worth it just to read that, a world weary take on a world weary guy.

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blindboy Tuesday, 28 Dec 2021 at 6:14pm

The great E.O. Wilson. Probably the most important evolutionary biologist since Darwin.
“ Future generations are going to forgive us our horrible genocidal wars, because it’ll pass too far into history. They will forgive us all of the earlier generations follies and the harm but they will not forgive us having so carelessly thrown away a large part of the rest of life on our watch.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/27/science/eo-wilson-dead.html

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freeride76 Tuesday, 28 Dec 2021 at 7:06pm

The biologist E. O. Wilson, in On Human Nature (1978), argues that both Lorenz and Fromm are essentially wrong. He lists a variety of aggression categories, each separately subject to natural selection, and states that aggressive behavior is, genetically, one of the most labile of all traits. He maintains that aggression is a technique used to gain control over necessary resources, and serves as a "density-dependent factor" in population control. He argues against the "drive-discharge" model created by Freud and Lorenz, where substitute aggressive activities (such as combative sports) should reduce the potential for war, and in support of Richard G. Sipes's "culture-pattern" model, where war and substitute activities will vary directly. Wilson compares aggression to "a preexisting mix of chemicals ready to be transformed by specific catalysts that are added," rather than "a fluid that continuously builds pressure against the walls of its containers.

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Constance B Gibson Tuesday, 11 Jan 2022 at 4:40pm
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blackers Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 12:43pm

RIP Ronnie Spector. Had some pipes.

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truebluebasher Saturday, 15 Jan 2022 at 12:34am

blackers tribute EP...Bye Bye Baby Bye Bye {rip} Ronnie

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truebluebasher Saturday, 15 Jan 2022 at 2:01am

Goldie crew salutes their Dream-maker {rip}


1974 John Longhurst's dream begins...all but single handedly carved out Oz #1 Theme Park
1981 Dreamworld becomes a reality.

(Notice!) Theme song Includes footage of "Thunder River Rapids"
John's Ride was a favourite for Families as it was a new wild wet journey each launch.
Often surf fast deep troughs & waves would break well over head to leave whole crew drenched.
Next run and all exited as dry as bone...apart from one un/lucky saturated punter!


Dreamworld Tribute...likewise features said ride.

{rip} extends to park goers of same ride on that fateful day...ever in our thoughts!

PS: Few locals know or recall the extra special effort John made to preserve Qld culture.
John recycled an old Qld train ...very authentic centrepiece. (Not Tacky!)
1981 John then salvaged "Genevieve" and wot GC Gilltraps collection he could for the park.
http://www.goldcoaststories.com.au/gilltraps-auto-museum/
1987 John salvaged the Nobbys Chairlift for the Park (Ripper ride 1st & 2nd time around it was!)
https://www.facebook.com/Have-you-seen-the-old-Gold-Coast-28074504530177...
This being entrenched in Goldie Operators...to recycle & ensure Zoo critters & gear found new homes.
Dumping of old attractions is a last resort...(eg: Seaworld Monorail is the Expo 88 Royal Caboose)

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bluediamond Saturday, 15 Jan 2022 at 4:37pm

Keep punching Scotty.