Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Five Photos: House Industries Exhibit at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

 House Industries: A Type of Learning
As you might expect, the exhibit leans heavily on the work of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth.
House Industries first collaborated with Roth over twenty years ago, turning some of his iconic hand lettering into font and clip-art sets for graphic designers and collectors of Roth paraphernalia.

Roth's Mysterion disappeared decades ago after a confluence of owners picked its chassis dry. The remnants were reportedly acquired by a body shop owner in Missouri. This replica was built by Dave Shuten.

Also on hand is Evel Knievel's jumpsuit from his failed Snake River Canyon Jump. It shares a display case with a generic Misfits poster, some back issues of Thrasher, a fuel tank and some other sundries pulled from the psyche of 70's era teens.
A Danelelctro doubleneck guitar--six on top, four on the bottom--accompanies a display of the "Flyer" font set. Culled from a selection 80s hardcore flyers and records and often named accordingly, the typefaces will be instantly recognizable to even casual hardcore aficionados. If it feels a little as if your youth has been co-opted for others benefit, well, you are not alone. That said, HI cuts no corners, and everyone one of its products and projects is completed with the utmost integrity. The exhibit runs through September 4, 2017 at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

JAWS Opened on 464 Screens in The U.S. and Canada on This Date in 1975

"Y'know the thing about a shark, he's got... lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be livin'... until he bites ya. And those black eyes roll over white, and then... oh, then you hear that terrible high-pitch screamin', the ocean turns red, and spite of all the poundin' and the hollerin', they all come in and they... rip you to pieces."–Quint
I can't overestimate the imapct JAWS had on me as pre-teen. Both beautifully scripted and photographed,  JAWS offered a master class in how to keep a budget from getting in the way of a good story.  I had seen plenty of low-budget horror and sci-fi by then, but in those flicks, the victims were generally vilified well in advance. Jaws killed at random and without remorse.

In addition to taking home three Academy Awards and a nomination for Best Picture, JAWS was the first major motion picture title to be released for home viewing on the the then nascent LaserDisc format. That alone speaks volumes.

Sidenote: Apparently, the original artwork for the one-sheet poster has been missing for decades

Steven Spielberg,  Peter Benchley, Roy Scheider,  Martin Brody, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, blockbuster, Brucie, Universal

Friday, June 16, 2017

DETROIT | Official Trailer 2

The second trailer for Kathryn Bigelow's long awaited film DETROIT. Based on the Detroit riots of 1967, the film employs the notorious police raid at Algiers Motel as storytelling device.  Formerly located on Woodward avenue and Virginia Park, the hotel was demolished in the late 1970s and the land turned into a small common area. Let's hope what few truths exist don't get lost in the name of art.
Kathryn Biglow, Detroit, Detroit Riots, 1967, 12th street, Mark Boal, Hannah Murray

Monday, June 12, 2017

Pit Stop: A Real Man's Deodorant

Recommended for everyday use by non-race drivers too.

As my old lady always says, "Don't go around stinkin' up the joint."
Yes this was a real thing, and unopened cans have sold on eBay for over $1500.
Carrol, Shelby, Pitstop, pit-stop, deodorant, fragrance, LeMans,