Category: 1980s music

English new wave band Talk Talk photographed b…

English new wave band Talk Talk photographed by Michael Putland,1982.

Michael Jackson photographed by Lynn Goldsmi…

Michael Jackson photographed by Lynn Goldsmith

at Epcot Center, 1984.

Ashford & Simpson photographed by Bobby …

Ashford & Simpson photographed by Bobby Holland, 1982.

Cher photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vanit…

Cher photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair, 1986.   

twixnmix: Madonna Polaroids by Richard Corman…

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Madonna Polaroids by Richard Corman, 1983.

In June 1983, 24 year old Madonna was rising on the club charts with singles Everybody and Burning Up. Photographer Richard Corman captured pre-fame Madonna at home one month before the release of her debut album. At the time she was living on East 4th Street between Avenue A and B.

Patrice Rushen cover session for her album &…

Patrice Rushen cover session for her album “Straight from the Heart” (1982).

Photos by Bobby Holland

Jean-Michel Basquiat and Madonna while they we…

Jean-Michel Basquiat and Madonna while they were dating, circa 1983.

Photo by Maripol

Patrice Rushen getting ready for a photo sho…

Patrice Rushen getting ready for a photo shoot with hair stylist Sibongile Bradley and make-up artist Tara Posey in 1984 .

Photos by Bobby Holland

Patti Labelle photographed by Mario Casilli…

Patti Labelle photographed by Mario Casilli, 1985.  

twixnmix: Madonna, a former lover of Jean-Mich…

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Madonna, a former lover of Jean-Michel Basquiat tells her story

I am not sure if I met Jean-Michel in an art gallery or a night-club, but in those days you couldn’t tell the difference.

He had the presence of a movie star and I was crazy about him. He carried crumpled wads of money in the pockets of his paint-splattered Armani suits. Money he felt guilty about having. Money he always gave away to less fortunate friends.

I remember Jean-Michel’s tag – Samo- which was accompanied with a little crown and I remember thinking he was a genius. He was. But he wasn’t very comfortable with it.

I remember all the girls were in love with him and one night I looked out of his loft window and saw a girl whose heart he had broken, burning his paintings in a big bonfire. I wanted to stop her and rescue his paintings, but he didn’t seem to mind. He said it was their fate.

I remember him getting up at 3am and sleep-walking to an empty canvas. He stood inches away from it and proceeded to paint the most minuscule figures and what he did was so beautiful and intellectual and I stood watching him with dumbfounded amazement

He was one of the people I was truly envious of. But he didn’t know how good he was and was plagued with insecurities. He used to say he was jealous of me because music is more accessible and it reached more people. He loathed the idea that art was appreciated by an elite group.

When I broke up with him he demanded I give back the paintings he had given me. Not because he didn’t think I deserved them, but because he was obsessed with the idea that I would sell them.

He was so paranoid. of course, I was heart-broken but complied. Now I couldn’t buy one of his paintings if I wanted to.

When I heard that Jean-Michel had died I was not surprised. He was too fragile for this world.

I remember one summer having dinner with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel at Mr Chow’s and feeling like the luckiest girl in the world to have known him. To have known all of them. Now they’re all gone.

(Source: New Straits Times – 2 June 1996)