Category: 1980s

Madonna video shoot for “Like A Virgin” in Ven…

Madonna video shoot for “Like A Virgin” in Venice, July 1984. 

(Photos by Larry Williams)  

Dr. Dre, Michel’le and Eazy-E photographed b…

Dr. Dre, Michel’le and Eazy-E photographed by

Al Pereira in New York, 1989. 

El DeBarge poses for a portrait session on Jan…

El DeBarge poses for a portrait session on January 31, 1984

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Joey Arias and

Klaus Nomi photographed by Michael Halsband, 1980.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat photographed by Gianfranco Gorgoni, 1982.

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Prince as the opening act for Rick James’ Fire It Up Tour, 1980.

Rick recounts the first time he saw Prince In his autobiography The Confessions of Rick James: Memoirs of a Super Freak : “The first time I saw Prince and his band I felt sorry for him. Here’s this little dude wearing hi-heels, playing this New Wave Rock & Roll, not moving or anything on stage, just standing there wearing this trench coat. Then at the end of his set he’d take off his trench coat and he’d be wearing little girl’s bloomers. I just died. The guys in the audience just booed the poor thing to death.”

Other accounts suggest Prince made a point in upstaging James. Either way, tensions were running high throughout the tour. Backstage shenanigans of stealing instruments, physical confrontation and general intolerance were served cold by each artist. Long after parting ways, Prince and James never resolved their resentment and remained touchy when comparisons were drawn between them.

However when Rick James died in 2004 Prince did show his respect by playing an acoustic piano medley of Rick James songs during his show.

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The book The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star chronicles Nikki Sixx’s life 1986-1987. During this period

Denise “Vanity” Matthews

was Nikki’s girlfriend, and often mentioned in his diaries. In 1987, they were briefly engaged. It was a toxic relationship, they enabled each others’ drug abuse.

On meeting Vanity, Nikki says he was doing cocaine and watching MTV with a pal, pointing out girls he’d like to get to know better, when he spotted Vanity on screen. A call to the

Mötley

office and he tracked down her phone number—common dating procedure for Sixx. She invited him over. When she “opened the door naked, with her eyes going around in her head,” he had “a feeling that we just might hit it off.”

Diary entry from January 1987:

Vanity came and went during different periods of my addiction. She was a wild black chick who had sung with Prince: she’d also been his lover for a while. At the time I thought of Vanity as a disposable human being, like a used needle. Once its purpose was fulfilled it was ready for the trash, only to be dug up if you were really desperate…We became drug buddies: sometimes, you could even just about call us boyfriend and girlfriend. Vanity also taught me how to really freebase: the first time I based was with Tommy when Mötley just started and only a few times after that. So up until then, I’d been mostly snorting or injecting. But as soon as she showed me the real ins and outs of cooking up a good rock…it was love. 

Not her. The drug.

 Keith Haring with Peter Max and Mike Love at …

 Keith Haring with Peter Max and Mike Love at Live Aid in 1985.

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Easter at the White House (1988)

Keith Haring painted

a mural on the White House lawn then donated it to the Children’s Hospital, National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

Photos by Tseng Kwong Chi

Polaroids by Andy WarholBianca Jagger (1971) …

Polaroids by Andy Warhol

Bianca Jagger (1971)

Valentino Garavani (1973)

Tina Turner (1974)

Pele (1977)

Liza

Minnelli (1978)

Diana Ross (198)

Jean-Michel Basquat, 1983

Grace Jones (1984)

Joan Collins (1985)

Keith Haring (1986)