Category: 1982

Christopher Atkins by Greg Gorman, 1982

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

Photos by Bobby Holland

Mexican Actress Lucia Mendez, photographed by Harry Langdon, Los Angeles, 1982

Keith Haring, Times Square, 1982

Tom Hintnaus photographed by Bruce Weber for Calvin Klein in Santorini, 1982

Rick James and Linda Blair (1982)

In his posthumously published memoir Rick James says he spent time “getting to know” the actress during a short stint living at the Chateau Marmont in Beverly Hills. Later, he found out that Linda had gotten pregnant by him and had an abortion without his knowledge. His 1983 hit song “Cold Blooded” came from that discovery. “It was about how Linda could freeze my blood,” he wrote. In his autobiography, Memoirs of a Super Freak, he explained:

Actress Linda Blair (The Exorcist) came to Buffalo to see me and I was very happy to see her. A few months before her visit she had called to say that she had-had an abortion, and that it had been my child. She said she was in the middle of shooting a movie and was starting to show, and she didn’t think I would care anyway. She was wrong. I did care deeply. I loved Linda and it hurt me that she would choose to abort our child without even wanting to talk to me about it first. I still look back on her choice with sadness and wonder about our baby, and how having that child might have changed me life. One night during her visit, I took her into the studio and we sat down at one of my synthesizers. I was showing Linda how to write a song on keyboards and I started playing. I told her that in composition you’re ok as long as you keep playing. It’s when your fingers stop moving that you’re in trouble. The next thing I knew I was composing a tune about her called, “Cold Blooded.” She was the inspiration for that song.

Portrait of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Madonna, by Maripol (1982).

Basquiat and Madonna dated in 1982/1983. Maripol knew them both independent of their relationship with one another. She knew Madonna prior as two of her closest friends were backup dancers for the musician. An artist herself, Maripol hung one of her first paintings for a Madonna performance at the Lucky Strike, and she, along with David Svitzer, made the pop star jewelry. 

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Linda says they’re in love: Linda Blair and Rick James photographed by Richard Corkery on

October 26, 1982. (via NY Daily News)

In an interview accompanying a topless pictorial in Oui magazine, actress Linda Blair, 23, revealed that she found James “very sexy.” Rick, who was shown the piece by a member of his retinue, returned the compliment through an intermediary. And before you can say “bicoastal blind date,” they winged it to New York for a multinight stand. That was last month. Now they talk daily and plan future assignations. “I had learned very well to be single,” Linda says, “but Rick turned my head around.” The feeling, apparently, is mutual. “She’s my baby,” James responds. “I really care for her deeply. She had a lot of hard times, like myself, and managed to rise above them.”

(Excerpt via People Magazine – November 22, 1982)

Andy Gibb and Victoria Principal at the American Music Awards on January 25, 1982.

Janet Jackson photographed by Harry Langdon for her debut album, 1982.