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1977,  The Fleetwood Mac album ‘Rumours’ went to No. 1 on the US album chart. It went on to win a grammy in 1978 and later sell over 45 million copies.

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Fleetwood Mac was formed in 1967 in London when Peter Green; (the guitarist who replaced Eric Clapton in the British blues band John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers) asked Mick Fleetwood to come in as drummer. The band took on many changes over the coming years as Fleetwood and John McVie combined talents with other musicians. It wasn’t until 1969 that Christine Perfect who was married to bassist John McVie made her first appearance with the band as Christine McVie. Together the existing band members went through some legal turmoil with their name and struggled to find their core. Changes were constant and Fleetwood began scouting a guitar replacement for the band. While Fleetwood was in Van Nuys, California someone played him a track titled ‘Frozen Love’ from a band called ‘Buckingham Nicks’.  Fleetwood liked it and was introduced to the guitarist from the band Lindsey Buckingham. Coincidentally on the day he was hearing the track at Sound City Studios, Buckingham was there recording some demos. Fleetwood soon asked him to join. Buckingham agreed on the condition that his musical partner and girlfriend also become part of the band; Fleetwood agreed. Buckingham and Nicks joined the band on New Year’s Eve 1974.

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The Reality of Amy

This week in 2007 Amy Winehouse was No. 1 with her enormous album ‘Back to Black’ which brings such bittersweet memories of this girl who was stolen from the world. Reflecting back on her documentary it makes you want to kick that shit in the head.

Took in the Amy Winehouse documentary this weekend and was blown away by the depth of her voice and it rattles you to your bones to know that it comes from somewhere ultimately divine. So many beautiful pictures of her in living colour adorning the costume she wore but yet unsettling to see the physical contradiction as she changed from a healthy full of life teenager, to a scrawny bulimic body with breasts paid for with her Hidden Treasures from Back to Black.

It saddens the soul to watch a life crumble at the hands of instant gratification and a circle of people who did not care enough to say ‘No, I will not sit and watch you kill yourself.’  

Amy was born full of life and ready to challenge the world. She possessed a vibrant personality that drew the people around her in and made them feel special in her presence, herself becoming as a sacrificial lamb when her addictive personality began to swim in a sea of money. There also lurked those feeding off of her and unfortunately in those shallow murky waters one is not able to see clearly. She loved Blake Fielder and he loved her money and it’s a disturbing piece of the puzzle in Amy’s life.

Usually the right thing and the hardest thing are the same thing and Amy’s father had the capability to shut this business down and protect his daughter allowing her a safe harbour to get clean, healthy and strong. In the end she may have still chosen her outcome, but at least she would of had a fighting chance to win this battle.

A pivotal moment for thought occurred during a clear spell, when Amy won her grammy and confided to her friend ‘this is just no fun without the drugs.’ How sad to be experiencing the biggest moments of your life thus far, yet unable to feel anything. What does this do to a body and soul and why does anyone ever choose to go down that road when it steals so much from you rendering you null and void of all the beautiful things going on around you.

At times it makes you frustrated to think that while everyone else is checking out the rest of us are left to see, feel and live the realities of life. We are not any different than any one else, except for the fact that we deal with it. 

 Life can punch you pretty damn hard and it has the ability to bend us but we must not give it the power to break us. The truth is you can not get around what you’ve got to go through. No one said life was easy but anything worth keeping is worth working for. Keep your eyes clear and let the body be filled with light and keep going until you find your way home.

 

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Linda Eastman on Photographing The Doors

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I first photographed The Doors at a small New York club, close to the 59th Street Bridge, called Ondine’s, which was a favorite place for out of town bands to come and play residencies.

It was the winter of 1966 and I was down there with some friends to see a Los Angeles band that Elektra Records had recently signed. I had my camera with me and started taking pictures of them as they played.

No one in New York had heard of The Doors. They had never performed outside of Los Angeles and hadn’t released any records. Because they were unknown and the club was so intimate I had the unique opportunity of being able to get up really close as they played.

It wasn’t Jim Morrison’s looks that struck me first about him. It was the poetry of his songs and the way he would get completely lost in the music. He had this habit of cupping his hand behind his ear so the he could hear his vocals the way the traditional folk singers did. I thought the whole band was great; Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore were all very creative musicans.

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Sicario – Welcome to Juarez

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Nothing will make sense to your American ears…  but in the end you will understand. – Alejandro Gillick

Directed by Denis Vileneuve, Sicario is a thrilling cinematic experience that leaves you feeling grateful to go home to your abode of safe, peaceful slumber. Co stars Emily Blunt, Josh Brolin and the riveting Benicio Del Toro deliver strong performances in this Oscar contender. Much adoration for the musical composition by Johann Johannsson who set an ambience forever memorable in soundtrack history.

Sicario opens with a nightmarish look at the battle between U.S. law enforcement and the Mexican drug cartels along the Arizona border. While tracking leads in a kidnapping case, FBI agent Kate Macer (Emily Blunt) and her team make the horrific discovery of a mundane Arizona home that has been serving as a cartel graveyard. The trauma of that event stokes agent Macer’s burning need for justice, making it easy for a gleeful and mysterious middleman named Matt (Josh Brolin) to recruit her onto his covert anti-cartel task force.

Long before Kate even knows what’s what, she finds herself sitting beside an even more mysterious veteran named Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro) and hustled onto a plane bound for the bowels of Juarez, Mexico, to hold her own with some of the cartel’s scariest men. As soon as the plane touches down in Juarez, Kate watches as the rules of law, order and justice so common to us all, melt away before her very eyes. Men like Matt and Alejandro know how dirty the hands must get in order to stop the cartel, but Kate can not truly accept or believe this world really exists, never mind being thrown into the middle of it.

In time Kate sees things she should never have seen becoming  a victim of circumstance and situation she has no power over. It leaves us all wondering where it all might end here, there and everywhere. Sicario opts to raise awareness about the very real war being fought along the US southern borderlands, and forces the frightening consideration of all casualties  left in its wake. At a glance one tangible plot about a Juarez family, seems vague at first, but by the end of the movie, they bring it back around to the main plot line to create a final scene that has nothing to do with our main characters, but speaks volumes about what the themes of their journey and conflicts mean to a real world situation.

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