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{MUSIC MINUTE}: “Take it Easy My Brother Charles” by Jorge Ben

Tropicalia Soul - Jorge Ben and Company

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Take it from our old friend Jorge Ben . . .

Best take it easy for now, my friends and brothers!

Please enjoy!

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Yours truly,

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+STYLE IDOL+ Dennis Wilson {The Bad Beach Boy}

“They say I live a fast life. Maybe I just like a fast life. I wouldn’t give it up for anything in the world. It won’t last forever, either. But the memories will.”

-Dennis Wilson


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This spring and summer we are all about Dennis Wilson, the infamous bad boy and drummer of The Beach Boys. The band brought the beach lifestyle to the forefront of popular culture in the 1960s , creating a romantic notion that still resides in the populous today. But without Dennis, the iconic boy band would have been lost.

It’s hard to think of that era without the The Beach Boys and their iconic sound, a mix of harmony, rhythm, soul, and blues all dedicated to Southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and girls.

Hits such as Surfin USA, California Girls, and Good Vibrations, encapsulated the image we still associate with the notion of surf and beach living to this day.

Their music certainly came to define the dreams and musings of many who longed for the coasts and beaches of California, and the utopian recluse this magical land of surf and sun could provide (Don’t tell me it’s just us!)

Though his eldest brother Brian Wilson is accredited with much of the band’s creative and technical genius, it was the rebel bad boy drummer Dennis who lived and breathed the California that inspired the band in the first place.

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“I don’t do much surfin’, no I don’t. Actually, I don’t even know how to surf, but one guy in the group is a real good surfer, he’s a lot better than any of us, actually, all of us put together. His name is Dennis Wilson, of course, he’s our drummer, and he’s actually the inspiration behind this whole sort of surfing image for the Beach Boys. He encouraged me to write a surfing song a couple, 2, 3 years ago which started the whole thing moving.”

Brian Wilson, St. Louis 1964

Perhaps you noticed, but Dennis certainly had a different presence and a certain swag, as they say, compared to the rest of the band.  Even his eldest brother Brian, who created most of the music during The Beach Boys’ hit making days, knew that Dennis and his SoCal rebel lifestyle was the clue to the puzzle of making a name for themselves.

Dennis always seems a mystery, a part of his embodiment of the surfing rock n’ roll image, you could say. Definitely an archetype of rebellion, desire, and thirst for danger. Behind his eyes there are stories and thoughts completely untold.

There are not many rock stars today who truly live the fantasies they suggest in their music. Dennis was not only a surfer, but also a pro drag racer, sailor, movie star, and notorious womanizer. These are the stories and tales written into almost every hit breaking, chart smashing song produced by the band.

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++”I wrest the waters, fight Neptune’s waters, sail through the sorrows of life’s marauders. Unrelenting, often empty, sail on, sail on, sailor.”++

-Sail on Sailors by The Beach Boys from “Holland”

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As much a piece of the puzzle to The Beach Boys’ success, Dennis never seemed to be able to stay far from trouble. As early back as childhood, Dennis was known for getting in fights, and failing classes.  He married four times, and had developed a heavy habit for drugs and alcohol.

Most can definitely agree he had some demons.

Free-spirited Dennis would hit the ultimate heights of his notoriety when it was found out that he had housed Charles Manson and his cult for a time. Viewing the group as just a bunch of cosmically inclined free loving spirits with a itching for music, Dennis welcomed the “family” into his home, and housed them for several months.

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During this time Charles Manson and his groupies were hoping to become the next great music act with the help of Dennis. Dennis would indeed get some of their songs out there, but reworked for The Beach Boys, and in 1968 they would release the single “Never Learn Not To Love” written by Dennis, a reworking of a Charles Manson original.

Morbid, considering the message, and later the acts committed by the Manson Family in the Hollywood Hills…This attachment to the Manson family would always stain Dennis’ reputation, and only further instill his bad boy image in the public mind.



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His 1977 solo debut album “Pacific Ocean Blue” was a huge critical hit for the artist, which allowed him to demonstrate his very own unique and progressive point-of-view. Many fans and critics agree it is Dennis’ fearlessness, drama, and deep soul that almost eclipse The Beach Boys altogether.

These are the traits we admire in the man. The adventurer in all aspects. His music. His life. His soul. And the whole time, he wasn’t even trying. He just simply was the most pure form of himself at all times. He just was.

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His style is almost the same. It is not pent up in being cool, it just is…sounds silly, but most of the time Dennis Wilson was just chucking clothes on. His wardrobe is simple, always comfortable, and fitted just right. Classic, but he shakes it up with his rough and messy sort of way about him.

Aaron Eckhart is set to star in a film entitled “The Drummer” documenting the last six tragic years of Dennis Wilson’s life that included losing his yacht “Harmony”, the loss of The Beach Boys recording studios, being kicked out of The Beach Boys, and the subsequent abuse of alcohol and drugs to the bitter end.

Wilson’s body was found curled up in a fetal position at the corner of the dock that once harbored his yacht, Harmony – one of his greatest joys, as well as the scene for many dramas in his life. He had spent the afternoon drinking and diving into the waters finding objects he had thrown over his boat and into the water.

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After nearly an hour of searching, they were able to drag his body out of the 13 feet of bone chilling water at the Marina Del Rey boat slip just three days after Christmas, 1983.

At 39, Dennis Wilson was already a legend in every right. He had inspired his band to create an entire persona around him, and with that they became America’s most famous and beloved band in history.

His devilish grin, and candid charm kept him a favorite of the group, and with a wicked ability to adapt and change, Dennis kept the band going during the band’s hardest times. Sadly, no one would be able to help carry him through his own.

Dennis Wilson was given a burial to sea, his favorite place on Earth, and an honor reserved only to members of the military. The perfect resting place for a restless, wandering, and beautiful  soul.

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We love you Pacific Ocean blue
Yeah we love you Pacific Ocean Blue
Oh we love you Pacific Ocean Blue
Oh I we love you Pacific Ocean Blue
It’s no wonder the Pacific Ocean is blue

-Dennis Wilson, “Pacific Ocean Blue”.

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New Stuff in the {SHOP} – Wild Dance in a Graveyard!

Wild Dance in a Graveyard

Hello friends, fans, and followers!

Remember this lovely lady? We go way back . . .

We have plenty of new and exciting vintage finds in the {SHOP}

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Nixon’s 1968 “Together” Campaign


Nixon’s 1968 ad campaign, famously entitled “Together“, appeared on the last episode of AMC’s “Mad Men” on Sunday. We found ourself as inspired and provoked by the campaign as Don Draper seemed to be as he flicked through images playing on the T.V. screen.

 

Nixon - 1968 Vintage Esquire Mens Fashion Magazine

Nixon's The One- Vintage Pinback

 

Something definitely clicked with its simple message and use of still images because, if my history serves me correctly, Nixon would end up a victor in the race.

Nixon in 1968 - Victory Parade

While he remains one of the more notorious figures in history, there’s no denying he is also one of the more fascinating. . . with a surprising influence of fashion of the moment. Check it out!

 

1960s- Nixon Fashion

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E.O.F. Snapshot of the Day { May 13, 2013 }

Vintage Streetcar Named Desire- Marlon Brando -Stanley Costume Test

Style Idol for All Time – MARLON BRANDO poses as Stanley K in “A Streetcar Named Desire”

{circa. 1949/1950 }

Marlon Wears: Black and White Oxford Brogues, Straight Leg Distressed Denim, Distressed White Cotton Wife Beater, and Jaunty Cap. 

This is a photograph taken by Warner Bros before beginning production to test the looks for the film.

A young Marlon Brando ignited the screen with his electric performance, and solidified rebel style into the repertoire of the everyman. To learn more about Marlon Brando’s effortless cool in “A Streetcar Named Desire” and its particular influence of mens fashion and society, check out the article I wrote for Everyguyed.com !

We’re going to be channelling some classic edge all summer, so stay up to date with the {SHOP} to get the look!

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MUSIC MINUTE: “Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor {Op. 30}”, Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff

Rachmaninov or Rachmaninoff - Either Way He Looks Great in a Hat

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“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.”

-Sergei Rachmaninoff

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Whether you spell it Rachmaninoff or Rachmaninov, Sergei Rachmaninoff was a man of undoubted personal style.

Sergei Rachmaninoff Black and White Portrait

A subtle style. But a sure of himself style. It’s the kind of style you could expect from the man who created some of the most complex, dark, and demanding music ever created (Anyone who saw “Shine” knows what I mean . . .).

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Cecil Parkes: Rachmaninov? Are you sure?

David: Kind of. I’m not really sure about anything.

Cecil Parkes: The Rach 3. It’s monumental.

David: It’s a mountain. The hardest piece you could everest play.

SHINE (1996)

noah cross as david helfgott in SHINE (1996) plays rachmaninoff

In fact, this is the song that makes the then not crazy, brilliant Australian piano protege David Helfgott (played by Noah Cross), literally go crazy, to emerge as a still brilliant, but crazy,  Australian piano protege

So if that’s any sign, be sure to imagine this man’s mastery as you listen to him play his own composition – the dangerously, beautifully romantic, mysterious, and powerful piece, “Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor {Op. 30}“.

Sergei_Rachmaninoff,_1910s

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One of the greatest pianists there ever was, he was also known to have an uncanny memory, and with a set of extra large hands (Marfan Syndrome), he was able to maneuver some of the most complex and challenging chordal configurations.

He managed to escape the Russian Revolution, and even recorded with Thomas Edison in the earliest days of record making, creating recordings for Edison’s phonograph.

He eventually died just four days before his 70th birthday in Beverly Hills, California.

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With style comes great taste. One of the benefits of great taste, is that you can enjoy music like this. . .

This is one of his most provocative and moving pieces he ever wrote, and with the help of today’s technology, we can listen to a recording of the man himself, Sergei Rachmaninoff, performing his own, legendary masterwork.

And, maybe one day you will create a masterpiece like this one.

Or maybe you already have? That’s for you to decide.

Young rebel- Sergei Rachmaninoff- Vintage Style Idol- The Eye of Faith

Rebel Spirit? That’s for sure.

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{  Vintage Style Idol – Paul Newman, 1959 }

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Don’t you think this picture could’ve been taken just yesterday?

That’s the power of true style- you can live forever, a true time traveller.

Don’t get caught up worshipping the trends. Idols from the past can help you.

Use our style ancestors to help pave the way to your true destiny.

It doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, whatever you do, keep it simple, and let your soul shine through.

{For more inspiration check out our E.O.F. Style Idols & Divinities}

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E.O.F. Snapshot of the Day {February 20, 2013} – James Dean’s ‘Life’ Mask {circa. 1955}

JAMES DEAN 1955 HAND PAINTED MASK - 1

We’ve learned there is a lot of crazy cool stuff on ETSY, but this one has to take the cake as the find (at least of the week)! Does he look familiar to you? He should. He’s a pretty steady regular here for us, at The Eye of Faith; after all, he is the one and only King of being bad, of embracing that rebel spirit and never letting go – JAMES DEAN.

That’s right, kids. This is a death mask of the true blue American icon, and idol of style for millions around the world, both during life and after death. Reminds me of the Elizabeth Taylor mask, Lanier Smith shared with us in the past, but this is, as I said – JAMES DEAN!!!

JAMES DEAN 1955 HAND PAINTED MASK - 2

Described here by the seller:

They were selling for $900 in California in 1955. That was quite a lot of money. Dean was beloved by many and right now still wildly popular among all generations. This mask was considered unusual because J. Leslie painted it, eyes and all by hand.

It is quite stunning and yes, these absolutely are James Deans features. They were made from the first mask created. 

These are becoming much harder to find, it comes with a license plate that went with the plaster mask.

It states California-James Dean-1931-1955.

Incredible, huh ?! Sometimes you just have to take that search a little further, turn that corner to the next page, and bona fide gems like this are just waiting to say ‘Hey’ to their new owner.

At $395, it’s a little bit our of our league, and maybe a bit frivolous, but God I’d love to own it. As the seller also mentions:  “This is a must have for a true fan, it is as close as you are going to get to a dead man.

Perhaps that’s creepy, but at the risk that James Dean’s death mask will start talking mysteriously one night, I’d be willing to take those chances!

James Dean is our rebel icon. Live Fast. Die Young. And Always Look Your Best – Even in Death.

{You can check out more listings from the dealer, FIVEHANDS CURIOSITIES  here. They have a really great selection of unique and bizarre items from all decades of the past. And while you’re browsing, don’t forget to visit our own hand-picked selection of men’s eclectic finest}

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