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Posts Tagged ‘Greta Garbo’

Filmmaker Starts Sifting Through Her Greta Garbo Record Collection

Indie writer-director Allison Anders gave herself the best possible early Christmas present last year just ahead of the official day. At a two-day Julien’s Auctions event in Beverly Hills, she was the winning bidder for a parcel of 50 rock and pop records once owned by Greta Garbo.

Even better, she has now gifted the world with a Tumblr, Greta’s Records, through which she will share her thoughts as she samples each one of the late actress’ vinyl discs. Here’s part of her take on Disc One – Gene Clark‘s “No Other:”

For some of you who may not know Clark’s work, a quickie here: he came to fame as the lead singer, lead songwriter of folk rock 60s band The Byrds. He quit the band many times and rejoined many times. His work in The Byrds is wonderful, but when he was not in The Byrds, he was making brilliant solo work.

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Zocálo Square Op Ed Pans for Huell Howser ‘Darkness’

We’re not buying it. Even though D.J. Waldie knows the background subject matter of California’s history a lot better than we do.

In an essay posted today at Zocálo Square, Waldie argues that there was an increasingly deep, dark undertow coursing beneath the prolific reporting of retiring KCET/PBS show host Huell Howser. It’s definitely a different kind of media send-off:

Howser played one of the “folk” as larger than life and cannily for profit (at least until he stopped, for reasons that are his own for now), but the insinuating glee with which he took on California had more purposes than the standard con… I don’t know if the joy was a pose, too, like the piety of the minister who continues to preach after his faith is dead. But it’s hard for me not to see the subversion ever present in Howser’s joyous demeanor.

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