The Pause That Refreshes
Hollywood Boulevard, Friday, May 26, 2006 - detail across the street from Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Just a touch of the third world in what is otherwise the most American of places.
Dumbo is back. Nixon isn't.
And the rest is history.
Cool. And note that for the birthday there's a new four-CD boxed set available, Miles Davis - The Legendary Prestige Quintet Recordings. From the mid-fifties you get Davis with John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. All recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, digitally remastered in from the original analog masters, with bonus CD of eight previously unavailable radio and television audio performances - two tunes from The Tonight Show With Steve Allen among others. The cover art is by Davis - the painting "New York by Night" - and you five complete transcriptions of Davis' solos. Buy it? Just a thought.
And Marilyn Monroe is showing off for him.
And you remember how The Doors' LA Woman opens -
There's even a techno-trance band called Hollywood Bungalow, but they probably don't live here.
A decade later the film industry had generated a ton of money and edifices like this went up, the west facing wall of something or other on the southeast corner of North Sycamore and Hollywood Boulevard. The thirties were fun too.