A Simpler Time: World’s Best Ever’s 80s girl roundup tragically leaves off a young Jennifer Connelly. [WBE]
From All-Stars to Rod Lavers: An illustrated history of the sneaker, detailed enough to let you pass freely among sneakerheads. [The Shoe Buff]
It was a Very Good Year: An edited compilation of the year’s best viral videos. Fair warning: There are a lot of cats. [Videogum]
Around the Horn: Ornette Coleman’s What I Have Learned might be the best one we’ve ever read. On the sex/love divide: “Well, you're not always sure you're in love. But when you're having sex, there's really no mistaking it.” [Esquire]
The punk years were pretty rough, both economically and sartorially speaking, but there’s no doubting Debbie Harry was one of the highlights.
Add in a few older gents settling into wine-soaked adulthood—we’re looking at you, Bowie and Keef—and it’s a photoset we’re more willing to take a glance at. The photos are all courtesy of godfather of rock photography Bob Gruen (hat tip to Phazerblast), and there’s plenty to like.
With the “rock look” flying around so much these days—we’re looking at you, John—it’s easy to forget the people who crafted that look in the first place: the musicians, but more importantly the photographers.
Scandinavian photographer Eric Broms’ is one of the more recent arrivals to the scene, but his work is a pretty good example of it. His subjects range from icons like Madonna and Debbie Harry to the more primal flair of Mr. James Osterberg (also known as Iggy Pop.)