Another gift I received recently – I’m a very lucky girl! I’ve been wanting Houellebecq’s autograph for a long time and I now I have it on this nice photograph. I love it.
Zouzou (Danièle Ciarlet) is one of my favourite French singers so when I saw this photograph of her peering over Sonny Bono’s shoulder I wanted it. Furthermore it is apparently signed by Zouzou. I bought it immediately!
I can’t vouch for the authenticity of the signature but then who would bother forging Zouzou’s signature, especially on a photograph where she just half-appears in the top right hand corner? I’d like to think it’s genuine but I just really, really love this photo anyway – how cool does Sonny Bono look in that get-up? And what was Zouzou doing in a car with him?! I love it.
I’m a big fan of the Swinging Mademoiselles type music so I was rather pleased to find this autograph of French 60s singer Micky Amline unexpectedly at a film fair:
It’s signed to someone called Marie France and says something along the lines of “Long live the TWIST. All my friendship [best wishes], Sincerely Micky”
Micky Amline’s real name was Christiane Ameline and she started out as a model before becoming a singer in 1959 with a band called Les Boutons Dorés. In 1962 she signed to Disques Vogue as a solo artiste and released just a handful of EPs. Some of you may know a couple of her tracks (Look and Garçon manqué) from the Ultra Chicks compilations.
Bernard Ferraro, lead guitarist with Les Cyclones and also guitarist for Françoise Hardy and Eddy Mitchell, accompanied Micky on guitar. They later married. I read somewhere that Bernard left the music industry and became an ornithologist (!) and also that Micky left the music industry after having a nasty car accident. I don’t really know what happened but I do know that Micky / Christiane now runs a tea room with Bernard: L’Échauguette in Tusson, in the south west of France. If I ever find myself in Tusson I might pop in to have a nose around!
Isn’t this the most amazing Weekend cover you have ever seen? This tells the story of when Barry Ryan suffered burns to his face during promotional activities in Germany. A very strange story, but nonetheless in keeping with Barry Ryan’s particular brand of operatic pop – melodramatic and exciting!
Here’s the full story in case you’ve not read it before:
To add to this, I thought I’d share the signed promotional card I bought at a flea market in Berlin. The German lady who sold it to me said “Paul und Barry Ryan – Eloise!”. Ha ha!
There’ll be more on Hero Culte about Barry Ryan at a future date.
Postscript: I recently (August 2013) found this Muziek Parade Dutch photo postcard of Barry Ryan whilst on holiday in Amsterdam so thought I should share it:
There’s just something about Jean-Louis Trintignant – he’s a fabulously understated actor with a great sense of style and he’s also quite lovely to look at. I mean, I know he’s not quite what most people would call handsome but he’s very attractive. And what is more he has managed to make himself a career out of making films where ladies’ clothes fall off whenever he walks in the room – nice work if you can get it!
Anyway, I am very fortunate to have the best boyfriend in the world – he recently bought this autograph for me, and made sure it was not dedicated so I could at least pretend it was signed for me (not so easy to do if it’s signed to another person’s name!). It comes with an authenticity guarantee so I know it’s genuine. Also the photograph shows Jean-Louis all moody and good looking. I would have preferred him in one of his stylish suits but I’m not complaining at all. He’s looking out of frame where, no doubt, a lady’s clothes were falling off. Ah! Jean-Louis I love you!
Back in July 2012 I got to interview the British actress Margaret Lee, who will be well known to those of you who like the director Jess Franco (RIP) or those of you who like Italian movies from the 1960s. I’m a big fan of Margaret Lee and as she had appeared in many films with the Polish/German actor Klaus Kinski, I asked if she would allow an interview for my Klaus Kinski website Du dumme Sau! Sadly, since there have been allegations of abuse made by Klaus’ daughter Pola Kinski, the website is no longer active but you can still read the interview here for now. It’s a bit of an exclusive as Margaret Lee is something of a recluse these days, so I was delighted to get the chance to interview her.
Anyway, after the interview Margaret kindly signed an autograph for me on an original 1960s postcard:
I can’t imagine there are many people who have an autograph from Margaret Lee, especially a dedicated autograph, so I was so pleased to receive it.
I was recently given a copy of a Hungarian magazine which appears to be called Film Színház Musika and has Margaret Lee on the cover. Unfortunately I don’t speak very much Hungarian (just a few words I have picked up from the many Hungarian films I have watched!) so I can’t really say what the article is about, other than it seems to be an interview with Margaret about her role in the 1969 film House of Pleasure (original title: Frau Wirtin hat auch eine Nichte), which was a West German / Italian / Austrian / Hungarian co-production. The film was directed by Franz Antel and co-stars included the Giallo favourite Edwige Fenech, Claudio Brook, Karl Michael Vogler, and Heinrich Schweiger. I haven’t yet got a copy of this film but I will keep an eye out for it at future film fairs. Anyway, here is the front cover and article for anyone who can understand Hungarian and those who just like looking at the pictures!
The cover isn’t actually signed, Margaret must have signed a photograph for Film Színház Musika which they used for the cover, as you will note that it is dated 15 November 1968 and the magazine is from 30 November 1968.
I really like Antoine a lot. I’ve previously written about him (briefly) on the subject of the Antoine “pill” keyring I have in my collection and he also appears in some of the French music shows I have reviewed on here. This entry was prompted by my recent acquisition: Antoine’s autograph.
I was so excited to find a signed Antoine EP this last weekend in London. And to make it an even better find, it was only £7. Is it genuine? I don’t know but it certainly looks genuine and I’m happy to have it in my collection.
Okay, so if I was to choose I would get one of the earlier EPs signed but that doesn’t matter – it’s Antoine’s autograph!
My other favourite Antoine items are my Italian language singles and the Antoine autobiography I picked up quite a few years back.
I found Le Divagazioni d’Antoine along with the Je l’appelle Canelle / Un éléphant me regarde 7″ in a charity shop in Muswell Hill a couple of years ago. They weren’t cheap but they were in great condition and were well worth the price. Here’s Je l’appelle Canelle and Un éléphant me regarde in Italian – Cannella / Un Caso di Follia (Disques Vogue, J 35140 x 45, 1967):
The other Italian language single I have is a track called Pietre backed with an Italian language version of Pourquoi ces canons (La Felicita’). I think I got this one in London too, for an affordable price. It’s amazing what crops up from time to time. Anyway, Pietre isn’t one of Antoine’s own tracks translated into Italian, it’s an Italian language track he recorded and performed in the Italian song contest Festival di Sanremo in 1967. It’s fair to say it’s not as strong as his own tracks translated into Italian, but it’s a good track to have and it is backed by the excellent Pourquoi ces canons. Here’s Pietre / La Felicita’ (Disques Vogue, J 35127 x 45, 1967):
That’s the extent of my special Antoine items, for now. I’m sure I’ll find other items to join my collection though.
I have always wanted to try and find out more about Antoine’s time spent in London. In his autobiographical book 1965 Roman (Les éditions Arthaud, Paris, 1987), Antoine recalls how he spent some time in Worthing in West Sussex and how he passed quite a bit of time in London at a certain 24 Milborough Road. Now, I’m not sure if Milborough Road no longer exists but I certainly can’t find a Milborough Road in London; there’s a Milborough Crescent in South East London and there are Marlborough Roads in various areas in London, but I can’t find Milborough Road. Maybe it’s one of those places that only the initiated can find – Antoine said it was a magical place and that once you discovered it, nothing was ever the same again.
For me Antoine was the real deal when it came to travelling songsmiths – he travelled far and wide with his guitar and had adventures wherever he went. Some of those “beatnik” hippie types from the 1960s just went for the image but Antoine really lived the lifestyle and what I really like about him is that he never let the entertainment industry take over his life – I read somewhere that once he became famous and was earning some money from music he would work for part of the year and then travel around on his boat for the rest of the year. Sounds great to me.
Anyway, going back to the London story, Antoine hung out at The Troubadour in the Old Brompton Road and the Café des Artistes in Fulham Road. He also mentioned a French club called La Poubelle, which was in Poland Street, and The Flamingo. Basically, it sounds like he found the places that mattered. He stayed at 24 Milborough Road where 5 girls lived – a wise choice! His friend Patrick fell in love with a blonde girl called Penny and Antoine got it on with Frederika. I’m such a nosey so-and-so I want to know more about Antoine’s time in London with his friends and Frederika but I guess I’ll never find out more. I might have to read the 1965 Roman again though as I remember enjoying it very much when I read it years ago. That’s all for now, but I’m sure there will be more on Antoine soon.
Postscript August 2013: I have added some more nice looking Antoine 7″s to my collection:
Pietre / Je l’appelle Canelle / Juste quelques flocons qui tombent / Mon prince et ma princesse EP, Hispavox, Spain, HV27 168 – three of the tracks are in the original French and one was recorded in Italian; nothing in Spanish!
Votez pour moi / Je reprends la route demain / Ma fete foraine / Nadine EP, Hispavox, Spain, HV27163 (these tracks are just the original French language versions but the EP sleeve is so beautiful it’s worth having it for that alone)
La Tramontana / Io Voglio Andare In Guerra (Moi, je veux faire la guerre sung in Italian), disques Vogue 7″, Italy, V451479