Beginning in the mid-seventies, Stevie Nicks took a series of Polaroid self-portraits in her home as well as hotel rooms around the world while on tour. During the recording of ‘24 Karat Gold - Songs From the Vault’, she decided to share these never-before-seen self portraits.The collection was unveiled at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in NYC on October 9th, 2014.
“Some people don’t sleep at night - I am one of those people. These pictures were taken long after everyone had gone to bed - I would begin after midnight and go until 4 or 5 in the morning. I stopped at sunrise - like a vampire… I never really thought anyone would ever see these pictures, they went into shoeboxes, where they remained. I did everything - I was the stylist, the makeup artist, the furniture mover, the lighting director. It was my joy - I was the model…”
“I think Stevie has a particular appeal with women, that is different than her appeal with men. I think men, when their first album came out, we just said about Stevie: “Wow, what a gorgeous woman.” I think women took it deeper. I think there was some connection that Stevie made with women. I don’t really know what that connection was but I think a lot of woman became really fanatical about her, but in a good way. Usually, our gallery appeals to men. Most rock’n’roll photographs of men are heroic, and men are drawn to that. So many times they’ll come in our gallery and their girlfriends or their wives will come over to me and go: “I want to get that for his birthday, how much is it?” So I was up in the gallery the other day and a man came in and said: “I came here because I want to get a Stevie Nicks photo for my wife. It’s our anniversary and she loves Stevie” – like we were talking about – “She’s fanatical about her. She speaks to her.” You know, all these things. Like, “She’s gotta have one of these.” And I said, “Sir, we will make that happen for her” and I’m gonna tell you, as a guy I’ve never seen this before.” - Peter Blachley, owner of The Morrison Hotel Gallery.
→ The Stevie Nicks exhibition in the New York Gallery opened on October 9, 2014 and set a 14 year sales record.
Giant Matryoshkas - Russian Stacking Dolls, designed by Boris Krasnov Boris Krasnov originally for the Russian National Exhibition in 2010 in Paris. In 2011, the exhibition was brought to the Afimall City in Moscow. (x)
“When we got news of the Beatles’ performance in Chicago, I suggested we make a Super-Sensitive 5 x 14” all-metal snare drum, and gold-plate it in 14kt gold to present to Ringo. It was very expensive, but we did it, and when the day came to present it we went to the Ampitheater as we had been granted five tickets to a press conference.
“As we approached the location, I was amazed at the people trudging through the winter weather towards the theater carrying signs bearing slogans of their enthusiasm for the Beatles. I couldn’t believe it! We finally found the heavily guarded door, displayed our tickets, and we ushered up the stairs to a small riser and tables for the press conference. All of a sudden there was a flurry of excitement and in came the Beatles and sat down. Afterwards we were told we could stand with the Beatles to have our picture taken. The Beatles were nicely dressed and very pleasant young fellows, and when it was our turn, I had the drum ready to give to Ringo. When we were all lined-up I said to Ringo, ‘We made up this special gold-plated drum for you in the honor of this occasion.’ He said, 'Oh, that’s nice.’ He held the drum and they took pictures, and I introduced him to my daughter who was sixteen at the time and absolutely astounded by the event. But I’m not really certain if it really hit home with him who I was and what it was all about, because the policeman took the drum away after the photo, and the last I saw of it he had the drum under his arm walking through a door following the Beatles. I rather imagine it got lost in the shuffle.
"We didn’t even get to the concert as we’d only had tickets to the press conference and not the performance. We were ushered out of the press conference and went home; it was a terrible let-down. I never pursued it because he was already so famous, I doubt he cared about what the manufacturers of his drums cared about. But he still insisted on using Ludwig drums with the name on the front of the head, and he always did.”
[William Ludwig II, History of the Ludwig Drum Co, Paul William Schmidt]
William Ludwig II (right, top photo) and company marketing director R.L. Schory (left, top photo) present Ringo with a specially made gold snare drum on behalf of the Ludwig Drum Company in Chicago on the 5th September 1964. The drum was a thank you for all the promotion and attention Ringo had brought to Ludwig. Despite what Mr Ludwig thought, Ringo actually took the gold drum back to England with him and has kept it to this day (as far as I know!) It was loaned by Ringo for exhibitions in 2010 and 2014.