In the 1998 Terry Gilliam movie, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, based on Hunter S. Thompson’s book, Johnny Depp and Benecio Del Toro apparently embark on an exploration of Las Vegas while under the influence of an inventory of psychoactive drugs. Sanchez says those familiar with the film will find the connection here obvious. Painted on Las Vegas Blvd. at Fremont St. in 2015 for Las Vegas’ annual Life Is Beautiful Festival the mural begs interesting questions about the juxtaposition of themes—movie and festival—although given the superficiality of beauty sometimes associated with Sin City maybe this makes complete sense. In any case the striking work by Madrid-born Sánchez reflects both the subject of freedom he says is constantly present in his work, and his recurring influences of “the Mediterranean and Arab culture, graphic design and visual psychedelia.” @zoonchez@lifeisbeautiful
1922 - Singer Charles Brown, known for his hits “Driftin’ Blues” and “Merry Christmas Baby”, is born in Texas City, Texas
1970 - Diana Ross’ “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” replaces Edwin Starr’s “War” and begins a three week run at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100
1975 - “The Heat Is On”, the twelfth studio album by The Isley Brothers, becomes the group’s first number one album.
1985 - Tina Turner wins Best Female Video for “What’s Love Got to Do with It” and USA for Africa wins Best Group Video and the Viewer’s Choice Awards for “We Are The World” at the 1985 MTV Video Music Awards
1996 - Tupac Shakur, one of the biggest selling and most influential rap artists of all time, dies in Las Vegas, Nevada, six days after being shot four times on Las Vega Blvd. following the Mike Tyson - Bruce Seldon fight at the age of 25