Since I’ve covered musician/pimps Larry Williams and Johnny “Guitar” Watson in recent posts, this shot from Fang’s archive’s seemed like a natural for this weeks found photo. Slick here sure looks sharp in that natural ‘fro and (rabbit?) coat. Peta types be damned (how come the Peta people only defend the rights of cute animals? Who will dare stand up for the cockroaches, mosquitoes, waterbugs, and rats, aren’t they living creatures? Speaking of which, plants scream out in pain when you pick ’em, as any person of science can explain, so those soybeans you’re eating have indeed been murdered just like those pork chops you decline, just because it tastes bad doesnt mean its good for you). Anyhoo, the coat in question seems to a customized job, check out the hem line just below the bottom set of buttons, looks like a completely different type of fur filling out the last foot and a half.
Gillian’s Found Photo #54
Getting back to our model de jour, the back of the photo reads Pillbury, Madison, Sutro, 225 Bush Street, Nov. 5-73, 5th Floor. Pillsbury (I assume who ever inscribed the back misspelled it), Madison and Surtro is a law firm that works out of 225 Bush Street in San Francisco (although these days they seem to have moved to the 6th floor), which I guess means Slick here was facing some sort of charges back in ’73. Anyone from the law firm remember this fellow? If I was on the jury I’d find him innocent for purely sartorial reasons. Then again, maybe he was/is a lawyer….
16 thoughts on “Gillian’s Found Photo #54”
The Slaughter Of Soybeans He he he he…
He probably had to have the coat extended 'cause he looks to be 8 feet tall! Basketball player client of the firm, maybe?
More proof that white men can't dress. It reminds me of the scene in “Willie Dynamite” – “This coat is LAMB!”
How about poets? Do you cover poets? I'm reading Women by Charles Bukowski. Talk about lowdown, raw lifestyles…I'm surprised there are no blues musicians in there but the character hates people, including musicians, other writers, parties, small talk, etc. Check him out but remember, I warned you. It's the seedy side of life.
“How about poets? Do you cover poets? I'm reading Women by Charles Bukowski. Talk about lowdown, raw lifestyles…I'm surprised there are no blues musicians in there but the character hates people, including musicians, other writers, parties, small talk, etc. Check him out but remember, I warned you. It's the seedy side of life.”Having married a poet, I tend not to cover them, although I've always liked Bukowski, especially Post Office which I first read in high school. I did see him read once in NYC, he was drunk and very funny.BTW seveal years ago I found a full run of The Outsider magazine, a New Orleans based mimeographed literary journal published (hand printed actually) by Jon Edgar and Gypsy Lou Webb, circa early 60's, they were the first people to ever publish Bukowski.His name is still scrawled in the cement outside the bar on Royal Street that's in the same building the Webb's lived in and published from.
I'm in awe if the styling in this photo is a happy accident. The blend of earth colors! The brownness! Fantastic.
Good point, Joe – it gives him even more of a King Lion feel.
Add a few emaciated white teenagers and it's a Calvin Klein print ad.
Add a few emaciated white female teenagers, and it's my rec room….Donna, you need to take a better look at your lover boy Jerry Lee, baby.
that coat goes down to his knees for a reason…
Lawyer by day, pimp by night, the coat is the tip-off. During the day in the more formal setting of the law firm only the top part of the coat is worn, at night in the less formal and definitely more flamboyant setting of the streets the bottom part gets zipped on and the transformation is made.
REalmente,o traje do homem é algo bem diferente. Certamente alguém se lembraria dele.
“REalmente,o traje do homem é algo bem diferente. Certamente alguém se lembraria dele.”Nós estamos esperando, se ele aparecer no Brasil, me avise ….Pela maneira que você sabe Supla, ou Derick Green de Sepletura? Meus dois amigos de São Paulo?
I would guess that Patsy Valdalia is one and the same as Pat Valdeler who had a pretty decent record on Mercury 'Baby Rock Me' in 1953.It would be interesting to compile a list of all the drag R&B singers ; Little Richard, Esquerita, Billy Wrght' Bernard Hardison [ Nashville] and Jackie Shane are a few that come to mind.Again one one has to question the Party line that all before the Beatles was so grey, bleak and repressed. Yea, the fun might have been mostly behind closed doors but could it really be any more oppressive, tedious and boring than what we have to put up with today when supposedly everything is so free, easy and out in the open?
“Again one one has to question the Party line that all before the Beatles was so grey, bleak and repressed.”Never bought that story myself. It writes Link Wray, the Beach Boys, Slim Harpo, the Trashmen, and too many others too name here right out of the picture. In fact, I'd argue that the peak years for instrumental rock'n'roll were from '58-'63. Again, the Beatles as saviors of R&R story also ignores the fact that many artists such as Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, the Wailers,the Contours, etc. made many of their best discs in that time period.
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