The title of this monumental abstract painting by German visual artist Gerhard Richter translates to Abstract Painting (Faust) (1980). Clever! Oil on canvas in three cections, it was photographed by me with great stealth in a Super Secret Location!
On This Date, July 25th, in 1980: AC/DC released Back in Black, their first album with Brian Johnson as their lead singer. The album was dedicated to late vocalist Bon Scott and has gone on to sell more than 50 million copies worldwide. To date it is the second highest selling album of all time, as well as the best-selling hard rock or heavy metal album.
Guitarist Angus Young and Bon (Image Source)
On This Date, February 19th in 1980: AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott (born Ronald Belford Scott) died of acute alcohol poisoning in London while sleeping in a friend’s car. He was 33 years old. Addicted to Vinyl adds a few poignant thoughts to Bon’s passing: “Bon died just as AC/DC was becoming one of the biggest international rock acts of its time. Highway to Hell had broken the Top 20 on the U.S. album charts and the band’s back catalog was seeing a worldwide resurgence. 1980 was destined to be a breakthrough year, though it would ultimately happen with Brian Johnson as lead singer.” Rest in Peace.
One This Date, May 18th in 1980: Joy Divison vocalist, Ian Curtis committed suicide by hanging himself in the kitchen of his home. Curtis, who had suffered from epilepsy and depression, was just 23 years old. To all his fans, and to those that didn’t really know anything about him or the band’s music, but who still love a compelling and beautifully directed / photographed biography, I highly recommend the film Control, directed by Anton Corbijn, which is just excellent and available now on DVD.
“When I Dream, I Dream About You…”
On This Date, May 14th, in 1980: The Teardrop Explodes released their debut album, Kilimanjaro. It contained the singles, “Sleeping Gas,” “Bouncing Babies,” “When I Dream,” “Ha Ha I’m Drowning” and “Treason (It’s Just A Story).” The first three songs were different versions than those that appeared on the album. Kilimanjaro reached the #24 spot on the U.K. albums chart. The Liverpool, England post punk band disbanded in 1982 after two albums. Lead singer Julian Cope went on to become a successful solo artist and write a few cool books, the best one being his autobiography, Head On, which is just insane. Julian also once personally answered a fan letter I wrote to him, way back in the eighties before the time of the Interwebs. I have that letter framed and hanging on the wall of my home office, where I see it everyday as I sit at my iMac wasting time by fucking around on FaceBook.
Thanks to The P5 Blogspot: This Day in 80s Music for the Tip!
It’s funny that I was just thinking about John’s passing just yesterday, when I rode a bus by the Dakota Building on my way to the West Side. Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono invites everyone to share their memories of John at This Link.
Drummer John Bonham of Led Zeppelin passed away on this day, September 25th, in 1980. I can’t believe it’s been over three decades since the tragic passing of one of the greatest and most influential rock drummers of all time. Bonham’s Zeppelin rhythm section partner, bassist John Paul Jones, has created a lovely little tribute/memorium to John which you can view before entering the Led Zeppelin official web page. Check it out and remember the greatness that was Led Zeppelin.