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THE 1960S PHOTOGRAPHY OF DENNIS HOPPER

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THE 1960S PHOTOGRAPHY OF DENNIS HOPPER
08.20.2014
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Self-portrait

I am a child of the 1970s, so Dennis Hopper really means two things to me, Blue Velvet first and Easy Rider second. For me, Hopper doesn’t have much of an identity before Easy Rider, which goes to explain why I had scarcely any idea of his excellent photography (and excellent connections to the art world) during the 1960s. This information helps inform some of his filmmaking career, for instance his artistic intransigence over The Last Movie—only someone steeped in modernist art and abstract expressionism would ever have made such a stand. Everyday I Show brings us an excellent selection of Hopper’s b/w pics from the 1960s, be sure to click there to see more of them. Hopper wasn’t in the league of a Diane Arbus or a Garry Winogrand, but he clearly knew what he was doing and also had some great subjects in the form of Jane Fonda, Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, plus Teri Garr (!).

Three years ago Taschen came out with a gorgeous book dedicated to Hopper’s early photographic work, Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967.


Jane Fonda (with bow & arrow), Malibu, 1965


Biker Couple, 1961


Ed Ruscha, 1964


Double Standard, 1961


Andy Warhol and Members of the Factory (Gregory Markopoulos, Taylor Mead, Gerard Malanga, Jack Smith), 1963


Ike and Tina Turner, 1965


Tuesday Weld, 1965


Robert Rauschenberg, 1966


Andy Warhol with Flower, Slight Smile, 1963


Bruce Conner (in tub), Toni Basil, Teri Garr, and Ann Marshall, 1965


Self-portrait at porn stand, 1962

via Tombolare

 Posted by Martin Schneider
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#Dennis Hopper, drunk and stoned with six sticks of dynamite—what could possibly go wrong?

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Dennis Hopper, drunk and stoned with six sticks of dynamite—what could possibly go wrong?

05.19.2015
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Dennis Hopper, drunk and stoned with six sticks of dynamite—what could possibly go wrong? In 1983 Dennis Hopper went to Rice University in Houston, Texas ostensibly to screen his latest film Out Of The Blue. But little known to anyone, other than Hopper and a handful of his buddies, he had another agenda entirely. While he did indeed screen his movie, Hopper had actually come to Houston to blow himself up.After screening Out Of The Blue, Hopper arranged to have the audience driven by a fleet of school buses to a racetrack on the outskirts of Houston, the Big H Speedway. Hopper and the buses arrived at the speedway just as the races were ending and a voice was announcing over the public address system “stick around folks and watch a famous Hollywood filmpersonalityperform the Russian Dynamite Death Chair Act. That’s right, folks, he’ll sit in a chair with six sticks of dynamite and light the fuse.”Was famous Hollywood personality Dennis Hopper about to go out with a bang?Hopper apparently learned this stunt when he was a kid after seeing it performed in a traveling roadshow. If you place the dynamite pointing outwards the explosion creates a vacuum in the middle and the person performing the stunt is, if all goes according to plan, unharmed.After bullshittingfor awhile with the crowd and his friends, a drunk and stoned Hopper climbed into the “death chair’ and lit the dynamite.A Rice News correspondent described the scene:

Dennis Hopper, at one with the shock wave, was thrown headlong in a halo of fire. For a single, timeless instant he looked like Wile E. Coyote, frazzled and splayed by his own petard. Then billowing smoke hid the scene. We all rushed forward, past the police, into the expanding cloud of smoke, excited, apprehensive, and no less expectant than we had been before the explosion. Were we looking for Hopper or pieces we could take home as souvenirs? Later Hopper would say blowing himself up was one of the craziest things he has ever done, and that it was weeks before he could hear again. At the moment, though, none of that mattered. He had been through the thunder, the light, and the heat, and he was still in one piece. And when Dennis Hopper staggered out of that cloud of smoke his eyes were glazed with the thrill of victory and spinout.

Dynamite Death Chair Act

https://youtu.be/Bh4jm0aYUPM

 

Three years later Hopper went on to an equally explosive performance playing one of the most diabolical bad guys in the history of cinema: Blue Velvet‘s Frank Booth.

 

Chevy Chase Show S01E07 part 1 09-15-1993 Dennis Hopper

https://youtu.be/McHOuOO4u7M

COOL PEOPLE – HARRY DEAN STANTON

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Harry Dean Stanton Biography

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HARRY DEAN STANTON INTERVIEW FOR SPIN MAGAZINE
Actor Harry Dean Stanton is known for early appearances in iconic films such as Cool Hand Luke (1967) and Repo Man (1984) as well as for his present-day roles. Here are some images from his movies.
Born in 1926 in Kentucky, Harry Dean Stanton has had one of the longest and most diverse acting careers in Hollywood. He is known for early appearances in iconic films such as Cool Hand Luke (1967) and Repo Man (1984) as well as for his present-day roles in television series such as Big Love.

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Film actor. Born on July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky, USA, indie film star Harry Dean Stanton served in the navy during World War II. He studied at the University of Kentucky and the Pasadena Playhouse.

A solid supporting actor, Stanton appeared in numerous feature films, many of them Westerns, before starring in 1984’s Paris, Texas and the cult classic Repo Man. Later films include The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Hostages(1992), The Green Mile (1999), The Straight Story(1999), and The Pledge (2000).

Stanton also is credited with many television appearances over his long career fromGunsmoke during the late 1950s-60s, to the popular recent series Two and a Half Men. Since 2006, Harry Dean Stanton also has starred on the HBO series Big Love as Roman Grant, the manipulative leader of a polygamous sect.

Harry Dean Stanton. (2014). The Biography.com website. Retrieved 03:36, Jun 23, 2014, fromhttp://www.biography.com/people/harry-dean-stanton-9492224.