A little freebie from the wonderful world of open source media. For your enjoyment, Patti Smith performs Poem for Jim Morrison and Bumblebee. Anybody who can decode the identity of 'Bumblebee' is most welcome to be in touch.
If you're feeling benevolent, or even just like throwing away some of that massive disposeable income, you might consider the various ways that you can help out the fund to look after musos who have fallen on hardtimes. There's some great merch available. I have NEVER owned a CBGBs t-shirt because they could be bought in fashion shops here before I'd even seen the place.
Interestingly, my favourite original Go-Between has recently established a similar orgaisation here.
A Max's shirt would much more effectively communicate "I'm too cool for you- do not approach".
I sense we're in for a slew of biopics that wil have scenes shot at Hotel Chelsea. If Capote's success at this year's Oscars[TM] is an indicator, Stanley 'diamond' Baird will be able to buy another yacht from the upcoming location fees.
So far, This Dylan pic sounds promising, pity they decided to make it about Dylan!
THINK you know your Bob Dylan? Which one of the following statements about the iconic singer-songwriter is not true? A) The man of few words is doing a radio show; B) The artist is selling rarities through Starbucks; C) He will be played by Cate Blanchett in a biopic.
Though the willowy Blanchett portraying a mumbling Minnesota-born Jewish man might seem the most far-fetched and therefore the correct answer, it's a trick question. All options are true, marking yet another curious chapter in Dylan's history.
Details of the movie, first mooted three years ago, are emerging. Among them is Blanchett's casting as the young Dylan, alongside Christian Bale, Ben Whishaw and Richard Gere, all of whom will place Dylan at various stages in his career.
Heath Ledger has replaced Colin Farrell to play Dylan in the 1970s; Julianne Moore and Charlotte Gainsbourg have joined the cast; and Ledger's partner, Michelle Williams, will play Blanchett-Bob's love interest.
Director Todd Haynes, who made Velvet Goldmine based on David Bowie's life, is said to be still searching for another Bob for the movie, loftily titled I'm Not There, Suppositions On A Film Concerning Dylan, or I'm Not There for short.
British music newspaper NME says Haynes is seeking a young black woman to portray the musician's "inner blackness".
"Bob Dylan was somebody who has rejected all of the various personas that he has embodied over the years," Haynes said in Cannes last week.
"He continues to move forward by discarding himself, so my idea is to put together a film of multiple characters and tell their stories simultaneously."
Haynes has gained Dylan's approval. The man who wrote protest anthems in the 1960s and who turned 65 last week is giving the director access to his back catalogue, which will be reinterpreted by Jack White, P.J. Harvey and Michael Stipe.
Oh, this is too funny. Heather Mill's personal website, apparently not updated since the shock split.
Lest it disappears, from Ms Mill's lame efforts at self-justification:
A NOTE FROM PAUL
Over the years people have written so much stuff about me. Some of it is good and some true, but much of it is inaccurate and leads some people to form a distorted view of me and those I love.
Normally I ignore it, telling myself that I can’t answer every single point and that most people know better than to believe it, and prefer to make up their own minds based on what they know to be true. Sometimes, however, these inaccurate articles affect my family and friends, and it is then that I’m tempted to put the record straight.
One person in particular, that some of the media can be wildly wrong about is my wife Heather, and it hurts me to see her wounded by these scurrilous reports, and not have anyone to put the record straight. Because of this I thought that it would be a good idea to tell the people who care about us, and believe in what we do, the truth about some of these ridiculous stories, which are made up by people we have never ever met.
Recently articles have appeared which need correcting, so here are my thoughts on a few of the points mentioned in them.
Heather makes me dye my hair……… not true. It is true that I colour my hair. Wow, Shock Horror! I’ve actually been doing this for many years now with varying degrees of success, but it’s my hair, and if you don’t like the result I’m afraid it’s just too bad, but it’s certainly nothing Heather suggested. I was engaged in this devilish practice years before I met her. I remember a strange blue dye dripping down my forehead on an Australian tour over ten years ago, but let’s face it, if I want to dye my hair pink, that’s up to me and no one else. The suggestion that it was Heather’s doing simply isn’t true.
The split between my former publicist Geoff Baker and me has also been attributed to Heather. The actual truth, which I had been trying to spare him the embarrassment of going public with, was that he had gradually been getting more and more unstable over the past few years. The last straw came when a group of friends and I went late one night to see the magician David Blaine doing a stunt by the side of the River Thames. I was keeping out of sight of a small crowd of photographers when to my horror I saw Geoff pointing me out to the paparazzi who then ran towards me in a feeding frenzy. None of us could understand why he had done this, but it was just another example of his crazy behaviour. After that I tried to let him down gently but it was my decision alone to let him go as I didn’t want that kind of instability around me. It was nothing whatsoever to do with Heather.
The awkward subject of the Lennon McCartney credits on our songs was also put down to Heather’s influence over me but this actually originated at the time of the Beatles Anthology in 1997 when I, foolishly perhaps, asked for my name to come in front of John’s on the one song, Yesterday. The request was turned down and even though I didn’t see why at the time, it’s something that I don’t have a problem with anymore. But it was plainly before Heather’s time and she therefore couldn’t have had anything to do with it.
The media sometimes suggests a rift between my kids and Heather, but in fact we get on great and anyone who knows our family can see this for themselves.
Heather and I recently decided to appear on the quiz show Celebrity Millionaire. It was something we had fun doing and incidentally we raised a substantial amount of money for our landmine charity Adopt a Minefield. It’s an insult to my intelligence to imagine me being coerced into something like that. In fact, were both fans of the programme and we had a good laugh taking part in it.
Heather is also, according to some of these mischievous writers, supposed to encourage me to ‘go to the opening of an envelope’. Really ? Compared to many people we hardly go to anything unless it’s connected with our charity work. Again, anything we do attend is a joint decision.
Some of the stuff that is written is plain malevolence but some of it is so ridiculous that I have to admit it’s funny. One rumour is that Heather has made me have plastic surgery. Now the truth, honest guv’ner, is that I haven’t had any done, but in flicking through a magazine recently I came across someone who appeared to know better! An LA plastic surgeon had a book out in which he claims I’ve had some work done! OK, now I know it’s not true, but this guy knows better. How ? The proof, he reckons, is that…..wait for it……my ear lobes are too low!…..and, says he, you know how you can tell people have had plastic surgery?……They deny it!!! At first I felt like entering into a long debate with him about it, but it’s so hilarious that I decided not to bother.
Although some of these articles can be funny, there are others that are plain malicious and you need to be strong not to be hurt by some of the cruel suggestions that flow from these people’s pens.
One of the most shocking recent statements was that “losing her leg was perhaps the best thing that ever happened to Heather as it fed her desire for self publicity” Imagine losing a leg, and dealing with it as bravely as Heather has done and having to read that on top of it!
She was reported to always be clinging to me, the inference being that she was too possessive. Never mind the fact that I love her holding my arm, the real truth is that often the surface of a floor or pavement can be dangerous for an amputee to walk on, and a little help from a friend can sometimes be appreciated. These scurrilous writers can’t be bothered to search for the truth of situations like these.
There are so many other misapprehensions that are spread by certain sections of the media that it is impossible to answer them all. I only hope that these words of mine help genuine people to get a clearer view of the realities of our lives, and encourage them to think for themselves, and not give credence to words by people who simply don’t care about the truth.
Thanks for listening.
All the Best,
A NOTE FROM FIONA [STUMPY'S SISTER]
Over the past five years I have read numerous press articles about my sister Heather. Many of them were hurtful, spiteful, nasty, deeply personal and, above all, untrue; written by journalists who have never met her, haven’t a shred of human kindness, and whose ‘sources’ were various characters claiming to know all about Heather (but failing to mention that the majority are getting paid for their so-called ‘true’ exclusive stories).
I find it almost impossible to put into words for you all just how angry and hurt I am by the treatment Heather has received from so much of the media since she met and fell in love with Paul in 1999. I have been tempted many times to give in and agree to one of the many interview requests I’ve received over the years, just to be able to set the record straight. But I never have because I was certain I would be misrepresented and misquoted, as is so often the case for so many people, particularly when it comes to the British media.
So I kept my mouth shut and tried to rise above it all.
But that has proved easier said than done – especially when they’re attacking your own flesh and blood. Lots of people say to me, “Oh just ignore it Fiona, nobody believes it anyway.” In some ways, this is true; a lot of people are sensible enough to know that most gossip written about celebrities is untrue, speculation or exaggerated, that those articles are tomorrow’s fish and chip paper and deserve to be treated as such.
Certainly, it is easier to ignore the stupid little comments, such as ‘How much cellulite does she have? Did she spend £50 or £500 on a meal?’ and so on. But stop for just one minute and imagine how it would feel to have your family and loved ones sprawled across the front pages; put down by people they’ve never met 'She's a gold digger, a fantasist'; to read lies written by people who were paid to ‘spill the beans’ about a life you are part of and through which they may have passed just briefly; how it feels to know that your friends and family are being door-stepped and harassed by journalists simply because they know you.
I put this to a close friend of mine who was trying to make me feel better and telling me to ignore the press. But then she thought about it for a while and agreed that it would drive her mad too. But it’s not just the media hate campaigns we have to deal with; we also have regular threats of law suits from people who seemingly suddenly feel they have a case for some reason or other and want apologies, damages even, for things that didn’t even happen and so on. Interestingly, their ‘case’ only seems to have come to light since Heather met Paul - although their so-called claims relate to events that go as far back as childhood. All of this takes up a great deal of time – precious time, which is taken away from our charity work.
A recent particularly spiteful article written by one Russell Miller in The Sunday Times magazine described Heather’s losing her leg as “the best thing that ever happened to [her], because it instantly provided what she seemed to crave most: publicity.”
This angered and disgusted me more than I can say - and is simply not something I can rise above. In addition to having her left leg severed below the knee in the accident, Heather suffered a crushed pelvis, broken ribs, a punctured lung – and almost died four times. I was one of the few people who witnessed at first hand the pain my sister went through for months after her accident, never mind numerous other corrective operations over the years. Since then, on numerous occasions, I have seen Heather unable to move for days on end because her residual limb is swollen, angry and sore, or her pelvis has dislocated, physical problems which will never go away. How dare Miller write what he did. He has never met Heather or, indeed, anyone who really knows her. Instead, he regurgitated the same tired old rubbish gleaned from the usual suspects, seemingly trawled through old newspaper cuttings and recycled them. His article was just riddled with inaccuracies and horrible accusations and, as such, was in many ways ridiculous. And why the Editor of The Sunday Times magazine, Robin Morgan, agreed to run such an ill-researched and libellous article in what I had always thought of as a reputable, intelligent newspaper is completely beyond me – and to many other people who know Heather.
The thing is all this stuff is so easy to make up. You know the sort of thing; younger woman marries rich, successful family man – she must be a gold digger, a wicked stepmother, seeking publicity, blah, blah. It’s just so easy to do, and it is such lazy journalism.
So, I feel the time has come to have my say and explain some of the Facts and Fiction. It’s not going to stop those sorts of journalists printing their rubbish, but at least I’ll feel better - and those of you who’d like to read the truth can do so!
We have been overwhelmed with your support over the years and particularly in the last few weeks, for which we are eternally grateful. The reason I chose the website as my forum was that at least this way I can guarantee my words will be printed in full, not taken out of context or edited down. For those of you who are interested, and as someone who has known Heather for 34 years, day-in-day-out, and who manages everything she does on a daily basis, I’d like to set the record straight…
I have also been contacted by a wide selection of people whose lives Heather has touched in many different ways. Here you can read some of their thoughts.– and these are by the people who really do know my sister – and who love, admire and respect her as a result.