Morrissey sometime around 1983
As I take my guest blogging duties here at Dangerous Minds very seriously, I decided that spending much of the last two days rummaging through the Internet for photos of famous musicians lying around in bed was a good idea. And guess what? It paid off.
Joan Jett in her bedroom in LA in 1977. Photo Chris Stein.
While you may be familiar with some of the images you’re about to treat your eyes to, I’m betting that there are a good few that you haven’t seen before. Like the one above of a nineteen-year-old Joan Jett hanging out on her bed in her LA apartment around 1977. I’ve always loved Joan. But after seeing the bondage gear hanging above her head in this photo, I dig her even more (if that’s even possible). The concept for this fairly epic post all started while I was goofing off leering at photos of various musicians clad in their underwear. I know, stay classy, Cherrybomb. After giving myself two bloodshot eyes looking at one too many photos of Robert Plant playing soccer back in the 70’s wearing THIS, I came across a photo of New York Dolls’ guitarist, Johnny Thunders and his then girlfriend, Susanne Blomqvist, (with whom he fathered a child in 1987), likely taken sometime in the early 80’s in Stockholm (Thunders spent a lot of time bouncing back and forth from Paris to Stockholm in the early 80’s). Thus, this post was born.
Johnny Thunders and Susanne Blomqvist. Early 80’s
As I am a stickler for details (as well as a terrible liar), I also managed to track down a little bit of a backstory on nearly all of the photos that follow such as dates and places where the images were captured, when possible. Rock stars, they’re just like you and me. Only richer, better looking, and in some sad cases, dead. Enjoy!
David Johansen and Cyrinda Foxe in 1976. Taken from “The Legend of Nick Detroit”, Punk magazine - Volume One, Number Six
Jimi Hendrix at The Drake Hotel in New York, 1968
Robert Smith of The Cure. Smash Hits Yearbook, 1987
Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople) at the Jack Tar Hotel in SF, August 1970. Photograph by Robert Altman
Marc Bolan, 1976
Fleetwood Mac’s first cover for Rolling Stone, March 24th, 1977. Photo by Annie Leibovitz
An early incarnation of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds 1989 (L-R Hugo Race, Barry Adamson, Mick Harvey, Blixa Bargeld and Nick Cave)
Cynthia Ross, Stiv Bators, and Joan Jett in 1979 at Jett’s LA apartment (originally seen in Creem Magazine). Photo by Theresa Kereakes
David Bowie in Paris at L’Hotel, Paris 1976, by David Kent
Bob Marley, 1977
Joey Ramone and Debbie Harry. Photo taken in New York by Chris Stein for Punk magazine’s “Mutant Monster Beach Party ” 1978
Kurt Cobain. Photo taken by Courtney Love at their North Seattle home in late 1993
George Harrison at The Plaza Hotel in New York City, February 1964
Elvis Costello in Amsterdam in 1977. Photo by Anton Corbijn
Bob Dylan and Suze Rotolo in Greenwich Village, in 1962
Elton John at home in London, 1979. Photo by Terry O’Neill
Tom Waits on his prison cot in the 1986 film Down By Law.