my very talented neighbor- EMILIE ODEILE @ ART STRING created this incredible one-of-a-kind PEE-WEE HERMAN doll. this was knitted by hand! isn't it cute as a button!

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( the late neo-romantic beauty- JOHN HARP- circa 1980-
photo courtesy~ IVY NEY)

there's been an ongoing chat about the late JOHN HARP on facebook.
john was a los angeles local during the late 70s early 80s. he was a fixture @ the early neo-romantic club called THE VEIL. he was also an early goth.

here's a few samples of the back & forth facebook banter about john harp.

Yesterday at 2:19am-

Syd Curry- John RIP

Ivy Ney oh.. damn! thnx Syd

Rick Castro- john harp

Bryan Rabin- OMG one of my best girlfriends....taught me the ropes.Ms. Kate Fear or Jean Sharp of Hollywood
what a piece of work.........

Jon Sidel- great memory!

Kari Lee Krome- teenage piss elegant.

Eddie Jack- awe......john....thanks Byran....that just flooded me with so many happy and BEYOND funny memories!

Jason Pollock- This is from around the time I first met him.Good friend(if you could look past the stealing) Horrible bitch of an enemy.. I held his hand as he drew his last breath.... He was something else.. miss him..

Kat Vinegrad- wasn't he gorgeous!

Julie Rosenberg- so beautiful...


Lola Ehrhart- Pretty Johnny... RIP

Rick Castro- back in the day,(1980) i had the biggest crush on john harp, to the point where i bought a mirror from him, (that he over-priced) just to have an excuse to visit him.... didn't see him again for many years. 10 years later there he is at oufest with his best friend- ricki lake!

Joseph Brooks- He was my meanest door girl ever and pocketed tons of cash I am sure. But as Syd says the image of him dancing in that NR outfit to Israel will endure forever, he was the first one to dance that way that was copied by so many.

Syd Curry this song will forever remind me of dancing with him at the Veil-



june 5th marked the 29th anniversary of the CDC's identification of what is now known as AIDS.

there were no parties or celebrations, there was no congratulations, no awards. i didn't even blog it until now, and was reluctant to do so. i decided in memory and dedication to all the loved ones we have lost, i would blog now and include the monumental photo by Therese Frare of david kirby and his family.

A Picture That Changed the Face of AIDS
In November, 1990, LIFE magazine published a photograph of a young man, David Kirby- his body wasted by AIDS, his gaze locked on something beyond this world - surrounded by anguished family members as he took his last breaths. The haunting image of Kirby's passing (above), taken by a journalism grad student named Therese Frare, became the one photograph most identified with the HIV/AIDS epidemic that, by then, had seen as many as 12 million people infected. Now, 20 years after her photograph helped transform public perception of the disease, LIFE spoke with Frare about that picture; the international controversy it sparked when United Colors of Benetton used it in a 1992 ad; and the never-before-published photographs she took before and after David Kirby's death -- photos that reveal the untold story behind one of the 20th century's most heart-breaking, indelible images. READ MORE-

AIDS was first reported June 5, 1981, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recorded a cluster of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (now still classified as PCP but known to be caused by Pneumocystis jirovecii) in five homosexual men in Los Angeles. In the beginning, the CDC did not have an official name for the disease, often referring to it by way of the diseases that were associated with it, for example, lymphadenopathy, the disease after which the discoverers of HIV originally named the virus. They also used Kaposi's Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections, the name by which a task force had been set up in 1981.

In the general press, the term GRID, which stood for Gay-related immune deficiency, had been coined. The CDC, in search of a name, and looking at the infected communities coined “the 4H disease,” as it seemed to single out Haitians, homosexuals, hemophiliacs, and heroin users. However, after determining that AIDS was not isolated to the homosexual community, the term GRID became misleading and AIDS was introduced at a meeting in July 1982. By September 1982 the CDC started using the name AIDS, and properly defined the illness.
The earliest known positive identification of the HIV virus comes from the Congo in 1959 and 1960 though genetic studies indicate that it passed into the human population from chimpanzees around fifty years earlier. A recent study states that HIV probably moved from Africa to Haiti and then entered the United States around 1969.
during the early plague years- 1981 thru 1986, then president ronald reagan would not even say the words- AIDS, until rock hudson's death in 1985.

In 2010, former US President Bill Clinton said that countries receiving aid to combat the epidemic should redirect funding to local organizations who could spend it most effectively and efficiently. He said,
"In too many countries too much money goes to pay for too many people to go to too many meetings, get on too many airplanes."


photos courtesy~ Neil Cui Cui


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i just had to post this rare LABELLE song~ CAN I SPEAK TO YOU BEFOR YOU GO TO HOLLYWOOD.

circa 1974- Written by Nona Hendryx, and performed by LaBelle~ sarah dash-nona hendryx & patti labelle, this song is said to be about a Mohair suit-wearing 70's Elton John who, after having worked with the group for years, brushed Patti off after becoming successful. An exceptional, breathtaking performance by the first ladies of rock-soul-funk-gospel-and R&B~ LABELLE.


in a ROLLING STONG interview- circa 1974, nona hendryx talks about how the energy would get so high between the 3 divas that they would simultaneously have orgasms running down their tights.