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Annette Peacock – I’m The One
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What an album cover. I’ve had two copies of this – an early one picked up in Glasgow that I stupidly traded, and then this copy that I picked up in Sheffield record store where it was hanging on the wall, much to the chagrin of my beat-diggin friend in the store with me, who had been after it for years.

Annette Peacock is an avant-garde jazz artist who experimented a lot with early synthesizers and vocal modulation in her work. She still gigs and records, and is vastly under-rated, maybe because her work is rarely as receptive to the mainstream as other slept-on female artists like Vashti Bunyan and Judie Sill.

I’m The One is a monster of an album, mixing free-jazz workouts with sleazy synth funk. ‘Pony’ is the stand out track, a filthy 6 minutes of sex-chat and moaning over a lazy, looping bass riff, skittering drums and sci-fi synths. Last.fm has an excerpt here:

www.last.fm/music/Annette+Peacock/_/Pony

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picked this up in Vashisht ,Himachal by i am told a Russian artist ,the name on the art is apparently the artists guru ji.

If anyone knows more info. about this artist please tell me ! ~:-)

kanye west japanese edition.
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cover work was done by the japanese artist murakami, so gotta pick up the japanese version cd.

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André the Giant More at IMDbPro »
ad feedbackDate of Birth
19 June 1946, Molien, France

Date of Death
27 January 1993, Paris, France (heart failure)

Birth Name
André René Roussimoff

Nickname
The 8th Wonder of the World
The Giant
The Gentle Giant
The French Giant

Height
7′ (2.13 m)

Mini Biography
André René Roussimoff was born in a small farming community in Grenoble, France to Boris and Marian Rouismoff. His parents and four siblings were all of normal size, but André suffered from acromegaly, a hormonal disorder that results when the pituitary gland produces excess growth hormone. As the Giant grew up (very quickly, as he reached the height of 6′ 3" by the age of 12) he began to often disagree with his parents. He left home at 14 and obtained a job with a furniture-moving firm and began to play rugby. At 17 he was seen training at a gym by several professional wrestlers. Impressed by his size, they taught him some basic wrestling skills and built a friendship with him. Later, when one of the wrestlers was injured, André stepped in for him. He would wrestle for nearly thirty more years. By his early 20s André had wrestled in Algeria, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, England, Scotland, and most of non-Communist Europe but had not found fame. In 1971 he came to North America under the name Jean Ferre and was mildly popular in Canada. Then he met a New York based booker by the name of Vincent J. McMahon (often incorrectly referred to as "Vince McMahon Sr") who renamed him "Andre the Giant," and billed him as 7′ 4" (Andre was really closer to 7′). Soon Andre the Giant became a national sensation and was a much sought after wrestler. In addition he participated in television, movies, and commercials. With his wealth the Giant bought a ranch in Ellerbe, North Carolina where he would live during his rare time off and after he retired from wrestling in 1990. He died while in France after attending his father’s funeral. André was cremated and his ashes were spread across his ranch. He is survived by his one daughter.

IMDb Mini Biography By: J.W. Braun

Mini Biography
When Andre The Giant challenged Hulk Hogan for the WWF World’s Heavyweight Wrestling Championship of The World at WrestleMania III in 1987, he hadn’t lost a single’s match since 1971. His 3,000 plus winning streak was ended when Hogan picked up the 7 foot tall and 500 pound Giant and body slammed him for the pin. Over 94,000 fans viewed this history making match-up, setting an indoor record which still stands today. Andre also defeated Heavyweight Boxing contender Chuck Wepner in a wrestler vs. boxer match on the under-card of the Muhammad Ali/Antonio Inoki challenge match in Japan. The 6 feet 6 inch. Wepner was thrown completely out of the ring.

IMDb Mini Biography By: angelsunchained

Trade Mark
Trademark move: Bearhug

Trademark move: Headbutt

Trademark move: Choke

Trademark move: Big Splash

Trademark move: Elbow Drop

Trademark move: Double Underhook Suplex

Trademark move: Tombstone Piledriver

Trademark move: Big Boot

Trademark move: Knife-Edged Chops

Enormous stature and frame

Towering height

Trivia
Former WWF tag team champion w/ Haku.

Appeared at the first 6 WrestleManias.

WrestleMania (1985) (V) Beat Big John Studd in a bodyslam match.

WrestleMania 2 (1986) (V): Won a WWF/NFL Battle Royal.

WrestleMania III (1987) (V): Lost to Hulk Hogan (event set an indoor attendance record that still stands).

WrestleMania IV (1988) (V): Received bye in Round 1 of tournament, fought to a double DQ with Hulk Hogan in Round 2.

WrestleMania VI (1990) (V): Lost tag team titles with Tonga Fifita (a.k.a. Haku) to Bill Eadie and Barry Darsow (a.k.a. Demolition).

André suffered from acromegaly, in which the body doesn’t stop secreting growth hormone.

Professional wrestler

Weighed about 520 lbs

At time of death, was in Paris to attend his father’s funeral.

Lost a few inches of height because of a back surgery in the mid-1980s, but still stood about 6′ 10" even after his posture was effected.

Conceptual artist Shepard Fairey uses Andre’s image in a series of posters and stickers as part of his "Phenomenology" project.

Ranked #3 in the "PWI 500" of the PWI Years (1979-1999) (Pro Wrestling Illustrated 20th Anniversary Special)

Awarded the 1993 PWI Editor’s Award.

One of the 100 Greatest Wrestlers of the 20th Century (Inside Wrestling Presents, Summer 2000).

First inductee into the WWF Hall of Fame (1993).

A fan favorite for most of his career, Andre turned "heel" in 1987 in time for his WrestleMania III (1987) (V) match vs. Hulk Hogan. He turned good again after WrestleMania VI (1990) (V), after Bobby Heenan blamed the Giant for losing the WWF Tag Team belts he and Tonga Fifita (a.k.a. Haku) held to Bill Eadie and Barry Darsow (a.k.a. Demolition).

After pinning Hulk Hogan (even though "the Hulkster" clearly had his left shoulder raised) and being awarded the WWF World Championship belt, Andre "surrendered" it immediately to Ted DiBiase (who, in a storyline, was said to have paid Andre to give him the belt, should he win it); DiBiase previously had tried, without success, to either win or purchase Hogan’s title.

Andre’s 1988 match vs. Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Championship, which he won in controversial fashion, was the 1988 Pro Wrestling Illustrated "Match of the Year." The match, which took place in Indianapolis, was part of the first professional wrestling program to air in prime-time since the mid-’50s.

Andre’s most bitter feud began in 1983, against Big John Studd (who claimed he, not Andre, was the true "giant" of wrestling). The feud included a series of bodyslam matches (including one at WrestleMania (1985) (V), where Studd had to pay ,000 (later, ,000) to anyone who could bodyslam him.

Made his last WWF appearance in 1991 at Summerslam (1991) (V), as a second to The Bushwhackers in their match against the ‘Natural Disasters’.

One of Andre’s most memorable feuds was in 1981 vs. Killer Khan. The feud exploded after a May 2 match, wherein Khan (who had cheated throughout the match) broke Andre’s knee by leaping on it. Nearly four months later, Andre returned and demanded a rematch vs. Khan … and got it. He beat Khan so badly the Mongolian superstar had to be carried from the ring on a stretcher. Andre also won a series of "stretcher" matches against Khan in the fall of 1981.

Appeared in WrestleMania VII (1991) (V) in the corner of The Big Bossman when he took on Curt Hennig (aka Mr. Perfect) for the Intercontinental championship.

Contrary to popular belief, Killer Khan didn’t break Andre’s leg. Andre actually got out of bed one day, and his leg snapped due to his life-threatening illness. He was out for weeks, and the story was that Killer Khan did it, to hype up their feud.

Had a very close friendship with WWE referee Tim White.

Sole survivor of the 1987 WWF Survivor Series main event, which pitted himself, King Kong Bundy, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, George Gray (aka One Man Gang) and "The Natural" Butch Reed against the team of Hulk Hogan, Ken Patera, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, "The Rock" Don Muraco and ‘Scott ‘Bam Bam’ Bigelow’ in an elimination match. He pinned Bigelow to win the match.

Was an expert card player and collector of fine wines.

Was a close friend of Bobby Heenan (aka "The Brain").

Notable title wins include: IWA Tag Titles with Michael Nader; Austral-Asian Tag Titles with Ron Miller; NWA U.S. (Tri-State) Tag Titles with Dusty Rhodes; Florida Tag Titles with Rhodes; WWF Heavyweight Title; WWF Tag Team Titles (with Tonga Fifita, aka Haku).

Washington Redskins head coach George Allen once offered Andre a contract to play professional football.

He would not commonly address people by their names, instead, if he liked someone he would call them "Boss".

It wasn’t until he was an adult, on a wrestling tour of Japan, that he went to see doctors to determine the cause of his condition. The Japanese doctors diagnosed the cause as acromegaly, a rare condition in which victims are not expected to live beyond the age of 40. Andre lived to be 46.

Godfather of Bill Eadie’s daughter.

Andre was defeated by Jerry Lawler (aka "The King") in a match circa 1975. Lawler had caused Andre to be knocked from the ring, and Andre was unable to answer the ten-count, thus giving rise to the infamous story "The Night Andre the Giant lost to a midget!".

He weighed 530 pounds at the time of his death.

Because of his size, he had a custom built recliner in his home that he always sat in when he was not on the road.

As a child, his next-door neighbor was Samuel Beckett.

Inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002 (charter class).

Previous Managers: Bobby Heenan, Ted DiBiase, Frank Valois, Lou Albano, KY Wakamatsu, Tim White.

Former World Tag Team champion.

Actually signed all his personal checks, "Andre the Giant".

Andre continued to compete in tag team matches, primarily in Japan and Mexico, until the end of 1992.

WrestleMania V (1989) (TV): Lost by DQ to Jake Roberts (aka Jake "The Snake" Roberts).

Billy Crystal was inspired to write the script to the movie My Giant (1998) from having worked with ‘Andre The Giant’ in the The Princess Bride (1987).

Former NWA Tri-State Tag Team Champion.

Was considered for the role of Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).

Mentioned in the 1974 Guinness Book of World Records as the highest paid wrestler in history, up to that time. He earned 0,000 in one year alone during the early 1970s.

Daughter is Robin Christiansen who was born in 1979. Her mother is Jean Christiansen of the Seattle, Washington area.

Samuel Beckett, his neighbor, used to drive him to school.

In 1965, Andre the Giant received a draft notice for French’s peace time army, but was unable to join as there were no shoes big enough, bunks long enough, or trenches deep enough to accommodate him.

NFL legend Ernie Holmes got hot-headed backstage at a WWE taping in 1986. Andre the Giant muttered to him, "You know, you talk too much," and Holmes never said a peep after that. According to two people in the van when it happened (it was a rehearsal for the Battle Royal at Wrestlemania II), Holmes was talking about how tough he was, and Andre got tired of hearing about it.

One time in the early 1980s during an early stint Bad News Brown had with WWE, the wrestlers were all on a bus traveling between shows. A very drunk Andre the Giant was in the back of the bus with Hulk Hogan and company telling racist jokes that Bad News Brown took offense to. Bad News Brown stood up, and yelled for him to shut up, then when he turned around, Andre cursed at him. Bad News Brown had the driver stop the bus, and told Andre to meet him outside. Andre refused, and Hogan, and others tried to soothe the situation. The next day Andre apologized to Bad News Brown. Bad News Brown later admitted he was glad nothing ever happened because he believed Andre could have really hurt him.

In the mid 1970s, four men were hassling Andre at a bar and he got angry and decided to so something about so he chased the guys out of the bar. They got in their car and thought they were safe. They were wrong. Andre proceeded to roll the car on to its roof and then left.

From Bobby Heenan’s book: Andre had a bad habit of never buttoning his shirt in public places. One day, Andre and the Brain were in a small country and western bar, when Andre had refused to button his shirt. A bouncer demanded that Andre button his shirt. Andre remained silent and continued to drink. The manager called the police. The officer that arrived reminded Heenan of Barney Fife from The Andy Griffith Show. "Barney" told Andre to button his shirt. Andre still drank quietly. "Barney" called for backup. "Barney" asked that Andre button his shirt again when several officers came in to backup "Barney." Andre stood up, and "Barney" realized that it was just too hot to be indoors.

Despite his character Fezzik’s almost-superhuman strength in The Princess Bride, Andre the Giant’s back problems at the time prevented him from actually lifting anything heavy. Robin Wright Penn had to be attached to wires in the scene where Buttercup jumps from the castle window into Fezzik’s arms because he couldn’t support her himself.

According to author William Goldman, when he was first trying to get The Princess Bride made in the 1970s, a then-unknown Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted to play Fezzik, and he was strongly being considered because Goldman could never get his first choice, Andre the Giant to read for the role. By the time the movie was made about twelve years later, Arnold was such a big star they could not afford him, and Andre was cast after all, and the two big men had gone on to become friends.

During the filming of some scenes for The Princess Bride, the weather became markedly cold for Robin Wright Penn. Andre the Giant helped her by placing one of his hands over her head; his hands were so large that one would entirely cover the top of her head, keeping her warm.

Enjoyed playing card games such as Cribbage and Gin Rummy.

Was a fan of "Wheel of Fortune" (1983).

Is referenced in the Eminem song ‘Crack a Bottle’

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André the Giant More at IMDbPro »
ad feedbackDate of Birth
19 June 1946, Molien, France

Date of Death
27 January 1993, Paris, France (heart failure)

Birth Name
André René Roussimoff

Nickname
The 8th Wonder of the World
The Giant
The Gentle Giant
The French Giant

Height
7′ (2.13 m)

Mini Biography
André René Roussimoff was born in a small farming community in Grenoble, France to Boris and Marian Rouismoff. His parents and four siblings were all of normal size, but André suffered from acromegaly, a hormonal disorder that results when the pituitary gland produces excess growth hormone. As the Giant grew up (very quickly, as he reached the height of 6′ 3" by the age of 12) he began to often disagree with his parents. He left home at 14 and obtained a job with a furniture-moving firm and began to play rugby. At 17 he was seen training at a gym by several professional wrestlers. Impressed by his size, they taught him some basic wrestling skills and built a friendship with him. Later, when one of the wrestlers was injured, André stepped in for him. He would wrestle for nearly thirty more years. By his early 20s André had wrestled in Algeria, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, England, Scotland, and most of non-Communist Europe but had not found fame. In 1971 he came to North America under the name Jean Ferre and was mildly popular in Canada. Then he met a New York based booker by the name of Vincent J. McMahon (often incorrectly referred to as "Vince McMahon Sr") who renamed him "Andre the Giant," and billed him as 7′ 4" (Andre was really closer to 7′). Soon Andre the Giant became a national sensation and was a much sought after wrestler. In addition he participated in television, movies, and commercials. With his wealth the Giant bought a ranch in Ellerbe, North Carolina where he would live during his rare time off and after he retired from wrestling in 1990. He died while in France after attending his father’s funeral. André was cremated and his ashes were spread across his ranch. He is survived by his one daughter.

IMDb Mini Biography By: J.W. Braun

Mini Biography
When Andre The Giant challenged Hulk Hogan for the WWF World’s Heavyweight Wrestling Championship of The World at WrestleMania III in 1987, he hadn’t lost a single’s match since 1971. His 3,000 plus winning streak was ended when Hogan picked up the 7 foot tall and 500 pound Giant and body slammed him for the pin. Over 94,000 fans viewed this history making match-up, setting an indoor record which still stands today. Andre also defeated Heavyweight Boxing contender Chuck Wepner in a wrestler vs. boxer match on the under-card of the Muhammad Ali/Antonio Inoki challenge match in Japan. The 6 feet 6 inch. Wepner was thrown completely out of the ring.

IMDb Mini Biography By: angelsunchained

Trade Mark
Trademark move: Bearhug

Trademark move: Headbutt

Trademark move: Choke

Trademark move: Big Splash

Trademark move: Elbow Drop

Trademark move: Double Underhook Suplex

Trademark move: Tombstone Piledriver

Trademark move: Big Boot

Trademark move: Knife-Edged Chops

Enormous stature and frame

Towering height

Trivia
Former WWF tag team champion w/ Haku.

Appeared at the first 6 WrestleManias.

WrestleMania (1985) (V) Beat Big John Studd in a bodyslam match.

WrestleMania 2 (1986) (V): Won a WWF/NFL Battle Royal.

WrestleMania III (1987) (V): Lost to Hulk Hogan (event set an indoor attendance record that still stands).

WrestleMania IV (1988) (V): Received bye in Round 1 of tournament, fought to a double DQ with Hulk Hogan in Round 2.

WrestleMania VI (1990) (V): Lost tag team titles with Tonga Fifita (a.k.a. Haku) to Bill Eadie and Barry Darsow (a.k.a. Demolition).

André suffered from acromegaly, in which the body doesn’t stop secreting growth hormone.

Professional wrestler

Weighed about 520 lbs

At time of death, was in Paris to attend his father’s funeral.

Lost a few inches of height because of a back surgery in the mid-1980s, but still stood about 6′ 10" even after his posture was effected.

Conceptual artist Shepard Fairey uses Andre’s image in a series of posters and stickers as part of his "Phenomenology" project.

Ranked #3 in the "PWI 500" of the PWI Years (1979-1999) (Pro Wrestling Illustrated 20th Anniversary Special)

Awarded the 1993 PWI Editor’s Award.

One of the 100 Greatest Wrestlers of the 20th Century (Inside Wrestling Presents, Summer 2000).

First inductee into the WWF Hall of Fame (1993).

A fan favorite for most of his career, Andre turned "heel" in 1987 in time for his WrestleMania III (1987) (V) match vs. Hulk Hogan. He turned good again after WrestleMania VI (1990) (V), after Bobby Heenan blamed the Giant for losing the WWF Tag Team belts he and Tonga Fifita (a.k.a. Haku) held to Bill Eadie and Barry Darsow (a.k.a. Demolition).

After pinning Hulk Hogan (even though "the Hulkster" clearly had his left shoulder raised) and being awarded the WWF World Championship belt, Andre "surrendered" it immediately to Ted DiBiase (who, in a storyline, was said to have paid Andre to give him the belt, should he win it); DiBiase previously had tried, without success, to either win or purchase Hogan’s title.

Andre’s 1988 match vs. Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Championship, which he won in controversial fashion, was the 1988 Pro Wrestling Illustrated "Match of the Year." The match, which took place in Indianapolis, was part of the first professional wrestling program to air in prime-time since the mid-’50s.

Andre’s most bitter feud began in 1983, against Big John Studd (who claimed he, not Andre, was the true "giant" of wrestling). The feud included a series of bodyslam matches (including one at WrestleMania (1985) (V), where Studd had to pay ,000 (later, ,000) to anyone who could bodyslam him.

Made his last WWF appearance in 1991 at Summerslam (1991) (V), as a second to The Bushwhackers in their match against the ‘Natural Disasters’.

One of Andre’s most memorable feuds was in 1981 vs. Killer Khan. The feud exploded after a May 2 match, wherein Khan (who had cheated throughout the match) broke Andre’s knee by leaping on it. Nearly four months later, Andre returned and demanded a rematch vs. Khan … and got it. He beat Khan so badly the Mongolian superstar had to be carried from the ring on a stretcher. Andre also won a series of "stretcher" matches against Khan in the fall of 1981.

Appeared in WrestleMania VII (1991) (V) in the corner of The Big Bossman when he took on Curt Hennig (aka Mr. Perfect) for the Intercontinental championship.

Contrary to popular belief, Killer Khan didn’t break Andre’s leg. Andre actually got out of bed one day, and his leg snapped due to his life-threatening illness. He was out for weeks, and the story was that Killer Khan did it, to hype up their feud.

Had a very close friendship with WWE referee Tim White.

Sole survivor of the 1987 WWF Survivor Series main event, which pitted himself, King Kong Bundy, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, George Gray (aka One Man Gang) and "The Natural" Butch Reed against the team of Hulk Hogan, Ken Patera, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, "The Rock" Don Muraco and ‘Scott ‘Bam Bam’ Bigelow’ in an elimination match. He pinned Bigelow to win the match.

Was an expert card player and collector of fine wines.

Was a close friend of Bobby Heenan (aka "The Brain").

Notable title wins include: IWA Tag Titles with Michael Nader; Austral-Asian Tag Titles with Ron Miller; NWA U.S. (Tri-State) Tag Titles with Dusty Rhodes; Florida Tag Titles with Rhodes; WWF Heavyweight Title; WWF Tag Team Titles (with Tonga Fifita, aka Haku).

Washington Redskins head coach George Allen once offered Andre a contract to play professional football.

He would not commonly address people by their names, instead, if he liked someone he would call them "Boss".

It wasn’t until he was an adult, on a wrestling tour of Japan, that he went to see doctors to determine the cause of his condition. The Japanese doctors diagnosed the cause as acromegaly, a rare condition in which victims are not expected to live beyond the age of 40. Andre lived to be 46.

Godfather of Bill Eadie’s daughter.

Andre was defeated by Jerry Lawler (aka "The King") in a match circa 1975. Lawler had caused Andre to be knocked from the ring, and Andre was unable to answer the ten-count, thus giving rise to the infamous story "The Night Andre the Giant lost to a midget!".

He weighed 530 pounds at the time of his death.

Because of his size, he had a custom built recliner in his home that he always sat in when he was not on the road.

As a child, his next-door neighbor was Samuel Beckett.

Inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002 (charter class).

Previous Managers: Bobby Heenan, Ted DiBiase, Frank Valois, Lou Albano, KY Wakamatsu, Tim White.

Former World Tag Team champion.

Actually signed all his personal checks, "Andre the Giant".

Andre continued to compete in tag team matches, primarily in Japan and Mexico, until the end of 1992.

WrestleMania V (1989) (TV): Lost by DQ to Jake Roberts (aka Jake "The Snake" Roberts).

Billy Crystal was inspired to write the script to the movie My Giant (1998) from having worked with ‘Andre The Giant’ in the The Princess Bride (1987).

Former NWA Tri-State Tag Team Champion.

Was considered for the role of Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).

Mentioned in the 1974 Guinness Book of World Records as the highest paid wrestler in history, up to that time. He earned 0,000 in one year alone during the early 1970s.

Daughter is Robin Christiansen who was born in 1979. Her mother is Jean Christiansen of the Seattle, Washington area.

Samuel Beckett, his neighbor, used to drive him to school.

In 1965, Andre the Giant received a draft notice for French’s peace time army, but was unable to join as there were no shoes big enough, bunks long enough, or trenches deep enough to accommodate him.

NFL legend Ernie Holmes got hot-headed backstage at a WWE taping in 1986. Andre the Giant muttered to him, "You know, you talk too much," and Holmes never said a peep after that. According to two people in the van when it happened (it was a rehearsal for the Battle Royal at Wrestlemania II), Holmes was talking about how tough he was, and Andre got tired of hearing about it.

One time in the early 1980s during an early stint Bad News Brown had with WWE, the wrestlers were all on a bus traveling between shows. A very drunk Andre the Giant was in the back of the bus with Hulk Hogan and company telling racist jokes that Bad News Brown took offense to. Bad News Brown stood up, and yelled for him to shut up, then when he turned around, Andre cursed at him. Bad News Brown had the driver stop the bus, and told Andre to meet him outside. Andre refused, and Hogan, and others tried to soothe the situation. The next day Andre apologized to Bad News Brown. Bad News Brown later admitted he was glad nothing ever happened because he believed Andre could have really hurt him.

In the mid 1970s, four men were hassling Andre at a bar and he got angry and decided to so something about so he chased the guys out of the bar. They got in their car and thought they were safe. They were wrong. Andre proceeded to roll the car on to its roof and then left.

From Bobby Heenan’s book: Andre had a bad habit of never buttoning his shirt in public places. One day, Andre and the Brain were in a small country and western bar, when Andre had refused to button his shirt. A bouncer demanded that Andre button his shirt. Andre remained silent and continued to drink. The manager called the police. The officer that arrived reminded Heenan of Barney Fife from The Andy Griffith Show. "Barney" told Andre to button his shirt. Andre still drank quietly. "Barney" called for backup. "Barney" asked that Andre button his shirt again when several officers came in to backup "Barney." Andre stood up, and "Barney" realized that it was just too hot to be indoors.

Despite his character Fezzik’s almost-superhuman strength in The Princess Bride, Andre the Giant’s back problems at the time prevented him from actually lifting anything heavy. Robin Wright Penn had to be attached to wires in the scene where Buttercup jumps from the castle window into Fezzik’s arms because he couldn’t support her himself.

According to author William Goldman, when he was first trying to get The Princess Bride made in the 1970s, a then-unknown Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted to play Fezzik, and he was strongly being considered because Goldman could never get his first choice, Andre the Giant to read for the role. By the time the movie was made about twelve years later, Arnold was such a big star they could not afford him, and Andre was cast after all, and the two big men had gone on to become friends.

During the filming of some scenes for The Princess Bride, the weather became markedly cold for Robin Wright Penn. Andre the Giant helped her by placing one of his hands over her head; his hands were so large that one would entirely cover the top of her head, keeping her warm.

Enjoyed playing card games such as Cribbage and Gin Rummy.

Was a fan of "Wheel of Fortune" (1983).

Is referenced in the Eminem song ‘Crack a Bottle’

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the pick up artist

Image by Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer
André the Giant More at IMDbPro »
ad feedbackDate of Birth
19 June 1946, Molien, France

Date of Death
27 January 1993, Paris, France (heart failure)

Birth Name
André René Roussimoff

Nickname
The 8th Wonder of the World
The Giant
The Gentle Giant
The French Giant

Height
7′ (2.13 m)

Mini Biography
André René Roussimoff was born in a small farming community in Grenoble, France to Boris and Marian Rouismoff. His parents and four siblings were all of normal size, but André suffered from acromegaly, a hormonal disorder that results when the pituitary gland produces excess growth hormone. As the Giant grew up (very quickly, as he reached the height of 6′ 3" by the age of 12) he began to often disagree with his parents. He left home at 14 and obtained a job with a furniture-moving firm and began to play rugby. At 17 he was seen training at a gym by several professional wrestlers. Impressed by his size, they taught him some basic wrestling skills and built a friendship with him. Later, when one of the wrestlers was injured, André stepped in for him. He would wrestle for nearly thirty more years. By his early 20s André had wrestled in Algeria, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, England, Scotland, and most of non-Communist Europe but had not found fame. In 1971 he came to North America under the name Jean Ferre and was mildly popular in Canada. Then he met a New York based booker by the name of Vincent J. McMahon (often incorrectly referred to as "Vince McMahon Sr") who renamed him "Andre the Giant," and billed him as 7′ 4" (Andre was really closer to 7′). Soon Andre the Giant became a national sensation and was a much sought after wrestler. In addition he participated in television, movies, and commercials. With his wealth the Giant bought a ranch in Ellerbe, North Carolina where he would live during his rare time off and after he retired from wrestling in 1990. He died while in France after attending his father’s funeral. André was cremated and his ashes were spread across his ranch. He is survived by his one daughter.

IMDb Mini Biography By: J.W. Braun

Mini Biography
When Andre The Giant challenged Hulk Hogan for the WWF World’s Heavyweight Wrestling Championship of The World at WrestleMania III in 1987, he hadn’t lost a single’s match since 1971. His 3,000 plus winning streak was ended when Hogan picked up the 7 foot tall and 500 pound Giant and body slammed him for the pin. Over 94,000 fans viewed this history making match-up, setting an indoor record which still stands today. Andre also defeated Heavyweight Boxing contender Chuck Wepner in a wrestler vs. boxer match on the under-card of the Muhammad Ali/Antonio Inoki challenge match in Japan. The 6 feet 6 inch. Wepner was thrown completely out of the ring.

IMDb Mini Biography By: angelsunchained

Trade Mark
Trademark move: Bearhug

Trademark move: Headbutt

Trademark move: Choke

Trademark move: Big Splash

Trademark move: Elbow Drop

Trademark move: Double Underhook Suplex

Trademark move: Tombstone Piledriver

Trademark move: Big Boot

Trademark move: Knife-Edged Chops

Enormous stature and frame

Towering height

Trivia
Former WWF tag team champion w/ Haku.

Appeared at the first 6 WrestleManias.

WrestleMania (1985) (V) Beat Big John Studd in a bodyslam match.

WrestleMania 2 (1986) (V): Won a WWF/NFL Battle Royal.

WrestleMania III (1987) (V): Lost to Hulk Hogan (event set an indoor attendance record that still stands).

WrestleMania IV (1988) (V): Received bye in Round 1 of tournament, fought to a double DQ with Hulk Hogan in Round 2.

WrestleMania VI (1990) (V): Lost tag team titles with Tonga Fifita (a.k.a. Haku) to Bill Eadie and Barry Darsow (a.k.a. Demolition).

André suffered from acromegaly, in which the body doesn’t stop secreting growth hormone.

Professional wrestler

Weighed about 520 lbs

At time of death, was in Paris to attend his father’s funeral.

Lost a few inches of height because of a back surgery in the mid-1980s, but still stood about 6′ 10" even after his posture was effected.

Conceptual artist Shepard Fairey uses Andre’s image in a series of posters and stickers as part of his "Phenomenology" project.

Ranked #3 in the "PWI 500" of the PWI Years (1979-1999) (Pro Wrestling Illustrated 20th Anniversary Special)

Awarded the 1993 PWI Editor’s Award.

One of the 100 Greatest Wrestlers of the 20th Century (Inside Wrestling Presents, Summer 2000).

First inductee into the WWF Hall of Fame (1993).

A fan favorite for most of his career, Andre turned "heel" in 1987 in time for his WrestleMania III (1987) (V) match vs. Hulk Hogan. He turned good again after WrestleMania VI (1990) (V), after Bobby Heenan blamed the Giant for losing the WWF Tag Team belts he and Tonga Fifita (a.k.a. Haku) held to Bill Eadie and Barry Darsow (a.k.a. Demolition).

After pinning Hulk Hogan (even though "the Hulkster" clearly had his left shoulder raised) and being awarded the WWF World Championship belt, Andre "surrendered" it immediately to Ted DiBiase (who, in a storyline, was said to have paid Andre to give him the belt, should he win it); DiBiase previously had tried, without success, to either win or purchase Hogan’s title.

Andre’s 1988 match vs. Hulk Hogan for the WWF World Championship, which he won in controversial fashion, was the 1988 Pro Wrestling Illustrated "Match of the Year." The match, which took place in Indianapolis, was part of the first professional wrestling program to air in prime-time since the mid-’50s.

Andre’s most bitter feud began in 1983, against Big John Studd (who claimed he, not Andre, was the true "giant" of wrestling). The feud included a series of bodyslam matches (including one at WrestleMania (1985) (V), where Studd had to pay ,000 (later, ,000) to anyone who could bodyslam him.

Made his last WWF appearance in 1991 at Summerslam (1991) (V), as a second to The Bushwhackers in their match against the ‘Natural Disasters’.

One of Andre’s most memorable feuds was in 1981 vs. Killer Khan. The feud exploded after a May 2 match, wherein Khan (who had cheated throughout the match) broke Andre’s knee by leaping on it. Nearly four months later, Andre returned and demanded a rematch vs. Khan … and got it. He beat Khan so badly the Mongolian superstar had to be carried from the ring on a stretcher. Andre also won a series of "stretcher" matches against Khan in the fall of 1981.

Appeared in WrestleMania VII (1991) (V) in the corner of The Big Bossman when he took on Curt Hennig (aka Mr. Perfect) for the Intercontinental championship.

Contrary to popular belief, Killer Khan didn’t break Andre’s leg. Andre actually got out of bed one day, and his leg snapped due to his life-threatening illness. He was out for weeks, and the story was that Killer Khan did it, to hype up their feud.

Had a very close friendship with WWE referee Tim White.

Sole survivor of the 1987 WWF Survivor Series main event, which pitted himself, King Kong Bundy, "Ravishing" Rick Rude, George Gray (aka One Man Gang) and "The Natural" Butch Reed against the team of Hulk Hogan, Ken Patera, "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff, "The Rock" Don Muraco and ‘Scott ‘Bam Bam’ Bigelow’ in an elimination match. He pinned Bigelow to win the match.

Was an expert card player and collector of fine wines.

Was a close friend of Bobby Heenan (aka "The Brain").

Notable title wins include: IWA Tag Titles with Michael Nader; Austral-Asian Tag Titles with Ron Miller; NWA U.S. (Tri-State) Tag Titles with Dusty Rhodes; Florida Tag Titles with Rhodes; WWF Heavyweight Title; WWF Tag Team Titles (with Tonga Fifita, aka Haku).

Washington Redskins head coach George Allen once offered Andre a contract to play professional football.

He would not commonly address people by their names, instead, if he liked someone he would call them "Boss".

It wasn’t until he was an adult, on a wrestling tour of Japan, that he went to see doctors to determine the cause of his condition. The Japanese doctors diagnosed the cause as acromegaly, a rare condition in which victims are not expected to live beyond the age of 40. Andre lived to be 46.

Godfather of Bill Eadie’s daughter.

Andre was defeated by Jerry Lawler (aka "The King") in a match circa 1975. Lawler had caused Andre to be knocked from the ring, and Andre was unable to answer the ten-count, thus giving rise to the infamous story "The Night Andre the Giant lost to a midget!".

He weighed 530 pounds at the time of his death.

Because of his size, he had a custom built recliner in his home that he always sat in when he was not on the road.

As a child, his next-door neighbor was Samuel Beckett.

Inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2002 (charter class).

Previous Managers: Bobby Heenan, Ted DiBiase, Frank Valois, Lou Albano, KY Wakamatsu, Tim White.

Former World Tag Team champion.

Actually signed all his personal checks, "Andre the Giant".

Andre continued to compete in tag team matches, primarily in Japan and Mexico, until the end of 1992.

WrestleMania V (1989) (TV): Lost by DQ to Jake Roberts (aka Jake "The Snake" Roberts).

Billy Crystal was inspired to write the script to the movie My Giant (1998) from having worked with ‘Andre The Giant’ in the The Princess Bride (1987).

Former NWA Tri-State Tag Team Champion.

Was considered for the role of Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).

Mentioned in the 1974 Guinness Book of World Records as the highest paid wrestler in history, up to that time. He earned 0,000 in one year alone during the early 1970s.

Daughter is Robin Christiansen who was born in 1979. Her mother is Jean Christiansen of the Seattle, Washington area.

Samuel Beckett, his neighbor, used to drive him to school.

In 1965, Andre the Giant received a draft notice for French’s peace time army, but was unable to join as there were no shoes big enough, bunks long enough, or trenches deep enough to accommodate him.

NFL legend Ernie Holmes got hot-headed backstage at a WWE taping in 1986. Andre the Giant muttered to him, "You know, you talk too much," and Holmes never said a peep after that. According to two people in the van when it happened (it was a rehearsal for the Battle Royal at Wrestlemania II), Holmes was talking about how tough he was, and Andre got tired of hearing about it.

One time in the early 1980s during an early stint Bad News Brown had with WWE, the wrestlers were all on a bus traveling between shows. A very drunk Andre the Giant was in the back of the bus with Hulk Hogan and company telling racist jokes that Bad News Brown took offense to. Bad News Brown stood up, and yelled for him to shut up, then when he turned around, Andre cursed at him. Bad News Brown had the driver stop the bus, and told Andre to meet him outside. Andre refused, and Hogan, and others tried to soothe the situation. The next day Andre apologized to Bad News Brown. Bad News Brown later admitted he was glad nothing ever happened because he believed Andre could have really hurt him.

In the mid 1970s, four men were hassling Andre at a bar and he got angry and decided to so something about so he chased the guys out of the bar. They got in their car and thought they were safe. They were wrong. Andre proceeded to roll the car on to its roof and then left.

From Bobby Heenan’s book: Andre had a bad habit of never buttoning his shirt in public places. One day, Andre and the Brain were in a small country and western bar, when Andre had refused to button his shirt. A bouncer demanded that Andre button his shirt. Andre remained silent and continued to drink. The manager called the police. The officer that arrived reminded Heenan of Barney Fife from The Andy Griffith Show. "Barney" told Andre to button his shirt. Andre still drank quietly. "Barney" called for backup. "Barney" asked that Andre button his shirt again when several officers came in to backup "Barney." Andre stood up, and "Barney" realized that it was just too hot to be indoors.

Despite his character Fezzik’s almost-superhuman strength in The Princess Bride, Andre the Giant’s back problems at the time prevented him from actually lifting anything heavy. Robin Wright Penn had to be attached to wires in the scene where Buttercup jumps from the castle window into Fezzik’s arms because he couldn’t support her himself.

According to author William Goldman, when he was first trying to get The Princess Bride made in the 1970s, a then-unknown Arnold Schwarzenegger wanted to play Fezzik, and he was strongly being considered because Goldman could never get his first choice, Andre the Giant to read for the role. By the time the movie was made about twelve years later, Arnold was such a big star they could not afford him, and Andre was cast after all, and the two big men had gone on to become friends.

During the filming of some scenes for The Princess Bride, the weather became markedly cold for Robin Wright Penn. Andre the Giant helped her by placing one of his hands over her head; his hands were so large that one would entirely cover the top of her head, keeping her warm.

Enjoyed playing card games such as Cribbage and Gin Rummy.

Was a fan of "Wheel of Fortune" (1983).

Is referenced in the Eminem song ‘Crack a Bottle’

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Sign if you’re glad to be gay
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SING IF YOU’RE GLAD TO BE GAY (1978)
The British Police are the best in the world
I don’t believe one of these stories I’ve heard
‘Bout them raiding our pubs for no reason at all
Lining the customers up by the wall
Picking out people and knocking them down
Resisting arrest as they’re kicked on the ground
Searching their houses and calling them queer
I don’t believe that sort of thing happens here

Sing if you’re glad to be gay
Sing if you’re happy that way

Pictures of naked young women are fun
In Titbits and Playboy, page three of The Sun
There’s no nudes in Gay News our last magazine
But they still find excuses to call it obscene
Read how disgusting we are in the press
The News of The World and the Sunday Express
Molesters of children, corruptors of youth
It’s there in the paper, it must be the truth

Sing if you’re glad to be gay
Sing if you’re happy that way

Don’t try to kid us that if you’re discreet
You’re perfectly safe as you walk down the street
You don’t have to mince or make bitchy remarks
To get beaten unconscious and left in the dark
I had a friend who was gentle and short
Got lonely one evening and went for a walk
Queerbashers caught him and kicked in his teeth
He was only hospitalised for a week

Sing if you’re glad to be gay
Sing if you’re happy that way

So sit back and watch as they close all our clubs
Arrest us for meeting and raid all our pubs
Make sure your boyfriend’s at least 21
So only your friends and your brothers get done
Lie to your workmates, lie to your folks
Put down the queens and tell anti-queer jokes
Gay Lib’s ridiculous, join their laughter
"The buggers are legal now,
what more are they after ?"

Sing if you’re glad to be gay
Sing if you’re happy that way, hey
Sing if you’re glad to be gay
Sing if you’re happy that way, hey

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PMcC album Memory Almost Full
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Artist: Paul McCartney
Title: Memory Almost Full
Orignal Release: June 5, 2007

Label: Hear Music
Catalog #: 30348
Producer: David Kahne

1 Dance Tonight (Paul McCartney) 2:56
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:56
Release: 2007

2 Ever Present Past (Paul McCartney) 2:59
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:59
Release: 2007

3 See Your Sunshine (Paul McCartney) 3:22
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 3:22
Release: 2007

4 Only Mama Knows (Paul McCartney) 4:19
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 4:19
Release: 2007

5 You Tell Me (Paul McCartney) 3:17
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 3:17
Release: 2007

6 Mister Bellamy (Paul McCartney) 3:41
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 3:41
Release: 2007

7 Gratitude (Paul McCartney) 3:21
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 3:21
Release: 2007

8 Vintage Clothes (Paul McCartney) 2:24
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:24
Release: 2007

9 That Was Me (Paul McCartney) 2:16
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:16
Release: 2007

10 Feet In The Clouds (Paul McCartney) 3:26
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 3:26
Release: 2007

11 House Of Wax (Paul McCartney) 5:01
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 5:01
Release: 2007

12 End Of The End (Paul McCartney) 2:59
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:59
Release: 2007

13 Nod Your Head (Paul McCartney) 1:58
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 1:58
Release: 2007

14 * Why So Blue (Paul McCartney) 1:58
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 1:58
Release: 2007

14 * 222 (Paul McCartney) 1:58
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 1:58
Release: 2007

14 * In Private (Paul McCartney) 1:58
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 1:58
Release: 2007

17 Paul Talks About the Music of Memory Almost Full (Paul McCartney) bonus track
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Composer: Paul McCartney
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Release: 2007

Dance Tonight (Paul McCartney) CD single:Dance Tonight 2:56
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:56
Release: 2007

Dance Tonight (Paul McCartney) vinyl single:Dance Tonight 2:56
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:56
Release: 2007

Nod Your Head (new mix) (Paul McCartney) CD single:Dance Tonight 1:58
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 1:58
Release: 2007

Ever Present Past (Paul McCartney) single:Ever Present Past 2:59
© 2007 MPL Communications Ltd.
Album: Memory Almost Full
Composer: Paul McCartney
Track Time: 2:59
Release: 2007

* – Bonus tracks not on original album but on reissue
Artist: Paul McCartney
Title: Memory Almost Full
Orignal Release: June 5, 2007

Label: Hear Music
Catalog #: 30348
Producer: David Kahne

Musicians:

All tracks written and composed by Paul McCartney
Produced and programmed by David Kahne

Paul McCartney played all instruments except:
Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens – keyboards;
Rusty Anderson – guitar;
Brian Ray – bass guitar;
Abe Laboriel Jnr. – drums;
Played on Only Mamma Knows, You Tell Me, Vintage Clothes, That Was Me, Feet In The Clouds, and House of Wax

Recorded at Hog Hill Mill Studios, Abbey Road Studios, Henson Recording Studios, Air Studios, RAK Studios
Mastered by: Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering

Credits:

Recorded at Hog Hill Mill Studios, Abbey Road Studios, Henson Recording Studios, Air Studios, RAK Studios
Mastered by: Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering

Memory Almost Full will be released on Friday 1st June This release will be the first ever Paul McCartney album
available digitally Memory Almost Full is Paul McCartney’s 21st solo album since leaving The Beatles

Tuesday, June 5th 2007

By Paul McCartney

I actually started this album, Memory Almost Full, before my last album Chaos And Creation In The Backyard (released September 2005). The first recording session was back in the autumn of 2003 at Abbey Road with my touring band and producer David Kahne. I was right in the middle of it when I began talking with Nigel Godrich about a brand new project (which became Chaos And Creation In The Backyard).

When I was just finishing up everything concerned with Chaos and had just got the Grammy nominations (2006) I realised I had this album to go back to and finish off. So I got it out to listen to it again, wondering if I would enjoy it, but actually I really loved it. All I did at first was just listen to a couple of things and then I began to think, ‘OK, I like that track – now, what is wrong with it?’ And it might be something like a drum sound, so then I would re-drum and see where we would get to.

I took it from there and built it up. I went through, track by track, making changes as I went along. I fixed things I wasn’t too keen on and it just evolved from there. Without me knowing, or really trying, it started to get its own theme, a sort of thread that holds it all together. So I suppose it’s about half new stuff and half old stuff from 2003.

In places it’s a very personal record and a lot of it is retrospective, drawing from memory, like memories from being a kid, from Liverpool and from summers gone. The album is evocative, emotional, rocking, but I can’t really sum it up in one sentence.

There is a medley of 5 songs towards the end and that was purposefully retrospective. I thought this might be because I’m at this point in my life, but then I think about the times I was writing with John and a lot of that was also looking back. It’s like me with ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – I’m still up to the same tricks!

I know people are going to look at some of the songs and interpret them in different ways but this has always been the case. The thing is that I love writing songs, so I just write and write. I never really get to a point where I start thinking I’m going to write about specific subjects. Inevitably though, what I am thinking is going to find its way into what I’m doing

The opening track of the album is ‘Dance Tonight’. I recently got myself a mandolin and I was just playing about with it and came up with the basis of this track. A couple of weeks ago we made the video, which was great fun. It’s directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) and stars Natalie Portman and Mackenzie Crook. I’m not going to give the plot away. You’ll have to go and watch it for yourself, but we had a good time doing it.

The album title came after I had finished everything. For me, that’s when they normally come, with the exception of maybe Sgt. Peppers, otherwise I don’t think I have ever made an album with The Beatles, Wings or solo where I have thought of a title and a concept. I was thinking about what would sum the whole thing up and ‘Memory Almost Full’ sprung to mind. It’s a phrase that seemed to embrace modern life; in modern life our brains can get a bit overloaded. I realised I had also seen it come up on my phone a few times. When I started bouncing the idea round with some friends they nearly all got different meanings out of it, but they all said they loved it. So the feedback helped solidify the title.

After completing the album I then started thinking about the album artwork and how I’d want it to look. I really wanted to make the CD a desirable object. Something that I know I’d want to pick up from the shelf, something that would make people curious. I hope our final concept has done that. The album sleeve itself includes an etching by a friend of mine, Humphrey Ocean. As with the album lyrics, I’m looking forward to seeing how people might interpret the artwork.

Currently I’m just starting out on the promo trail and beginning to get the first bits of feedback about the album and so far so good! It’s interesting now as I’m getting to hear what other people are making of the songs and what their feelings are. I’m also talking about the album myself and I’m really enjoying the discovery process.

I really enjoyed making this album with David Kahne and I’m proud of all the songs. We had a great time. I hope that the fun we had will communicate itself to the people who are going to listen to it.

All the best,
Paul McCartney, April 2007

Madam, At Ascot, I’m Adam
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I’ve written before about Adam Hughes, and his wife and partner, Allie. He’s one of the top cover artists in the whole biz. She’s a wonderful artist herself. Together, their table is a must-visit destination.

If you’re there at the very start of the show, you can get on his sketch list. No pushing, no shoving, no rushing. Just get there in the first fifteen minutes or so and tell Adam what character you’d like him to draw. Instead of "first come, first serve" Adam simply picks and chooses subjects that happen to strike his fancy and he knocks himself out to completes as many as he can, while still making time to meet fans and sign books.

Adam and Allie are great folks, and they’re quite generous with their time. It’s clear that at any con, their first priority is meeting with fans, their second priority is completing whatever obligations they’ve made to the show (such as appearing on panels), Priority Three is keeping their con-stress down to a humanitarian level, and then Priority Four is completing sketches. Which is exactly right.

I continue to be impressed by how well they manage things. Only a few people got sketches, of course. But every last person who wanted to get a book signed or to pick up a print or a sketchbook got that opportunity over the course of the show.

As with the New York Comic-Con, I got into the hall early but I didn’t approach their table until the doors had opened to the general public and a line of civilians had already formed. Their rules are fair and unambiguous. And as with NYCC, I didn’t get a sketch, and I wasn’t disappointed. Getting an Adam Hughes con sketch should be considered a sign that on this day and at this place, you counted among Fortune’s beloved. If you consider it a Constitutional Right, then you’re clearly among of the one percent of the one percent of the one percent of the population that can never be satisfied.

Whoever asked Adam for "Audrey Hepburn" — that’s all Adam went from, just the name — is probably still dancing and jumping around. Adam’s amazingly inventive and creative. Who else would take that basic subject and come up with a poster for "My Fair Lady 2: Force 10 From Lisson Grove," featuring Liza in full Ascot finery and hefting a SAW gun?

(They posted a photo of the finished sketch here. Spiffy!)

It makes me wonder if a magazine entitled "Guns And Millinery" could have found some success before print publishing imploded. If they had Adam do the covers they were in with a chance, for sure.

[Update: well, BostonCon will be the last show in which Adam accepts sketch requests, thanks to some assclown who begged and pleaded and pestered and made a nuisance out of himself until Adam stressed himelf out and did a lovely Wonder Woman sketch for the guy at the end of the last day. Annnnnd the piece landed on eBay before the couple's plane home landed in Atlanta...with the bidding already at something like three to five times what this clown among asses, this ass of clowns, paid for it.

It certainly wasn't the first time someone professed to be a fan when in reality, they just saw Adam as a gifted ATM machine. It was merely the last straw.

(The full story is here.)

I'm disappointed that I'll never get one of his marker sketches but I'm glad that two of the nicest people on the con circuit have made a change that will let them keep attending these shows and keep meeting their fans while actually maintaining their sanity.

I will only say in closing: thanks, eBay assclown, on behalf of every true fan.]

Debilz Duo
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Also picked up two of the new Debilz Series, designed by Mist (the same artist that designed Rouge le Fou).

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Quiet Jesus, I’m Reading
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I picked this up from the sorting office not more than an hour ago and I’m still staggering around ‘drunk’ with bookish intoxication. It’s one of the books I ordered a few days ago, and I’m really, really, really excited about reading it.

In case you can’t tell from this tight shot of the exquisite cover (no artist credit. Designed in-house?), this is Shusaku Endo’s Silence (Peter Owen), and although I’ve never read any of the works from this Japanese writer before, this is a novel I’m hugely looking forward to reading (I may have briefly mentioned that already :o )). Check out the blurb:

Silence is the story of an idealistic Portuguese Jesuit priest, Father Sebastian Rodrigues, who in the 1640s sets sail for Japan determined to help the brutally oppressed Japanese Christians and to rediscover the truth about his former mentor, who is rumoured to have rejected ‘glorious martyrdom’ and apostatized. But once faced with the reality of religious persecution Rodrigues is himself forced to make an impossible choice: whether to abandon his flock or his God.

Fantastic, and what’s more this most recent edition from Peter Owen Publishers also comes with a foreword from Martin Scorsese. Does reading life get much better than this? I think not!

The hardest part now is putting this novel in it’s rightful place at the bottom of my reading pile and waiting patiently until it comes up. Emm…wouldn’t it be a real shame if I accidently toppled the pile and forgot what books went where? :o )

Peter Owen | 2007 (UK) | £10.95 | PAPERBACK | 320 PP | ISBN 9780720612868

Turkish Delight
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Such are my reading tastes that I rarely find the kind of books that I like in the 2nd-hand shops in my local town (does that sound snobby? It isn’t meant to :) ). Imagine my surprise then when I strolled into one such local shop on Saturday, and picked up this beautiful pair of translated titles, which coincidentally are both from Turkish authors. Result? I should say so!

The first book will, I’m sure, need no introduction. Orhan Pumak’s My Name is Red is famous around the world as a literary work which not only explores sixteenth-century Istanbul and the outside cultures which influenced it, but it’s also a bit of a murder mystery novel too. A strange juxtaposition perhaps, but from what I’ve heard this is a mix that makes for compelling reading. Here’s the official blurb (for anyone who doesn’t know anything about this novel:

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In Istanbul, in the late 1590s, the Sultan secretly commissions a great book: a celebration of his life and his empire, to be illuminated by the great artists of the day – in the European manner. But when one of the miniaturists is murdered, their master has to seek outside help. Did the dead painter fall victim to professional rivalry, romantic jealousy or religious terror?
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So that’s a quick rundown on Pumak’s My Name is Red, a novel which has until now eluded me.

The second novel, Yaşar Kemal’s The Wind from the Plain may not be as quickly recognised by some, but its author probably will be. Having written 24 novels – the most famous of which is probably Memed, My Hawk (İnce Memed) – Kemal is considered to be one of Turkey’s top authors. The Wind from the Plain, first published in the vernacular as Orta Direk in 1960, is the first novel in what has become known as the ‘Wind from the Plains Trilogy’, with two subsequent novels – Iron Earth, Copper Sky (Yer Demir Gök Bakır), and The Undying Grass (Ölmez Otu) – carrying on the story that this first one establishes. So what kind of story does The Wind from the Plain establish? Well, get a load of this synopsis and tell me that it doesn’t get your literary juices flowing:

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Each year the wind brings the news to old Halil’s keen senses that the cotton is ripe for picking in the plain, and at his word the entire population of his remote village in the Taurus Mountains set out on the arduous trek to earn by their toil enough to pay their debts and buy the necessities of life for the bitter highland winter.

But this year old Halil finds himself too old to go on foot; so does Long Ali’s ageing mother Meryemdje, and both clamour for a place on the back of Long Ali’s broken-down nag, once a pure-bred Arab steed stolen by Ali’s brigand father, now scarcely capable of of bearing either of the two old people. Halil’s determination to stay on and Meryemdje’s to get him off lead to a word of words and cunning which lights with delicious comedy the sombre drama of the march. But when the decrepit animal finally dies, and the group falls behind the rest of the villagers, it is the unfortunate Ali who has to show piety towards his mother and compassion to old Halil, while pressing on with dogged resolution to reach the cotton fields before they are picked bare.
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So what do you think of that folks? I think it sounds exquisite – like a Turkish version of Grapes of Wrath perhaps :) – and I can’t wait to dive in. And on a side note I was delighted to discover that Kemal’s own wife, Thilda is employed as the English translator for many (all?) of his novels. How endearing! What a lovely thing, to work alongside one’s wife on such an intimate level. I couldn’t ever see me and Mrs Rob working together like that, so closely :)

So two fine novels from Orhan Pumak and Yaşar Kemal. What a delightful catch, and right on my doorstep too. What’s more, I’m delighted to discover that there’s someone else in my small town whose taste for translated fiction is similar to my own. I can only hope now that that person is on something of a quest to relieve their bookshelves of more translated fiction. My vigil on the 2nd-hand shops in my local town begins :)

So fellow reader, Orhan Pumak? Yaşar Kemal? What is your own reading experience of these two Turkish novelists? I’d love to hear your own thoughts.

050/365
the pick up artist

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I recently purchased a few of these artist’s sketch dolls because I love their looks and I’d maybe like to make some freeze-framed animations with them. Not necessarily stop motion but more like a line of these all at a various stage in a particular movement. Anyway, that’s the plan, but I’ve only got two so far (and one is still waiting at the Post Office to be picked up) so it’ll have to wait. I can make some dialogue shots perhaps…

This is the exact pose the model was in when I opened the box and I already love it. It’s all gangly and awkward looking :P I think his head is on backwards too! Poor bugger, I’ll get him right soon enough.

This is just shot against my bedroom curtains cos it’s a bright and sunny morning and they light up quite nicely under direct sun. I know it’s really saturated, but I love the colours so I’m keeping it this way (for now, at least). I’m a bit wary, because I remember reading one of the inimitable Trey Ratcliife’s blog posts about how the rods or cones in our eyes can only handle looking at saturated parts of a picture for a brief while, before they need to look to a calmer part of it to recharge. I hope the figure itself can provide that little island but if not, maybe I will tone it down a bit. Cheers people, your input will be most appreciated :)

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