The Life and Times of Peter Green
Archive: 8 July - 21 July 2002
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Paul Hester will be the very special guest at the WINGS OFF FLIES (25 Years of rock photographs) book launch. It will be held at: Greville St Bookstore-145 Greville St, Prahran Vic. 3181 Australia. Thursday August 1st 2002. 7.30 PM. It is by INVITE only, so if you are interested in coming along please email firstname.lastname@example.org and mention you wish to attend the WINGS OFF FLIES launch.
Paul will be entertaining us on the night with a special preview of some new songs from his upcoming solo CD. The book will be available on the night, and several of the artists featured will be on hand (so great for signatures). Proudly released by Rocket Pocket Books.
July 8th 2002
Jurate at Greville St. Bookstore tracks down the first Lauren Hamilton
'Anita Blake' book ('Guilty Pleasures') for me. Anita Blake books are
wonderfu,throw away nothing too deep, paperbacks- if Buffy was allowed to go
all the way, a part of her would be Anita Blake. It's a Vamp book,
reasonably well written....and the Slayer (or Executioner as the Vamps call
her) is dark haired and not as super strong as Buffy...as the book says- she
doesn't date Vampires, she kills them. Nice fast pace, am enjoying it...so
has Cosmo, who has somehow managed to devour half the cover! Bad Bunny.
Have yet another DVD meeting, this one is around the photo area and poster
gallery for both Enz and Skyhook's DVD...I wish it was all this easy. A few
hours later, I got a bit more work done on the projects. Still sending out
some major dislike vibes to the TV stations...they should do special deals
for the artists who perform...when they want to use footage that they are
in. It truly annoys me and seems very unfair.
Just to make the day more glowing, I read a report where 25 million kids
will be orphaned by 2010 because of AIDS (United Nations Report). At present
13.5 million have lost one or both parents. I think people should really
consider adopting more....imagine being in some poverty stricken country,
you lose both parents, what is your future....day to day hand to mouth, well
I'm all doom and gloom today folks. Sorry. I'll just take the John Howard
blow up doll out of the cupboard and give it a few whacks with the cricket
bat..argh that feels better. Take that little Johnny...BAM!!!
Go through the diary and try and work out the date for the Wings off Flies
book launch. (It's August 1st). It has to be at Greville St. bookstore,
where else, even if we were offered a bigger area I'd still go to Greville
Books...it has the right feel.
Stuart drops in with some huge print sheets....we are happy with about 90%
of the photos, we are pretty fussy. 90% is damn good for us. (: Mark creates
some paranoia with me that pages might be missing....
Notice Neil Finn is in Seattle tonight, we missed that city on the last tour
and I always thought it would go off- gig wise. From all reports it did,
It's one of THE gigs I would of liked to of seen on the tour. I like Seattle
a lot, we always have a good time when we are holidaying there.
Was talking to our friend Bob the cop, about the amount of band members who
appear in mug books,and get charged for various offenses. I think every band
has at least one person who got busted for doing some against the
law.....bank holdups, pee wee herman type things, dealing etc....I know Red
from Skyhooks appeared in court when he was really young for trying to pull
off a scam at a bank using the old bank book system....the song 'Forging
Ahead' is about that.... I wonder which Split Enz member has a record or two
(and I don't mean the musical variety!!!). Are any Enz members reading this
quaking in fear.???? Or maybe Ex Enz members....I have no idea, but the odds
are... someone does..hell the Enz had 13 lineup changes...yeah and I'm a
saint. OK maybe not. So many skeletons hiding in all our closets.
Huge congratulations to Bic Runga (and you too Campbell) for her new album
'Beautiful Collision') debuting at #1 on the N.Z. charts, platinum on pre
sales. I think the Chilli Peppers will bump her off next week, but #1 is
Head into the city for her show case at '9th Ward' Rebecca gives me some
helpful directions. It's a really nice Jazz bar...has such a great vibe.
Bic is looking good and I like her band, nice harmonies in that 'Mama and
the Poppas' sorta way...they should of done a few more songs....four isn't
many, not even for a promo show...I was in and out very quick....still even
4 Bic songs makes me very happy. If you haven't bought 'Beautiful Collision'
yet it's out July 22nd in Australia and now available in NZ. 'Marbecks' on
line CD store have it for VERY reasonable prices and they deliver quickly
anywhere in the world.
I spend the afternoon at the hotel, Bics getting ready for even more TV,
The Panel....take a few new photos....I like her hat, Mark doesn't. He isn't
a hat man..he is the cat man....shall I keep rhyming?
Say good bye, she is off to Sydney and then onto USA for promo. There are 2
shows, one at Largo in LA on July 24th. One at The Fez in NYC on July
31st.If you get a chance go along....you'll have a good time.
The 2 things that are fading quicker than Michael Jackson's skin colour are
his credibility (what's left of it) and his CD sales. The whole 'victim'
thing has been done to death (I can think of several people who do it much
better- cough cough) even after his $20 million payout to that kid not to
testify, he still has $200 million in the bank...he just can't handle that
'Invincible' just wasn't really......it didn't sell. It was shite. Sony
can't be blamed. Sure black artists have been ripped off since day one, but
Michael Jackson is wearing rose tinted glasses if he thinks he is one.....
(both black and a ripped off artist) a cheap pr stunt and a weak arse way to
drum up support for his fractured ego.
Why am I wasting space here, more important things for the diary sight like
the Green family secret recipe for Avocado Cream Dip.
Ok you need:
1/4 cup of lime or lemon juice...I prefer lime.
One of Michael Jackson left over gloves...oh sorry that shouldn't be
here...remove glove! Just testing to se eif you are getting all this.
2 ripe avocados...not too ripe so they have that horrid brown bit...just a
Paprika- just a dash.
Some hot sauce- once more a dash or if you are Rebecca leave the dash in the
bottle and use the other 99%!!! Sorry Bec.
I cup of whipped cream.
Split the avocados in half, remove seed and put that in your garden.
You can either put the avocado (remove skin first) in a blender or in a
small bowl and use a fork to pulp it fine. Add lime juice and paprika and
sauce until it is a soft puree.
Scrape it out into a bowl and add the cream...fold cream in...you learn how
quickly..it is an art. I put it in the fridge for 15 minutes...
Surround with taco chips...even carrot slices and tomato wedges are cool.
The Australian Avocado's are lighter then the USA variety. Not sure if
England grows Avocados...so it could be an expensive thing if they are
imported. Great for summer....or food sex.
My horoscope for the day-' life will be far easier when you know whether
certain changes in your work will take place'.
Too true...decided not to dwell on work stuff....instinct is always good and
lately we have been saying NO a lot, and brutal as it sounds it has been the
right decision. We don't mind putting in the hours with artists but it has
to be people we really like and want to work with. It's strange here in
Australia, most of the record companies are just so far behind when it comes
to data bases and that type of marketing. Nearly every record company has
these lists of names and addresses that they gather but they rarely do
anything with them. In England the same lists can give an artist a top ten
single. Sometimes really obvious stuff is just missed by record labels.
We are watching Foxtel and the Stones are playing, some of the footage from
the Rock and Roll Circus, this truely is Jagger at his best, around the time
of the 'Performance' movie, he looks brilliant and sings really well. Anyway
it's hard to believe that today marks the 40th anniversary since The Stones
1st gig (as the Rolling Stones). All still alive, well except for Brian and
Stu ...but 40 years. Now if the next album could just be good guys. Bowie's
let me down again....Bowie fans are a lot like Stones fans- they just keep
trying to convince themselves that the latest stuff is really unique and
brilliant. It rarely is. I still buy it so I AM an idiot.
I hear that Andy Warhol will finally be remembered on a U.S. postage stamp
(37c), available from August 9th. have to try and get a first day cover of
this...about time they did something.
Have our DVD artwork meeting here at the home office, went well. Sadly it
ended up being a waste of time a week later as the artwork is mostly being
handled by the DVD company now....
Holly Solomon died today. She was best known for working with Andy Warhol,
Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Mapplethorpe. A major Pop-Art collector, she
appears in many of the paintings too. A very cool life.
Have lunch at Hunters cafe, half of Toorak are in here today, they eye us
suspiciously and as our conversation gets more twisted and interesting I
notice they have all turned their bat like radar dish ears in our direction.
Yes we are the two guys you take to you mansionesque dinner party... for
both novelty value and gossip. (that's if you are damn lucky). On the way
out some beaky blonde with a recently altered face gently grabs my arm and
says 'and who do you work for again...I've forgotten'........I always just
say 'calvin...' and smile my fake as all shit smile.....society twat. I love
playing games with them.
Hate it when they invade our eating place (like it's really ours....). Still
lunch was nice.....and that man did give me a new green tint pair of
valessie sunglasses. If you can't flash it fake it I always say (well I
don't know if I've ever actually said that but it seemed a good way to end
this wanky day). Did we actually pay for Lunch? Opps.
Neil's in Chicago tonight- should be a great gig- the fans are always
passionate around this show.
Speak to our Skyhook drummer about coming down to Melbourne to be
interviewed for the DVD and Fred is, so that's good. Hope Redmond gets the
vibe to do it....music dvds are in many ways like a groovy kinda time
Have my chat with Jurate at Greville books- she always makes me laugh- a
nice warped sense of humor like my own. The 'Wings off flies' (25 years of
rock photographs) will have it's launch on August 1st at 7.30. It's invite
only and everyone must RSVP. If any Melbourne diary readers want to attend
they can email me at: email@example.com and I'll send you details. We are
really happy that Paul Hester will be performing some of his new songs from
the upcoming solo CD 'NUTS' at the book launch. A few of the artists in the
photos should be attending, I wonder if people will get them to sign their
books.....a good thing to have I guess. Have to order loads of champagne.
HIC! Hic! Hic! Please note- the very infamous Mark Goulding will NOT be
photographed on the night, will not sign books, will not be granting
interviews....will only engage in foreplay and your name must be Helga or
Donald! But you can always ask!
The man from Origin energy rings the door bell really loud and scares the
hell out of us, really busy so I think aloud this had better be important.
He starts telling me about 'green energy' and every time I try to cut in and
tell him we were one of the first inner city houses to have it, he stops me
and rambles on...totally annoys me- so I shout WAIT. Settle! I finally tell
him and then pay out that they should really have a list of who is part of
it as it wastes everyone's time. He is really red faced when he leaves. Good
that they are pushing it but it truly is like asking an eskimo if he wants
ice in his drink.
Hey Congratulations to our friend Katie for her 'Beautiful' single, it just
went Gold today and is still on the Australian charts for the 10th week.
Hopefully Katie will be at the launch...she is a good dancer.
Red Symons calls, I hadn't spoken to Red for awhile so it was good. Had a
bit of a laugh, told him to have a think about being interviewed for the DVD
be good if he does it. Told him that DVDS just keep selling and in many ways
music CDS will sell less...especially artists that have already had several
Best Of cds etc. Next week in America the one billionth DVD will be sold.
One Billion!!! This has taken only 5 years. The billionth video tape took 10
years to reach that figure. Robin and Rosemaree both told us today that they
are soon buying DVD players....time to open a DVD super store.
Spend the day watching video footage (yeah not DVD) , clean up the back yard
a bit and all of a sudden the day is over. I can't remember if I was on some
sort of natural go slow or everything just took ages. Maybe I sat on life's
fast forward button and everything was double speed.
Boring I know but boring is part of real life too......Mark didn't even save
any animals today. Boring Boring Boring.
Spend today at Paul's place. can't believe how Olive has grown and she is so
like her sister Sunday. Climb up into Paul's attic and go through some bits
and pieces for Debs Frenz.com auction.....we track down Paul's DOCs that he
bought on the first Crowded House tour and wore basically on every tour...
he's going to sign them in silver.....plus a few other goodies.
Go and hang in his Sunshine Studio, do some drawings for the upcoming
website and take some photos. We also go through some of Paul's earlier
photos....gotta have some early Hessie shots....I swear I had tears in my
eyes- he makes me laugh. Decide that the next issue of the news-sheet will
be mostly around Hessie and the new album..ok it IS called HAIRY NUTS...I
keep calling it 'Nuts' as that seems to suit....and the boy side of me just
goes 'hairy nuts' he he he.....hey Kmart shoppers Paul Hester is here to
sign his solo cd HAIRY NUTS...I can imagine it now.
Just a good day with an old digger....I do enjoy his company.
Oh he found one of those Temple of Low men desk fridges too- has Crowded
House on the front and all those fun things inside like celery pens and cake
tape measures...worth a small fortune, all yours Deb.
Our tour manager is online so we have a bit of a chat, Neil is playing in
Washington DC and he is on stage. I suggest she makes a paper plane with my
request for 'Mean to me'...and she does. So the boss plays 'Mean to me'....
and even though I wasn't at the show I truely could feel your vibes Neil
(grin). God bless ya! Thanks Amy.
Stuart calls by and he is a saint, giving us a better price for the WINGS
invites. Printing can be so much here...arghhh! I think half the launch
night will be filled up thanking people....still gotta do it right as Mum
always told me. It is becoming THE event to go to. I like that.
Hmm finally Crusty has stopped emailing.
Tales of the City
Apparently Series one isn't available in the USA or really hard to find.
Well it's now out in Australia. I really really like Armistad Maupins
books- he always captures the twists of 1970s San Francisco lifestyle like
no one else.
I loved all the books so at first I was hesitant if the tv mini series would
be any good, and it was great. Olympia Dukakis is brilliant as Anna
Madrigal. Laura Linney plays wide eyed naive Mary Anne Singleton who moves
to San Fran from the Mid -west and falls in love with 28 Barbary Lane, a
block of apartment houses run by Mrs Madrigal. When you move in your find a
note from this sweet old Mrs Madrigal with a huge joint attached- homegrown
from the plants in her garden.........as an Aussie boy who grew up watching
TV soapies like number 96, 28 Barbary Lane has some similarities...but more
colour and co-ed bathhouses. As the cover says 'Naivity and mystery,
hilarity and sobriety, grass and arse!
If I ever move to San Francisco I truely want to live at 28 Barbary Lane.
8 out of 10.
Now try and find 'More tales of the city..."
DVD quickie review.
With Blade II getting all the hype and TV adverts here, thought a quick mini
review of Blade 1. We really like Blade. Blade is not entirely human and he
kicks serious Vampire arse....boy imagine Blade, Buffy and Anita in a room
together!!! It must be Vampire week here at the office! Wesley Snipes is
Blade. Usually Wesley's acting style can annoy me (at times) but he is great
as Blade.....simply because he doesn't talk much but makes the right moves.
Moody, big pout kickarse attitude...good head tattoo's. Stephen Dorff I
always have plenty of time for (a change from Candy Darling to Deacon Frost
but great in both parts). Some people won't like this, some people will dig
it. I even liked the techno metallic fighting music. If you are seeing Blade
II...see the first one before #2. 7/10. Kick arse. Great Sword...and Dorff
Lock in time with Edward at Giza, he's back from his European tour, just in
time to give my extremely long locks a serious hair cut. Plus I have to
catch up on what he has been up to in Europe. I think he was having an affir
with a Baron or something.
Michael Den Elzen (Ex Schnell Fenster) calls by today with some more of
Nigel Griggs SLEEPER CD's- it's almost the last of them. I haven't seen
Michael in ages so it's nice. Could be an interesting CD coming up soon!!
Blow out meetings and spend the day scanning, of all things Enz images.
If I ever see another Split Enz album cover I will throw up.....only so many
you can do.....ZAP!
Head to Chapel Street for food, the Red Pepper don't even bother with menu's
for us, just walk up and basically tell us what we want..now that is
service. Babble is still closed, the big fire is in but they still have work
to do. Was trying to catch up with Kate but it didn't happen, side tracked.
Windy night...watched the huge trees swaying....people blowing down the
street...snuggle lower little Gryphon boy.
Raining today and we get a call from Ben. The Yeti is home, a good thing as
we have missed him. Sometimes touring can be like going to a cave in a snow,
not everyone has to meditate in cold silence, it seems to be the way for the
Yeti- we like it when our mates sound happy. I wonder if we can OD on
Glayva! We can give it a try. (:
Mark did his washing today- his blow up Jenny Garth doll was even thrown in
for a quick wash......we leave tonight to sneak into the army base to save a
few Kangaroos..hell they can live at our place. I do understand culling but
every so often it's good to save a few living creatures......hell there are
plenty of vineyards up near Beenami that they can eat *grin*. Plus we
haven't saved anything for a week or so. need the Karma points.
I consider wild sex in the afternoon but decide to work on this F/16 diary
instead. See F/16 is better then sex! I wonder if I can type on the G4 while
I ....NO lets not go there.
Do a Tshirt count, as we are going to have some Rocket Pocket Book Tshirts
done for those people who buy a copy of WINGS at the launch. I like giving
people bonus things...should have just enough. They'll look good, it's such
a nice logo. I think Ed Vedder should wear one on TV in the USA or the
upcoming Pearl Jam tour. Just because it's a really cool shirt of
course...never about promoting RPB's (uhmmmmm).
Oh there is ONE copy of HUSSY left at Greville Books , if anyone is after a
copy (first edition) call (03)95103531 or email Jurate
firstname.lastname@example.org when the last copy goes we can re stock.......hey
it's a first edition......such an incredible collectors item and who is that
spunk on the front....oh I give up. It's there if you need it. Plus when
that sells we can use our $ to pay for the Tshirts....so we end up with no
money anyway....but hey we get to do a cool shirt.
Happy birthday to both Trudi and Fran!
A nice day for a birthday too, Melbourne's Winter chill is nowhere in sight.
Think we will all head to Hunters cafe for lunch...always good on a Sunday,
it's our emergency Babble. In a weird head space, trying to figure out what
I must do today, some work, relax, exercise (urgh) maybe I've had too much
sleep-that usually makes me feel that way.
We're heading up to a busy week, so I guess I should enjoy this lack of
Hope life is good for all the readers.
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