Let’s follow up on yesterday’s post about Mimi Berlin SenioR’s 1960s Marriage Pictures More came to light about the interior of the small attic he lived in. This Large poster ‘Phi Zappa Crappa’ was pinned to the wooden toilet door at the attic of Mimi Berlin SenioR. The toilet was very small, the door was open a lot of times, so this fierce, brown poster could also be seen many times. Memories, light the corners of our minds, they do!(image via pinterest.com/pin/305330049708141862/)
There isn’t much information on the graphic design. It is said that many, maybe millions, of variations of the first poster, first made by photographer the Robert Davidson (at the Royal Garden Hotel, London, in 1967) are scattered around the globe. According to the Independent Zappa said about the result of the photo session “They almost immediately gained cult status, a sentiment echoed by Zappa himself in 1983, when stating, “I’m probably more famous for sitting on the toilet than for anything else.” We, at Mimi Berlin, think the latter isn’t true : what do you think; is Frank Zappa more famous for his music or not?
Listen to Bobbie Gentry Singing her Ode to Billie Joe
Bobbie Gentry wrote and recorded the wonderful song, Ode to Billie Joe, in 1967. We, at Mimi Berlin, can’t get enough of this 1960s not-your-average-country-&-western song. It’s about how daily life goes (on) in a little community in the south part of the USA. The way Bobbie Gentry performs is breathtaking.
Hope you like it too! xoxo
(Bobbie Gentry in 1967 Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images via rollingstone.com)
It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day I was out choppin’ cotton and my brother was balin’ hay. And at dinner time we stopped and walked back to the house to eat. And Mama hollered out the back door “y’all remember to wipe your feet”. Continue reading →
Way back in 2010 we, at Mimi Berlin, had a little business selling our collection of Vintage Fashion Magazines from the attic. We also had a copy of a Vogue UK, the September issue of 1967 with Dutch, then, model Willy van Rooy on the cover (500 grams/â‚¬65,–) Somehow we found out that Ms van Rooy didn’t own a copy of this particular issue and so we sended her ours. We did ask if she could make a picture for us, (see that one above) that she did. We also could pick out some of her jewelry, which Willy van Rooy designs herself and sells in her Etsy store.
Now that’s what we call a good, fashionable MimiMagazines swap!
Ode to Billy Joe is a rather sad but beautiful song. It tells the story of what happened after Billy Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge in Chickasaw County, Misisippi. It’s also about everyday life, or as Bobbie Gentry experienced her youth living on a farm in a small town. Mesmerizing!