RIP Pierre Jansen (1930 – 2015)

 Acera, or the Witches’ Dance (1972) by Jean Painlevé

This happened in 2015, but I only found out today.

Pierre Jansen was a French composer working in film. He was in particular the permanent collaborator of Claude Chabrol for whom he composed the music for many films.

He also scored the above documentary Acera, or the Witches’ Dance (1972) by Jean Painlevé.

RIP Miklós Jancsó (1921 – 2014)

This happened in 2014 but I only found out today.

Towards the end of this review, you will find a nice set of scenes from this film.

Miklós Jancsó directed many well respected films but you can find a copy of the less respected but more interesting  Private Vices, Public Pleasures (1976) by googling for it. You will find it on a well-known porn website. The film is, along with similar outings such as The Beast (1975), typical from European sexual revolution cinema.

RIP John Margolies (1940 – 2016)

This will have happened five years in two days, but I only found out today.

The End of the Road: Vanishing Highway Architecture in America (1981)

John Margolies was an American architectural critic and photographer.

I just spent (while researching the fantastic Jacques Moeschal) two hours intermittently trying to find the title of the book on roadside architecture I sold five years ago and then I found out that it is the one above: The End of the Road: Vanishing Highway Architecture in America (1981).

The link with Moeschal being that with lots of irreverence (I love the word, as well as the practice of irreverence) you can call the ‘signs’ of Moeschal ‘roadside attractions’.

RIP Roger Hawkins (1945 – 2021)

Roger Hawkins  was an American drummer.

He played drums on countless well-known soul, disco, and r&b songs.

He was a co-founder of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section in Alabama, a house band like the Compass Point All Stars, Booker T. & the M.G.’s and the Salsoul Orchestra.

Hawkins played drums on “Love Sensation” (1980) by Loleatta Holloway.

RIP Franco Battiato (1945 – 2021)

Franco Battiato was an Italian composer, writer, filmmaker, and painter.

His name is on the ‘Nurse with Wound list’ and his compositions are in the ‘Caribou 1000’ and on the ‘Daily Fingertracks’.

His debut albums Fetus (1972) and Pollution (1972) are typical for the beginning of his career. He made these albums when he was 27.

I wrote something here about peak creativity but erased it. Notions such as ‘late bloomer’, ‘child prodigy’, ‘imperial phase’, ‘genius’ and ‘talent’ and artists such as David Bowie, Lee Perry and Goya crossed my thoughts.

Battato was new to me. I enjoyed him immensely yesterday. An old adagium of me comes to mind. Something about looking for beauty in unexpected places.