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New Zealand Photographer Creates Photos of Characters From Dylan Songs – See the Photos Now!

“Johnny in the Basement” by Mark Hamilton. See a bigger version of this photo here.

The New Zealand photographer Mark Hamilton has made a series of photographs inspired by lyrics from Bob Dylan songs.

The photos were exhibited backstage atClaudelands Arena in Hamilton, New Zealand when Dylan played the venue August 9 and 10.

The photographer was hoping Dylan would see the photos and like them.

“Imagine if he didn’t like it, if he retires after seeing those pictures!” Hamilton told the Waikato Times.

“At the end of the day they’re my interpretations and that’s art. It’s even like Bob Dylan himself, he reinterprets his music all the time. He’ll record it for an album but he’ll never play it the same again.”

Check out a bunch of the photos here.

Listen to Hamilton talk about his Dylan-inspired photos here.

[I just published my rock ‘n’ roll/ coming-of-age novel, “True Love Scars,” which features a narrator who is obsessed with Bob Dylan. To read the first chapter, head here.

Or watch an arty video with audio of me reading from the novel here.

Of just buy the damn thing:

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Who Knew? Dept.: Keith Richards… Painter?

Photo via The New Zealand Herald.

A painting made by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has surfaced in New Zealand, according to a report in The New Zealand Herald.

Richards painted it at a bed and breakfast while recuperating from an injury sustained in 2006 after falling out of a tree in Fiji. The paper says experts believe the painting to be worth several hundred thousand dollars.

He gave the painting to Gloria Poupard-Walbridge, owner of Cotter House, as a gift when he was leaving.

The painting — watercolor and pastels — has been in a drawer beneath some linen for the past seven years. Richards signed the painting with a thick black marker, and Poupard-Walbridge says that ruined it.

“It was a pretty good picture until he signed it with a felt pen and stuffed it up,” she told The New Zealand Herald.

News of the painting came to light after the Stones announced they would play a show at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday April 5, 2014.

The New Zealand Herald describes the painting like this: “Painted over several days on a $3.95 canvas and a small table easel, the delicate pastel and watercolour depicts a water scene at sunset, with a steamship at full throttle. Seagulls soar above the ship, the smoke effect created by careful artistic smudging.”

No skull and crossbones, Keith?

-– A Days of the Crazy-Wild blog post: sounds, visuals and/or news –-

Books: Eleanor Catton Wins Booker Prize For “The Luminaries”

Eleanor Catton
Eleanor Catton’s twitter image.

New Zealander Eleanor Catton became, at 28, the youngest writer ever to win England’s Man Booker prize Tuesday (Oct. 15, 2013) for her lengthy novel, “The Luminaries.”

Catton’s book is also the longest novel ever to be picked for a Man Booker award.

Photo by Robert Catto.
Photo by Robert Catto.

Here’s some info on Catton from her publisher Granta’s website:

Eleanor Catton was born in 1985 in Canada and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. She won the 2007 Sunday Star-Times short-story competition, the 2008 Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the 2008 Louis Johnson New Writers’ Bursary and was named as one of Amazon’s Rising Stars in 2009. Her debut novel, The Rehearsal, won the Betty Trask Prize, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, the Prix Femina literature award, the abroad category of the Prix Médicis, the University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize 2010 and Stonewall’s Writer of the Year Award 2011, and longlisted for the Orange Prize 2010. In 2010 she was awarded the New Zealand Arts Foundation New Generation Award.

For more on this story head to The Guardian.

Listen: Classic New Zealand Indie Rock From The Chills

This live album, Somewhere Beautiful, will be released by Fire Records this week. Listen to all 20 songs below. The Chills recorded it at a private party, New Year’s Eve, 2011.

Thanks Slicing Up Eyeballs.