David Bowie in ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’, 1976.
Alice Babs (born Hildur Alice Nilsson on 26 January 1924) is a singer and actor from Kalmar, Sweden. While she has worked in a wide number of genres – e.g. Swedish folklore, Elizabethan songs and opera – she is best known internationally as a jazz singer. Making her breakthrough in Swing it magistern (Swing It, Teacher!) (1940), she appeared in more than a dozen Swedish language-films. Despite playing the well-behaved, good-hearted, cheerful girl, the youth culture forming with Alice Babs as its icon caused outrage among members of the older generation. A vicar called the Alice Babs cult the “foot and mouth disease to cultural life”.
In 1958, she was the first artist to represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in 4th place with the song “Lilla stjärna” (“Little Star”). The same year, she formed Swe-Danes with Ulrik Neumann and Svend Asmussen. The group would later tour the United States together, before dissolving in 1965. A long and productive period of collaboration with Duke Ellington started in 1963. Among other works, Alice Babs performed his second and third Sacred Concerts that were originally written for her. Her voice had a range of more than three octaves; Duke Ellington said that when she did not sing the parts that he wrote for her, he had to use three different singers.
Alice Babs currently resides in Sweden.
Seeing as Michael Jackson wore a fedora as one of his signum attributes i just had to have something about the hat here (there was a couple of Michael Jackson documentaries on TV recently).
After all, is there any head gear more iconic for male wearers?
It looks darn good on women too, possably because it has such male insinuations.
A fedora ( /fɨˈdɔːrə/) is a felt hat most commonly worn by men. The term is usually generic, describing any men’s hat that does not already have another name; a few fedoras have names of their own, including the trilby.
The hat is typically creased lengthwise down the crown and “pinched” in the front on both sides, though the creasing does not define the hat. Fedoras can also be creased with teardrop crowns, diamond crowns, center dents, and others, and the positioning of pinches can vary. The typical crown height is 4.5 inches (11.4 centimeters).
The brim is usually approximately 2.5 inches (6.3 centimeters) wide, but may be wider, can be left “raw edged” (left as cut), finished with a sewn overwelt or underwelt, or bound with a trim-ribbon.
The term fedora was in use as early as 1891. Its popularity soared, and eventually it eclipsed the similar-lookingHomburg (which is also a type of fedora). Fedoras can be found in nearly any color, but black, grey, tan (“fawn”), and dark brown are the most popular.
The word fedora comes from the title of an 1882 play by Victorien Sardou, Fédora, written for Sarah Bernhardt. The play was first performed in the United States in 1889. Bernhardt played Princess Fédora, the heroine of the play, and she wore a hat similar to what is now considered a fedora. The fedora had been a female fashion. When the fedora became a male fashion item in the late 19th century, it was popular for its stylishness and its ability to protect the wearer’s head from the wind and weather. Since the early part of the 20th century, many Haredi and other Orthodox Jews have made black fedoras normative to their daily wear.
The hat is sometimes associated with the era of Prohibition, Great Depression–era gangsters, and detectives. Film stars in the 1950s popularized the fedora in their movies. In past Hollywood movies, the fedora was widely worn. In the late 1950s, the hat began to lose favor in the West due to the advent of more casual clothing.
The fedora enjoyed a revival only a few years after its waning popularity, dating back to the mid-1970s. The fedora as a personal statement has made impacts on American and global culture: Indiana Jones popularized his fedora in the Indiana Jones franchise.Among historical figures: Coach Tom Landry wore a fedora while he was the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys. It would later become his trademark image. A cenotaph dedicated to Landry with a depiction of his fedora was placed in the official Texas State Cemetery inAustin at the family’s request. In addition the Cowboys wore a patch on their uniforms during the 2000 season depicting Landry’s fedora. Michael Jackson frequently wore a fedora in public appearances, concerts and video clips. In the television series Fringe, the mysterious figures, the Observers, all wear fedoras. In Phineas and Ferb, the pet platypus Perry, who is a secret agent, is known for wearing a fedora.
Combining and composing
Usually when i think of a fedora i think suit or zoot suit but it is amazing with what you can actually combine it to create a very special look.
Thinking back i HAVE seen it worn with almost everything.
These sets of attributes are so known that almost anyone on earth would recognize them even without a person in them.
They are like iconic attributes, brands or logos.
What I think most of us overlook is just how stylish Frank Sinatra was. His ability to make a suit look comfortable, something as accessible as a t-shirt and jeans, is a feat no one man has matched to this day. The lazy fedora, the sway of the cigarette in hand, the not so straight yet perfect pocket square. All these elements he made classic, easy, and straight up cool as all hell.
I have read up on blog scraping, copyrights and so on.
My blogs are infringing on several peoples copyrights and i have the idea of separating out the posts written exlusively by me, possably write my own posts inspired by some of the ones i have posted but not written and make a blog with only my own material or material for wich i have permission.
I guess i have gone by a childish “everybody does it” argument when posting, excusing myself with the fact that i link, often in several places in one post, and state the author / photographer, usually at the top so it wont get missed by the reader.
I am not really a “web person” and my exposure to internet in a social meaning is through forums, Facebook, Tumblr and other “Share button” societies. This seems to have lead me to a naive belief that there is a form of flattery in re posting to some people (and in one case, one of my most popular posts, a photographer actually expressed such sentiments).
I am led by a passion for authentic information on certain topics but dont really see myself as an “author”.
In short, if i see some poppycock about Scandinavian culture during the early middle ages i might want to post something to clarify things ( according to relevant expertise, academic sources and so on as they stand now ).
The way i have seen it is that what is important (to me) is that the information is out, not that i wrote it (if i prided myself in my writing things might have been different).
Many things on my blogs could be done without material from any other sources. Some blogs of mine however, like this one, are so dependent on pictures of a kind i for natural reasons dont have ownership of that i would have to simply delete the whole blogs (pity since they have many readers, by my standards that is ).
An article like “How did viking age people really look” just wouldnt work without pictures (perhaps i could link to pages with pictures). The same goes for archeological finds where museums and so on owns the pictures.
Never the less.
I cant very well be writing articles on “ethics” and illustrate them with stolen pictures.