Archives for the Date July 10th, 2021

everythingfox: Good boy offers food to his toy(via)

everythingfox:

Good boy offers food to his toy(via)

gotham-ruaidh:Little Bit Better Than I Used To Be – Backstage (II)Catch up: Chapter 1 (Starry Eyes)…

gotham-ruaidh:

Little Bit Better Than I Used To Be – Backstage (II)

Catch up: Chapter 1 (Starry Eyes) || Chapter 2 (Save Our Souls) || Chapter 3 (Dancing On Glass) || Chapter 4 (Merry-Go-Round) || Backstage (1) ||| Also posted at AO3

“Dougal MacKenzie – he’s the director of this place. Heroin was his drug of choice – he was real active in the jazz scene twenty, thirty years ago. He OD’d, almost died, and decided to get clean. Learned so much that he decided to open this place.”

– Chapter 4 (Merry-Go-Round)

Before rock stars were a thing – before we ever heard of the “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” lifestyle – there were the jazz musicians.

They were the rock stars of their day.

They had everything – fame, and money, and girls.

And drugs.

In the 1940s and 1950s, heroin was the drug of choice among jazz musicians in the United States.

I’m sure you’ve heard of Charlie Parker – saxophonist extraordinaire. He was hooked on heroin by the time he was 16. Legend has it that he signed away half the royalties from one of his songs to his heroin dealer – to ensure a steady supply of the drug he relied on for decades.

By the late 1940s, with Charlie Parker’s popularity at its height, up-and-coming jazz musicians were convinced that the only way they could play as well as “Bird” was to use heroin. In Los Angeles, just whistling the first three notes to Parker’s classic “Parker’s Mood” would signal to a fellow jazz musician that they too were in on the secret. In on the club.

Charlie Parker died in 1955, aged 34. Broken by his addiction, and a suicide attempt, and the premature death of his beloved daughter.

The jazz greats were – unwittingly – trailblazers for the rock stars that soon emerged. Sadly, their lessons were either unknown or ignored.

helikonia:“We can’t change the world, and a lot of the time we can’t even change people. No more…

helikonia:

“We can’t change the world, and a lot of the time we can’t even change people. No more than one bit at a time. So we do what we can to help whenever we get the chance, sweetheart. We save those we can. We do our best. Then we try to find a way to convince ourselves that that will just have to… be enough. So we can live with our failures without drowning.”

Frederik Backman, Anxious People

avasetocallmyown:I knew ye belonged here, with me, almost since the first time I laid eyes on…

avasetocallmyown:I knew ye belonged here, with me, almost since the first time I laid eyes on ye…

blairwitchz: — 16mm film of Vivien Leigh ♡

blairwitchz:

— 16mm film of Vivien Leigh

everythingfox: same

everythingfox:

same

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