Wednesday, July 13, 2011

tenderoni you've got to be, spark my nature, sugar fly with me

"This is the new British girl. Observe her. She is a novel phenomenon." 
So begins the introduction by Anthony Haden-Guest - a glorious outpouring of praise and adoration for these girls that epitomized a particular time, place, and moment in history. Haden-Guest explains that who this girl is: "She is Loyal, also Fickle, Obstinate, Gentle, Suspicious and Trusting. Also Sharp and Feckless, Realistic and Fantastic beyond belief. Just as in the horoscopes, which she never fails to read, make your character diagnosis, and it will seem to fit. Until you diagnose the opposite, and that fits too." 


"There are no rules, only exceptions. Except that the British girl is suddenly the most attractive, the most desirable, the most startling girl in the world. This is a rule, and an exceptional one.
She is a new animal, a shock genetic mutation, and she has appeared everywhere, like a new model of car, or an epidemic, or the flowers in the Spring."

"But there is, of course, a reason for everything. A new animal must be observed in its environment, and especially in this case when the British girl has exploded into a radically altered environment, which she has created, or which created her, or whatever, and which has become known as the London Scene. The Scene ... an exhausted phrase now, an adman's phrase like Image. The Image of London, the London Scene, both phrases over-used, almost to death, but always resurrected, because they are irreplaceable. There is a new way of life, and these girls are part of it.
The new girl belongs to this moment in time, and only this one." 

Pattie Boyd
"Pattie Boyd always looks on the brink of being startled by something utterly fantastic. The eyes and mouth are assuming delicate saucer shapes. The blood is about to rush from a milky and tremulous face. She has already been startled, by a precipitous success as a model, and she startled everybody else by marrying a Beatle, George Harrison, the lean one who is trying to master the Indian sitar. What more utterly fantastic things can life hold?"

Charlotte Rampling
"Apparently without trying much, she is maintaining an impressive rising graph, from toting a guitar around Spain, through modelling, to acting. There was a flash of a scene in The Knack and quite a slice of Georgy Girl - two crucial movies of the new London - and now onwards. In Georgy Girl she portrayed a Swinger, 'a really vile and hard sort of woman' in her own words. But everybody calls her Charly." 

Sue Murray
"Sue Murray is a model, and one of the bright lights of the post-Shrimpton wave. She is one of the moxt successful in Britain, or, for that matter, the United States, where she works constantly. Why? John d Green says that she doesn't have to work at it - she just stands there. She is the perfectly natural girl." 

Title: from "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)" (Michael Jackson)

14 comments:

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FABULOUS.

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Love it! Black and white photography is just great!

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Totally uh-mazing! So envious of you having that book x

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<3 amzing book :D xxxxxxx

Raquel said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Love it! Can't wait to read more...

Lucia said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

sue murray = <3

Smashingbird said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Eeeek you lucky thing! x

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

:) thank youuu Kaitlyn xoxoxo

Alexis said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Jessica - I definitely agree with you. There's something just more special, more magical about black and white photography. It has a definite edge over color in my opinion.
But maybe that's just because we're both quite retro-lovin darlings?

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Laura - I wish I could say that I'm sorry, but I'm not because then that would mean I'm sorry that I have the book haha. I recommend prowling eBay for a cheapie version like I did! Even though this book is amaaaaazing, I don't think spending several hundred dollars on one book is justifiable. Unless the book is covered in diamonds or Paul McCartney's kisses or something.

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Lorri - amazing profile picture lemme say! It;s gorge! En par with the Birds of Britain hehe :)

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Raquel - I wish I could transcribe every last bit of this book onto the site. There's more writing than I expected, and I love more of it than I anticipated! I swear it's like a biblical experience when I sit down to leaf through these pages.

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Lucia - isn't she just the most gorgeous creature? I don't understand how there are people who don't know who she is. I showed one of my roommates a photoshoot of her, and by the end of it she was drooling over how gorgeous Sue was (and is)

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:) thank you Smashingbird!!
xxo