Monday, April 13, 2009

Rock Star 69 Sketches

I am posting this work by special request from my old friend Fred Seibert. I hesitate to post too much old work, but a request from Fred is almost impossible for me to deny. These sketches were made in June 1969 for a series of sculptures/constructions of rock musicians. They were done on unlined, 3-hole punched notebook paper. Represented are Eric Clapton, Jack Casady, Janis Joplin, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend, Pig Pen and Taj Mahal. None of these remaining sketches ever became sculptures. Musicians who made it into the 3rd dimension were: John and Yoko, Jim Morrison, Frank Zappa and Jimi Hendrix. I recall Jimi's hat was made from an upside down plastic cottage cheese container with a cardboard brim. His hair was made from steel wool spray painted matte black. Unfortunately these sculptures and their preliminary sketches got lost somewhere in time and space.


Fred Seibert said...

Frank is (and always has been) a year older than me, and even though I love music, fan-wise he's got me beat. Starting in junior high he's always was the one to introduce me to the newest bands (that year he played me "Last Train to Clarksville" and told me about The Cyrkle).

By high school, he'd told me about Jeff Beck's Truth and The Who. So, when I saw him walking towards the school bus stop holding something very carefully I paid attention. It was a sculpture with a sign that said "Mothers of Invention" and had a kind of hairy, ugly thing on top.

"What's that?"

"Frank Zappa," he said, and pulled out, I think, Freak Out. I nodded knowingly, knowing nothing, and went about my business. But I never forgot the Mothers, and soon enough, when I was ready, I knew Frank had introduced me to a winner again.

Frank Olinsky said...

Fred, what an amazing memory you have.