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My Prized Guitar Pick Collection

Published July 7, 2013 by Maryanne

SAM_1496The late Dee Dee Ramone played bass with this very pick!

As some of you know I’m a major music fan and went to hundreds of shows over the years. And over the years, especially in my younger day, I was always up front at the shows and therefore built up quite a collection of guitar picks from famous guitarists and bassists. Tonite I present to you, from my very own scrap book, some of the more impressive ones!

I saw The Ramones play so many times, and the above is from Dee Dee, the bassist.

SAM_1491From legendary late Johnny Thunders

I was too young to see the original New York Dolls, but I followed Johnny Thunders all over NYC, seeing him perform at least 25 times (the most I’ve seen any performer!)

SAM_1505Steve Jones 

I was too young to see Steve Jones play guitar with the Sex Pistols, but followed him all over NYC and New Jersey when he played with The Professionals a few years later. Amazing guitarist and song writer, great guy too!

SAM_1485Richie Stotts of The Plasmatics

SAM_1494More picks from Richie Stotts, Plasmatics

The Plasmatics were always my favorite live band and it was so easy to get picks from them, as I have six from Richie Stotts. And for years I’ve kept pieces of flower pots that Wendy O. Williams smashed onstage, as well as pieces from the demolished television sets, etc.

I love how banged up Stotts’s picks are! How great is that?

From what I can remember, other picks I have include: Steve Diggle of The Buzzcocks, Dick Dale, and Rick Nielson from Cheap Trick.

Funny story about the Cheap Trick pick. It was in the early 1990s when rubber dresses were in vogue. (Remember Pamela Anderson in “Barbed Wire” or Heather Locklear on the cover of Details magazine?) At the time I was young, single, good looking and in excellent shape. So, being in vogue, I had a rubber dress too. Mine was similar to the one Heather Locklear wore on the cover of Details magazine. I was in the front, wearing my rubber dress and Rick Nielson kept trying to get pick in my cleavage! Well, he succeeded and I still have the pick.

Another time, I’ll share set lists! ENJOY!

Whatever Happened to Angelyne, the Billboard Queen?

Published January 27, 2013 by Maryanne

Angelina billboardSunset Boulevard billboard

Yesterday I was in one of those “Whatever Happened To?” modes and was thinking about Angelyne, the billboard queen of the 1980s who became a Hollywood icon by having a billboard of herself.

Her life was pretty mysterious and you can’t find too much information via Google.

She came from out of nowhere but did a few music videos (really good, like a cross between Blondie and Missing Persons and Berlin) and cameo appearances in movies, most famous, “Earth Girls are Easy.” But then she also did some low budget films in the 1970s. She also sang in a band called Baby Blue.

Angelyne didn’t have a rich husband who paid for these billboards, she was single and said the money came from investors. She was also a candidate in a 2003 California recall election.

No one knows the  real age of this eccentric lady. In some recent photos she appears elderly with a ton of plastic surgery and make-up, but according to a Los Angeles register of voters list, which only has her first name, it said she was 44 in 2007, which doesn’t make sense considering that she was making films in the 1970s and was already an adult.

In 1996, The Neurotic Ousiders played tribute to her with their song, Angelina. I knew who they were singing about immediately!

And in 2012, her most famous billboard was used in the movie, “Rock of Ages.”

angelyne-2Angelyne in recent years, still driving her pink Corvette, with vanity license plate of her name

If you “Google” you’ll find so many cool things about Angelyne and discover that she has an amazing fan base. She’s often seen in Hollywood, driving her corvette. She’ll let fans take a picture if they purchase one of her t-shirts, for a mere $20, which she keeps in her trunk.

I think she’s kinda cute and endearing.

 Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is the author of “Love Cats” available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback editions: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1681020513