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For the month of August I'm drawing an Actress a Day to finally get over my fear of drawing on the computer -- That's what's holding up "Actressland", a webcomic series that's been evolving in my head for ages. Today inspired by Illustration Friday's word of the week "bounce" I went with Jayne Mansfield on a whim ...and with a jiggle
Confession: I've never seen a Jayne Mansfield movie. Have you? "The Working Man's Marilyn Monroe*" made a lot of them but she remained more famous for her breasts than her acting. (Like Shelby, Pink was her signature color.)
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Did Us rock legend Bruce Springsteen consider suicide in the 1980s? The working man icon reportedly struggled in the early part of the decade and felt ''suicidal'' and ''depressed'' in the 1980s, according to his biographer. Dave Marsh, who is also a good friend of the musician, claims the 'Born to Run' hitmaker was feeling down around the time that he was finishing his sixth studio album 'Nebraska' in 1982, but his depression ''wasn't shocking''. He said: ''He was feeling suicidal. The depression wasn't shocking, per se. ''He was on a rocket ride, from nothing to something, and now you're getting your ass kissed day and night. You might start to have some inner conflicts about your real self-worth.'' The 62-year-old rocker hinted he had such feelings and would try to ''self-obliterate'' by performing lengthy concerts, which went on for as long as four hours. Bruce explained: ''My issues weren't as obvious as drugs. »
-- Bruce Springsteen, "Wrecking Ball" (Columbia)
Nearly three decades ago, Bruce Springsteen wrote with sadness about a man showing his young son a hometown ravaged by outside economic forces, a town the family was about to leave.
He's not sad now. He's angry, mighty angry. On the new song, "Death to My Hometown," he wants to "send the robber barons straight to hell, the greedy thieves who came around and ate the flesh of everything they found, whose crimes have gone unpunished now, who walk the streets as free men now."
With economic injustice, Springsteen's powerful new disc has a subject he can sink his teeth into, and he matches it with music that has some of the same clenched fury.
3 items from 2012
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