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Monthly Archive for October, 2012

Making New Waves

Music in a decade of flourishing female activity…

New thinking paved the way for women in a new decade. Music, art and literature flourished in the wake of the shifting grounds of the 1970s and women were finally at the front of it. This was the decade that Radio 1 saw its first female Dj, Germaine Greer and Kate Millet published their seminal works on feminism, London’s Stock Exchange opened it’s doors to women for the first time and Britain saw it’s first female Prime Minister. Defined by the female faces that shaped it new music sprung out of this decade in an explosion of experimentation and creativity.

Here are just a few of our favourite women from the eclectic styles this decade bore, with attitudes to match their wild locks these women were catalysts who have continued to inspire women in music ever since.
 
Track #1 These Days | Nico | Chelsea Girl
The Velvet Underground, somewhat reluctantly, gained their iconic female counterpart at the whim of Andy Warhol. Her distinctive voice, fusing folk and 60s pop sits somewhat at odds with the string and wind instrumentals behind, but such has become the distinctive style of Nico on both The Velvet Underground & Nico album and her solo album, Chelsea Girl. She is an icon of many facets, befriended by Brian Jones, Jimmy Page and Bob Dylan her extensive career included film, music and modeling projects before her life was cut short in 1988.

Nico performed “The Falconer” for then boyfriend Phillipe Garrel in his film La Lit de la Vierge. See how the melodic and poetic poise turns this epic panning shot across the Arizonian desert into a three-minute hallucinistic mirage: ‘The Falconer’ by Nico from La Lit de la Vierge
 
 
Track #2 Psycho Killer | Talking Heads | Talking Heads: 77
Her fusion of French-Californian origins may be to thank for the minimalist riffs of Tina Weymouth’s bass-lines. Tina Weymouth carries ‘Psycho Killer’ staccato paced into its infamous success for Talking Heads, who earned recognition as one of the defining avant-garde bands of the new wave genre.
 
 
 
Track #3 Heart of Glass | Blondie | Parallel Lines
Debbie Harry is no less a music-legend than her male contemporaries, Lou Reed, Jarvis Cocker or Morrissey. Blondie’s synthesis of disco and punk in Parallel Lines cascaded into musical success, fronted by Debbie Harry, with two-tone bleach hair and her fiery punk attitude, she quickly became an icon of punk-rock style.
 
 
 
 
 
Track #4 Wuthering Heights | Kate Bush | The Kick Inside
In all her Pre-Raphaelite beauty, Kate Bush stormed the charts age nineteen with ‘Wuthering Heights’. As the first female singer-songwriter to gain a number one hit, her idiosyncratic style and distinctive voice have made her one of the greatest female successes of all time. Another timeless icon rising to fame in the decade of women’s success Kate Bush inspired a generation of female singer-songwriters from Björk to Florence Welch.
 
 
Track #5 Hong Kong Garden | Siouxsie and the Banshees | The Scream
Words almost fail me when faced with the enigmatic Siouxsie Sioux; utterly aloof, effortlessly cool she is attitude and style with the face of an angel… maybe we are just a bit in awe, but this 70s pop-queen carved a path through music, fashion and style that paved the way for others to follow. Lead singer of Siouxsie and the Banshees their hits included “Happy House” and “Hong Kong Garden”, but with her own prolific solo career, Siouxsie Sioux recorded songs with artists John Cale and Morrissey and her songs have been covered by everyone from Jeff Buckley to LCD Soundsystem.
 
 
Track #6 Love Is A Battlefield | Pat Benatar | Crimes of Passion
Rising to fame at the end of the 1970s Pat Benatar’s unprecedented musical success was as infamous as her spandex-clad legs. An archetypal figure of the women’s era in music her power-chord ballads became pillars of mainstream music success and made Pat Benatar - philanthropist, activist and mother – a pop-icon and international legend.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Track #7 So Good To Be Back Home Again | The Tourists | The Tourists
Better known as the fiery red head singing ‘Sweet Dreams’ Annie Lennox‘s music career began with the new wave band The Tourists. Abandoning her prestigious music college to pursue a career in pop music she embarked on a relatively fruitless career with The Tourists before joining forces with David Stewart to go on and become Eurythmics.
 
 
 
 
For more songs by these and other wonderful women of this musical era check out our Spotify playlist: Wunderbuzz | A New Wave of Women

Say hi to Iona

Iona Goulder immediately caught my eye in the film course we took together. She’s absolutely gorgeous, and has an amazing personal style. Iona is one of those women who has access to her grandmother’s amazing closet, so you’ll always see her wearing incredible hats and old tweed jackets. But it’s not just her looks that’s worth mentioning, she’s a very curious and intelligent woman, who pushes me to new heights in my own work because she’s so ambitious herself. Iona is on her final year of art history at Goldsmiths College and I have very high hopes for what she’s going to achieve in the future.

Iona is from now on a new contributor at Wunderbuzz, which I’m very pleased with. So a big welcome to her, I hope you’ll take good care of her.

Francesca Woodman

Her story is very sad, but the work she created before her suicide at the age of only 22, is astonishing. Francesca Woodman was born in 1958 in Denver, Colorado. Her parents are the well-known artists George Woodman and Betty Woodman.

Here is Francesca Woodman with her father George Woodman

After researching her work, it seems most of the black and white photographs she took, was of herself or other women, often posing nude.

What I especially love about her photos, is that the bodies are blurry (due to movement and long exposure times). It gives the figures a kind of ghostlike feeling, because what is in focus is the background or the objects in the scene, not them, yet you immediately turn your eyes to them. It seems like they are almost trying to hide themselves away from the world, or maybe they have never actually been there. Knowing Francesca’s tragical short lifestory, you can get a feeling that this was exactly how she felt herself. Nontheless, the photographs are great artworks, and they make me think about how fleeting life can be.

In 2010, Scott Willis created a film titled “The Woodmans” about “The story of a family that suffers a tragedy, but perseveres and finds redemption through each other and their work – making art.” Watch the trailer here: YouTube Preview Image

Loveletter

Photo by Lauryn Holmquist

Remember your first loveletter? I remember it clearly.

I had been in love with this guy for a really long time never having the nerves to ask him out. One day I finally got it together and stuffed an envelope with candy (did someone say bribing?!) and wrote a loveletter asking if he wanted to be my boyfriend. I still remember the anticipation and the daydreams of me and him together…

This is my loveletter to you and this time I don’t expect an answer, I only hope you will make yourself a cup of tea, relax and look through this recipe of enjoyment.

Songs
From the album entitled “Have one on me” by Joanna Newsom, listen to the sad, but beautiful song “On a Good Day”.

1 breakfast
With an Arnold Bennet omelet made by The Delicious Miss Dahl.

1 night
With the beautiful Carey Mulligan in the movie An Education directed by Lone Scherfig. The movie is about a young girl falling in love with an older man and her sudden lack of interest in her previous education plans at Oxford and her new passion for Paris and love.

1 walk
To the shop Books for Cooks in Nottinghill and see if you can get a table in their little café.

3 big mouthfuls
Of a Millefeuilles delight from the French family bakery PAUL.

5 cups
Of Clipper’s green tea, because they make incredible good tea and I love their packaging.

1,5 slurps
Of a Tutti Frutti smoothie at Smiths of Smithfield in the meatpacking district of London.

Loads of
trips to Kenwood House in Hamstead Heath in North London.

Many baths
With the body cleanser named: A Rose By Any Other Name by Aesop. Because it’s based on the highest-quality plant-based ingredients and their prices are reasonable.

New, old posts

Since it’s been 4 years since I started Wunderbuzz, I thought I would give you the change to dig into the old archive, by choosing some of my favourite old posts.

Women by photographers
Woman are beautiful
Women of the world
 
 
 
 
 
Celebration of the female body
Breasts
Bikini
Booty
Naked women
 
 
 
 
Inspiring women
Nico
Sally Mann
Stevie Nicks
Edith Sitwell
 
 
 
Visual inspiration 
Polkadots
Bohemia
Fever
I’m a story teller

Annabelle’s Serpentine Dance

This is one of the most beautiful things I have seen for a long time. It’s a hand-tinted film from the early start of cinema (1895), produced by Thomas Edison. It shows Broadway dancer Annabelle Whitford doing the “serpentine dance”, which was a popular form of burlesque dance in the 1890s. The film was banned, because you see short glimpses of Annabelle’s undergarments(!). The illusion of her dress changing colours looks magical.

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New design, new chapter

Vintage photo. Unknown photographer.

Celebrating inspiring women & femininity

From 2008 – today, Wunderbuzz has developed from being about “fashion globally, from the core to the periphery, with an ambition to be a hub of wonderful things that inspire” into “Explorations of wonderful creations”. Throughout this development, one consisting theme has always been femininity and the celebration of women.

Therefore, I have decided to bring this even more into focus in the next period of Wunderbuzz’ life. I have teamed up with two amazing contributors (whom I will tell you more about shortly) and the ambition is to turn Wunderbuzz into a community committed to the intellectual, artistic and visionary pursuits of the Twenty-first century woman.

For this, Daniel Flösser from Field:Lab did his magic and has made the design even more simplistic, encouraging you to delve further into the posts and removing unnecessary noise and distractions. I hope you like it!

If you are interested in being a contributor, I would love to hear from you. Send me an email here.