THE SPIDER WITH THE PLATINUM HAIR

A MICK RONSON BIOGRAPHY

The authors, Weird and Gilly (characters from the David Bowie album, Ziggy Stardust), have written a book about guitar legend Mick Ronson, and they have done a tremendous job!
For those who don’t know who Mick Ronson was, this may not be a book for you. Others, like me, will probably find the book overwhelming with all its details and stories.
Michael Ronson was born in Kingston upon Hull in 1946.
Weird & Gilly has interviewed a lot of his relatives, classmates and others that stood him near.
I’m usually a quick reader, but in this case, it took me weeks to complete it. I didn’t know that much!
I bought some of Mick Ronson’s solo projects, and of course, I bought the remastered version of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (I had them all on vinyl, but my son have got all my records and stereo system). The book is very well written, and all the stories have given me a new perspective on both Mick Ronson and the whole environment around David Bowie. As a supplement to the book, it is well worth downloading the video Beside Bowie. It’s easy to find online, and it’s free to download. At least the copy I found.

Mick Ronson and David Bowie


Technical facts:
Published by Music Press Books www.johnblakebooks.com

The book even contains a couple of pages with pictures, which is a bit unusual for a paperback.
The number of pages is 378 plus the cover.

Finally, I only saw Mick Ronson on stage once.
It was with Mott the Hoople at a club in Bergen. The concert was fantastic and it was an experience to watch Mick Ronson’s way of playing.
Mick later returned to Bergen, where he was to produce a record for Secret Mission, a well-known Norwegian band.
One night I happened to meet him at a pub in town. He stood right next to me and greeted very politely. I wanted to tell him that he was the world’s best guitarist, but I figured it was something he had heard far too many times. Instead, we had a conversation about very ordinary things.

I’ll never forget it!

Killing my darlings

«KILL your darlings» is a well-known expression in the writing community all though I believe it was first used in the advertising industry.
Well, I have done a lot of killing lately …
My first site, bandana.no is history. CheapChip Publishing, cheapchip.no has gone the same way.
My firm has changed its name to CRYCROWD GRAPHICS.
I think that is right ‘cause I already have started doing more things than making books. 



Some of you has seen my pre-made ebook covers, based on free pictures mainly sourced from Pixabay.
I have started making covers from my own pictures, but I have been so busy lately that I haven’t had the time to make enough of them yet. 



I show you two of my own covers here, but it will take some time before they are ready to be sold on crycrowd.com

Norwegian law requires that I change the front page of my books and at the same time get new ISBNs.
I will also have to change the Copyright Notice on each of the pics in both my books …

Luckily, I have never been afraid of working.

I already working on my cookbook (only in Norwegian). It’s a huge project and it will probably take over a year to finish.
At the same time, I try to write on something that seems to become a crime novel.

My biggest drawback is that I don’t like the summer.
I work best in the fall and early spring.
Then it is dark and it stimulates the imagination … 

Added September 13 2019

I closed down my premade eBook covers service today. Too much work and too few who responded.
I have a lot to do but are still open for custom made covers.

Send me a mail if you are interested.
Meanwhile, I concentrate on my cookbook and my novel …

After the ball

These pictures never became particularly popular …
My wife hates them and I am pretty sure that she is not the only one.
It is not my mission in life to make pictures which people like, sometimes it is is much more important to make something that they really disgust.
Anyway, that is not a theme for writing this.
I just show you what I have made and then you can make
your own opinion …

“After the Ball”, the title is taken from a song of “Klaus Nomi”, was a picture which “made itself”.

Kari, the model on these three photographs, was quite exhausted and wanted to go home. I myself was quite satisfied and we agreed to end the session.

And there it was, the moment I love!

On the end of this shot, she had been wearing a ski mask, but we had been experimenting with all sorts of material. Her makeup was unusually thick and greasy, and at the moment she drew the mask over her head the eyelids got stuck with the fabric and she cried out in pain.
At that particular moment I was putting down my camera, but just in a reflex I had it back and got the shot that I had worked for so long.

It all happened so quickly that it was first when we were standing in the darkroom together, watching the picture slowly emerge on the paper, that we understood that it was this we had been working for.

What others may understand …
Hopefully, there is someone out there who can appreciate the photographs and what we were trying to accomplish.
Anyway, this is “After the Ball”.

When I look back I think that the whole idea about masks had been better in a “Butoh” performance than independent graphic art. Anyway, I think that some of the pictures came out rather well.
The titles indicate that my thoughts were occupied with theatrical effects rather than making good photographs.

A rather strange thing happened when we were working with this idea. The session went over weeks with several models and during that period a robbery took place here in Bergen. Photos from the bank’s security cameras were released and in one of the pictures, I could see that the robber most certainly was a woman.
The robber was never caught, which in itself prove that I have right.

Women tend to do better than men in many jobs …

Pictures from
“The Man Outside the Window”

Model, Kari.