Rock Photographer Autumn de Wilde: The Decemberists in Polaroid

Rock Photographer Autumn de Wilde: The Decemberists in Polaroid

Rock photographer Autumn de Wilde and The Decemberists have teamed up with The Impossible Project to create a deluxe box edition for the band’s new album, The King Is Dead. Autumn de Wilde was joking when she first offered to take a couple thousand Polaroid shots of her friends in the folk-rock band the Decemberists. But they called her bluff, and a few months later she’d accumulated more than 2,500 single- and double-exposed photos of the five band members, which were taken during recording sessions for the new album and around their hometown haunts in Portland, Oregon. All of the pictures were taken on Polaroid Type 100 peel-apart film provided by The Impossible Project, a group of former Polaroid employees who banded together in 2008 to rescue the beloved instant cameras from total obsolescence.

Here’s a video-montage of de Wilde’s Polaroid photographs, accompanying the band’s new song from their album, Down by the Water. Then take a look through the slide show presenting more of de Wilde’s unique and dramatic Polaroids.

The Decemberists: Down by the Water

Slide Show: The Decemberists in Polaroid

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The Rose: When the Night Has Been Too Lonely

Bette Midler: The Rose (1979)

Janis Joplin (1967/68)

The Rose: When the Night Has Been Too Lonely

It’s the dream afraid of waking
that never takes the chance,
It’s the one who won’t be taken
who cannot seem to give,
and the soul afraid of dying
that never learns to live.

In the 1979 movie The Rose, Bette Midler played Rose, a role that was a fictionalized biography of Janis Joplin.  For her outstanding performance, Midler was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 1980.  She was named Best Actress by BAFTA in 1981, and received the 1980 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress.  The Rose follows Rose’s career during her last tour.  Her rock and roll lifestyle and constant touring led her to an inevitable breakdown; she gave and gave and gave, until she had nothing left to give.

Bette Midler: The Rose (Music Video)

Bette Midler: The Rose (Extended Trailer, 1979)

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