Boris Vian (1920-1959), jazz musician, writer, painter, sculptor, all around cool Bohemian lived and played in the Paris underground in the 1950’s. He hung around Miles Davis, Juliette Gréco, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jacques Tati and many other artist and musicians of that period. His play J’irai cracher sur vos tombes is his most well known work, he also wrote a popular song in-titled “Fais-moi mal Johnny”
He died very young of a heart attack.
Portrait of Vian by Brénot.
I especially love this photo of a typical underground nightclub:
Bison Ravi, Baron Visi or Brisavion (anagrams of his name).
I found one of the last bohemian coffee shops left in Greenwich Village! Me and Laurent were on Dave the Spazz’s radio show. We got to see the Trashmen/Neanderthals concert. We spent ALL day at the WFMU record fair (found Roky Erickson 45’s). I got to visit Tara McPherson’s art studio. Exploring Brooklyn and eating bagels and exotic fake meats. I heart New York!
Here’s some photos of the costumes I’ve made. I’m in no way a professional, but Mimi has great ideas and we have fun when we work together.
In this photo I didn’t make Mimi’s costume, but my own. We were gogo dancers at The Loud Muffler’s Hot Rod festival in Vernouillet, France.
Mimi de Monmartre, burlesque personality from Paris in the pages of Inrockuptibles. Mimi had a dream to do authenitic 1950’s burlesque, and I helped her in a way in the begining. I’ve made several of Mimi’s stage costumes, which I will tell you about later. You will find Mimi doing gogo dancing at one of Europe’s many garage rock festivals or performing in chic night clubs, during burlesque festivals. She’s a real Parisian Beatnik and I adore her style! Mimi and her boyfriend Fred once saved my life, it’s true! She’s beautiful from the inside out. Gros bisoux ma chere et encore merci pour tout surtout d’être mon amie!
Check out her blog: http://mimidemontmartre2.blogspot.com
My space: http://www.myspace.com/mimi_de_montmartre