Kim Fowley — I Want My Corpse in Magazines … With Fetish Models

SOURCE: TMZ

 

Famed music producer Kim Fowley, who died last Thursday, had a last wish … he wanted to be abused and mutilated by fetish models.

 

Fowley — who worked with The Runaways, KISS and Alice Cooper — made plans in 2012 with the publisher of “Girls and Corpses” Magazine to feature his dead body on the cover.

 

According to emails Kim sent the publisher, a photog, and his then-girlfriend — the singer/songwriter wanted a full spread featuring a group of fetish models violating his corpse.

 

Kim said, “Snow [his GF] and her fetish friends, could mutilate the body, providing real blood & guts and set my bones and blood on fire.” He also said he’d fund the whole thing.

 

The publisher passed on the really gory stuff, but agreed to shoot his dead body with girls on top for the cover.

 

But here’s the snag. Kim moved on, found a new girlfriend who he married, and she has control of the body. But they can’t find her to allow them to shoot the body.

 

And when it comes to corpses, even a good composer decomposes over time.

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Kim Fowley, Runaways Producer and L.A. Rock Icon, Dead at 75

 

SOURCE: Rolling Stone
The producer and songwriter, whose credits include Kiss and Alice Cooper albums, was battling cancer at the time of his death

 

Runaways producer and notorious L.A. music legend Kim Fowley has died. In recent months, he had been undergoing cancer treatments, though no cause of death has been announced. He was 75.

 

Charismatic and eccentric, Fowley is best remembered as the record producer for the all-female rock group the Runaways. He introduced Joan Jett, who was 15 at the time, to teenage drummer Sandy West and helped them find frontwoman Cherie Currie, lead guitarist Lita Ford and bassist Jackie Fox. He produced the band’s 1976 self-titled debut and co-wrote the band’s biggest hit, the punkish “Cherry Bomb,” with Jett. He also co-produced the following year’s Queens of Noise and helmed the same year’s Waitin’ for the Night.

 

Fowley was born in 1939 to Singin’ in the Rain actor Douglas Fowley and actress Shelby Payne and grew up in Los Angeles and around southern California. After a bout with polio in 1957, he began a career in the music industry, producing his first single – the Renegades’ “Charge” – in 1959. In the Sixties, worked with Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Seeds and Gene Vincent, among others, as well as launching his own solo career; his 1968 LP Outrageous, Fowley’s third, was the only one to chart in the U.S. Fowley closed out the Sixties by MCing John Lennon’s performance at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival, where he asked the audience to hold up its cigarette lighters, arguably starting the concert fad.

 

The Seventies found Fowley working with the Modern Lovers, Blue Cheer and Helen Reddy. He also co-wrote songs on Kiss’ hit Destroyer and a “Escape” on Alice Cooper’s Welcome to My Nightmare. Fowley and the Runaways severed their ties in 1977, after which he set out to find another group he could market as a novelty. Although he worked with a few groups over the ensuing decades and continued to put out his own solo LPs, none reached the success or notoriety of the Runaways.

 

In the 2000s, he tried his hands at experimental film, and in 2012, he won a special jury prize for innovation and audaciousness at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival for his films Golden Road to Nowhere and BlackRoomDoom. In 2014, Fowley made an appearance in Beyoncé’s “Haunted” video.

 

In September 2014, Billboard reported that Fowley had been receiving cancer treatments and that Runaways frontwoman Currie, with whom he had been in legal battles over royalties over the years, had been caring for him. The pair had been working with Lita Ford that was earmarked for 2014 but has yet to come out. At the time of the Billboard report, Currie said she was optimistic about Fowley’s condition, even though he had been hospitalized and was recording a radio show for SiriusXM’s Little Steven’s Garage channel from his bed.

 

“Kim Fowley is a big loss to me,” E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt said in a statement. “A good friend. One of a kind. He’d been everywhere, done everything, knew everybody. He was working in the Underground Garage until last week. We should all have as full a life. I wanted DJs that could tell stories first person. He was the ultimate realization of that concept. Rock Gypsy DNA. Reinventing himself whenever he felt restless. Which was always. One of the great characters of all time. Irreplaceable.”

 

“Kim was a great and often misunderstood individual,” Blondie drummer Clem Burke said in a statement. “When Blondie first came to Hollywood Kim was one of the legends we wanted to meet. We did meet him at the Tropicana motel and became friends. I had the privilege of sitting next to Kim at a screening at SXSW of the Runaways film. When it ended, I turned to Kim and told him he was the hero of the film. He seemed happy to hear that.”

 

In a 2012 interview with the San Diego Reader, Fowley characterized his own role in rock music. “It’s necessary for a band to have charisma, and it’s necessary for a band to have a Kim Fowley in there someplace,” he said. “The behind-the-scenes people are as much a part of rock ‘n’ roll as the guys onstage…. Kim Fowley is a necessary evil.”

 

Ralph Peer, the chairman and CEO of Peer Music was the first to report on Fowley’s passing saying, “He and his energy will be missed.” He confirmed the news with author Harvey Kubernik.

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Chicago strip club gets neighborhood award for cleanliness


Some objected to the Admiral Theatre receiving the “Block Star Business” award, but the Albany Park Neighbors group says residents vote on the winners.

 

CHICAGO — A strip club on the northwest side of Chicago has received a neighborhood award for its efforts to improve the area.

 

Albany Park Neighbors decided this month to give one of six “Block Star Business” awards to the Admiral Theatre. The group’s website says the award is meant to spotlight businesses working to keep the neighborhood clean and beautiful, as well as provide top-notch customer service.

 

One member of the group tells the Sun-Times that the Admiral did a great job tidying up during recent construction work on the building’s facade.

 

The club’s creative director says it employs workers whose tasks include maintaining the block by collecting trash and sweeping sidewalks. He says the club plans to frame the certificate and display it in the main lobby.

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At the top of their game: PRONG to return to Europe

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Congress Theater in Logan Square to be redeveloped


The Congress Theater, which closed in 2013. (Anthony Souffle / Chicago Tribune)

By Becky Yerak Chicago Tribune

The Congress Theater, a Logan Square institution that closed in 2013 after a string of code violations, will be renovated in a project that also includes the construction of a small inn and affordable housing, according to 1st Ward Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno.

Moreno and New Congress LLC, which is led by Chicago developer and real estate investor Michael Moyer, will host an open house to tour the theater from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 24.

The project will cost about $50 million, said a person familiar with the plans.

Moyer has controlled the property, at 2135 N. Milwaukee Ave., since last year, according to the WBEZ website, which reported the plans Monday.

The Congress Theater opened in 1926. It has hosted such musical acts as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Lauryn Hill. Like other theaters, it faced demolition. But the theater was designated a Chicago landmark in 2002. The theater closed in 2013 after a string of code violations and a legal battle with the city, which alleged on several occasions that the building is unsafe.

Moyer is best known for renovating the Cadillac Palace Theatre, a major venue in the city’s theater district, as well as the Hotel Allegro next door.

“This long-overdue rehabilitation project will not only renovate the theater’s historic lobby and auditorium, it also will include the improvement of the ground-floor commercial spaces and the modernization of the above-grade residential units into a small inn and residences,” Moreno’s office said.

Live musical performances will resume, according to Moreno. Moyer confirmed the plans.

Moyer began his career at Price Waterhouse & Co. in its Seattle and Anchorage, Alaska, offices. He later joined Kenneth Leventhal in Chicago, and then became vice president of finance for Melvin Simon & Associates, the private entity that is now the publicly traded Simon Property Group, whose properties include Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. In 2008 and 2009, he pursued investments in Iraq, working with the government of Iraq and international investors.

On his WBEZ blog, Jim DeRogatis said the sale to Moyer and efforts to redevelop the site were slowed by two competing claims from concert promoters who said they each had the right of first refusal to buy the venue should the previous owner sell.

The residences in the project will meet the criteria of the city’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance — a request Moreno made of New Congress LLC. The ordinance requires residential developments that receive city financial assistance or involve city-owned land to provide a percentage of units at affordable prices.

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Muslim mayor of Rotterdam Ahmed Aboutaleb tells Islamists to ‘pack your bags’ and ‘fuck off’ on live TV

Moroccan-born Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, tells Islamists to pack their bags and leave.

SOURCE: www.ibtimes.co.uk

The Muslim mayor of the Dutch city of Rotterdam has told Muslims who turn their back on freedom to “pack your bags” and “fuck off”, live on television.

Ahmed Aboutaleb told NewsHour of his anger at the refusal of a number of Muslims to adapt to their new surroundings, which he said he has done after living in Holland since 1976.

“It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom… But if you don’t like freedom, for heaven’s sake pack your bags and leave,” he said.

“There may be a place in the world where you can be yourself, be honest with yourself and do not go and kill innocent journalists. And if you do not like it here because humorists you do not like make a newspaper, may I then say you can fuck off.

“This is stupid, this so incomprehensible. Vanish from the Netherlands if you cannot find your place here. All those well-meaning Muslims here will now be stared at”.

Over half of Rotterdam’s population consists of ethnic minorities and non-native residents.

Aboutaleb is Moroccan-born and became the mayor of Rotterdam in 2008. According to Breitbart, he was initially criticised by anti-Islam parties within the Netherlands but has outlasted the prejudice against him, based on his faith, from some sections of the country.

This is not the first time that he has made controversial comments about Dutch Muslims, in 2004 he said that if they did not wish to practice Dutch values they could “catch the first plane out”.

Aboutaleb is not the only Dutch politician to speak out against Muslims who are perceived as being against Dutch values. Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders has been under police protection since 2004 for his statements on Islam.

“Anyone who expresses support for terror as a means to overthrow our constitutional democracy, as far as I’m concerned, should leave the country at once,” he told the Hague last September.

“If you are waving an Islamic State [IS] flag, you are waving an exit ticket. Leave!”

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