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1923: Douglas Fairbanks & Mary Pickford Move To…Adelaide?

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Douglas Fairbanks & Mary Pickford Move To…Adelaide?
It may sound like a joke now, nearly 100 years later, but, in 1923, there was a strong possibility that Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford were about to relocate their cinematic empire and set up shop in Adelaide, South Australia.  Such a move, if successful, would have seen Adelaide become the New Hollywood.
When word broke at the end of July, 1923, that the dashing Fairbanks, easily the most popular and best known male film star in the world behind Charlie Chaplin, and his wife Mary Pickford, would be coming to Adelaide to film Fairbanks’s next movie, The Black Pirate, in and around the Adelaide Hills the city went crazy.  Fairbanks, and by association, Hollywood, was coming to Adelaide.  How could this happen?
When it came to planning movies, Fairbanks was meticulous, often spending more time in pre-production than actual filming.  Every stunt was rehearsed to perfection, every set and location was perfect and The Black Pirate w…

Vale Rich Buckler

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Rich Buckler has left us, after a long battle with cancer. I had the good fortune to work with Rich on a series of essays detailing his life and career. I know people had issues with him, but I always found him to be warm and receptive, but also a bit restrained until we got to know each other a lot better. Even when I suggested that he address the allegations of swiping in his series, he took in the spirit that I meant and tackled it head on and explained himself perfectly, and with dignity. He was a complex man, but he was an incredibly talented artist and creator. He was one of the original fans who broke into the big leagues and left an indelible mark on the industry. His work, unlike many others, is still in print and is still being referenced by many of today's artists.  May he rest easy. Vale Rich Buckler.  You will be missed by many.

There's a lawyer who's sure, all that glitters is gold..." Led Zeppelin On Trial: Part Three - Jimmy Page Answers The Same Question Many, Many Times

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For decades the rumours had been doing the rounds and the evidence was damning.  One listen to Taurus by the band Spirit and you’ll swear black and blue that Jimmy Page had stolen the main guitar riff for Stairway To Heaven.  One day Randy California, the man who wrote Taurus would eventually sue Page and co. and he’d win, and win big.  It really was supposed to be that simple.

It was anything but simple.  Unlike previous cases brought against Page, Plant, Jones and Bonham, such as Willie Dixon suing over the obvious rewrite of You Need Love (aka Whole Lotta Love), or Jake Holmes finally winning a massive payout and partial credit after Page outright stole I’m Confused (aka Dazed And Confused) and other cases – Anne Bredon won a settlement for Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, Howlin’ Wolf got money for How Many More Times, The Killing Floor (aka The Lemon Song), Willie Dixon (again, got paid for Bring it On Home and the owner of Richie Valens publishing got paid for Ooh! My Head(aka Boogie Wi…