lunedì 10 agosto 2009

Waiting for the Jamboree: Charles Phoenix

Charles Phoenix grew up in Southern California in late 60s/70s, developing soon an interest for 50s and 60s cars. When he moved to LA, in 1982, he stumbled upon a box of old 35mm family and travel slides in a thrift shop. Of course collecting other people old slides became an addiction, soon translated in something original.



At today, Charles Phoenix is well known as an humorist and entertainer, but most of all, he is known for his live comedy retro slide show performances that point out both the iconic and ironic side of popular history.




He also organizes a series of retro school bus field trip tours around Downtown Los Angeles, the Disneyland Tour , that prove that the similarities between Downtown Los Angeles & Disneyland are staggering!




Last but not least at all, his colorful coffee table books that celebrate the 50's Kodachrome era of American road trips, Hawaii (I want this one so bad!), Las Vegas, Southern California and the Pomona Valley east of Los Angeles are a must.



8 commenti:

PinkBow ha detto...

this post is so interesting :)

Meaghan Kelly ha detto...

oh wow that must be a realy cool comedy act to see! I feel like i'd be so distracted by the pretty stuff they're wearing in the pictures that i wouldn't even hear all of his jokes!
great post !! :D

Berry ha detto...

These pictures are so interesting! I can definitely see where he gets comedy from them. =P

Although, I'm not so sure about comparing LA to Disneyland. You can't really compare any other place to Disneyland - it's above everything else!

Jessica Cangiano ha detto...

What a fascinating fellow, I've never heard of him before, but can relate to the desire to collect old photos, even if the people in them are complete strangers to you. There is something very beautiful about preserving the memories captured on film of the generations that went before us.

Lovely post, honey, thank you for sharing with us!

Big hugs,
♥ Jessica

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse ha detto...

Oooh, I want one of the coffee table books now!

Amelia ha detto...

These are so cool! They capture 50s and 60s America really well.

KIRAFASHION ha detto...

beautiful story :)

Kisses and hugs girl!

Tink in My Closet ha detto...

Beyond exciting!!