21st Century Schizoid Man
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Peter Behrens was a German architect and designer, famous for his work for AEG, designing everything from the company logo up to the Turbine Factory in Berlin. He designed New Ways in 1926 for WJ Bassett-Lowke, and it is considered the first modernist house in England.
this is only a short distance from where I currently work. Bassett-Lowke’s previous house in Northampton, 78 Derngate, was remodelled by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and is now open to the public. New Ways is still a private dwelling and can only be glimpsed from the road
There have been rumors of a full-fledged Faces reunion for a long time now, and I think Rod Stewart has been talking about it again. Seems like a bad idea! Not only is Ronnie Lane long gone, but the remaining (and sober) Faces could never conjure up the magic of their gloriously drunken prime. Here’s a show from right at the beginning, October 28, 1970, at the Fillmore West that fully demonstrates that magic. It’s so early, in fact, that Bill Graham introduces them as the Small Faces. Nothing small about them here, though, they sound positively gigantic. The band starts things off with a slow burner, “Devotion,” but mainly they just do the full-tilt boogie for the remainder of the set. One thing that strikes me here is how absolutely awesome a guitar player Ronnie Wood used to be — check him out on the stomping “Around The Plynth” or the righteously chooglin’ “You’re My Girl.” Anyway, this is an extremely fun gig, classic rock at its finest.
In association with a small exhibition in London, Elain Harwood and the folks at English Heritage have produced a series of short videos on listed Brutalist buildings. The first — an overview that features Alison & Peter Smithson’s house for Derek Sugden, and Ernö Goldfinger’s Balfron Tower — is embedded here. The other two videos feature Denys Lasdun’s Royal College of Physicians and Peter Aldington’s Turn End houses, respectively. The results are delightful and well worth your 15 minutes.
I only got to see the Turn End video on my visit ti the exhibition so I’m delighted to have access to the others.