THE SENSELESS/NAMELESS SET - Part 6
The Art of Protest
Two photographs. No (?) connection. Welcome to senseless/nameless sets.
The Kon Tiki was named after a legendary seafaring sun-king common to both the old Inca kingdom and the islands of Polynesia.
In this photograph, a lone figure, possibly Thor Heyerdahl, perches on the mast of the Kon Tiki. He sailed the balsa wood raft with five fellow adventurers from Peru to Polynesia in 1947, in an attempt to prove that prehistoric South American seafarers could have made the same journey.
Students from Beijing University stage a huge demonstration in Tiananmen Square as they start an unlimited hunger strike as the part of mass pro-democracy protest against the Chinese government.
They had fame, reams of money and fans willing to do wild, unmentionable things just to breathe the same air — but in its September 24, 1971 issue, LIFE magazine illustrated a different side of the lives of rock stars. Like other mere mortals, they often came from humble backgrounds, with moms and dads who bragged about them, fussed over them, called them on their nonsense and worried about them every single day. Assigned to take portraits of the artists at home with their sweetly square folks, photographer John Olson traveled from the suburbs of London to Brooklyn to the Bay Area, capturing in his work the love that bridged any cultural and generational divides that existed between his subjects.
Unlike the other stars featured in LIFE’s story, the Jackson brothers — Michael, Marlon, Tito, Jermaine and Jackie — experienced fame as kids, and still lived with their parents (father/manager Joe and mother Katherine). At the time of LIFE’s shoot, they were the hottest act in pop, skyrocketing in 1970 with “ABC” and “I’ll Be There,” and had just moved into an expansive new house.
“It was very controlled,” Olson says of the photo shoot that resulted in the September, 24, 1971 LIFE cover. “As I remember, they followed my requests to a T, and were incredibly polite. The dad was pretty stern.”
Indeed, Joe — who had been a crane operator in Gary, Indiana, just three years before — hinted at the relentless drive toward fame about which Michael would later voice such ambivalence. “It wasn’t hard to know they could go on to be professionals,” Joe told LIFE of his young sons. “They won practically all the talent shows and I wasn’t surprised when they did make it.” (+)
#1: © John Olson / Time & Life / Getty, 1970, Olson sets up to shoot the Jackson 5 in their backyard
#2: © John Olson / Time & Life / Getty, 1970, With their parents standing by, 13-year-old dynamo Michael (front left) and his brothers Jackie, Marlon, Tito and Jermaine straddle their motorbikes by the pool
John Olson on Frank Zappa: “Everyone had told me that Frank Zappa was going to be really difficult, and he couldn’t have been more professional,” Olson told LIFE.com.
Zappa on His Parents: “My father has ambitions to be an actor,” Frank told LIFE. “He secretly wants to be on TV.”
Zappa’s Mom on Zappa: “The thing that makes me mad about Frank is that his hair is curlier than mine — and blacker.”
(thanks to / via: life)
The Jamam refugee camp in Upper Nile State, South Sudan houses 36,500 vulnerable people who have fled across the border from their homes in Blue Nile state to escape the ongoing fighting between Khartoum’s government troops and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army. In spring 2012 water was desperately scarce in the camp and as people formed long lines at taps in 40 degrees of heat, frustration and fights broke out.
Nearby at a dried up watering hole, every day dozens of thirsty children dug deep holes and caves into the parched earth to scoop up cups of muddy water. Sarah Yabura aged 16 says “Getting water from the holes is very difficult and dangerous. I’m afraid of the snakes. Life here is difficult and it will get much worse during the rainy season because this area will be flooded. Our whole family is here except my grandmother who stayed in Blue Nile. I have no hope for the future because there is no school here, no good life and my future is dark.” (read more)
Marian Anderson performs (with Kosti Vehanen on piano) at the Lincoln Memorial in April 1939. Here’s a video of that performance:
A portrait of early American photographer Albert Sands Southworth, believed to have been taken in 1848. Southworth & Hawes operated their daguerreotype studio in Boston, Massachusetts from 1843 to 1863 and were considered to be artistic and technical innovators of the medium Photograph.
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