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David Bowie; The Icon Remembered

By Bruce Edwin

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Welcome to the newly revised Hollywood Sentinel! This online magazine is a creation that we are very passionate about, as we are passionate of all of the arts in general. The Hollywood Sentinel is the only magazine on the planet that covers all areas of the arts, features ‘only’ the good news, is seen by every star in its pages, as well as many more of the world’s most powerful people, and is created by working professionals in the entertainment industry. It is also unique in that it infuses a spiritual message in the publication, something lacking in most other entertainment publications. And, it serves as a voice to fans, to those aspiring in Hollywood, as well as an insider tool for top, A-level VIP’s and moguls.

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DAVID BOWIE

I grew up listening to my Dad’s great record collection when I was a boy. At 6 years old, I was singing to The Beatles, Janis Joplin, Elvis, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Tommy James and the Shondelles, and the Everly Brothers among many more. By 8, I was picking out my own music, and by 12, I started building my own record collection which included Joan Jett, Queen, Styx, Rush, Billy Idol, The Police, and dozens more including a man named David Bowie. When I first heard Bowie, I was stunned. The first thing that struck me all at once was the power and quality of his voice, songwriting, musical composition, and production quality. I had never heard anything else at all like Bowie. The production value was amazing, his voice sounded like it was right there in the room with me. His vocals were miked higher than most other bands I’d heard, and even among the solo artists like Bob Dylan or Donovan, Bowie’s production team did something I had never quite heard before. He was definitely out of this world; The man from Mars, to quote Debbie Harry. A genius songwriter, better than most any in the world, and with a voice and look that was captivating; David Bowie was legendary.

By the time I was 15, I had gone from being what kids called a metal head, to a new waver, to a punk rocker. I still loved metal bands including Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Judas Priest, and more, and I still loved the so-called new wave bands like Blondie, Bananarama, Flock of Seagulls, Culture Club, and The Cure, but I had now officially been introduced to punk rock. The Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Clash, The Ramones, The Dead Kennedy’s, Suicidal Tendencies, Black Flag, Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and many more were my new favorites. Across all genres of music, David Bowie was loved. My metalhead friends loved Bowie and listened to him, marveling at his wild outfits and theatrical make up and great songs. The new wavers naturally idolized him for his brilliance and songs that led so many movements musically and in fashion, and the punk rockers loved and appreciated him as well.

I recall many un-official David Bowie parties where my crowd of punk rocker friends host for the nights or days party would entail playing many hours of non-stop David Bowie CD’s. When I would go to the dance clubs in Chicago including Medusa’s, and later Club 950, and Neo among more, I would always hit the dance floor–as did everyone else who danced, when Bowie’s ‘Little China Girl,’ ‘Ashes to Ashes,’ Space Oddity,’ ‘Ziggy Stardust,’ ‘Fashion,’ ‘Fame,’ ‘Blue Jean,’ ‘Rebel Rebel,’ or any other number of his great hits were played.

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During my early punk years, I also made friends with a number cool black kids that also introduced me to early rap music. While I never became obsessed with rap like I did other genres, I liked a number of early rap artists, especially Public Enemy who I saw live several times. Even my rap friends loved Bowie. The mainstream pop crowd even liked Bowie, and although they and some of the rap crowd called him ‘weird,’ for having the guts to be one of the first male artists to wear make-up or wear a dress, they still liked him.

I loved music so much that I decided to start a music magazine which I called ‘subnormal,’ based on the college town of Normal, Illinois that I lived in for a number of years, and to describe a magazine that was definitely ‘not’ normal, featuring interviews with some of the bands listed above among many more. Having been called many insults during my early days as a punk rocker for how shocking I dressed, one of the entries of the word subnormal which also meant retarded, fit perfectly, to demonstrate an artistic and subcultural movement that could not be hurt or phased by even the worst of insults, similar to how some blacks later on began calling themselves the ‘n’ word. Like the punk rockers, and David Bowie himself, subnormal was un-insultable. We spoke our minds, and literally did not care what anyone thought or said. Like Bowie, subnormal wore its weirdness like a badge of honor, before it became trendy.

I remember how excited I was when David Bowie’s record label sent me some of his material, and an 8×10 glossy of David Bowie himself which I subsequently published. I was thrilled. I later decided to major in music in college, only later switching to film, as I realized it could include all of the arts within it including music, photography, writing, and even painting. David Bowie mastered nearly all areas of the arts; he sang, he wrote songs, he composed music, he danced, he acted, he wrote plays, he designed sets and costumes, he designed and wore fashion, and he made art as a painter.

People from every music scene out there loved David Bowie, and appreciated his artistic ingenuity, talent, brilliance, and greatness. He also collaborated with some of the other greatest artists of our time including The Rolling Stones, and Tina Turner, as well as from the punk scene including Sonic Youth, and Iggy Pop, and industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails among many, many more. I had the great pleasure to see David Bowie live when he toured one year with Nine Inch Nails and even performed some songs together with them. Trent Reznor was heavily influenced by Bowie, and reportedly asked him to do a tour together. Virgin Records kindly put me on the guest list. Bowie apologized that night for cutting the set short to about 90 minutes or less. He said he had a terrible cold and flu, and a sore throat. Yet he still sang, because, he said, he “didn’t want to cancel on us.” That was the kind of performer Bowie was. He loved his fans that much, and he was that kind. And if he hadn’t told us he was sick then, we would have never known, because he still sounded great.

David Bowie was light years ahead of his time, and still is. The world is still catching up with Bowie, and he influences artists across all genres in a myriad of ways. He gave me and countless others the strength to realize that an artist can be, do or have anything they want. An artist can wear anything they want, dress however they want, look however they want, and become anything they want, and that was their prerogative, and if someone else didn’t like it–too bad. Bowie gave hope to the hopeless, a voice to the voiceless, and a ray of light and celebration to anyone different, or yearning to be. David Bowie made being an outsider and rebel as cool as could be. And Bowie, unlike most any other, brought fashion, performance art, theatre, film, and more on to the stage, blending perfectly a multi-dimensional level of the arts like none before him. He realized that fashion itself was an art form, and more than most any performer of all time, made fashion an essential part of his persona. He even wrote a song called ‘Fashion,’ and married a fashion supermodel–Iman, which was shocking to many at the time, as Bowie was white, and she was black; yet another rebellious act that he didn’t just talk about, but lived. An actor, fashion icon, and musical great that made, broke, defined and defied genres, David Bowie made changes in music, the arts, and culture that will last forever. He was a true punk rocker; fearless, daring, and innovative, always pushing the edges.

The early morning when I clicked on the news and read that David Bowie had died, I was in a state of shock. I got tears in my eyes. Like other musicians I spoke with on the days that followed, they all felt like I did, that Bowie would be with us for ever, leading us all out of this life on Earth to the other side. I loved David Bowie’s work, and I am very sad that he is gone. A big piece of all of our global musical soul has been hit, and hurt since Bowie departed. I read that during his last months, he knew he was dying, but wanted to make his one last album for us, to leave to his fans, which he rushed to create and finished. That album, has since gone on to become his first #1 Album ever on the charts, giving his estate more sales at it’s debut than any of his other albums. I’m thankful I got to see his art exhibition that he personally put together, on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago just two years ago, which was amazing. I developed an even greater appreciation of Bowie after seeing that incredible show. There will never be another David Bowie. He stands at the very top of the greatest icons, performers, songwriters, and singers in all of the world, for all time. David Bowie, thank you for gracing us all with your brilliance and your art. You were and are– an amazing man.

This content © 2016, Bruce Edwin, The Hollywood Sentinel, all world rights reserved. subnormal magazine

Starpower Management Produces New Comedic Webisode; Hollyweird!

Michael Lohan; father of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Lindsay Lohan,​ ​makes his webisodic acting debut, starring in the brand new comedy written and produced by Bruce Edwin, ​”​Hollyweird!​”​​ ​also starring Moira Cue.

Michael Lohan, recently on Dr. Phil concerning issues with his estranged wife Kate Major, was a former Wall Street broker. Regularly in the spotlight, Michael Lohan opened up a large, private rehab center several years ago, in response to the illegal and unethical conduct he observed, rampant in the rehabilitation industry. Michael Lohan is now helping many men, women and children detox from drugs and alcohol through his facility, with addicts traveling from around the world to see him, and his clinical experts. ​”​Hollyweird!​”​ is Michael Lohan’s webisodic debut.

Moira Cue, a multi-media artist who is a singer/songwriter, actress, writer, and fine artist, has paintings in the collection of stars including Madonna, among more. Regularly walking the top Hollywood red carpets, Moira Cue’s music has appeared in the motion picture “Pool Time” as well as “Hollyweird!” Moira has also appeared in the films “The Extra” and “Visitor From Planet Omicron,” among more. Moira Cue co-stars opposite Michael Lohan in the debut webisodic comedy, ​”​Hollyweird!​”​ created by Bruce Edwin.

​”​Hollyweird!​”​ is the new, ongoing webisode, about living and working in Hollywood. Partly scripted, and part documentary, the online comedy will be distributed free online by www.TheHollywoodSentinel.com, News Blaze dot com, and on YouTube, among other outlets. Written by Starpower Management CEO and Hollywood Sentinel founding publisher Bruce Edwin, ​”​Hollyweird!​”​ will give viewers a funny, and always surprising rotating cast of characters including real working agents, managers, producers, directors, casting directors, publicists, musicians, fashion models, and T.V. and film stars, among more.

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​”​Hollyweird!​”​ writer and producer Bruce Edwin began his Hollywood career in the 90’s, with the publication of his own rock music and film publication; subnormal magazine. After graduating from Columbia College of Chicago with a B.A. in motion picture, Bruce later founded Starpower Management LLC in Chicago, and later Los Angeles, representing Michael Jackson guitarist David Williams, among many other fashion models and celebrities. In addition to ​”​Hollyweird!​”​ Bruce Edwin is also currently in pre-production on numerous feature films. Bruce Edwin is additionally beginning production next year on a series of Public Service Announcements to instruct how to keep children more safe from abuse and child trafficking in Hollywood.

Award winning Cinematographer and Director Jessica Gallant shot and directed Episode #1 of ​”​Hollyweird!​”​ Jessica Gallant has shot 35 feature films, and four feature length documentaries. Praised by world renowned Hollywood trade publication Variety, for her exceptional color lensing, Jessica is known for her dynamic shots and beautiful compositional techniques.

For photo, press and interview requests with Michael Lohan, Moira Cue, Bruce Edwin, and Jessica Gallant, contact the publicity department at: Hollywood Sentinel Public Relations; Tel / Fax: 310-226-7176 or E-mail: StarpowerManagementLLC​ at ​gmail​ dot ​com

Hollywood vs. Communism

Julianne Moore, Oscar® nominee for Achievement for Actress in a Leading Role, for work on “Still Alice” interacts Scarlett Johansson during the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015.

Two thousand and fourteen was certainly an eventful year. In entertainment, the biggest news was the Sony hack by North Korea, after their plan to release the motion picture “The Interview” criticizing many of the human rights violations by Communist leader Kim Jong Un. Sony yanked the film from its planned release, then President Obama made a statement that this was a bad decision, prompting the studio to put it back in theatres, with the film having gained more P.R. buzz and fanfare than ever.  North Korea then hacked Sony Studios computers, which of course they denied. The leaked emails sent a wave of embarrassment to Sony, and even moreso, to the few individuals including the President of Sony who had her confidential e-mail exchanges leaked for the world (and the President, who was joked about) to see. American government reportedly attacked North Korea back, totally shutting down their Internet for days, which North Korea of course denied, Sony got sued by many of those whose information was compromised, North Korea made more threats, and the President of Sony resigned, just before a wave of lay offs at the studio.

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Some however, were laughing all the way to the bank. James Franko’s grandmother Mitzie told me, “This is the biggest publicity any film has gotten—ever! This is the best thing that could have happened to this movie! James is getting more attention for this film now then it ever could have gotten if this hadn’t happened!” Mitzie went on to further state to The Hollywood Sentinel, “Kim Jong Un is just terrible. They are Communists, they are torturing their own people. The have one the worst human rights violations records of any country. This is an important film and its good that the world is talking about it. I’m so proud of James.”  Like a PR stunt gone worldwide, the film showed us all and reminded the world why motion picture is the most powerful and revolutionary art form of our time. It can incite nations, it can move presidents to action, it can create or destroy empires or companies. Motion picture is indeed, a significant part of life and our culture. It is entertainment yes, but so much more.

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The Domino Technique:  Domino Theory

“The Domino Theory was a theory prominent from the 1950s to the 1980s, that speculated that if one state in a region came under the influence of communism, then the surrounding countries would follow in a domino effect. The domino theory was used by successive United States administrations during the Cold War to justify the need for American intervention around the world.” 1

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Further, “A Domino Effect or chain reaction is the cumulative effect produced when one event sets off a chain of similar events. The term is reportedly best known as a mechanical effect, and is used as an analogy to a falling row of dominoes. It typically refers to a linked sequence of events where the time between successive events is relatively small. It can be used literally (an observed series of actual collisions) or metaphorically (causal linkages within systems such as global finance or politics).” 2

Domino Technique

I have recently developed a new life and business philosophy that that I call  the “Domino Technique.”  As a child, I loved to play with dominos. I not only enjoyed playing the actual game, but even moreso, I loved making massive domino set-ups that spread across multiple rooms and at times, even both stories of our home, from the dozens of domino sets that I acquired. I entertained myself for hours and days by myself setting up long, intricate set-ups. When I would accidentally knock a domino over however, it would ruin the entire display before anyone could see it, which was maddening. From observing one of the world masters of domino set-ups at the time, I later learned that the logical action was to leave out spaces at certain numbers of feet within the domino set-up, that were at least twice the length of each fallen domino, so that if one domino were accidentally knocked over, it would not knock over the rest and ruin the whole set up. I made calculated decisions as to how wide the safety system of open space should be, and how often they should be built in, determining how much work I was willing to lose should an accident occur. This simple technique saved me countless large scale failures.

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Other techniques learned on my own included testing certain lengths of the set up for workability, before implementing it into the whole. Other lessons learned were that it is not good enough to try and fail, it is only total success that counts. If the set-up stalled in the middle or at some point in the set-up and one domino failed to knock over another and I had to assist and hit it again to start, it would be a failure, which was unacceptable. Still, another lesson was that intricacy and excitement only succeeded to the degree that it was workable. If the edges were pushed too far so as to not hit one another, it would fail. These were risks that needed to be evaluated based on statistics of probable workability. In life and in business, The Domino Technique can aptly be applied to any goal- and action- oriented process. Following the proceeding points can be a time saving, and even career-saving process to learn, implement, and follow.

The Domino Technique, which I have created and written, says that you must:

  1. Never allow one small part, parts, or person to ruin the whole system or organization. Always have an array of built-in safety mechanisms within your operating system or team to prevent one part or one person from causing total destruction.
  2. Test each action with segments of operation before attempting to implement total system operation.
  3. Each part or individual is integral to the whole. Treat each part or individual with care and respect as such.
  4. If a part or person is not integral to the whole and adds no value, remove it.
  5. Exciting and entertaining performances are desirable, but only if they succeed in the desired outcome.
  6. If risk of special features or any other unnecessary characteristic exceeds chance of successful outcome, avoid the risk.
  7. Guard any open or soft spots in the organization or team. If you don’t guard them, be willing to lose everything.
  8. There is no true success without an audience, fans, or customer base to appreciate it. Gain, guard, keep, and respect your audience or clients.
  9. Learn from the mistakes of others, but don’t repeat them.
  10. It is not playing the game and trying that counts, it is winning and only winning that counts.
  11. Being frantic, stressed, and rushed is not a sign of success. On the contrary, it can lead to mistakes which can lead to disaster.
  12. A calm and steady hand and mind is better than a fast and shaky temperament.
  13. He or she who is calm and clear headed will more readily win.
  14. Patience is not only a virtue, it is often a must in order to succeed.
  15. Fear or worry generally do not serve you. Avoid them. Fear and worry usually derive from uncertainty. Learn how to become certain about your goals and then achieve them.
  16. Most all intelligent motion starts with a written or mental plan.
  17. It is often advantageous to think on paper, that is, write down your plans, problems, and solutions.
  18. The universe often punishes the arrogant. Be proud of your ability and success, but remember that no one is perfect. Be cordial.
  19. Building something great usually takes time, effort, and often, financial investment. Be prepared to invest all of these, or leverage others who will help invest their time, effort and money for you.
  20. Entertainment is important. Even setting up domino’s and letting people watching them fall down is important, because for that brief period of time, it gives people a sense of surprise, awe, happiness, and excitement. Making others happy has value.

I hope that this has been of value to you. The entire Domino Technique I have developed can be found in my upcoming business book to be published later next year. If you have any comments or questions, you are invited to contact me using the form below.

This content © 2015, Bruce Edwin, The Hollywood Sentinel, all world rights reserved.
1 and 2: Wikipedia. Quotes from Mitzie, courtesy of The Hollywood Sentinel by Bruce Edwin at the LA Art Show, 2015, Los Angeles, California, USA.