Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Great Scotts

Tony Scott, film director, from a bridge in LA. Tragic, but what a life’s offering: Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, The Last Boy Scout, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State, Spy Game, Man on Fire, Déjà Vu, The Taking of Pelham 123 and Unstoppable. Thanks for the thrill ride Tony, and for your dual achievements in advertising film.

Scott McKenzie, who seduced a generation with his song San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) written by Mamas and Papas’ John Phillips. It was the anthem of the counter-culture and no matter where you were in the world or how old you were in 1967 the song got into your psyche and forever changed it. It was the ugly period of the Vietnam War, the apex of Haight Ashbury, the advent of music video, and the precursor to 1968’s twin tragedies of the assassinations of MLK and RFK.

Wear flowers today.

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