Santa Claus and Coca-Cola

A long time ago I heard a story that Santa Claus was invented by the largest soft drink company in the world: Coca-Cola Company. And that whole story of elves, reindeer, sleigh, home in the North Pole and chimneys was all a marketing ploy (and we have to admit that was a GENIAL marketing ploy). […]

Greta Garbo

Except for the very early days of her career, Garbo was reclusive; she seldom signed autographs, rarely attended social functions, answered no fan mail, and she gave few interviews. Her refusal to give interviews gave rise to the press reporter jargon “pulling a Garbo” or “going Garbo” referring to any such actions. In her 1928 […]

Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra

Dean Martin & Frank Sinatra (circa early 1960s) Q. Do you feel Italian, Dino, or don’t you? Martin: “I’ll tell you how much I feel Italian. Three years ago, on my birthday, Frank [Sinatra] and I were at the Polo Lounge over there. We were with six other people, minding our own business, and we […]

Ruth Brown

Ruth Brown (January 30, 1928 – November 17, 2006) was an American pop and R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, composer, actress and the first great female R&B star of the 1950s, one of the crucial figures in the transition between that music and early rock & roll. She began her career on Atlantic Records in that […]

Jean Wells

  Jean Wells was born in 1942, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA, and raised in Belgrade, Florida. Wells began singing in gospel groups as a child, and established herself as a secular singer in the early 60s performing in clubs in Philadelphia. She made her recording debut in 1959, and several other singles, but it […]

Michael Dweck

  As a teenager the photographer Michael Dweck landed in Montauk (USA) when he heard that the Rolling Stones had rented a house to rehearse his next album. The band never appeared in that corner of the planet but Dweck had discovered a lost paradise. The photographer, always surrounded by nymphs and boards above their […]

Robert Doisneau

The Brazilian Publisher Cosac Naify is launching the book “Paris Doisneau”, which brings together 500 photographs of the French capital made by Robert Doisneau (1912-1994). The volume shows Paris, notes and images extracted from the photographer’s personal notebooks. Doisneau was able to understand the essence of the urban world as a living organism, showing an […]