taking over cinemas and the Universe.
(Photo/Disney/Marvel Studios via AP)
I love to go to the cinema in
Pattaya and watch movies at least once a week. But while Bangkok gets
all the new releases - many good quality movies with skilled
actors/directors and positive reviews – they never seem to reach Pattaya.
Examples of movies that never
showed up in Pattaya over recent times include iconic actor/director
Clint Eastwood’s “The Mule”, the remake of “A Star Is Born” with Lady
Gaga and her Oscar-winning song “Shallow”, the world’s most successful
director Steven Spielberg’s “The Post”, Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s biopic
“Love & Mercy” and the Beatles touring documentary “Eight Days A Week”,
plus many more.
The reason I surmise is as follows:
When those childish superhero-movies, often based on Marvel cartoons
from the 1930s show up, they can often occupy up to six salons at a
cinema - 2D, 3D, original English, dubbed to Thai, luxury salon etc.
Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Captain America, Alita Battle
Angel, Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Hellboy,
Avengers and other freaky superheroes are simply blocking away quality
Pattaya has four cinemas with 41
salons, all showing the same movies. Just recently “Captain Marvel”
occupied over half of the salons and just now at the time of writing,
“Avengers: End Game” occupies ALL the salons at Terminal 21. Ridiculous!
I urge the cinemas in my adopted hometown to reserve at least one salon
for quality movies.
Pete the Swede
Page speaks to a reporter at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York,
Monday, April 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
New York (AP) —
When Jimmy Page was a young student, he had already developed such an
inseparable relationship with his guitar that school officials would
often confiscate it.
“It would be given back at the end
of the day. And this was quite repetitive,” Page said.
That dedication worked out pretty
well for Page, who took Led Zeppelin to the zenith as one of the most
powerful outfits in rock history.
Now some of the instruments that he
used to create that Zeppelin sound are on display at an exhibition
called “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll” at the Metropolitan
Museum of Art in New York.
Seven of Page’s guitars, a few
costumes and some of his equipment have been loaned to the exhibit,
alongside dozens of guitars, drums and memorabilia from such legends as
Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bo Diddley and John Lennon.
While visiting the exhibition, Page
sat down with The Associated Press to discuss the band’s legacy, why its
music has endured and prospects for another reunion concert.
How frustrating are the Led Zeppelin reunion questions? You weren’t
completely happy with Live Aid or the 40th anniversary concert for
Atlantic Records in 1988. What about the 2007 concert in London?
I’m rather pleased that we did it, because we sort of looked still
similar to what we looked now, and, yeah, we did a really good job. But
I don’t think there’s going to be another one.
Let’s talk about your earliest recollection with the guitar.
I was taking my guitar to school so that I could play at recess because
I became so involved with it, we became inseparable. I had to do my
academic studies, that was the deal I had with my dad. And the rest of
the time I could play guitar. So, I took that one step further: I would
take that to school and play at recess.
Your guitar work for Led Zeppelin was far ahead of the curve...
I’d like to think that it was, because the first album, I sort of knew,
as we were doing the tracks, exactly how I was going to layer everything
and the textures of them.... There’s a variety of moods on ‘Led Zeppelin
I.’ So, again, it was me challenging and pushing as far as I possibly
could, not even thinking of my limitations, just going beyond, beyond,
What’s it like having your guitars in the Met?
You approach the gallery through Greco-Roman statues, and then the first
thing you see is Chuck Berry’s guitar. I said, ‘What? The original one,
the blond one,’ and they said, ‘Yes.’ And I said, ‘What would you like?
Tell me what you want to help this along and you can have whatever it is
that you want.’
You gave them your Sovereign Harmony acoustic guitar. How important is
That guitar I had way back in the early ’60s. And it’s been with me all
the way through, to the point where I used it as a writing tool... That
particular guitar is the vehicle whereby the first album for Led
Zeppelin is written, the second album is written, the third album is
written, the fourth album is written and it’s the guitar that actually
culminates with playing ‘Stairway to Heaven.’
Why has the Led Zeppelin catalogue endured?
It approaches so many different styles and moods and it’s very
passionate. And it also very gentle. And it’s very hard. And it’s
extremely dynamic. If anybody wants to be playing the guitar, the
harmonica, the drums, the bass, the keyboards — well, it’s all there.
And it’s organic music where everyone is playing together. I think it’s
a great legacy to have produced, to be honest.