Category: paris

On this day in music history: October 9, 1990 – “The Devil Made Me Do It”, the debut album by Paris is released. Produced by Paris and D.R., it is recorded at Teluride Studios in Palo Alto, CA from Late 1989 – Mid 1990. San Francisco, CA born rapper Paris (birth name Oscar Jackson, Jr.), first establishes himself on the Bay Area hip hop scene in 1989 with the independently released 12" EP “Scarface Groove” on his own label Scarface Records. It creates a significant local buzz by way of underground support from the street and from college radio play attracts the attention of Tommy Boy Records who sign him. Inspired by the pro black philosophies of Malcolm X, the Black Panthers and the Nation Of Islam, Paris quickly draws attention for his political and socially conscious lyrics, as well as for his distinctive voice and rhyme style. “Break The Grip Of Shame”, his first single released through Tommy Boy in early 1990 quickly becomes big hit locally in San Francisco, and in other major cities with strong support from college radio and club DJ’s. Also thanks to heavy mix show play on major P1 station KMEL, which leads to it being played in regular rotation. It also finds significant support in other parts of the country as well. However, the rapper runs up against controversy when MTV bans the video for the title track (#20 Rap). The cable music channel refuses to air the clip for what they claim are “incendiary and inflammatory imagery”, depicting American national symbol Uncle Sam as the devil, juxtaposed with clips of then President George H.W. Bush, and a young black man being brusquely arrested by the police. In spite of this, the album sells over 300,000 plus copies. In spite of this success, Paris’ association with Tommy Boy is brief, when he records his follow up album “Sleeping With The Enemy” in 1992. Considered even more controversial than his debut, the album features the track “Bush Killa”, which details a fantasy assassination of President Bush and for “Coffee, Doughnuts And Death”, calling for racist police to be killed for their violent and murderous transgressions against minorities. Tommy Boy, a division of Warner Bros Records and then owned by corporate behemoth Time Warner, having recently faced major public scrutiny over Ice-T’s hardcore rock album “Body Count” featuring the track “Cop Killer”, refuses to release Paris’ second album and force Tommy Boy to drop him from the label. Paris releases the album independently on his own Scarface label. “The Devil Made Me Do It” peaks at number forty one on the Billboard R&B album chart, and number one hundred fifty eight on the Top 200.

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Self portraits by Tseng Kwong Chi (1950

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World Trade Center, New York, 1979

Disneyland,

Anaheim, 1979  

Hollywood Sign,

Los Angeles, 1979

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, 1979

Lincoln Memorial, Washington D.C.  1981

Place du Trocadero, Paris, 1983 

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, 1983

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, 1987

Leaning Tower of Pisa, 1989

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Gene Tierney and her daughter Christina in Paris, September 1951.   

Photos by Walter Carone

Jean-Michel Basquiat photographed by Louis Jammes in Paris, 1988.  

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Marlene Dietrich and her husband Rudolf Sieber arriving in Paris from Hollywood on May 19, 1933.

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Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in Paris, October 1969.

Photos by Ralph Gatti

Coco Chanel in her Paris apartment over her fashion house on Rue Cambon with Jeanne Moreau in 1957.

Photos by Mark Shaw

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Sonny and Cher in Paris (1966)

Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg on the TV show “Four time” in 1969.

Photos by Jean Adda

Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in Paris, October 1969.

Photos by Ralph Gatti