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As some of you know we are also in Facebook and in Tumblr sharing pics of the rock wives, girlfriends, muses and singers specially from the 60s and 70s, but from the 80s to nowadays too.
Here you'll find great women such as Jane Asher, Pattie and Jenny Boyd, Bebe Buell, June Child, Alice Ormsby-Gore, Pam Courson, Maureen Cox, Karen Darvin, Marianne Faithfull, Marsha Hunt, Cynthia Lennon, Charlotte Martin, Nico, Anita Pallenberg, Demri Parrott, Maureen Plant, Lee Starkey, Beatle Girls, Led Zeppelin Girls, T-Rex Girls, The Doors Girls and lots more!!
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Thursday, 14 March 2013

A Song for Paula (happy birthday!)

Early Life
Paula Fiona Boyd was born in Nakuru Hospital (Kenya) the 14th March 1951 to Diane and Jock Boyd, and was the youngest of four siblings (Pattie, Jenny and Colin).
By the time her mother Diane was 31 years old, she met her second husband, Bobbie Gaymer-Jones. Diane was very poor and Paula was the only one of her children her mother had with her: when she left Jock, she had deposited Colin, Jenny and Pattie in a boarding nursery school.
Pattie, Colin & Jenny spent the next school holidays [1953] at their father’s house. In her autobiography "Wonderful Tonight" Pattie Boyd explains: "I can only imagine that she and Bobbie had baby Paula and didn’t want us hanging around. They were the perfect nuclear family – and could even, perhaps, pass off Paula as Bobbie’s.” In mid 1953 Diane left for good, but she left with Bobbie and Paula and left Pattie, Colin and Jenny behind.
Pattie explains: “As a little girl, she was utterly adored and always had the biggest present at Christmas; but she clearly remembers even at that young age thinking that when she opened the present, whatever it was, it wouldn’t be enough. She was born with an addictive personality […] – and as a teenager she was well on the way to having a problem."

Acting Career

Paula had always wanted to be an actress and had been sent to a children’s drama school. George Harrison and Pattie went to see her on stage a couple of times, and she had parts in a couple of children’s television series, including “Swallows and Amazons”. Potentially she had a good career ahead of her. And then it started to go wrong. She and her mother started to fight over clothes: she wanted to wear really short skirts and other things that her mum thought she was too young for. Eventually Paula was sent to a boarding school but that was a disaster and only made the things worse. As soon as she left school, she went to live with an actor boyfriend. 

Lover, muse, wife and mother

By December 1969 Delaney and Bonnie and Friends were playing in Liverpool and Pattie took Paula with her to see them; once again, there was a fantastic party afterwards. Pattie explains: "Paula was seventeen and a bit of a wild child; my mother was finding it difficult to cope with her. She was so pretty – the prettiest of us all – creative, lively and outgoing, not cripplingly shy like Jenny and me". That night Eric Clapton fell for her. After the show all of them went to a restaurant and everyone was quite drunk and raucous. When they went back to the hotel, they left Eric and Paula dancing.
The next night Eric was playing in Croydon and again Paula and Pattie went to watch, and again there was a wild after-show party, this time at Eric's Italianate manor house, Hurtwood Edge in Ewhurst, Surrey. Soon after, Paula moved in with Eric.
“By this time [summer 1970] Paula had gone. She had been with Eric in Miami when he was recording Layla and knew instantly it was about me [Pattie]. She had always had a suspicion he was with her only because she was the next best thing to me [Pattie] and I [Pattie] was unobtainable. Hearing Layla confirmed it. She packed her bags and took her broken heart home. She had been seriously in love with Eric, but he destroyed her pride, her self-esteem and her confidence, which were already fragile.”
She went off to stay, first, with Bobby Whitlock, who played with Delaney and Bonnie and the Dominos, and who wrote a song for her called "Song For Paula" in which George Harrison played the bass included in his first solo album released in March 1972. - The following pic is from the inside gate-fold of the album - “then bounced from one relationship to the next, one marriage to the next” explains her older sister Pattie.
Her first husband, Andy Johns, was a sound engineer who worked with the Rolling Stones, he and Paula had a son called William. While she was living in Los Angeles with Andy, she had been drinking heavily, and every time Eric Clapton was in town she phoned Roger and asked him to borrow her some money. Pattie decided not to give her money and she gave her dresses.
In the spring of 1973 Pattie was invited to the Bahamas by her artist friend Sheila Oldham and she decided to pick up Paula and her baby son William. “Paula was in a bad way. She and her husband, Andy, were living in a flat in Little Venice and one day she confessed to me that she had been so stoned and so out of it that she couldn’t remember whether she had last fed William an hour or a day ago. I thought if I could get her away from Andy, who was also using, I might be able to sort her out.” Paula had drugs and a syringe with her and she gave it to Pattie, who told her she would bury it in the sand, but Pattie hide it with her T-shirts. There, in the Bahamas they had a very relaxing life, they did yoga every morning and it seemed that the things were going on well. After a week Paula need her syringe, and she started digging in the sand, looking for it. Soon later Andy called Pattie to clean him up, but he was more difficult than Paula because he wanted to stay up all night drinking vodka. “He was hard work but gradually he got better, and he was so much nicer when he was clean. At least Paula was clean – for the time being. Paula had been a real worry. Since their Bahamas trip, I tried to clean her up several times” explains Pattie in “Wonderful Tonight”.
Paula married two times and had three children, a boy and two girls. Her life was very difficult cause her first husband was a drug dealer and she got addicted to drinks and drugs.
When she married in 1974 to her second husband, Pattie kidnapped her with the help of Alfie O'Leary and Roger, and took her to Brighton. By that time Paula had a son and the boy came to stay with Pattie and Eric every weekend.
All family wanted to help her and her mother took her to Scotland, where she was working for a while.
When her daughter was born, Paula suffered a post-natal depression and she began to drink again. When the girl was two, Paula realized they would all die if they stayed in London, so they decided to live in Cork and there Paula got dry for months. Sadly, one day she went to a party with some Irish girls and had some beer. The next day she woke up in a psychiatric institution and was terrified.
She splitted up with the second husband and came back to England with three children and had nowhere to live, so the council put her into bed and breakfast accommodation until they found her a house in Haslemere. Then Paula met Graham and she began to drink again. She had some problems to bring up her daughters, and the eldest one left home at 17.

Later years

By 2002 Paula’s family took her into treatment against her will. Jenny was working for a well respected addiction clinic in Arizona and managed to get Paula a place. Pattie told Paula to go there. “[Paula] burst into tears. ‘I’m [Pattie] staying the night with you and we’re leaving tomorrow to go and talk to the others in London’ She was terribly upset, but after a while she said “Thank you. I do need to go”.
Sadly, Paula passed away November 8th 2008 in Worcester, aged 58.

*Information from "Wonderful Today", Pattie Boyd's autobiography written with Penny Junor. Pictures from Something About Pattie Boyd Yahoo Group*  

To know more about Paula Boyd, please visit Boyd Sisters, thank you!!

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Our Revenge Will Be the Laughter of Our Children

Robert Gerard "Bobby" Sands (Irish: Roibeárd Gearóid Ó Seachnasaigh; 9 March 1954 – 5 May 1981) was an Irish volunteer of the Provisional Irish Republican Army and member of the British Parliament who died on hunger strike while imprisoned in HM Prison Maze.
His death changed the history of the Troubles in Northern Ireland, making both sides make an agreement and starting to end the violence, that is still going on.
Sands was born in Abbots Cross, Newtownabbey, County Antrim, Northern Ireland into a Catholic family in a predominantly loyalist district of north Belfast, the older of 4 siblings. In 1960, when he was 10, the family were forced to move to Rathcoole, Newtownabbey owing to loyalist intimidation.
  Bobby Sands (first from left, seated) at Stella Maris secondary school. From http://johnfcaba.wordpress.com

Bobby Sands at Stella Maris secondary school. From http://johnfcaba.wordpress.com

 Bobby Sands (seated fourth from left). The Star of the Sea football team. From belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Bobby’s background, experiences and ambitions did not differ greatly from that of the average ghetto youth. Then came 1968 and the events which were to change his life. Bobby had served two years of his apprenticeship when he was intimidated out of his job.  In June 1972, at the age of 18, Bobby moved with his family to the Twinbrook housing estate in west Belfast, being obliged to leave Rathcoole due to loyalist intimidation. His sister Bernadette recalled: "We had always been used to having Protestant friends. Bobby had gone around with Catholics and Protestants, but it ended up when everything erupted, that the friends he went about with for years were the same ones who helped to put his family out of their home". As well as being intimidated out of his job and his home being under threat Bobby also suffered personal attacks from the loyalists. So he joined the Republican movement.
A young Bobby Sands, from bobbysandstrust.com

Bobby married Geraldine Noade shortly thereafter at the age of 18, and the couple had a son, Gerard Sands, on May 8, 1973. The marriage, however, was short-lived due to the intensive strain caused by Bobby's active participation in the Republican movement. After suffering a miscarriage during her second pregnancy, Geraldine left to live in England with their son.
He was arrested and charged in October 1972 with possession of four handguns which were found in the house where he was staying. Sands was convicted in April 1973 sentenced to five years' imprisonment. He spent the next three years in the cages of Long Kesh where he had political prisoner status. During this time Bobby read widely and taught himself Irish which he was later to teach the other blanket men in the H-Blocks.

Bobby prison pic. From bobbysandstrust.com



 Various pictures of Bobby Sands (dark blue blouse) and fellow friends (including Gerry Adams) at Long Kesh, Cage 22 [c. 1975]. From bobbysandstrust.com


 Bobby Sands with other IRA activists pictured in the Long Kesh prison ca. 1975, Northern Ireland. From bobysandstrust.com

Released in April 1976 Bobby returned to his family in Twinbrook. He set himself to work tackling the social issues which affected the Twinbrook area. Here he became a community activist. According to Bernadette, ‘When he got out of jail that first time our estate had no Green Cross, no Sinn Fein, nor anything like that. He was involved in the Tenants’ Association… He got the black taxis to run to Twinbrook because the bus service at that time was inadequate. It got to the stage where people were coming to the door looking for Bobby to put up ramps on the roads in case cars were going too fast and would knock the children down.’

Within six months Bobby was arrested again. There had been a bomb attack on the Balmoral Furniture Company at Dunmurry on October 1976, followed by a gun-battle in which two men were wounded. Bobby was in a car near the scene with three other young men. The RUC (Royal Ulster Constabulary) captured them and found a revolver in the car. His trial in September 1977 saw him being convicted of possession of firearms and was sentenced to 14 years' imprisonment.

In prison, Sands became a writer both of journalism and poetry—being published in the Irish republican newspaper An Phoblacht under the pen-name 'Marcella', his sister's name. His articles and letters, in minute handwriting, like all communications from the H-Blocks, were smuggled out on tiny pieces of toilet paper.  

In late 1980 Sands was chosen as Officer Commanding of the Provisional IRA prisoners in Long Kesh, succeeding Brendan Hughes who was participating in the first hunger strike. The hunger strike centred around five demands:
  1. the right not to wear a prison uniform;
  2. the right not to do prison work;
  3. the right of free association with other prisoners, and to organise educational and recreational pursuits;
  4. the right to one visit, one letter and one parcel per week;
  5. full restoration of remission lost through the protest.
In a war of nerves between the IRA leadership and the British government, with McKenna lapsing in and out of a coma and on the brink of death, the government appeared to concede the essence of the prisoners' five demands with a thirty-page document detailing a proposed settlement. In January 1981 it became clear that the prisoners' demands had not been conceded. On 4 February the prisoners issued a statement saying that the British government had failed to resolve the crisis and declared their intention of "hunger striking once more".
The 1981 Irish hunger strike was the culmination of a five-year protest during The Troubles by Irish republican prisoners in Northern Ireland. The protest began as the blanket protest in 1976, when the British government withdrew Special Category Status for convicted paramilitary prisoners. In 1978, after a number of attacks on prisoners leaving their cells to "slop out", the dispute escalated into the dirty protest, where prisoners refused to leave their cells to wash and covered the walls of their cells with excrement. This second hunger strike took place in 1981 and was a showdown between the prisoners and the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.
He insisted on starting two weeks in front of the others so that perhaps his death could secure the five demands and save their lives. The 1981 Irish hunger strike started with Sands refusing food on 1 March 1981. 
Bobby Sands pictured on the first day of his hunger strike. Sands had just come off the blanket protest before going straight on to hunger strike. From belfasttelegraph.co.uk

For the first seventeen days of the hunger strike Bobby kept a secret diary in which he wrote his thoughts and views, mostly in English but occasionally breaking into Gaelic. 

Shortly after the beginning of the strike, Frank Maguire, the Independent Republican MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, died suddenly of a heart attack, precipitating the April 1981 by-election. The sudden vacancy in a seat with a nationalist majority of about five thousand was a valuable opportunity for Sands' supporters to unite the nationalist community behind their campaign. On March 30th, Sands was nominated as candidate for the Fermanagh and South Tyrone.After a highly polarised campaign, Sands narrowly won the seat on 9 April 1981, with 30,493 votes to 29,046 for the Ulster Unionist Party candidate Harry West—and also becoming the youngest MP at the time.
Sands' election victory raised hopes that a settlement could be negotiated, but Thatcher stood firm in refusing to give concessions to the hunger strikers. 

At 1.17 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5th, Bobby Sands MP died in the prison hospital on the after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27, prompting rioting in nationalist areas of Northern Ireland.

In the two weeks following Sands' death, three more hunger strikers died.  At the end of the hunger strike, on October 1980, 10 young men did die.

The hunger strike prompted Sinn Féin to move towards electoral politics. As a result of the political base built during the hunger strike, Sinn Féin continued to grow in the following two decades.


"Our Revenge Will Be The Laughter of Our Children"

"Everyone, Republican or Otherwise has their own particular role to play. No part is too great or too small; no one is too old or too young to do something"

"They may hold our bodies in the most inhuman conditions, but, while our mids are free, our victory is assured!"

"They have nothing in their whole imperial arsenal that can break the spirit of one Irishman who doesn't want to be broken"

"Many suffer so that some day future generations may live in justice and peace".

Friday, 8 March 2013

Happy International Woman's Day!

Iggy Pop

Layne Staley (with girlfriend Demri)

Freddie Mercury, Peter Straker and Roger Taylor
 Duff McKagan (Guns N'Roses)

Keith Moon
 Alice Cooper

 Mick Jagger

 Kurt Cobain

 Robert Plant

 The Cure