Posts Tagged ‘Biography’

The Nomi Song (2005)

In Film on January 15, 2005 at 7:19 pm


The Nomi Song is a documentary about the bizzare German-born singer Klaus Nomi, a cult figure in the New York New Wave underground movement in the late 70s/early 80s. I’ve only heard of Klaus Nomi and seen his album covers but never actually heard his music prior the film. Klaus Nomi was a classical trained tenor who sings pop songs in classical Opera style (^^;;) with a striking on-stage persona (an alien/robot in the signature triangular tux top + German expressionism-ish black & white makeup) and bizzare theatrical performances. After much struggle to reach a wider audience, his first taste of international success in 1983 would also be his end. He became one of the first artists to die of AIDS.

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The Bloody Countess

In History on January 1, 2005 at 3:28 am

The Bloody Countess: The Atrocities of Erzsébet Báthory
Author: Valentine Penrose
Release Date: Sep 2000
Publisher: Creation Books
Pages: 189

Erzsébet Báthory, the beautiful 17th century Hungarian Countess who tortured and killed more than 600 girls and bathed in their blood, was not as widely known as the infamous Vlad the Impaler (immortalized as Dracula by Bram Stroker), nevertheless she was a popular gothic icon in horror stories (especially in Japan!? ^^;;). I’ve read dozen of Erzsébet Báthory-inspired characters in girly horror manga when I was young. Horrible but fascinating figure…

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A Treasury of Royal Scandals

In History on August 22, 2004 at 2:01 am

royalscandal-thumb.jpgA Treasury of Royal Scandals: The Shocking True Stories of History’s Wickedest, Weirdest, Most Wanton Kings, Queens, Tsars, Popes, and Emperors (2001)
by Micheal Farquhar

This is the book I’ve always been looking for. A very enjoyable lite but informative read on the European monarchy and Popes throughout the history. What’s facisnating about the misbehaving royalties is that they are people with unlimited power and an inbred sense of their own superioririty, which makes nowadays modern powerful figures far more pale and dull in comparison.

I like the stories about the sickness of inter-marriage for sake of royal lineage and blood purity, such as Spanish’s Joanna the Mad and Phillip the Fair and their freak of nature generations of royal descendents that inherited their mad & deformed gene. Henry VIII and his six wives (and the follow-up feud between Bloody Mary and Elizabeth) is always a great story no matter how many times it was told. I’m amazed how digest and easy-to-understand the author told the story of the complicated ‘War of the Roses.’ The mishaving Popes were outrageously unbelievable, their wickedness rivaled the perversity and cruelty of the worst of Roman Emperors (but they are worst because they justified themselves as speaking for God and Church). Rasputin the mad Russian monk is one crazy story. The gruesome, and sometimes humiliating deaths of kings and Queens are more specular as well. It is also complete with detailed Family Tree (so you’d never get lost who’s who).