Christmas stockings filler for peace

By Edgar O. Cruz (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 5, 2015 - 12:00am (Left) Caroline Kennedy by Franco Patriarcha (RIGHT) Bencab’s The Family MANILA, Philippines – “Do they know it’s Christmas?” Asks a poignant but pointed question by the eponymous 1984 song composed by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure as performed by the supergroup Band … Continue reading Christmas stockings filler for peace

YES, I WAS THERE! Summer of ‘65 by Caroline Kennedy

Just as Beatlemania had taken hold in the United States in February 1964 so, too, had British youth been working themselves up into a frenzy of anticipation at the prospect of Bob Dylan’s first British concert at the Royal Albert Hall on the 9 May 1965. Donovan. Earlier in the day my friend Sarah and I … Continue reading YES, I WAS THERE! Summer of ‘65 by Caroline Kennedy

Andy, Edie and Baby Jane

By the end of 1964 I had met some of New York’s most prized artists, Larry Rivers, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Salvador Dali and Jasper Johns. But the artist I really wanted to meet was Andy Warhol. To me Warhol, though naturally shy on a personal level, epitomized everything that was brash, cocky and arrogant … Continue reading Andy, Edie and Baby Jane

Memoir Blog # 10 – Published At Last

In December I had the rare opportunity to interview the French sex goddess, Brigitte Bardot. Excitement had been mounting in New York for some time following the announcement that, for the first time, the beautiful French film star would visit the city. Bardot was already a huge star around the world by then, thanks to … Continue reading Memoir Blog # 10 – Published At Last

Sharon Tate, Cary Grant, Joan Crawford & Me

Someone else who was about to make the “big time” in 1965 was actress, Sharon Tate. Following her success in the much-hyped TV version of Jacqueline Suzann’s explosive novel, “Valley of the Dolls”, Sharon had just completed filming, “Eye of the Devil” with David Niven and Deborah Kerr. Prior to the film’s release, Joe and … Continue reading Sharon Tate, Cary Grant, Joan Crawford & Me

Tiptoeing Through the Tulips

Although I genuinely disliked most nightclubs, the Scene on 8th Avenue and West 46th Street, came to be one of my favourite watering holes in New York. Steve Paul, the enterprising 23- year-old owner, was determined to make his basement club the most important music venue in the city. Steve lived like a pauper most … Continue reading Tiptoeing Through the Tulips

New Neighbours

 In less than a week I had been convinced to move out of 59th Street and into Joe’s studio above Carnegie Hall. The address was 881 Seventh Avenue. Joe’s neighbours in some of the other studios included the jazz pianist and cabaret singer Bobby Short, the Italian impresario Gian Carlo Menotti, the famous NY street … Continue reading New Neighbours