Specs: Jake's banjo, Leatherface

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Specs: Jake's banjo, Leatherface

Postby Fedaykin » Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:12 am

We keep hearing about Whitey this and Whitey that, but what of Leatherdrum, the Banjo Jake used to compose the solos to BATM, TGFTB, and TGIF? After all, Jake grew up with a banjo on his knee in the hills of Appalachia, a true southerner, dry associate of moonshiners of yet whom it is said put the lightening in yet many a bottle with chicken pickin straight from the devil hizzownself. See, up in them thar hills was no other 'lectricity save for what General Lee could muster. It is said, that before there was a Tennessee Valley Authority there was yet Jake: the Tennessee Mountain Authority. One famous story folks still tell is how Jake tracked down Raggedy, a viscous Catahoula/Blue Lacy mix with some demon thrown in for good measure, by playing "Look Away" backwards on Leatherdrum, his famous banjo made from the chassis of a Model T and the drum of a Creek Indian shaman. Yep, there is no doubt, ol' banjo on the knee Jake is a bad ass.
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Re: Specs: Jake's banjo, Leatherface

Postby tenfingersofdoom » Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:18 pm

fedaykin...keepin' it real!!! your hilarious. how bout doin one where jake is a modern contemporary artist from warhols factory?

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Re: Specs: Jake's banjo, Leatherface

Postby Fedaykin » Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:01 am

tenfingersofdoom wrote:fedaykin...keepin' it real!!! your hilarious. how bout doin one where jake is a modern contemporary artist from warhols factory?

Probably the most famous disciple of Andy Warhol's factory, Jake E. Lee is most known for avant garde works such as, Bark at the Moon, in which he paints a portrait of man as wolf, wolf as man, in the suggestion that man, so says the famous Dr. Johnson, becomes the beast to get rid of the pain of being a man, and yet returns as man for wanting to be one's own master so he may yet fire himself to trod upon the badlands on but two legs instead of four, and The Ultimate Sin, which is a scathing indictment of the hypocrisy of big oil, which features a dying black horse, a devil woman, and two hundred identical replications of J.R. Ewing in a Stetson. Lee is also known for bringing such luminaries as Neo-Expressionist Jean Michel Basquiat to prominence in the SoHo art scene, and Mary Woronov (of Eating Raoul fame) and Ultra Violet to the attention of Warhol.
According to his parents, Lee first exhibited talent with finger paints while at P.S. 378 in Ditmars, at the age of 3. When teachers recognized his talent, he was recommended for a scholarship to the Waldorf School for Ultra Special Indigo Children in the Upper West Side. At Waldorf, he eventually moved to oil based paints and, at the age of 10, began an apprenticeship with the legendary abstract expressionist, William De Kooning. Jake continued along this rout until, at the age of 14, he rebelled against De Kooning and began working with Peter Max. It was during this apprenticeship with Max that Lee created Sabbatical Rats, his breakthrough work, which he sold to a collector for $3,000,000, which for a first sale, in 1972, was unheard of. Suddenly flush with cash, Lee rebelled against his parents and Peter Max, and moved into a studio loft in Greenwich Village, just across the street from Norman Mailer, the Ozzy Osbourne of the literary world.
After giving a lecture at the Sorbonne, in Paris, Lee was introduced to Pablo Picasso by Blanca Charvel, Spanish born doyen of the Neo-Euro-Abstract-Classical art world, herself a former socialist guerrilla fighter and refugee from Franco's Spain, now married to Alain Charvel, a rich French manufacturer of brass instruments and socialist party candidate challenging Valery Giscard d'Estaing for the presidency.
While staying in an artists loft in Marais, Lee created Ooo, la la, le poo, a sarcastic take on the French craze of Neo-Paleo-Belgian-Synchromism which he presented to the world at a Kraftwerk concert in Liege. After "Le liège controverse", Jake settled in Bruges, where he began to paint with waffles by dipping them in paint, and pressing them upon the canvas. He also discovered the great brush properties of endives, which he used to great effect with his work, Wheels of the Stingray, in which he depicts a '67 Corvette turning into a Stingray. This painting is considered to be the inspiration for the Scorpions' Lovedrive album cover (not the one with the bubble gum, the boobie, and the limo.
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