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i'm a writer. i need to know these things. [Jul. 6th, 2009|08:27 pm]
(i'm talking about the funk.)
i'm listening to a song called 'cosa nostra funk' by format:B (which is awesome), and it reminded me that i need to do research. RESEARCH. and so i call upon you, dearest friends, bosom buddies, et cetera et cetera, to recommend me any books (fiction or non-)/ websites that are not wikipedia/ movies/ general historical figures pertaining to the mob, the mafia, whichever group catches your fancy. i am aching to learn more about gangs. (and anything about seventies culture that isn't DISCO would be lovely, as well.) holy cow if anyone has any recommendations or ideas, i love you forever.

and oddly enough this fascination wasn't even inspired by the new johnny depp movie, so hah. HAH.



(what i really really need is some good solid references for men's suits and fashions through the years following the 50's. goddamn it, internet, when did you become so difficult to research with.)







also: the new MSI album is ridiculously entertaining. go listen to 'issues' and 'get it up' and tell me otherwise, GO.
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From: arti_absinthium
2009-07-07 02:24 am (UTC)
For part of my senior project when I was in school, I drew a timeline of fashion from Ancient Greece - the 1960s. And the references for men's clothing in the 60s were a bitch to find. At one point I called my parents in tears, and my dad recommended going to the library and looking at issues of Playboy from the 60s, as they had really cutting edge men's fashion spreads then (French Playboy still does).

What I ended up doing was google image searching for film stills of Michael Caine. Which may be more feasible (if less fun) than looking at backissues of Playboy. If you can think of any movie or actor that works for the time period, status, etc. of what you want, look for film stills.

Also, of course, there's The Costumer's Manifesto. She also has some really good researching tips here.
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[User Picture]From: teh_arpil
2009-07-09 02:27 am (UTC)
DUDE. thank you. this helps steer me in the right direction, for sure. C:
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From: arti_absinthium
2009-07-09 02:18 pm (UTC)
The Costumer's Manifesto is seriously one of the most useful things on the internet. Which reminds me, I need to re-read her advice for going to Paris on the cheap...
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From: ubixtiz
2009-07-07 03:09 am (UTC)
You should watch Life on Mars. For seventiesness? And because everyone should watch Life on Mars. The UK version, not the US remake. Um, the clothes are really awesome? I want to wear all of the main character's clothes.

For mafianess sadly I can only think of Some Like It Hot, which is perhaps not...verisimilitudinous?
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[User Picture]From: teh_arpil
2009-07-09 02:29 am (UTC)
haha some like it hot. adorable movie, for serious.

and omg YES. thanks for pointing it out! there's a plethora of stuff in the mere clips i've found of the uk version, this really does help. and now i want to see the whole movie, too. :o
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From: ubixtiz
2009-07-09 04:15 am (UTC)
It's a series; it is sixteen hours of awesome. It's available on the internet, but if you haven't seen it by the time you are back in Toronto come to my apartment and we will marathon the DVDs.
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