Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Grace Jones at the Disco Museum

One of the most insightful write ups about Grace Jones can be found at DiscoMuseum.com, which chronicles the 1980s legend of the New York underground club scene so well, you can practically feel Andy Warhol's hair slapping you in the face while you read it.

Here's a snippet about Grace's Jamaican beginnings:

GraceJonesWorld.blogspot.com is the spot for everything Grace Jones "Born Grace Mendoza on May 19, 1952 in Spanishtown, Jamaica, West Indies. Grace and her twin brother Christian grew up in a large family of established politicians and preachers. Her grand-uncle was a Bishop and her father was a Preacher, who left the island for America while Grace was still a baby. The twins grew up loved and protected, and yet outsiders, in a melange of aunts, uncles, siblings, and cousins. It was a lonely experience.

When Christian and Grace were teenagers they moved to America, joining their father who was then preaching in Syracuse, New York. Grace who had grown up a virtual 'wild child', free to do as she pleased, found herself in a middle-class world of shopping centers and drive-ins, of schools and rules.
"I never understood the rules," she said. "I can't behave. I don't know how to." She fought the system. She rebelled. She cursed. She wore Afros before they became fashionable, and she displayed her breasts long before nudity was acceptable undress. The locals regarded her as "a crazy girl." Her report cards described her as "socially sick."
Grace Jones photo at age 16. A rare beauty in the making
"I WAS THE ONLY BLACK GIRL AT MY JUNIOR-HIGH SCHOOL. I HAD AN AFRO, A JAMAICAN ACCENT, I LOOKED REALLY OLD. I WAS ORIGINALLY TRAINING TO BE A TEACHER OF LANGUAGES. I SPEAK FRENCH, SPANISH, JAPANESE, ITALIAN AND GERMAN. WHEN I RAN INTO MY DRAMA TEACHER ALL THAT CHANGED."
It's really a superb piece, providing an up-close view of Grace's role as Queen of the Dance Club and so much more. Be sure to check it out!

Viqi French

1 Comments:

Anonymous flipmv said...

Is Noel the brother who was in the video "Slave to the Rhythm," and doubled for her on the cover of "Living My Life?" Email flipmv@mac.com if you know.

August 17, 2008  

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