My review of Asif Kapadia’s documentary, Amy, is featured in Issue 5 of Art Decades, out now. This marks the first anniversary of the magazine. Singer Sophie Auster graces the autumnal cover, and the contents include a profile of filmmaker Candida Royalle, who died recently; art by Kevin Bittle; and photography by Dylan Staley, John Levy, and editor Jeremy Richey, featuring models Andrea Margaret, Barbara Scheider, and Carmen Stinson.
As before, Art Decades 5 has a strong female focus. There is also a literary aspect to this issue. Jeremy Richey interviews British horror author Anthony Crowley; and Bryce Wilson looks back at Bret Easton Ellis’ 2006 novel, Lunar Park. Adding to the UK contingent is Steve Langton, who remembers seeing artists from the Ramones to the Dead Kennedys play at Nottingham’s Rock City.
My own favourite piece is a profile of nouvelle vague actress Bernadette Lafont, excerpted from Marcelline Block’s recently published book, French Cinema in Close-Up. For the rest of 2015 at least, Art Decades will be a monthly publication. In the next issue, I’ll be talking about Jeanne Eagels: A Life Revealed.
My review of Amy coincides with the film’s release on DVD, Blu-Ray and i-Tunes this week. A soundtrack is also available, featuring rare demos and live recordings from Amy, as well as instrumental themes by Antonio Pinto. Art Decades 5 can be ordered from Amazon (for £7.79 in the UK, or $12 in the US.) If you’re a regular reader, you can subscribe here.