The Saddest Day: RIP Richard Gilmore

December 31st, 2014 marked the saddest day for Ed Herrmann and Gilmore Girls fans. Our beloved Richard Gilmore passed away from battling brain cancer.

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I’ve been a huge fan of Gilmore Girls since the day it aired on TV.  I followed this mother-daughter duo from the very beginning and continue to watch to-this-day the girls, their family, friends, and love interests in the quirky town of Stars Hollow. i.e. HUGE fan over here!! So it only seemed fitting to dedicate a post to the Grandfather of the show: Ed Hermmann/Richard Gilmore.

“When we were casting the part of Richard on Gilmore Girls, we all sat around saying, ‘If we could only get Ed Herrmann.’ So we sent the script to his agent who said Ed will come in and meet, but he won’t read. We said fine — great. Set it up. The agent said, ‘But I need you to understand — he will not read.’ We said we get it — no reading. The agent said, ‘He’s Ed Herrmann. He’s worked with Woody Allen! He was in Reds! He will not, under any circumstances, read!’ We were like ‘Hey, if he’ll even sit down and talk to us, we’d be honored.’ So Ed came in. He sat down and said, ‘I like it. It’s funny. Should I read?’ We sat there in stunned silence as Ed opened the script and proceeded to read. And just like that, Richard Gilmore was sitting in front of us. And that’s when I knew this show was charmed… To our patriarch, I thank you. I miss you. And I could never repay you.” – Amy Sherman-Palladino (creator)

“We, the Gilmore Girls family, are so terribly sad and somewhat stunned. We only learned about his illness a week or so ago. I got a call from [Edward’s wife] Star Monday night asking if I wanted to come to the hospital to say good-bye. I went yesterday and was able to give Ed love from Lauren [Graham], Alexis [Bledel] and Amy [Sherman-Palladino]… I have so many fond memories of our time together on Gilmore Girls and since, mainly via email. I think everyone who knew or worked with Ed found him to be absolutely delightful… Everything looks a little dim, as if the lights went down.” -Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore)

“My friend Ed Herrmann was the kindest, classiest, most talented man. It was an honor and a joy to know him, a devastating blow to lose him.” -Lauren Graham (Lorelai Gilmore)

“Ed Herrmann was a wonderful actor and a kind man. He was endlessly knowledgeable about theater, TV and film, and would generously share his wisdom or tell stories from a long and rewarding career. I am grateful to him for that, and will miss him tremendously. He loved acting and was the head of our Gilmore family with his strong presence and great sense of humor. May he rest in peace.” -Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore)

“RIP #EdwardHerrmann I was lucky to know you. I can’t imagine what #GilmoreGirls would have been like w/o you. ❤ to your Family.” – Keiko Agena (Lane Kim)

 

R.I.P Richard Gilmore 😦

I’m With The Band: Confessions of a Groupie by Pamela Des Barres

From Goodreads: “The stylish, exuberant, and remarkably sweet confession of one of the most famous groupies of the 1960s and 70s is back in print in this new edition that includes an afterword on the author’s last 15 years of adventures. As soon as she graduated from high school, Pamela Des Barres headed for the Sunset Strip, where she knocked on rock stars’ backstage doors and immersed herself in the drugs, danger, and ecstasy of the freewheeling 1960s. Over the next 10 years she had affairs with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Waylon Jennings, Chris Hillman, Noel Redding, and Jim Morrison, among others. She traveled with Led Zeppelin; lived in sin with Don Johnson; turned down a date with Elvis Presley; and was close friends with Robert Plant, Gram Parsons, Ray Davies, and Frank Zappa. As a member of the GTO’s, a girl group masterminded by Frank Zappa, she was in the thick of the most revolutionary renaissance in the history of modern popular music. Warm, witty, and sexy, this kiss-and-tell–all stands out as the perfect chronicle of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most thrilling eras.”

I’m a sucker for rock n’ roll memoirs. Especially those surrounding the 60s-80s. There’s something about the sex, drugs, and promiscuity that has me entranced by their lives. Pamela Des Barres has all of that and more! Her story starts off as a boy band obsessed child who wants nothing more than to marry Paul McCartney. Not fitting in with her small town roots she relocates to the Sunset Strip where her new life begins. That life is one of a groupie.

This isn’t an ordinary ‘famous people I’ve slept with’ story. This is a tale of a girl who falls madly in love with the men she idolizes. She pictures herself as an endearing wife who supports their careers and takes care of their children. Unfortunately they only want her for sex. Mixed in is her adventures with drugs, the GTO’s (her short lived girl group,) and guidance from The Zappa’s. She has a whirlwind of friends who guide her through rough times by accepting her into their homes and helping her get back on her feet. But she just keeps on falling. Falling in love with the wrong guys who use her and abuse her. She is somewhat naive but this naivete leads to a great story.

I was impressed with this book. The name drops were fun to see. She’s lived an amazingly interesting life and I’m glad she took the time to write it out. I was also glad the story ended on a happy note as I found myself rooting for her the entire journey. She was like a lost puppy who finally found her way. She holds no bars as she recounts this tale and has no shame over her past. The journal entries from her childhood were a nice addition to this. It was nice to get a glimpse of the person she used to be.. before the Strip.

If you love rock memoirs check this book out. Its nice to hear from the other side of the music world, that of the Groupie!

Rating – 3.5/5

Reading Challenge

Hello readers and fellow bloggers!

I’ve spent the majority of my day off today reading other blogs and trying to familiarize myself with book blogging. As I am still new to this world, this blog is no where near great/perfect. I noticed on a lot of blogs people were doing book challenges. This seems like a fun way to connect with books and the roots of the challenge. So, I decided to jump on the bandwagon and accept the Rory Gilmore Book Challenge. Why Rory Gilmore? Gilmore Girls is by far my favorite show.. ever! I love the family dynamics, the quirky dialogue, the pop culture references and Rory’s reading! I’m continuously going through all the seasons, 1-7. And when I am finished I start it all over again! (Addicted? I think so!)

Now, I haven’t set a time limit on it. Being busy with my current job and looking for another, and possibly school next fall, I didn’t want to add anymore stress to my life. Reading is fun, I’d hate for it to feel like a chore. So for now, this is an open challenge. On another note – I will not only read the books on this list. Lets face it, there are a lot of wicked new books out/coming out and I’d hate to miss the opportunity to read any of them. Does this hinder the challenge? I really hope not.

So let the challenge begin! I’ve already read a few from the list and have some favorites from it (1984, Slaughter-House Five.) Which means I’m already on the Rory Gilmore challenge path! Go me!

I also want to challenge YOU to join (either Rory Gilmore’s or another one). And if you’re already taking part in one, mention it in the comments section! I’d love to hear about other challenges and why you decided to join it.

Thanks,

Shannon