#89 Guns & Roses & Joe at the Fotoplayer

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89 Guns & Roses

#89 Guns & Roses
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First watch Guns & Roses & Joe at his Fotoplayer

What you see is Joe Rinaudo at the Fotoplayer he restored. What you hear is a very clever Guns & Roses overdub by adnmusic.


Joe Rinaudo

AmperArt #89, Guns & Roses, was inspired by a my best friend of fifty years, Joe Rinaudo, who probably doesn’t even know who Guns n’ Roses is—he’s more into Scott Joplin. We were both into “old stuff”—I collected & refurbished old office machines (mimeographs & typewriters) & Joe collected 16mm films of early cinematic comedy—Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, the Keystone Cops, Fatty Arbuckle , & of course Laurel & Hardy.

Today Joe is a 35mm silent film collector, refurbisher, itinerant projectionist, and consultant to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, as well as the Library of Congress National Film Preservation Board.

Shortly after high school, Joe restored a Model 20 Fotoplayer, a player piano/organ/percussion conglomeration that would add music and sound effects  to silent cinema. This is now in his living room. His neighbors love him.

There are nearly a million posts on YouTube of Joe playing his Fotoplayer, which was featured on Huell Howser’s California Gold. However, the sound you hear above is a very clever overdub, perfectly timed and enhanced, by adnmusic on YouTube.

To hear the actual music Joe is playing, and to learn more about the Fotoplayer, step right over here.

Visit SilentCinemaSociety.org, Joe’s new website for old entertainment.



Amperbr& features brand names which contain the word “and,” a contraction such as “n” or the ampersand itself. In each case, the conjunction is replaced by an ampersand which is set or stylized in the primary typeface of the brand’s logo. Guns & Roses is the first Amperbr& issue.

How did Guns & Roses get its name?

I find brand naming fascinating when it just falls into place. Sort of like my formula for inspired design: luck+talent=that’s it! (Read about it here.) The Guns & Roses story fits the formula:

GUNS N' ROSES RETURN FOR HISTORIC NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER STADIUM TOUR: Founder Axl Rose and Former Members, Slash and Duff McKagan, Regroup For The 'Not In This Lifetime Tour' Produced by Live Nation (PRNewsFoto/Live Nation Entertainment)

In 1984, Hollywood Rose member Izzy Stradlin was living with L.A. Guns member Tracii Guns. When L.A. Guns needed a new vocalist, Stradlin suggested Hollywood Rose singer Axl Rose. Guns N’ Roses was formed in March 1985 by Rose and rhythm guitarist Stradlin, along with lead guitarist Tracii Guns, bassist Ole Beich, and drummer Rob Gardner of L.A. Guns. The band coined its name by combining the names of both previous groups.  —Wikipedia

Popular mid-century phrase

Many “oldsters” will recall the term guns & roses being used after World War II, as some people had to learn that “life is not all guns & roses.” Of course, that’s not yet a brand name so it would not be an Amperbr& theme. But it could still be AmperArt!

How many Amperbr&s can you think of?

(That’s a brand that’s got an ampersand in its name.)

M&M’s?  Smart & Final? Smith & Wesson? Add yours here.

Take this fun Amperbr& quiz.

Production notes for #89 Guns & Roses:
Original size: 20 x 30 inches

Program: Adobe Illustrator
Font: Cornivus
Ampersand: Cornivus (brand’s logo font)
Guns n’ Roses logo: entertainmentrocks.com
Video: adnmusic, YouTube
Quiz: sporcle.com – quizzes
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Chaz DeSimone

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