#89 Guns & Roses & Joe at the Fotoplayer

89 Guns & Roses

#89 Guns & Roses
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Amperbr& series

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 (Amper­Art #99).

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. Vis­it his web­site, SilentCin​e​maSo​ci​ety​.org.

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 SilentCin​e​maSo​ci​ety​.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. Search Amperbr& for others

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 Olé 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: enter​tain​men​trocks​.com
Video: adnmusic, YouTube
Quiz: sporcle​.com — quizzes

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