#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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Desimone? Damn good!

#65 Black & Blue


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My favorite col­ors are black & “char­lie blue.”

Black is actu­al­ly my very favorite col­or & yes, it is a col­or. (See “chaz sez” below.) “Char­lie blue,” as my friends know it, is any­thing between Cray­ola Blue Green to cerulean to turquoise to cyan (one of the four print­ing ink col­ors). Amper­Art #65, Black & Blue, fea­tures CBG as I call it, cyan, and one oth­er blue which I’ll get to lat­er. All my favorite blues are some­where in-​between CBG and cyan.

I am not fond of sky blue, navybaby blue nor roy­al blue. They are cold. (Yes, I know, my very favorite col­or—black—is def­i­nite­ly freez­ing. But we’re talk­ing blue here.)

There is a very deep blue that does tin­gle my col­or bone. That’s cobalt blue. My first mem­o­ry of that col­or is my father’s blue cuff links. Also the knob on his steer­ing wheel to help turn the tires before pow­er steer­ing (that acces­so­ry became ille­gal because when the steer­ing wheel snapped back the knob could remove a fin­ger or two). & the cool red tail lights with the blue dot in the mid­dle, which cre­at­ed a mag­i­cal col­or effect.  They’re pop­u­lar again today but I remem­ber the orig­i­nals on my dad’s 1950-​something auto­mo­bile. Prob­a­bly no oth­er rec­ol­lec­tion of cobalt blue is stronger for me than the bot­tle of Vicks VapoRub. That stuff felt ice-​cold as the col­or of the bot­tle it was pack­aged in. I’m also par­tial to cobalt blue because it is the favorite col­or of my moth­er and my broth­er Rob. So that is the oth­er blue in this Amper­Art piece.


Just look­ing at this Vicks jar opens my sinus­es! Oth­er prod­ucts in cobalt blue bot­tles were Noxze­ma, Phillips Milk of Mag­ne­sia (sounds appe­tiz­ing, does­n’t it?), Bro­mo Seltzer, Nivea and Blue Coral.

In fair­ness to navy, roy­al blue, sky blue & all those that are not my favorites, com­bine them with var­i­ous oth­er col­ors & they cre­ate out­stand­ing col­or schemes. Of course, the same could be said for poop brown.

I am releas­ing #65 Black & Blue dur­ing the play­ful days of sum­mer, because that’s when I recall we’d get the most bruised up falling off our bikes, skate­boards, or just play­ing in the back­yard. I did, any­way. I was a real klutz. Still can’t ride a skateboard.

listen up! Black is a col­or! Not the absence of col­or, nor the com­bi­na­tion of all col­ors. It is col­or. So is white. So why do peo­ple say it’s all the col­ors or no col­or? Because they don’t know the def­i­n­i­tion of col­or. “Col­or” means the descrip­tion of the hue, val­ue & tone. Pure yel­low is a col­or that has a hue some­where between orange & green on the col­or wheel, a very light val­ue (high-​key, or very bright com­pared to very dark such as navy blue), & min­i­mal tone (gray­ish­ness; mauve & sage green have medi­um tone).

The col­or black is defined by no hue (red, yel­low, blue, etc.), the dark­est val­ue, & zero tone. White is defined by no hue, the light­est val­ue, & zero tone. So you see, black & white have no hue & no tone, but they are both colors.

If you want to have some fun with all the oth­er col­ors, check out the Cray­ola web­site, espe­cial­ly the his­to­ry & the Cray­ola Expe­ri­ence where kids (includ­ing big kids) get to play & cre­ate among all things Cray­ola, & see how they are made. If you can’t make it to the fac­to­ry in Eas­t­on, Penn­syl­va­nia, watch this video: How Cray­olas Are Made.

I love Cray­olas. (I won’t use any oth­er brand; the col­ors aren’t as pure, they’re waxy & they just aren’t Cray­ola.) I remem­ber when the box of 64 pre­miered, with the awe­some Built-​In Sharp­en­er. I prob­a­bly have the few stubs that are left of my orig­i­nal set some­where, but today I have The Ulti­mate Cray­ola Col­lec­tion — 152 dif­fer­ent col­ors! — on my desk. I use them fre­quent­ly, & always to sign impor­tant legal doc­u­ments. For that task, of course, it’s Cray­ola Blue Green.

Original size: 20×30 inches
Program: Illustrator
Lettering: Hand-​lettered by Chaz DeSimone
Colors: Cyan, cobalt blue, Crayola Blue Green & black
Vicks ad: flickr​.com/​p​h​o​t​o​s​/​2​8​1​5​3​7​8​3​@​N​08/ “SaltyCotton” has nearly 2000 photos of vintage ads in pristine condition. An ad designer’s or collector’s eye candy overload!
Vicks jar: Joe Corr on pin​ter​est​.com/​p​i​n​/​2​7​4​9​3​0​7​5​2​2​2​5​6​7​2​7​32/ and etsy​.com/​s​h​o​p​/​o​w​l​s​o​n​g​v​i​n​t​age Beautiful collectibles and antiques.