On a cabaret stage, Ronnie Wood makes his introductory speech before giving way to dancers while the rest of the band watches the show on a couch. When one of the artists leaves the stage and runs off into the street, Mick Jagger goes after her. Keith Richards prefers to get a bit of height by sitting on one of the gargoyles of the Chrysler Building. Architect William Van Alen probably had no idea that his glorious building would, seventy years after its construction, be home to one of rock and roll’s most famous guitarists.
The filming of the video for Anybody Seen My Baby? directed by Samuel Bayer, gave the Rolling Stones the opportunity to go to New York, 33 years after their first American concert, on June 5, 1964, in San Bernardino, California. The song was written jointly by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, based on a script by the famous lyricist K.D. Lang and Ben Mink, one of rock and roll’s great behind-the-scenes talents, and is a classic in the Stones’ repertoire. A song that accompanied the rise of Angelina Jolie, who was just starting out at the time, and that was the perfect soundtrack to a stroll through New York, with a compulsory stop at the foot of the Chrysler Building, this giant of stone and metal, fascinatingly bold.
Four composers were credited for the song Anybody Seen My Baby?: Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, kd Lang and Ben Mink. The latter two were mentioned because of the song’s similarities to their 1992 hit Constant Craving.
A true star of the New York skyline, the Chrysler Building has a fascinating history. A monument whose power of attraction has never wavered since its inauguration.
The developer William H. Reynolds hired William Van Alen in 1927 to build this gigantic building, which soon became the object of several modifications on the part of Walter Chrysler, the president of the automobile brand. He wanted the building, which was supposed to symbolize the power of his company, to be the tallest in the world.
At that time, New York was the scene of a fierce competition concerning the height of skyscrapers. With a spire of 58.4 meters, the Chrysler Building became the tallest building in the world in 1930, surpassing even the Eiffel Tower. Less than a year later, the Empire State Building, with its 381 meters, already took the title. But fortunately, its size is not the only reason to admire the Chrysler.
Its Art Deco style, the use of steel and in particular its eight eagle-shaped gargoyles give it a character that is as atypical as it is exciting, never denied to this day. This makes it one of the most beautiful and most photographed buildings in New York. A building as spectacular as its hall, entirely shaped with a mixture of granite, steel and marble.
For a long time, this was the only part of the building open to the public before the inauguration in 2021 of an observatory on the 61st floor. The Chrysler Building? A true legend.
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Fanspots Stories New York
Discover the secrets of the cult places of the greatest masterpieces of pop culture in New York!
The world capital of pop culture, New York embodies unbridled creative freedom. The city that never sleeps has been the muse of a large number of directors, actors, screenwriters, singers, musicians, cartoonists and writers…
Many have passed on their fascination for the city to the general public and made some of its places famous worldwide, making them into the legend of pop culture. These are the secrets of a hundred of them revealed in this first volume of the Fanspots Stories collection.
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Did you know that the filming of Rage Against The Machine’s Music Now in the Fire caused Wall Street to shut down for the first time since 1929?
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Directed by a team of pop culture specialists and embellished with many anecdotes, Fanspots Stories New York tells more than just a story: these are some of the most fascinating stories in pop culture.
Fanspot Stories New York
100 pop cults
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By Gilles Rolland
Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.