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Posted on 04/04/2014 4:06:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Who are the REAL kings (and queens) of cool? National Portrait Gallery runs exhibition of the 100 coolest Americans, Elvis, Frank Sinatra and Debbie Harry
Years after they first made their mark Steve McQueen, Frank Sinatra, Madonna and Blondie are all still hip enough to have earned a place in the top 100 coolest Americans.
The 'American Cool' exhibit is currently on show at the National Portrait Gallery, in Washington, D.C. America, until 7 September.
Included in the exhibit are the likes of jazz musicians such as Miles Davis and Billie Holiday, actors such as Johnny Depp, and singers such as Elvis Presley and Debbie Harry.
The term 'cool' originated in the United States in the early 1940s when legendary jazz saxophonist Lester Young brought the central African American concept into the modern vernacular.
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Im reminded of:
“That’s tight, man, that’s tight”
I would guess 90% of those on the list are about as cool as a swallow tailed straight jacket.
I do agree with Steve McQueen, Buster Keaton, Mae West and a couple more. Add Jack Benny to the list.
Walt Whitman? Wasn’t he a pedophile to the point where he was tarred and feathered and run out of town? And Madonna? What? Please, there is absolutely nothing cool about that jackass whatsoever, but I assume she must have spread her legs to get on this list just like she did with the RnR hall of fame.
Yeah I’ll pass. We’ve sacrificed this country on the altar of pop culture and what is cool. Sorry if I don’t want to play anymore.
Sidney Potier, Bill Murray, Weird Al Yankovich, George Noory,
Will & Kate aka, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Dr. Bill Wattenburg; Radio Scientist.
You know a hipster doofus wrote this with some of the names that are on here such as, Afrika Bambaataa. Oh yeah, he’s really cool, who is he again? I vaguely remember him from the 80s.
Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young?
The Roots of Cool
Zora Neale Hurston
Willie The Lion Smith
The Birth of Cool
William S Burroughs
Cool and the Counterculture
The next 50:
Hunter S Thompson
The Legacy of Cool
Benicio del Toro
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An injustice screams out that flaws this list beyond repair....namely the absence of the King Of Cool...Dean Martin....shame on the list makers...however I do heartily approve of Mitchum being included.....but dammit...the list needs Dino!!!
I see Anita O'Day is on that list. I met her once, we were playing the same venue.
She was Scary Nasty.
Agree completely!! Nothing cool about perverts and skanks.
Billy Gibbons is cooler than any of the other rockers on the list.
I forgot Mitchum. He, McQueen, and James Dean pretty much defined “cool”.
Most of the people on the list are either cannibals or communists.
Cab Calloway is cooler than any of the musicians on the list.
I wonder how many would even know of Cab, if it wasn’t for “The Blues Brothers”?
Not many is my guess
Definitely Steve McQueen. I helped move the National Motorcycle Museum a few years ago. Getting to handle some of his toys, including his old ratty Indian chopper, was the high point for me.
Should be removed for suicide (most uncool thing to do): Ernest Hemingway, Kurt Cobain
Should be removed for self-destructive behavior (tantamount to suicide): Hank Williams, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix
Should be removed just on general principles: Madonna, Jim Brown, Angela Davis, Prince, Susan Sarandon, Faye Dunaway, Malcolm X, Carlos Santana, Patti Smith, Susan Sontag, Hunter S Thompson
Being killed makes you cool? Questionable sympathy votes: Selena Tupac Shakur
Who?? : Cool and the Counterculture, Afrika Bambaataa, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Willie The Lion Smith, Joan Didion
Surprised Missing: Jim Morrison
Missing: Tina Turner, Ray Charles, Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope, Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Johnny Carson, John Lee Hooker, Ringo (hey, he was just along for the ride)
Good call, on Cab Calloway
What in the world was going on there?
Very quiet and serene backstage (charged a dollar for an autograph), but man, when he got on stage, he lit it up! And he was probably late 70s or early 80s at the time.
Way 2 meny kneegrows
Whut about surfers, the Kingston Trio, racing drivers, astronauts, Donald Bren, car customizers, etc.?
‘Cool’ as in the old definition: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin.....and I’m sure a couple of others who have slipped the old mellon.
Definitely ‘My Old School’ cool!!!
Mike Love? Not cool.
He’s always seemed like a chubby dork to me.
Willie “The Lion” Smith was excellent.
I agree on Lee Marvin, for sure. And you are right, the meaning of “cool” has changed dramatically over the years. In his day, Perry Como was considered cool, as in relaxed and unflappable, but now cool means “hip” and Como was not “hip” by today’s standard.
I agree with that.
Besides his talents in jazz, Calloway was more adept at the use of slang than anyone else I can think of. And his delivery was nothing, if not, “cool.”
Why was I left out? /sarc
You fellah, you tearin’ up the street
You wear that white tuxedo
How you gonna beat the heat
Do you take me for a fool
Do you think that I don’t see
That ditch out in the valley
That they’re digging just for me
“Walk Between the Raindrops” is the best song Fagen ever did, you can just imagine yourself in 50s-era Miami Beach just hearing it.
Probably shouldn’t say this, but that album ‘The Nightfly’ was playing the first time I had sex.
John Lennon and Mick Jagger didn’t make the list, and they think that’s cool?
Here is cool:
Wait for it.
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