O.K. Here’s the Cool Composer Challenge. Can you come up with a picture of a composer cooler than this one of Heitor? Tweet with the #coolcomposers hashtag, or send me an email.
Challengers after the break.
Here are the first challengers: Igor Stravinsky and Charles Chaplin (an occasional composer himself). Thanks to Adriano Brandão for this (@adrianosbr).
I'll add a couple of images to help get things going.
Here's Dmitri Shostakovich, from a 1942 Time Magazine cover. Cool hat!
Nothing cooler than a cigarette, at least in 1956. This is an Alfred Eisenstaedt picture of Leonard Bernstein, from the Google Life archive. © Time Inc.
Here's Tom Jobim, Brazil's 2nd greatest composer, but right up there in terms of cool - an iconic photo by Otto Stupakoff
Here are some great pictures from Raphael Marsonet. Thanks for these, Raphael!
The first is a great pic of John Cage:
And here is George Antheil, climbing the facade of the Shakespeare & Co. bookstore in Paris:
Stephan Wolpe in Berlin in 1925 - "Peace":
Finally, a couple of super-cool composers: Frank Zappa and Edgard Varese (a close friend of Villa's):