"This Christmas"
by
Joshua Crawford with Ann Hampton Callaway
( taken from "The $49 Demo": exclusive only to JoshuaCrawford.com )

“ You know you’re a ‘ThrillerBaby’ if 90 percent of your childhood photographs  suddenly turned into MAGENTA-colored time-capsules by the time YOU turned into your 20s! Making YOU feel like you were already 90 due to your snapshots looking so OLD! ”

--  JOSHUA  CRAWFORD
( CHRISTMAS 2017)

PS: And now that the entire Thriller-Baby Generation has an entire houseful of “red-tinted” oddly faded photographs … leaving your mind (and KIDS and GRANDKIDS) to wonder … WHAT HAPPENED to the global-warming weather during your childhood that caused the entire WORLD to ‘glow red’ ? …
HERE’S WHY:
Save yourself the endless time to surf the internet for answers you’ll never find, and just trust me here:
The “magenta-effect” (as I’ll now deem it, perhaps knowing for certain that it will soon become part of your everyday Thrillerbaby lexicon in dictionaries around the world!) … was the result of a few odd hybrid-combos of certain key events:


1. Easily flammable ‘Nitrate’ film-stock that had been around since the dawn of the invention of film itself in the 19th century which photographed deep beautiful stunning silvers and grays in the black&white era of earth’s evolution, started being replaced with the more NON-flammable ‘Acetate Film’ during the 1950s by film-stock celluloid companies (like Kodak) during the ‘in living color’-era of the mid-20th century, which resulted in SAFER … but QUICKER-TO-AGE ‘negatives’, as well as the same for the developed ‘slides’ and ‘prints’ FROM these negatives, and their now cheaper elements, but also ‘cheaper-LOOKING-in post-production’ altered chemical process! (Which by the way, you know you’re a ThrillerBaby if you know what ‘negatives’,  ‘slides’, and ‘prints’ are! Or in otherwords, “1-HR-PHOTO” booths & shops in malls and at K-marts around the world. Which … by the way, are ThrillerBabies the last to know what MALLS and K-MARTS even WERE?)
Anyway, back to our story: This necessitated ‘chemical-overhaul’ in the 1950s to make celluloid less explosive, 30 years later, by the 1980s, gradually resulted in an outcry by movie-directors, giving way to a new word: “vinegar syndrome”; as they started to notice that their recently shot movies, were already starting to ROT a little, appearing to look CHEAPER than the once ‘razor-sharp-contrasts’ of their own forefathers’ B&W films & photos.  For non-‘film-noir’ lovers, this is way sometimes the older black and white motion pictures look SO amazingly ‘in focused’ when a modern 4k or 8k ‘restoration’ is done for such films as “Casablanca”, “Laura”, “Rebecca”, “Citizen Kane”, etc., compared to recent restorations of more modern COLOR films such as 1975’s “Jaws” and 1977’s “Close Encounters”. As each of the films shot in the 1970s (also when all of the ThrillerBaby Generation’s PHOTOS were SHOT as WELL!) were shot on ‘cheaper film-stock’, thus, therefore, after a few spins on the projectors at theaters, or 3-generations-away-from-the-negative duplicates used for television airings, their once vibrant colors … started to … well … look SHOT TO HELL in only a mater of a few years!
(And don’t even get me started on 1987’s “Predator”; as when they cleaned THAT film up for its HD premiere on BluRay, they also scrubbed away the ‘grain’ which gives celluloid film its unique ‘depth of field’ look; and the entire cast now look like flat wax-figures. So yes, you can overly RESTORE a film if you try to trick a motion picture that was shot on celluloid, into looking like it was shot last year on digital HD, by stripping it of all its beloved ‘grain’ that allows its deep focus in which celluloid film is still so known for; many MODERN directors even prefer IT over digital film shooting. Chris Nolan’s “Dunkirk” for example.)


2. The ‘Energy Crisis’ of the 1970s which resulted in extremely high gas-prices off and on throughout the decade, due to extreme ‘gas shortages’ … led many celluloid film companies to start removing even MORE chemicals such the ‘Petroleum’-based ones that they had always used up until this point in the 1970s, and in doing that, the ageing of all our birthday parties and Christmas-clothes and REAL-METAL-SLIDES&MERRY-GO-ROUNDS at parks snapshots … started to occur rapidly within just a little over a decade, and “Go MAGENTA!”


3. As expected, new Millennials born AFTER the ThrillerBabies, find old things of ours NEW again (like vinyl records and unique fashion) and yes, there’s even a new color we can instruct them to use on their smart-phones when they’re trying to digitally manipulate all their recent selfi-pics into that odd color of a time in which their parents were born in; 1965-1980; “ThrillerBaby RED!”
So even our cost-effective cheezy photos … can now enjoy a new ‘grind house’ look if you will, to the new youth who find words like “magenta photo” KOOL!
Yay?



(Joshua Crawford’s above ‘Christmas photo’ was shot in the mid 1970s. James Stewart’s above interactions with Crawford occurred in the early 1990s when Crawford was barely a teenager, and are from the Joshua Crawford Collection of his estate; to be used only to JoshuaCrawford.com exclusively and are under copywrite BY Mr. Crawford. All rights reserved.)




FURTHER READING ABOUT  “ THE MAGENTA THRILLERBABY PHOTO-EFFECT ” :

https://unwritten-record.blogs.archives.gov/2016/01/11/film-preservation-101-why-are-old-films-sometimes-pink/


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1970s_energy_crisis


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cellulose_acetate_film


https://hyperallergic.com/343828/the-unlikely-story-of-how-nitrate-film-endures/


https://www.scanyourentirelife.com/how-to-date-photos-family-photo-collections-sort-organize/



In THIS ThrillerBaby classic that’s now tragically being unnecessarily remade, one of the classic lines of dialogue is the following: "Hi. I'm Fred. I Like Tacos And '71 Cabernet, And My Favorite Color Is Magenta."
https://getyarn.io/video/7c98918a-0cc5-479d-bb2c-bb2a5bf4a8f2
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JOSHUACRAWFORD.com



The anticipated novel by Joshua Crawford,
SIGNATURE  PLACE  part 1: the saga of the "ThrillerBaby Generation" ...
has now FINALLY been officially turned over to Amazon.com to go to PRESS, and is now awaiting the natural process of gaining its own "display-page" on Amazon so that ORDERS for the book can be placed. This process is expected to last anywhere from 1 to 60 days. Please check back here on this website daily. As soon as a street-date for this display page is announced,
you'll hear about it HERE first!


ON  THE  SUBJECT  OF  MICHAEL  JACKSON'S  DEATH:
In  light  of  the  many  who  are  currently  wondering  what  Mr.  Crawford's  thoughts  are  on  the  death  of  the  beloved  pop  icon,  Michael  Jackson,  whom  Crawford  named  his  entire  "ThrillerBaby"  generation  after  a  mere  15  years  before  Jackson  ever  died,  Mr.  Crawford  has  forgone  addressing  the  public  on  such  matters,  but  will  do  so  in  a  massive  123-page  introduction  for  PART  ONE   of  Crawford's  " SIGNATURE  PLACE "  3-part  epic-novel,  which  was  initially  set  to  go  to  Jackson  himself  on  the  very  day  that  he  shockingly  DIED;  June  25th,  2009.
Naturally,  his  death  delayed  the  release  of  the  book  for  8 long  years ...
UNTIL  NOW.

 Crawford  has  had  to  spend  much time "rewriting"  the  entire  introduction  of  his  novel,  to  take  into  affect  the  morbid  and  sad  circumstances  surrounding  the  gloved-one's  untimely  death.

SIGNATURE  PLACE  will  soon  make  its  worldwide  premiere  on  Amazon.com,  in 2017 !
(
Keep  checking  for  updates!  And follow Crawford's official "ThrillerBaby News" page on Facebook for up-to-date news about the novel's highly anticipated release HERE:
www.facebook.com/ThrillerBabyNews
as well as on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ThrillerBaby


Amazon's  criteria  guidelines  for  a  book  of  this  magnitude,  require  a  waiting-process  in  order  to  generate  the  book's  "display  page"  for  purchase. 
We  realize  how  important  it  is  to  each  and  every  one  of  you  who  are  aiming  to  understand  how  Jackson's  1982  mega-selling  album, Thriller,  spawned  an  entire  generation  to  which  Crawford's  book  coined.
Our  thoughts  and  prayers  go  out  to  the  millions  of  ThrillerBabies  around  the  world ... and  throughout  the  universe.
 Please  bare  with  us,  and  check  back  here  often  for  the  latest  updates  on  "Signature  Place - the  complete  1,000-page  3-part  saga  of  the  ThrillerBaby  generation   which  Crawford  first  started  authoring  at  the  age  of  19  in  1994.
(And  yes,  for  those  wondering,  Mr.  Crawford  was  invited  to  the  funeral.)




THE  FOLLOWING  IS   CRAWFORD  IN  HIS  OWN  WORDS :

"Let us not forget what this brilliant musician ... did for our planet; uniting us all during his life of 50 years, then once more, upon his graduation into the heavens. But most importantly, he fathered an entire generation; ThrillerBabies (those born 1965-1980).
In Heaven, he's 'timeless' ... and not near as 'sleepless.' And I imagine he's uniting far more than just a mere planet; more like an entire universe of universes.

Signature Place, the book that coined the word 'ThrillerBaby' ... and one that was on its way to him the very day he passed ... (some believe he read it, others believe he never got to)
is almost ready to LAUNCH onto AMAZON!
1,000 pages ... in the form of a 3-part novel about the generation in which Jackson fathered ... is heading your way shortly.
Thanks to all the many Crawford fans and Jackson fans who have been anticipating this novel of mine for over 8 long years, and for understanding the nature in which its release ... had to be placed on pause for a while.
Until now.
Once you've read it, you won't regret it!
Your extreme patience with allowing me to finally deliver this novel to the public, as I had intended to do over 8 years ago (with Mr. Thriller himself to be the first to get the very first copy, fresh off the press ... until he tragically died the very day the novel was due to arrive to him) is greatly appreciated.
I wrote it for ALL of you. All ages, races, colors, and creeds.
And I would be lying if I said that I didn't have a little help from the heavens themselves.
Afterall, they're the ones who gave it to me.
And thank YOU 'MJ' ... for trying your best ... to '
heal our world,
to make it a better place
.'
Sincerely, and on behalf of the generation I named after you,"
-  J
OSHUA  C
RAWFORD
(aka "Mr. ThrillerBaby")


 

THE ORIGINAL "ABOUT THE BOOK" BLUB, AS IT WAS INTENDED TO BE RELEASED OVER 8 YEARS AGO :

ABOUT   THE   BOOK:
ThrillerBabies, Michael Jackson fans, latchkey-kids, & single parents worldwide, rejoice! Joshua Crawford's EPIC FOR THE KID IN EVERY ADULT, & THE ADULT IN EVERY KID is HERE; SIGNATURE PLACE! From the big-hearted & gifted green-eyed singer-songwriter with the most passed around demo on the planet (PLAY ME - on iTunes), comes his much talked-about 3-part 1,000 page character-study on early gentrification & the 1st majorital generation of LatchKey kids; offspring of the BabyBoomers; the ThrillerBaby generation - babies of the 1980s, born 1965-1980! One of the most revolutionary literary works of our time, before Harry Potter or Twilight, was the book about neighborhood kids growing up in a DIFFERENT kind of darkness, all-too-real; DIVORCE, DOUBLE INCOME, & the DEATH of a PARENT! Written in poverty by the piano-playing 19 yr. old over 8 years when he didn't even own a car, all while his PLAY ME demo was bouncing around record-labels, deeming him the most rejected artist of his generation (which he is now considered the father of, as Signature Place coined the name THRILLERBABY GENERATION), "that underground book with the most PIRATED SOUNDTRACK of ALL TIME" proudly marks its 10th Anniversary! And to celebrate, Crawford pulls out all the punches for PART 1 of the 3-part saga, including: a 123-page preface/introduction written by the author, a complete table of contents, never-seen illustrations, & a 133-page Signature Place BIBLE reference-guide to all the '80s songs & pop culture featured in the book. Slip on your VANS, grab your Rubik's Cube, & read about how 1 little boy from Gary, Indiana, not only changed the face of music & opened the door for America's 1st African-American President, but caused a gradual multi-ethnic race-integration throughout the world; beginning in a Confederate city that spawned 2 U.S. Presidents; Midland, Texas. GET READY for a place where once the blinds are drawn, the REAL blinds are lifted! SIGNATURE PLACE!

ABOUT   THE   AUTHOR:
Born December 5th, 1974 in Roswell, New Mexico, often deeming him 1 OF ROSWELL'S MOST INTERESTING ALIENS, Joshua Markl Crawford initially aimed to direct films under Steven Spielberg ever since age 7 upon seeing E.T. The by-ear piano-player & middle-kid assumed he'd never be a musician, due to failing piano-lessons 3 times by age 10, unable to READ music. In 1984, after his parents divorced, the 9 yr. old with the unusual mint green eyes, moved to a condominium-complex in Midland, Texas with his father, where he noticed EVERY kid on the block, also came from a divorce. This would lend way for an entire 1,000 page epic 10 yrs. later, when at age 19, Crawford started his 2nd novel (he began his 1st, "TRUE", at 15). In 1989, however, at 14, a virus attacked his heart, enlarging it 5x its size, causing Cardiomyopathy & almost killed him! But after he lost grasp of a tiny metal cross in his hand that ended up reappearing in 1 of his chest x-rays (when accordingly, it should've burned through him like acid!), his heart miraculously began to shrink, despite doctors sending him home to die because he had refused a transplant. Invited into Spielberg's private office for his 18th birthday (with Spielberg allegedly being out of town), this marked a creative change in young Crawford, who then wrote his very 1st song, SING ALONG, followed by CRYIN' PARTY, & PLAY ME; now known as THE PLAY ME RECORDINGS; the most passed around DEMO of all time in which he attempted to land a record-deal with. Every label rejected him, & Spielberg's office, who had just started a label of their own (DreamWorks - now defunct), took notice. Soon, a SIGNING was planned, but when the deal fell apart, the raspy-voiced torch-song crooner fell into a severe depression, & to pull out of it, decided to write a 2nd book, as a means to prevent his latchkey ThrillerBaby generation (& other generations!) from being named after letters & numbers; a common 1990s trend. This novel, would turn out to be "SIGNATURE PLACE"; a book that predated Michael Jackson's sublime influence on race-integration 14 years before the election of Barack Obama, & 6 years before the man from the very Texas town the book takes place in, would become PRESIDENT (George W. Bush). Like with his music, however, SIGNATURE would gain massive rejection (accordingly over 2,000 from publishers), who felt no child or parent would ever read something so massive. To date, Crawford has penned over 500 songs; all of which remain unrecorded.
 

AFTER YOU SEE "THIS IS IT" ...
 ... GET READY TO READ ABOUT
... HOW IT ALL BEGAN !
"SIGNATURE  PLACE:  PART  1
"!
Coming Soon  To
AMAZON.COM,
2017 !
www.SignaturePlace.com !


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