Anthony Bourdain And His Musical Friends
Anthony Bourdain was a true non-conformist. An artist, a chef, and a writer who took pleasure in never following the traditional blueprint for success. For a personality who first shot to fame as a TV chef. Furthermore, there is more to Bourdain than the rest of the pack, and through Parts Unknown. While we got to understand the man and offering a view of the world through his explorative lens.
There was an affable charm to Bourdain that made you immediately warm to his character, and his program was simply heads and shoulders above any other travel offering of the time. Needless to say, Bourdain always made sure to get under the skin of whatever part of the world he was in. Rather than visiting the usual tourist spots, Bourdain stuck to the real people and real culture, he brought to our screens the beating heart of the city and its people.
However, it wasn’t just professionally that Bourdain adopts an authentic approach. Always he is carrying himself with integrity in every walk of his life. He champions the counterculture in every aspect, and his punk credentials and aptitude for dispelling antipathy truly knew no limits. Bourdain’s love of music has been well documented, but the adoration was reciprocal.
Here, we look back at the friendships that Bourdain built throughout his life and what these famous faces thought of the man that provided us with a pure, unfiltered look at the world through his wandering eyes.
Anthony Bourdain’s friends
British-American duo, The Kills. Which is Alisson Mosshart and Jamie Hince, occupies a significant place in Bourdain’s heart and his record collection. Both group members make cameos in Parts Unknown, with Bourdain stopping at Mosshart’s home in Nashville. Hince shows him around some of his favorite watering holes in London town and whisks the chef to a spot of Jamaican food.
When Bourdain ventures to Phoenix, Arizona, there’s one place that he has to tick off his bucket list. And that’s Cooper’s Town. When Alice Cooper isn’t shocking audiences with his exploits on stage. There’s a good chance that you’ll find him watching the game at his very own sports bar. The two men chewed the fat at the bar about their mutual love of baseball. There is a clear affinity between the duo. Following Bourdain’s passing. Cooper tweets: “He’s a rock’n’roll guy, he definitely should’ve been in the band.” “He made it cool to be a foodie. May he rest in peace.”
The parallels between the lives of Marky Ramone and Anthony Bourdain are clear for all to see. Both of them threw caution to the wind, Always channeling their cavalier spirit. And leaving a glorious stain on the culture of New York. That is embedded in the history of the city forever. Bourdain even gets an invite to appear in Joey Ramone’s posthumously released track, ‘New York City’, in 2012. This appearance came after he visits Cleveland in 2007 for No Reservations and hits up the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame with Marky Ramone. The two were friends for almost 20 years, they often met, and their love of music and food meant that the conversation never grew tired.
If you’re ever in Miami, the one person you want to show you around is Iggy Pop. However, for the likes of you and me, that’s nothing but a pipedream, yet, for Anthony Bourdain, it’s a reality.
Iggy has a presence to him, and following the encounter, Bourdain wrote: “Of all the people I’ve met, I’ve never been more intimidated, more anxious, more starstruck than when I met Iggy Pop.” Bourdain left an impression on Iggy, who mournfully wrote after his death, “I’m in shock having just heard that Anthony Bourdain has passed away. I loved the guy, and he was a light of kindness and good vibes in my life.”
Queens Of The Stone Age’s leader Josh Homme is more than just an acquaintance. Bourdain caught up with him whenever he’s in town, they were close friends, and Homme even provides the soundtrack for Parts Unknown.
The best example of their kinship is the letter that the chef cooks up for Homme’s daughter, Camile. In 2011, the singer shares after Bourdain’s passing. She’s upset after seeing him smash up a guitar on No Reservations. And is made up to look like it belongs to her father, he takes time out to reassure her that it’s merely a prop. Among other great memories.
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