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Franklin Enters Precinct 1 Race
Announces for Commissioners Court at Victory Grill
DAILY News  August 4, 2015, by Michael King
"...Saying “I’m not perfect” and “I’ve made mistakes,” Richard Franklin III became the second candidate to announce his intention to replace retiring County Commissioner Ron Davis in the Precinct 1 race, Monday evening at the Victory Grill. Franklin asked his audience to “help me be a better man” and to “uplift everybody in Travis County.”..."

This Austin-made companion piece to the event blends truth and fiction in a quasi-documentary that purports to explain how SPAMARAMA all began.
Film Review  April 4, 1997, by Russell Smith
"...His accomplice, David (Uranium Savages lead singer Arnsberger), is motivated by concurrent desires to impress his girlfriend and revive his band's stranded-in-the-Seventies career. Cameo and extra appearances by local icons such as Kinky Friedman, Alvin Crow, Sammy Allred, Guy Juke, Molly Ivins, and Jim Franklin offer viewers of a certain age a chance to test their powers of observation and wax nostalgic..."

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Mighty Atom
Atomic City's Jim 'Prince' Hughes is punk rock daikaiju at a whole different level
Music Story  June 8, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...It was Armadillo muralist Jim Franklin who tagged his friend as "the Royal Hawaiian Prince," which came in recognition of Hughes' endless collection of Hawaiian shirts, alcoholic beverages served in plastic pineapples, and the ability to chill out all summer long, day in and day out, lounging by the low diving board at Barton Springs Pool with Kerry Awn. The Royal Hawaiian Prince had that certain only-in-Austin panache that sprung from both the Armadillo World Headquarters and the underground comics scene of Rick Griffin, Awn, R..."

Violators Will Be Punished
Music Story  September 12, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...Pagers, radio spots, even semi-inspired print ads for shows were few and far between back then, and the resultant information vacuum created by too many popular venues booking amazing bills with zilch advertising almost single-handedly spawned what people today think of as Poster Art. That $50 Frank Kozik print you've been ogling at Sound Exchange has its roots not only deep in the heart o' Texas, but also in the music explosion that rocked the Capitol City in the Seventies and made sideline superstars out of a struggling band of artists and cartoonists (frequently one and the same) that included such now-legendary names as Gilbert Shelton, Jim Franklin, Ken Featherston, Guy Juke, Danny Garrett, Sam Yeates, Micael Priest, Kerry Awn, Gary McIlhenny, Henry Gonzales, Jack Jaxon, and a few others..."

Letting the Freak Brothers Flag Fly
Gilbert Shelton on his iconic comic's long, strange trip to the screen
Screens Story  March 12, 2010, by Margaret Moser
"...If it's fair to posit that the Austin Music Scene, referred to so reverentially it practically demands capital letters, started first with Kenneth Threadgill, then Austin's artistic underground origin in the Sixties can likewise be attributed to Jack Jackson, Jim Franklin, and Gilbert Shelton. Their pen-and-ink contributions to the comic-and-poster world gave Austin its earliest visual identity in the counterculture..."

Cowboys and bluesmen at the Alamo Drafthouse's new home, Moose and conjunto on the Eastside, an ailing Crack Pipe, a cranky cigarette company, and other nutty notions
Music Column  April 13, 2007, by Christopher Gray
"...When Armadillo World Headquarters poster artist Jim Franklin and late partner Bill Livengood reopened the dormant Ritz in 1974, Monday nights were as dead then as they are now, so they showed old cowboy movies and booked bands to warm up. "We had Willie Nelson, Asleep at the Wheel," recalls Franklin..."

With both Jim Carrey and Tim Allen having successfully made the transition from the boob tube to the silver screen, along comes the latest bid for big movie stardom, namely...
Film Review  January 6, 1995, by Joey O'Bryan
"...With both Jim Carrey and Tim Allen having successfully made the transition from the boob tube to the silver screen, along comes the latest bid for big movie stardom, namely comedy star Sinbad in Houseguest. A blatant retread of the Jim Belushi vehicle Taking Care of Business, as well as the similarly titled Housesitter, Houseguest follows the adventures of Kevin Franklin, a young man obsessed with money and every way to get it, with the notable exception of good old-fashioned hard work..."

A Lot of Cojones and a Little Faith
The art of Micael Priest
Arts Story  October 6, 2006, by Margaret Moser
"...To many, Priest rules as the godfather of poster art in Austin because his work is among the most enduring. Jim Franklin had created the armadillo as the symbol of the hippie counterculture in Texas, but Priest, with his cartoonist's sensibility, used black ink to fill their veins with red blood..."

High Crimes
The generic title provides an immediate clue to High Crimes' pedigree. It's a genre picture, a thriller fit with a paint-by-numbers plot of mistaken identity, red herrings, doppelgangers, and even...
Film Review  April 5, 2002, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: Carl Franklin. Starring: Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Jim Caviezel, Adam Scott, Bruce Davison, Amanda Peet and Juan Carlos Hernández..."

One False Move
The way the destinies of four people converge in a small Arkansas town in One False Move is nothing short of wondrous. Scripted by Thom Epperson and Billy Bob Thorton,...
Film Review  August 14, 1992, by Steve Davis
"...Directed by: Carl Franklin. Starring: Bill Paxton, Cynda Williams, Billy Bob Thorton, Michael Meach, Earl Billings and Jim Metzler..."

Playback: And the Armadillos Went Wild
Threadgill’s World Headquarters goes the way of its predecessor, the Armadillo World Headquarters, plus Black Fret offers more than just money
Music Column  December 6, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...In January 2015, Wilson put hundreds of beer signs, concert posters, paintings, and Armadillo artifacts up for auction. That resulted in a crowded and entertaining sell-off that saw several items, including a Jim Franklin painting of guitarist Freddie King and the concert hall's piano, net over $20,000..."

Too Dumb to Die
A profile of Austin's longest-running musical parody, the Uranium Savages.
Music Story  December 10, 1999, by Margaret Moser
"..."I was an original investor in the Ritz. I gave [poster artist] Jim Franklin $1,000 to help open it..."

Dancing About Architecture
Christmastime comes to Austin.
Music Column  December 8, 2000, by Ken Lieck
"...Clark (evening); Monday Loose Diamonds, Tuesday Reckless Kelly, Wednesday Rick Trevino, and Thursday Jimmy LaFave. Also for the eyes, in a combined celebration of the Bazaar's silver anniversary and the memory of the Armadillo World Headquarters, beginning at 1pm this Saturday, Armadillo poster artists Jim Franklin, Guy Juke, Micael Priest, and Kerry Awn will join forces to begin creating a mural at the Austin Music Hall as the Bazaar opens for the holidays..."

1, 2, Tres, Cuatro: Waltz Across Texas
San Antonio rock & roll posters and Central Texas dance halls – preserve them.
Music Column  April 6, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"...But South Pop was born with a silver paintbrush in its mouth, at least judging by the wealth of iconic poster artists that flocked to Austin in the late Sixties and early Seventies. Jim Franklin – who Bruce Springsteen singled out during his South by Southwest Music keynote speech – Micael Priest, Guy Juke, Danny Garrett, Kerry Awn, and the others painted the path for Frank Kozik, Lindsey Kuhn, and the rock poster artists of today..."

Re-Re-Re-Re-Reopening Night
The Ritz: Talkie theatre, cowboy hangout, playhouse, comedy and punk club, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
Screens Story  November 2, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...Ask any cosmic cowpoke you can find about what happened next, and you'll get an earful of Armadillos. In particular, Austin's legendary artist and Threadgill's fixture Jim Franklin, who along with Bill Livinggood reopened the Ritz in 1974 (after it suffered the requisite stint as a XXX, bump 'n' grind house in the early Seventies) as something of an extension of Eddie Wilson's Armadillo World Headquarters..."

Our Murals, Ourselves
Arts Story  September 4, 1998, by Sam Martin
"..."A wall mural does many things," explains Oliver Franklin, former director of the Republic of Texas museum and a mural scholar. "When a mural goes up, a wall is transformed into something else..."

Micael Priest 1951-2018
Austin’s godfather of poster art moves on
DAILY Music  September 12, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...“Micael Priest was the most prolific of the Armadillo Art Squad,” says South Austin Museum of Popular Culture Director Leea Mechling, referring to the legendary in-house team at the Armadillo World Headquarters, which included Jim Franklin, Guy Juke, Danny Garrett, Bill Narum, Henry Gonzalez, Kerry Awn, G.L. McElhaney, Ken Featherston, Nels Jacobson, and Sam Yeates..."

HOF Hopefuls
Postmarks  March 13, 2017
"... But, there are some glaringly absent, overlooked (and hopefully future) members. I still believe in sending a ballot to all the past winners (just like the Baseball Hall of Fame does), and let a “Veterans Committee” add one to three new (old) members per year. We must all agree that the Hall of Fame cannot be called “complete” without including such deserving Austin area musicians and scenemakers (in no particular order) as ZZ Top, Waylon Jennings, Junior Franklin, Uranium Savages, Bobby Earl Smith, Earl Poole Ball, Charlie Robison, Esteban Jordan, Kaz Kazanoff, Tex Thomas, Kim Wilson, Eddie Wilson, Burton Wilson, Jubal Clark, Robert Powell St..."

Weird Yet Strange: Notes From an Austin Music Artist
Vaunted Austin artist writes beyond his own posters
Music Story  December 10, 2015, by Tim Stegall
"...If Danny Garrett's name doesn't ring a bell (bang a gong), his imagery will. Alongside locals Micael Priest, Jack Jackson, Jim Franklin, and Guy Juke, his pen-and-ink line work and cryptic flourishes helped make posters the primary medium for marketing concerts..."

A Poem Is a Naked Person
Les Blank’s doc on Leon Russell began shooting in 1972 and is finally released
Film Review  August 7, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...Blank was often more interested in the cultural context of the music he was documenting, so there are many passages of the film in which Blank’s camera turns its lens to the rural denizens of Oklahoma, interviewing Russell’s elderly landlords (who are adorable), being shown the fine art of Okie noodling, attending tractor pulls, and often, just lingering on an abstract image of a sunset reflected on a rippling lake. There’s a great sequence in which legendary underground artist (and Armadillo World Headquarters poster designer) Jim Franklin calmly removes a number of scorpions from an empty swimming pool before turning that surface into a mind-blowing psychedelic mural..."

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