By William Carter

Photographer, Author, Jazz Musician

The Kit Kat Club

with 3 comments

Google Announces New/Old Name for its Operating System

———————————————by William Carter————————————————————–

Every city has its seamy side. More so, perhaps, ancient Mediterranean ports long accustomed to serving a  variety of visitors — from circulating sailors, to Saudi sheiks, to sun-seekers, to sidewalk speculators.

When Google announced “KitKat” as the name for the latest version of its Android operating system, I thought both of the Nestlé candy bar and of a formerly well-known Beirut strip joint. That bustling city has always attracted a large supply of entertainers — featuring European blondes — to work at every level, from the posh Casino du Liban, on down.

The Kit Kat Club was on the waterfront not far from where I lived from 1964 to 1966. I photographed dancers there, and later in their apartments, as part of a wider magazine story — “Women of Beirut” — a multi-leveled portrait  of this tribal/sophisticated city which I never got around to finishing.

The bottom image. below, shows a larger, seamier section of town which appeared to feature brunettes.

A year later came the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, followed by Lebanon’s long, brutal internal conflicts —  but by then I was gone.

Fast forwarding 47 years, on November 6, 2013 I was heartened to note this passage by Walter Mossberg in the Wall Street Journal: “While the primary goal of KitKat was to run in a much smaller amount of memory, it has a few notable new features. The phone app now places recent and frequent callers first in its favorite call list and de-emphasizes the full list of contacts…”

photographs © William Carter 1966













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Written by bywilliamcarter

November 7, 2013 at 6:24 pm

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  1. Dear Sir, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your Beirut days. I am a Dutch national, and arrived in Beirut 11 years ago after having studied Middle Eastern politics, to work in the embassy and in local and international ngos. However, being a jazz fan and piano player, I have played many many gigs here, mainly jazz music. I would be thrilled to know from you where you guys used to go for live music, and if there was any jazz going on in those days. I have picked up some stories about some African-American musicians playing off Avenue Francais, close to the little church. I have picked up from a dusty antique and second hand radio shop some fabulous old Zildjian cymbals, who have belonged to a Lebanese drummer who, as the story recounts it, used to play with ‘Americans’ in the 40s/50s/60s. My second question relates to you working on an album on Women of Beirut – is there any chance you could publish that work on your blog ? (i have posted one of your pictures, the Cabaret Andalus building w the painted portraits of attractive brunettes, on my facebookpage, to trace the whereabouts of this place – I hope you don’t mind). Hoping to hear from you, yours sincerly, Pim van Harten


    Pim van Harten

    February 18, 2018 at 12:19 pm

  2. REALLY WELL DONE William!





    November 8, 2013 at 2:21 am

  3. More

    Having just attended the Altered Barbie show in San Francisco these photos are priceless, and the leers…I am sure you will hear about those. Go Bill.


    Bill Delaney

    November 7, 2013 at 7:21 pm

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