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Peel Slowly…

Up-Tight/The Velvet Underground Story  Under Review by Tobe Damit At the forefront of modern music are The Velvet Underground. Their story is as strange and twisted as their music. Its ramifications and implications on modern-day music, are as deep as they are Legion. Studded with exclusive, amazing photos, stunningly written accounts, interviews, comments and reviews,  Up-tight/The […]

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Hayley Arjona/Overripe

Exhilarating Psychedelic Satire! I’ve had the pleasure to post previous paintings by Aussie artist Hayley Arjona already and it is my great pleasure to do it again because her work is always refreshing, exhilarating, even musical! Bursting out with life and a very acute, disturbing sense of humor. I love it! Hayley Arjona delves into […]

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Death Before Punk

Punk was definitely born in Detroit with 3 bands that all took a very daring step towards uncharted territories. The Stooges, the MC5 and another obscure, almost totally overlooked band from Detroit called DEATH. You might think it’s not a very original name but back in 1971 when the trio of brothers Bobby (bass, vocals), David […]

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Bangs on Fun House

 Of Pop and Pies and Fun CREEM—December 1970 A program for mass liberation in the form of a Stooges review. Or, who’s the fool? by Lester Bangs Part 1: Anatomy of a Disease Like most authentic originals, the Stooges have endured more than their share of abuse, derision, critical condescension and even outright hostility. Their […]

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John Cale’s Autobiography

”What’s Welsh for Zen?” John Cale’s autobiography, co-written with Victor Bockris, is a book that you will most definitely want to own for the form as well as its content. What’s Welsh for Zen? is the best illustrated books about John Cale and it so happens to be his only autobiography. By the way, it was […]

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The Runaways

The Girls Band That Rocked the World! Cherie Currie is known to be the lead singer of one of the best punk-rock girl band, The Runaways. She wrote her autobiography “Neon Angel: A Memoir of a Runaway” (Harper Collins) and a movie was made based on those memories. Looking at their story it really brought […]

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The Adding Machine

Protected by U.S. and Foreign Patents Burroughs Adding Machine Company, Detroit, Michigan Made in U.S. America ”What does the money machine eat? It eats youth, spontaneity, life, beauty, and, above all, it eats creativity. It eats quality and sh*ts quantity” -William S. Burroughs NOW… DESTR0Y ALL RATI0NAL TH0UGHT! Grove Press has just put out a spanking […]

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Free Tibet

Monks Are Setting Themselves on Fire Again In the remotest regions of China, inhabited by the country’s Tibetan minority, an appalling uprising is under way. In the past year more than 50 monks have died after setting themselves on fire to protest against government repression. Their uprising is mostly hidden from public view because journalists […]

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Weapons of Unique Creation

Bull Shotgun Paintings During his later years in Kansas, Burroughs developed a painting technique whereby he created abstract compositions by placing spray paint cans in front of, and some distance from, blank canvasses, and then shooting at the paint cans with a shotgun. These splattered canvasses were exposed in various Galleries during the early 1990s.  In an interview with […]

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BRUTALISM

Bold, Brutal Concrete Brutalism, perhaps the most reviled of all architectural styles, has seen a bit of a renaissance and it’s now cool to think of Brutalist buildings as forgotten masterpieces. There’s no denying that these striking, massive concrete buildings appear as bold and dramatic in black and white photos as they are austere,  dehumanizing […]

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Vivian Maier

Streetwise ”Mary Poppins” Never Missed a Shot! by Tobe Damit Vivian Maier never displayed publicly any of her pictures while she was alive but left behind a very impressive collection of photographs. She was never published and many of her negatives were never even printed while she was alive. Impressive in quantity for sure, but also […]

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The Beauty of the Beast

Transformer: The Complete Lou Reed Story by Victor Bockris Updated after Reed’s death in October 2013, Transformer, The Complete Lou Reed Story definitely offers a lot more than one can possibly expect from a biography. Saying that Transformer encompasses everything you can possibly want to know about the life and times of the rock icon/artist/persona would still be a huge understatement. Going way […]

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Stalker

“The Past Is Just a Story We Are Telling Ourselves.”                                                                            

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Nico 1988

 A Biopic About Nico By Moze Halperin       When it’s announced that a figure with a famed history is getting a biopic, it of course feels a. inevitable, b. secretly kinda exciting insomuch as it prompts internal dream-casting brainstorms, and also prompts the often very unmet hope that perhaps this could be one of those biopic that doesn’t suck, and c. […]

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Warhol’s Bio/Recent Movie Deal

Above: Andy Warhol and Victor Bockris, New York Mudd Club, 1978©Marcia Resnick Interview with Victor Bockris Following my review of Andy Warhol’s biography by Victor Bockris, I was pleased to know that the author himself was kind enough to grant me an interview regarding the book itself as well as the recent deal that was made regarding […]

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Rest in Peace Billy Name!

The Silver Factory  Darkroom  Ghost By Nate Freeman William Linich (February 22, 1940 – July 18, 2016), the primary architect, foreman, lighting designer and archivist at Andy Warhol’s Factory,  film-maker and photographer, who used his camera to immortalize its denizens, has died at age 76. To look through the snapshots taken by Name in the 1960s is […]

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Timothy Cummins

Revealing Dark Chilhood Fantasies Figurative painter Timothy Cummings has a wild fantasy life and a dark side. He is also one of the few enviable people who has known all of his life what his purpose is, and has been pursuing it like a heat-seeking missile since his childhood.   Cummings was born in Albuquerque, […]

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The Paintings of Naoto Hattori

The Eye’s Mind I came across Naoto Hattori’s work in Juxtapoz magazine back in the 90’s, and have periodically checked up on his latest creations ever since.He makes swirling amalgams of humans, animals, aliens, dolls, plants…intertwining like a grand mad scientist DNA experiment. Naoto Hattori was born in 1975 in Yokohama Japan, studied Graphic Design […]

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The Stooges by James Marshall

Absolutely, Definitely RAW! The Stooges are my all time favorite group so I really felt I had to hook you guys up on this article written by James Marshall in pleasekillme.com that is really complete and interesting. I also included a few clips that I thought you might enjoy as well. It is really important to me […]

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Creepy Nightclubs

Weird but Awesome Those that are drawn to the more creepy side of life will be thrilled to find out that 1920s Paris was obsessed with all things macabre. And that goes for nightclubs, too. During the 20th century, a number of different cabarets opened across the city, complete with gargoyle ceilings, bone chandeliers and […]

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Travis Louie

Strange Discoveries Travis Louie’s paintings come from the tiny little drawings and many writings in his journals. He has created his own imaginary world that is grounded in Victorian and Edwardian times. It is inhabited by human oddities, mythical beings, and otherworldly characters who appear to have had their formal portraits taken to mark their […]

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No One Here Gets Out Alive!

Is Everybody In? The Bold Truth About  Morrison’s Tragic Death  When legendary poet and lead singer of The Doors, Jim Morrison, aged 27, was found dead in his bath on a hot day of July  3rd 1971 in the apartment he was sharing in Paris with his girlfriend Pamela Courson at 17 rue Beautreillis, a […]

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Electrik Emotions

Jimi Hendrix by Moebius 1966                                                                A few images of Jimi Hendrix done in France by the creator (after the great Jack Kirby) of Silver Surfer, the famous French […]

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The Dark Angels of Altamont

Gothic Requiem for the Flower Power      I thought it would be interesting to gather some bands that, for a short while during the late 60’s had a look that was some sort of mix between romanticism and what is nowadays called ”goth” with a slight psychedelic touch. I thought some of you might not exactly […]

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Beat Punks

A Brief History of the Counterculture from William S. Burroughs to Kurt Cobain An interview with Victor Bockris on his book Beat Punks by Phil Weaver I’m a huge fan of Victor Bockris’ book Beat Punks, a collection of interviews and photographs documenting the relationship between the Beat generation and the punk movement in the 1970s downtown […]

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William S. Burroughs Radio

Burroughs’ Connection to Modern Music The elder statesman of literature’s Beat Generation — and, by extension, of the American underground culture — few figures outside of the musical sphere exerted a greater influence over rock & roll than novelist William S. Burroughs. A provocative, controversial figure famed for his unique cut-up prose aesthetic, Burroughs lived the rock […]

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What’s Welsh for Zen

Q and A with Victor Bockris   In a previous post, I reviewed John Cale’s autobiography and I would like to point out that even though ”What’s Welsh for Zen” is (duly and rightfully) qualified as an autobiography, co-writer Victor Bockris played a huge role in helping lay out Cale’s life in this very powerful, attractive and […]

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IN-SHADOW

A Modern Odyssey by Lubomir Arsov Embark on a visionary journey through the fragmented unconscious of the West, and with courage face the Shadow. Through Shadow into Light. “No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell.” -C.G. Jung This film was created with earnest effort, diligence, and […]

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Vice

Viceland I’ve been a fan of Vice ever since back when it started as a magazine only. I equally appreciate Viceland and the reason simply is that I feel challenged, surprised and that they really are doing their best. I notice that when I listen to it, certain association of words, quotes and/or dialogues resonate […]

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