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Alien Sex Fiend

IN GOD WE TRUST/ IN CARS YOU RUST ” ‘Cause everybody wants what everybody’s got and everybody’s got what everybody wants ”  The first time I saw Alien Sex Fiend, they were playing Montreal’s legendary club ”Les Foufounes Electriques” (The Electric Buttocks) that  systematically booked them every Halloween night for at least 5 years. I […]

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Lust for Life?

CHOOSE LIFE! ”Choose life.Choose a job. Choose a career.Choose a family, Choose a fucking big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home.   Choose your friends. Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three […]

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Flash

The Tragic Story of Charles Duchaussois “A Flash strikes with the fury of lightning combined with the intensive greatness of an orgasm”  Flash is a poignant true life story that will leave a very strong, lasting impression.  Duchaussois wanted to live life to its fullest but got derailed by a series of unfortunate circumstances. Another way […]

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Marcia Resnick

… When photographer  Marcia Resnick appears out of nowhere, she’s got on her leather jacket and black hat with a pair of black Wayfarers to keep the moon out of her eyes. When she moves toward the chain the crowd does what Marcia refers to as the ”Red Sea Routine”. Maybe it’s the way she walks […]

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The Cramps

Born Bad  ☠Songs The Cramps Taught Us☠ The Cramps never defined themselves as anything other than a garage band but they are the ones who build a bridge and opened the gates that gave a second breath to an incredible amount of underground hits that would most probably have otherwise sadly sunk into oblivion. They were […]

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The Blade of Brutalism

Blade Runner 2049’s cityscape has been heavily influenced by brutalist forms. But the hyper-capitalist society in which the film takes place is completely at odds with the style’s underlying philosophy. by Alice Sweitzer & Charlie Clemoes  This autumn saw the release of Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, the long-anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner. There’s been […]

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Mourning Sun

MOURNING SUN by Tobe Damit ”I always felt like some kinda extra-terrestrial, like an elephant in a glasshouse, and all I was saying was fucked up and dumb and clumsy, I had my head up in the sky and there was just no hope for it to come back down on my shoulders.” Woke up […]

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The New You?

Are You Being Replaced or Possessed? by Tobe Damit Originally and according to the first tales and stories about doppelgängers, these malevolent doubles (not twins) were creatures that were exact replicas, evil creatures from another dimension whose main goal would be to replace us in this world and all was needed for them to do […]

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Gerard Malanga

Interview with an American Poet by Tobe Damit Gerard Malanga has been one of the most innovative, inspired, active and versatile artists who’s career spans over almost 6 decades. He is an actor, filmmaker, photographer, poet and he also choreographed the music of the Velvet Underground for Warhol’s multimedia presentation The Exploding Plastic Inevitable. He […]

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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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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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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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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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I Was a Punk Before You Were a Punk

Above: Down The Tubes Inside the Gonzoid Mind of Fee Waybill Sticky Zippers by Chris Walter I vaulted over a steaming heap of vomit and dodged an obese Shriner with a greasy red fez. The midway shrieked, rattled, and buzzed around me—a dizzying smorgasbord of screaming children, tiny doughnuts, and games of no chance at all. […]

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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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The Outrageous Lie (Part 2)

by Tobe Damit Around 1969, Patti became quite involved with the Warhol drag-queen crowd They were part of the same cast in some plays and were all hanging out at Max’s Kansas City, It was around that time that they developed the concept of the Outrageous Lie. The idea was that if you simply lied, […]

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The Thin White Duke

The Side Effects of the Cocaïne DAVID BOWIE 01 APRIL 1975 – 02 FEBRUARY 1976 WRITER SEAN T. COLLINS© ARTIST ISAAC MOYLAN© If that flyer of ”Sound” in Berlin, here labelled as ”the most modern discothèque in Europe” means something to you, try clicking on it and then try to find the same image in the clip.

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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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Cities of the Red Night

“Nothing is True. Everything is Permitted.”   The Cities of Red Night were six in number: Tamaghis, Ba’dan, Yass-Waddah, Waghdas, Naufana and Ghadis. These cities were located in an area roughly corresponding to the Gobi Desert, a hundred thousand years ago. At that time the desert was dotted with large oases and traversed by a […]

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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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NEGATIVE GIRLS

by Victor Bockris Positive Intro      This piece was literally dictated to me in one to two hours. I don’t think I changed a word of the original text. It was not easy to get it published in 1979. All the magazine editors were frightened that it would raise the ire of the feminists. Although […]

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Coney Island Blondie

WHEN HARRY MET DEBBIE… “Hi, it’s Deb.  You know, when I woke up this morning I had a realization about myself.  I was always Blondie.  People always called me Blondie, ever since I was a little kid. What I realized is that at some point I became Dirty Harry.  I couldn’t be Blondie anymore, so I […]

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Perverse Portraits

Tokyo People Photographed in their Bathtubs For his series Couple Jam, Tokyo-based Photographer Hal visited underground Tokyo bars in the Red Light District. These hidden places in Shibuya and Kabukicho, were more than influential for the photographer, as there he often finds models to pose for his perverse but interesting photographs. From strippers to businessmen, Hal […]

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Michael Hutter

Terrible Discoveries Hutter’s surreal works are as magical as they are strange. His work is pitched at that enjoyably nebulous zone which lies on the borderlands of fantasy, science fiction and surrealism, from which hybrid visions emerge that are never too defined in one direction or another. His paintings remember the works by Bruegel or Hieronymus Bosch. Related […]

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The Trouble with Angels 

Ray Caesar Ray Caesar says that issues with his father contributed to the arrival of Harry, an “alternate,” when he was 10. The boy is disguised as a girl in Caesar’s art, and remains present in his daily life as an alter ego. “Harry is beyond anger – he enjoys it,” says Caesar. “My job is […]

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Bob Dob

”I love to create worlds where the dark side of human nature is present. Life isn’t always good times. While in our youth we experience many things we would rather forget but this is what defines us.  That’s why my characters have an adolescent quality to them.  I’ve been very fortunate in experiencing and hearing […]

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Dino Valls

Surreal Psychic Surgery on Ethereal Bodies Born in 1959 in Zaragoza but living and working in Madrid, Dino Valls is one of the Spanish representatives of the vanguard of figurative art. His painting, elaborating and expanding the methods of past masters, centers on the human psyche by using figurative techniques only as a formal support in which to project a […]

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The Cramps at NAPA

Shit Got Crazy: When The Cramps and The Mutants Invaded a Mental Hospital! A look back on the bizarre 1978 punk show that probably should never have happened. On June 13, 1978, Garage punk band The Cramps gave a free concert at the California State Mental Hospital in Napa. It is, simply put, one of […]

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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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Alexander McQueen

The Rebel King of British Fashion. He was the son of an East End taxi driver who took over one of the grandest fashion houses of the world. McQueen reinvented the catwalk and created clothes who silenced his audience. Brilliant, offensive, beautiful, outrageous. Always making a statement, constantly pushing everything to the edge, British Designer of the Year in 1996, […]

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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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Hawksaw Ridge (2016)

Directed by Mel Gibson and starring Andrew Garfield & Sam Worthington.  Hacksaw ridge is inspired by the true World War 2 story of Desmond Doss, played here by Andrew Garfield, a so-called “conscientious objector”, who joins the army despite his refusal to carry a weapon and wish to only serve as a medic.  All this […]

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Ender’s Game (2013)

 Directed by Gavin Hood and starring Harrison Ford & Asa Butterfield.   In the years following an unsuccessful but damaging attack from the alien Formics, children are recruited into a “junior” sort of military battle school where they learn strategy and multi-tasking to take the fight back to the extra-terrestrials’ home world.  This is done […]

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Chappie (2015)

Directed by Neill Blomkamp and starring Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver & Die Antwoord.  What would happen if the world’s first artificially intelligent robot had to learn everything from the equivalent of human infancy and be thought every life lesson possible by straight-up South African gangsters?  This is the question that Chappie […]

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