Friday, February 17, 2012

Tara Browne in 1966

Tara Browne (4 March 1945 -- 18 December 1966) was a young London socialite. He is perhaps most famous today for serving as an inspiration of the Beatles song "A Day in the Life". This short film, with simple French dialogue, also provides a good glimpse into the high end social world of London in 1966. My parents lived in Richmond in 1966.

Frank ZAPPA's 200 Motels (Full Film)

"Touring makes you crazy," Frank Zappa says, explaining that the idea for this film came to him while the Mothers of Invention were touring. The story, interspersed with performances by the Mothers and the Royal Symphony Orchestra, is a tale of life on the road. The band members' main concerns are the search for groupies and the desire to get paid.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Joy Division Live: Nashville Rooms, London September 22nd 1979

Full Track Listing from the Night
01. “Wilderness”  (0:00)
02. “Shadowplay”  (2:45)
03. “Leaders Of Men”  (6:28)
04. “Insight”  (9:04)
05. “Colony”  (13:00)
06. “Transmission”  (16:57)
07. “Disorder”  (21:00)
08. “She’s Lost Control”  (24:31)
09. “Atrocity Exhibition”  (28:26)
10. “Glass”  (35:06)
11. “Exercise One”  (38:40)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Synesthesia: Genesis P-Orridge

Synesthesia: Genesis P-Orridge
Tony Oursler
1997-2001, 90:29 min, color, sound
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Tony Oursler's Synesthesia project features interviews with twelve legendary figures in the downtown music, performance and art scenes: John Cale, Thurston Moore, Dan Graham, Genesis P-Orridge, Kim Gordon, Glenn Branca, Laurie Anderson, Tony Conrad, David Byrne, Lydia Lunch, Alan Vega, and Arto Lindsay. These works were originally included as one element of Oursler and Mike Kelley's multimedia installation The Poetics Project. These conversations reveal fascinating insights and anecdotes from some of the most influential figures in the experimental rock and art underground of the 1970s and '80s, from pre-punk innovators to post-punk icons, from industrial and avant-garde music to noise bands and No Wave.

Genesis P-Orridge, performance artist and vocalist for the iconoclastic English industrial band Throbbing Gristle in the late 1970s, pioneered industrial music. P-Orridge, who went on to form the experimental band Psychic TV, continues to work in music, art, and performance in New York, and is undertaking a long-term "Pandrogeny" project involving a radical identity transformation.

Produced by Tony Oursler. Questions: Tony Oursler, Mike Kelley, David West, Linda Post. Camera: Linda Post, Tony Oursler. Editing: Tony Oursler, Elizabeth Kading

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Jack Kerouac's Road - A Franco-American Odyssey

Part documentary, part drama, this film presents the life and work of Jack Kerouac, an American writer with Québec roots who became one of the most important spokesmen for his generation. Intercut with archival footage, photographs and interviews, this film takes apart the heroic myth and even returns to the childhood of the author whose life and work contributed greatly to the cultural, sexual and social revolution of the 1960s.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Holy Mountain by Alejandro Jodorowsky (Entire Film)

La Montaña Sagrada (The Holy Mountain, reissued as The Sacred Mountain) is a 1973 cult film directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky who also participated as actor, composer, set designer, and costume designer. The film was produced by The Beatles manager Allen Klein of ABKCO after Jodorowsky scored an underground phenomenon with El Topo and the acclaim of both John Lennon and George Harrison (Lennon and Yoko Ono put up production money). It was shown at various international film festivals in 1973, including Cannes, and limited screenings in New York and San Francisco. The film is based on Ascent of Mount Carmel by St. John of the Cross and Mount Analogue by Rene Daumal, a student of G.I. Gurdjieff. In particular, much of Jodorowsky's visually psychedelic story follows the metaphysical thrust of Mount Analogue such as the climb to the Alchemist, the assembly of individuals with specific skills, the discovery of the mountain that unites Heaven and Earth "that cannot not exist" and symbolic challenges along the mountain ascent. Daumal died before finishing his allegorical novel, and Jodorowsky's improvised ending provides a way of completing the work (both symbolically and other wise).

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Refused are Fucking Dead

When the cops finally forced their way through the crowd at the very last Refused show, it seemed a fitting end to a story of revolutionary romanticism and merry rebellion. Refused was the greatest promise punk rock was making. Was that promise of redemption fulfilled in this act of repression or was it just another installation in the neverending soap opera of authority vs. kids? In this undaunred documentary, Refused guitarist Kristofer Steen retraces the steps of how punk rock's brave new sound forged it's way through the swamps and swill on their last campaign in Europe and America, rushing like mad dogs to meet with their inevitable doom. This documentry chronicles there last days as a band.

Refused is a Swedish hardcore punk band originating from Umeå, formed in 1991. In total the band released five EPs and three albums, before splitting up in 1998.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Back to the Garden, Flower Power Comes Full Circle

Back to the Garden (2010). In 1988, director Kevin Tomlinson interviewed a group of back-to-the-land hippies at a “healing gathering” in rural Washington state, practicing peace and love. Now, in this poignant examination of this community over time, he tracks down those original interviewees and their children twenty years later to find out what the glories and sufferings of living out of the mainstream and off the grid might really look like. Click on the above image to watch the film in full.