Friday, June 23, 2017

'Blacks, Blues, Black! Episode 1: Positive Africanisms | KQED Arts

Episode 1 of a 10-part TV series made by Dr. Maya Angelou for KQED in 1968 called Blacks, Blues, Black!, which examines the influence of African American culture on modern American society. As Dr. Angelou puts it: "What is Africa to me?" Includes scenes of Dr. Angelou in the studio discussing "positive Africanisms": children's games, dance, poetry, religion and the blues. She states: "The preachers and the blues singers are the poets of the black American world." Also features views on location of children playing street games, of Rev. WR Drummer and Rev. JL Strawther preaching at the Little Zion Baptist Church in San Francisco and of B.B. King performing on-stage and being interviewed by Dr. Angelou. This episode was written by Dr. Angelou and produced by Tony Batten.

The Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks

The making of the album.

Friday, June 16, 2017


The Karthikai Deepam Festival in Thiruvannamalai, India

Jump to chapters:
1. The town of Thiruvannamalai 2:02
2. Preparing for the Festival 5:59
3. Inside the temple 10:46
4. Offerings 14:57
5. Morning 18:25
6. Rain 21:37
7. Pulling the chariots 25:51
8. A moment of rest 29:08
9. If I can help I will help 32:28
10. The last day 36:26
11. Arunachala 39:58
12. Shiva's Fire 44:14

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Varanasi, India: "Beyond"

"BEYOND" is an exclusive documentary featuring photographer Joey L. Set in Varanasi, India. The documentary by director Cale Glendening follows Joey and his assistant Ryan as they complete their latest photo series- "Holy Men."

Almost every major religion breeds ascetics; wandering monks who have renounced all earthly possessions, dedicating their lives to the pursuit of spiritual liberation.Their reality is dictated only by the mind, not material objects. Even death is not a fearsome concept, but a passing from the world of illusion.

Created by: Cale Glendening, Joey L., Ryan McCarney
Directed by: Cale Glendening
Edit/Color: Chris Dowsett, Cale Glendening, Joey L., Megan Miller, John Carrington
Graphic/Titles: James Zanoni
Original Score: Stephen Keech,Tony Anderson
All Photographs: Joey L.
Guiding/Translation: Raju Verma, Tejinder Singh

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Rape - Yoko Ono/John Lennon (1969)

John Lennon was a better songwriter than he was visual artist or filmmaker. But here is his film Rape, made with Yoko as The Beatles project was in its final year. This film is from the point of view of a cameraman following a young woman through the streets of a city. He chases her down an alley and knocks her over, in a symbolic form of video assault. No dialogue.

Friday, June 02, 2017

The Subterraneans (1960)

Jack Kerouac's novella The Subterraneans came out in 1958. It tells the story of a short love affair Kerouac had with Alene Lee (1931–1991) in New York in the mid-1950s. Kerouac is portrayed as Leo Percepied while Lee is Mardou Fox. This story becomes the frame for an exposé of the so-called Beatnik culture of the time, with the bars, cafes, pads and characters of the time moving through the lens of Percepied (Latin for "Pierced Foot", a reference to the piteous suffering and Christ obsession Kerouac followed throughout his life) and Fox's love. As a studying in emotional self-absorbed passion it is exemplary.

This 1960 film adaptation changed the African American character Mardou Fox, Kerouac's love interest, to a young French girl (played by Leslie Caron) to better fit both contemporary social and Hollywood palates. While it was derided and vehemently criticized by Allen Ginsberg among others, for its two-dimensional characters, it illustrates the way the film industry attempted to exploit the emerging popularity of this culture as it grew in San Francisco and Greenwich Village, New York.

A Greenwich Village beatnik bar setting had been used in Richard Quine's film Bell, Book and Candle (1958), but Ranald MacDougall's adaptation of Kerouac's novel, scripted by Robert Thom, was less successful.

The Subterraneans was one of the final MGM films produced by Arthur Freed, and features a score by André Previn and brief appearances by jazz singer Carmen McRae singing "Coffee Time," and saxophonists Gerry Mulligan, as a street priest, and Art Pepper. Comedian Arte Johnson plays the Gore Vidal character, here named Arial Lavalerra.