A horse-drawn carriage led the coffin of Malcolm McLaren through the streets of London today. The coffin was black and spray-painted, “Too Fast To Live, Too Young To Die,” the name, at one point, of the former Sex Pistols manager’s King’s Road clothing shop.
In celebration of the impresario’s life, McLaren’s son (and Agent Provocateur founder), Joseph Corré, urged people to enjoy a midday moment of mayhem: “Put on your favourite records and let it RIP!” I’ll be playing this.
“He’s no stranger to the Hollywood life of glitz, glamour, and the public eye.” The calculation calculus goes like this: mock born-again Stephen Baldwin, you’re mocking God. Well, Stephen and speaking-in-the-third-person Stephen will no longer abide the mocking!
A small “token gifting” on your part would help ease the pain of Stephen’s bankruptcy and give him the ability to reach even more people with the gospel, so donate now, won’t you? (Along with your gifting, take some time to write Stephen a message of encouragement. I’m sure he needs it!) Next up: the site to restore Jesse James.
Although it was covered in the Los Angeles Times and shown at a couple of high profile film festivals, Spike Stewart’s mid 80’s doc “D.U.I.” has been utterly lost to obscurity. A collection of completely obnoxious performances captured roughly
on semi-pro VHS gear, it probably deserves its unknown status but is still a rare glimpse into a very marginalized and hilarious scene of performance art tinged bands. And yes, that’s 17 year old me on drums with Severed Head in a Bag. NSFW !
Dangerous Minds pal, Peter Bergman is back on the radio! The Firesign Theatre funnyman has resurrected the Radio Free Oz moniker of his legendary KPFK radio show of the mid-1960s and is trying something new for 2010.
Broadcasting from his new homebase in Whidbey Island, WA, Bergman’s new incarnation of Radio Free Oz continues on with his unique take on freeform radio and features cameo appearances from his comrades in the Firesign Theatre (I even make an appearance in one of them). Currently a weekly program going out live on Sunday nights, Radio Free Oz will soon be on five nights a week.
The highlight for me are the segments about weirdo evangelist Tony Alamo by Philip Proctor in each show. I laughed so hard I cried. Co-hosted by David Ossman.
And speaking of Radio Free Oz, Proctor and Bergman, I found this unusual—and really interesting—piece on YouTube today and it features Peter Bergman and Philip Proctor reading from William Burroughs. Peter reads “Death Dwarf in the Street” on the old Radio Free Oz show in the ‘60s and Phil reads “The Saragossa Cafe” in a more recent recording. An excerpt from Nova Express, a film by Andre Perkowski.
Well, it might not have worked for Darby Crash, but mohawks do save lives. Look what happened to 3-year-old Maddox Tallowin:
When father Ben, 32, and mother Barbie, 33, from Kirby Cross, Essex, took the scissors to their little boy’s hair they were shocked to discover strange-looking lumps on the back of his head. They rushed him to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where doctors told the shocked parents the bumps were a tell-tale sign of leukemia. Mr. Tallowin, 32, said: ‘It was more luck than anything else that we found it.
‘Maddox had a Mohawk haircut. He has really big blue eyes and bright blond hair and it was a cut chosen by him a few months before. But it had got too long, about four or five inches, and it was beginning to flop so I decided to shave it off. ‘The sides were short but when we touched the actual mohawk there were these bumps on either side of his neck at the bottom of his head. It didn’t feel right so we took him to the doctor.’
The youngster is now in remission and the doctors have reduced the level of leukemia in his blood but he still has to make long trips to hospital several times a week and will need chemo and intensive steroid treatment for three years.
Bush administration “torture memo” author and conservative Republican asswipe John Yoo received an appropriate and fitting tribute today.
Appallingly, UC Berkeley’s law school—one of the best in the country—employs Yoo as a constitutional law professor, but did they really expect this controversial appointment to go without constant comment at one of the most liberal schools in America? Now the bathrooms in Berkeley’s law school, Boalt Hall offer toilet paper printed with text of the Convention Against Torture, which Yoo famously shit on…
Prankster Matt Cornell replaced the toilet paper in Boalt Hall early this morning to “draw attention to the ongoing consequences of the torture memos.” His website is YooToiletPaper.com.
Extremist Yoo recently claimed that the President is legally-permitted to use nuclear weapons against civilians, massacre entire villages and to “crush the testicles” of a suspect’s child. Woo is one of those people who doesn’t get it and never will. It’s incomprehensible why Berkeley would employ a moral pariah like Yoo to train the next generation of lawyers.