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Stuart Sutcliffe: The Lost Beatle

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He couldn’t play the bass, but he certainly could paint. The trouble is, Stuart Sutcliffe never lived long enough to fulfill the destiny his talents promised, tragically dying at the age of twenty-one from a brain haemorrhage.

As The Beatles original bass player, and John Lennon’s best mate, Sutcliffe’s legend has grown over these past fifty years, and this documentary Stuart Sutcliffe: The Lost Beatle examines the short life and long myth of the man who quit the Fab Four to follow his own star.

Told via interviews with an impressive array of Sutcliffe’s family and friends—and through uniquely descriptive quotes from his letters—this hour-long documentary reveals a lot of intimate detail about Sutcliffe’s transition from promising art-school student in Liverpool (and best friend of John Lennon) to reluctant musician (pressed into service by Lennon) to determined painter within the German avant-garde scene. A lot of Stu’s story, as Beatles fans know, is set in Hamburg, during and after the days the group was a house band in the city’s red-light district. Familiar tales of friction between Sutcliffe and Paul McCartney abound. But these are offset by a tremendous amount of fresh insight and detail offered by such important Beatles-saga figures as rocker Tony Sheridan, Klaus Voormann and—most crucially—Astrid Kirchherr, the photographer who influenced the Beatles’ look and who became Sutcliffe’s lover until his death.

 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

Jimmie Nicol: The Beatle Who Never Was


 
More on Stuart Sutcliffe, after the jump…
 

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‘Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten’: Watch it now
09.15.2011
03:53 pm

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Mural at 112 Avenue A in NYC.
 
Here in it’s entirety is Julian Temple’s very fine 2007 documentary on Joe Strummer.

Featuring members of The Clash, Don Letts, Jim Jarmusch, Bernie Rhodes, Joe Ely, John Cooper Clarke and many more.

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten
does justice to a complex and brilliant man who was constantly grappling with his fans’ expectations, his own demons, while all the while trying to age gracefully as the face of rebellion and punk rock music.

In English with Spanish subtitles.
 

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Rarely seen Bowie performance of ‘Heroes’ (1977)
09.15.2011
03:19 pm

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Heroes
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David Bowie


 
David Bowie doing a live vocal to a backing tape on Les Rendez-Vous Du Dimanche from French television in 1977.

The interview he did afterwards with host Michael Drucker is after the jump.
 

 
Thank you Spencer Kansa!

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Leigh Bowery interviewed by Gary Glitter

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In this rarely seen (for obvious reasons) clip, the fabulous Leigh Bowery keeps his composure as the be-quiffed pop star stumbles through his questions, rambles, misses the point and seems at times lost like a patient woken up for his meds.

Taken from Glitter’s late night chat show Night Network, Bowery shines, while Glitter’s inappropriate questions reveal more than he perhaps intended:

“I know how to make a young boy happy.”

I’m sure you do, Gary, I’m sure you do.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

Leigh Bowery’s Raw Sewage


 

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Stop what you’re doing and watch this: Not your average fishing trip (NSFW)
09.15.2011
02:38 pm

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Amusing

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WTF
fishing trip


 
Just wait for it! BTW, how in the hell is this still up on YouTube?!

 
(via reddit)

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‘Is it Christian to let uninsured people die?’


 
“I bet if Jesus came back right now…”

A lot of people were seriously skeeved out by the audience at the GOP Tea party/CNN debate cheering on the notion of allowing an uninsured man to die.

Liberal group ThinkProgress asked students at Liberty University, the conservative Christian school founded by Jerry Falwell in Lynchburg, Virginia, what they thought about the matter. Although the students were unanimous in their disapproval, calling it “un-Christian” to allow an uninsured person to die simply because they were uninsured, I wonder how many of them would still blindly vote for a GOP candidate who espoused such a morbid viewpoint every single time rather than for a theoretical Democrat whose position they actually agreed with?

Such is the berserk disconnect of modern American life…
 

 
Via Gas 2.0

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‘Men In Kilts’ professional window cleaning service
09.15.2011
01:06 pm

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Fashion

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How have I lived my life not knowing about the professional window cleaning service known as Men In Kilts? I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever seen these dudes around LA or America cleaning peoples windows—I’m sure I’d remember! How does wearing a kilt improve one’s window cleaning skills? Doesn’t it get quite drafty “up there” in the winter? What is this window-washing peep-show all about anyways? 

Men In Kilts: Window & Exterior Cleaning


 

 
(via Everlasting Blort)

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American TV news segment on punk rock 1979
09.15.2011
12:53 pm

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Music
Punk
Television

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Television
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New wave


 
This piece on new wave and punk rock appeared on TV show 20/20 in 1979. It’s actually pretty level-headed and contains some nice vintage footage of Talking Heads, Blondie, The Clash and more.

The clip cuts off mid-way through a short piece on Klaus Nomi. You can see the rest after the jump.
 

 
Klaus continued after the jump…

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Gohmert’s pile: Dumbest GOP Rep proposes no business taxes in America


 
Texas Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert has long distinguished himself as one of the least intelligent GOP members of Congress (and that’s really, really saying something). Now he’s doubling down on the dumb... Via Think Progress:

Taking the GOP’s anti-tax ideology to its logical conclusion, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) introduced today his own “American Jobs Act” — giving his bill the same name as President Obama’s plan — which would completely eliminate corporate income taxes. Gohmert claims this will create jobs:

It is a very simple bill, which will eliminate the corporate tax which serves as a tariff that our American companies pay on goods they produce here in America. This bill will actually create jobs in America

The two-page bill changes the tax code to replace any mention of the current “35 percent” tax rate with “0 percent.” Corporations are already sitting on trillions in cash, so cutting their taxes would likely do very little to help the economy, but would balloon the deficit by depriving the government of about $300 billion in revenues annually. As the CBO found, cutting taxes on businesses “typically does not create an incentive for them to spend more on labor or to produce more, because production depends on the ability to sell output.”

But Gohmert’s plan is even more irksome considering that he’s spent the last few days attacking Obama’s jobs plan because it would prohibit employers from discriminating against people who have been unemployed. Gohmert appeared on various conservative media outlets to expose this “devilish detail,” saying on Sean Hannity’s radio show yesterday, via Political Correction:

GOHMERT: We have created in this bill a newly protected class, not on race, creed, color, sex — not even sexual orientation, this is a new one. It’s not religion, it’s a prohibition of discrimination in employment on the basis of an individual’s status as unemployed. By golly, if you apply for a job and you’re unemployed and you feel like you got discriminated against and not hired because you were unemployed, see a lawyer. You’ve got a claim under this bill.

So Gohmert wants to help unemployed Americans get jobs by eliminating taxes for corporations, but thinks helping those jobless directly is “devilish.” But at least his plan isn’t as half-baked as his colleagues’ plan to create jobs by curbing regulations on snakes.

Below, Gohmert makes an absolute ass of himself on Anderson Cooper 360:
 

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