Here’s a really wonderful interview with one of my favorite photographers and artists, Glen E. Friedman. Do yourself a favor and watch the video. From State Magazine:
It was then that I found that the most beautiful, gripping color photographs were taken by just a single photographer, a very young teenager, by the name of Glen E. Friedman. Glen would go on to take these skills he learnt as a kid and apply them to his other great love in life, music. What you’re about to hear is an interview I did with Glen, who describes for you, some of his favourite shots from the last four decades. It’s a journey which has taken Glen from the mosh-pits of American punk-rock with bands like Black Flag and Fugazi to the suburban streets with hip-hop where Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, Run DMC, LL Cool J, A Tribe Called Quest and Ice-T all became subjects in front of Glen’s lens. So, less talk, more action; press play. After all, they say a picture is worth a thousand…well, you know…
This is what what happens when a fairly decent pop tune gets wedded to an absolutely horrible video. Safety Dance was a big hit back in the early 80s. I remember dancing to it at New York City’s Peppermint Lounge. And on the basis of the song alone, one could assume that the band performing it might be pretty groovy.
But in the era of MTV, for every star that was created, there were several that were sacrificed on the altar of a shitty video. Case in point : Men Without Hats.
The Safety Dance video looks like a cross between an ad for a Renaissance Fair gathering and a female hygiene deodorant…with a coked-up midget and an obnoxiously blissed-out hippie chick who seems to have wandered in from a Grateful Dead concert. No wonder Men Without Hats quickly became men without hits.
Danish musician Tommy Seebach died at the young age of 53. The cause of death was ruled a heart attack, but more than likely it was Seebach’s massive alcohol intake that contributed to his premature demise. Perhaps the derangement of senses induced by alcohol inspired his brilliantly twisted choices in album cover art and the whacked out hippie weirdness of his 1976 video Apache.
I Need That Record, Brendan Toller’s documentary on the life and death of indie record stores, has finally hit the streets. Initially released to record stores only on May 17, the DVD as of today is available everywhere.
Seeing the shot of Vinyl Mania shuttered in the first few seconds of the trailer breaks my heart. I spent many hours shopping for obscure vinyl in that place, mecca for vinyl junkies.
Greedy record labels, media consolidation, homogenized radio, big box stores, Ecommerce, shoddy “stars” pushed by big money, and the digital revolution all pose threats on the very well being of our favorite record stores and the music industry at large. Will these stores die? Will they survive
The video showing District 1 candidate Greg Brown and his wife, Jennifer, removing Doug Broxson’s campaign signs has led to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office investigation.
The campaign shenanigans happened Saturday night when Broxson’s son, Jason Broxson, hid an infrared video camera, often used by hunters to track game, in some bushes at state roads 87 and 89, north of Milton.
Minutes after the camera was deployed, the Browns happened by and removed [the signs]. Jason Broxson hid in some bushes and watched as the couple took the signs.
“Honestly, we just got lucky that he happened to show up right then,” said Kevin Brown, Broxson’s campaign manager. “Lord only knows the odds of that.”
Kevin Brown, who is not related to Greg Brown, said the camera was set up because Broxson was having problems with his signs being stolen and vandalized.
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