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‘Clapton is God’: Slowhand reveals his guitar secrets, 1968
06.23.2011
01:47 pm

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Eric Clapton at his grandmother’s house in Surrey, 1970
 
Eric Clapton explains some of the finer points of how he’s able to squeeze such amazing sounds out of his gee-tar, as Jack Bruce looks on. A four and a half minute master class on electric guitar.
 

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Lady Gaga or Dale Bozzio?
06.23.2011
12:10 pm

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Fashion
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Missing Persons


 
This photo of Missing Persons’ frontwoman Dale Bozzio is from a 1980s issue of CREEM Magazine, but if you didn’t know that and I told you this was Gaga would you be able to tell the difference?

Thanks, Skye Nicolas!

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Federal measure to legalize marijuana introduced in Congress today
06.23.2011
11:49 am

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A bipartisan measure to end federal criminalization of the personal use of marijuana was introduced today in Congress for the first time since 1937.

The ‘Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011’ was co-sponsored by Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank and Texas Republican Ron Paul—- along with Reps. Cohen (D-TN), Conyers (D-MI), Polis (D-CO), and Lee (D-CA)—and would stop the Feds from prosecuting adults who use or possess marijuana. The law would remove THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis, as well as the planet itself, from the “schedule” of the US Controlled Substance Act of 1970.

“The Marihuana Tax Act” was passed in 1937. Language in the new bill is similar to the language of the bill that repealed prohibition in 1933 and would nullify the conflicts between state laws—like here in California, where for all intents and purposes, pot is pretty much legal—and Federal drug laws.

It’s about time. They’ve been talking about legalizing cannabis since the Jimmy Carter administration. Enough already.

 

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Go Skateboarding Day: Crazy video from ‘Wild In The Streets’ Los Angeles June 21, 2011


 

Photos by Sam Muller

Pretty incredible footage shot by Chris Thiessen for Emerica’s Wild in the Streets 2011 event to celebrate Go Skateboarding Day. From Transworld SKATEboarding:

Cops, tickets, arrests and a sea of skateboarders charging the streets of downtown Los Angeles. This is emerica’s Wild In The Streets 2011. The charge started at Hollenbeck park and continued around the public skateparks of downtown L.A.: Lafayette, Lincoln Park, and more. Andrew Reynolds, Leo Romero, and more set it off at each park. The police tried, but couldn’t stop the fun.

 
(via High Definite)

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Martin Amis interviews Norman Mailer: ‘I can see a war starting within capitalism itself’
06.23.2011
09:58 am

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Literature

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Irascible literary figure Martin Amis interviews legendarily irascible literary figure Norman Mailer on the BBC in 1991. I have a love/hate relationship with both writers, so I enjoyed watching this on a number of levels. It’s not often that you see a conversation like this on television, sadly…

Harlot’s Ghost, Mailer’s CIA novel, had just come out. American politics, advanced capitalism, communism, why Christians side with the rich against the poor, writing, the Cold War and homosexuality are topics that get covered. (It gets really good in part two, which is what I am going to link to here, but you can find the other segments on YouTube).
 

 

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Strange new video for Fucked Up’s ‘Queen Of Hearts’


 
This is the first video by Fucked Up to be taken from their current album, the very highly acclaimed David Comes To Life. Sure, Fucked Up may have made some skits to accompany their music before (namely standing around in public places while their music plays in the background), but this is a real music video, with actors, a story, production values, the whole shebang. And as such it’s pretty damn unusual. To say the least. Presumably it ties in with the narrative of the album, which the band have described as being a rock opera. But don’t let that put you off. To quote Richard Metzger:

Two thumbs up. WAY UP.

A thing of intense beauty. And unexpected. Unexpected is hard to do these days!

 
Fucked Up - “Queen Of Hearts”
 

 
Previously on DM:
Listen to Fucked Up’s ‘David Comes To Life’ in full
Fucked Up: The best live band in the world deliver the single of the year?

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The End of the American Dream?
06.22.2011
05:30 pm

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Class War

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The End of the American Dream


 
As seen at last week’s Netroots Nation convention. You can find out more at Change To Win’s website.
 

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Aung San Suu Kyi asks US Congress to help democratize Burma

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Burma’s pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi addressed US Congress through a video link today, seeking to help force Burma’s military junta to abide by a UN Human Rights Council Resolution passed in March. The resolution deals with the issues of political prisoners, freedom of association and information, independence of the judiciary, and the right of the UN Human Rights Rapporteur to visit the country.

“I’‘ve never made a statement before a committee of the United States Congress, so I’‘m not quite sure how to go about it. I would simply like to use this occasion to request that you do whatever you can to help us implement the United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution, because that will open up the real road to democracy for all of us.”

Suu Kyi’s video message was played during a Congressional Committee hearing into present conditions in Burma, after the “sham elections”, which were held last November. These elections were boycotted by Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party, as international journalists and observers were forbidden to enter Burma during the vote.

Suu Kyi, who was held under house-arrest for most of the past 2 decades, made her statement by videotape, a she is reluctant to leave the Burma for fear she would not be allowed to return. In her message to the committee, Suu Kyi asked for help to make Burma an open society:

“The requests, the urgings, the demands of this resolution are very much in line with what we in Burma think is needed to start Burma along the genuine process of democratization.”

Note: the sound quality on this clip isn’t that good, but we think it still important enough to share.
 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds

Family photographs of Aung San Suu Kyi


 

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‘Detroit: City On The Move’


 
The 1965 promotional video Detroit: City On The Move captures the city before everything went to shit.

Since this film was made, Detroit’s population has dropped by more than 60% and the future couldn’t look bleaker. There are some glimmerings of hope though. Artists and entrepreneurs are heading to the city to take advantage of cheap real estate and an atmosphere that is conducive to new ideas and energies. When you’ve got nothing left to lose, people and places will embrace anything that offers even the slenderest thread of hope. Creative people thrive in such conditions. I’d thought about moving to Detroit and buying a house for $8,000. But, it’s just too damn cold.

The film is narrated by then-mayor Jerome P. Cavanaugh with the enthusiasm of a man who has been taking bong hits of carbon monoxide. Maybe he saw what was coming.
 

 
Art can save neighborhoods. The Heidelberg Project is an example of the restorative energy that artists and the creative spirit can bring to a community. Detroit is at the crossroads of an absolutely ugly death or a beautiful re-imagining. It’s time to take the money spent on wars (Iraq, Afghanistan, drugs) and use it to resurrect America’s dying cities. There are people ready and waiting with ideas and dreams to make things happen - people like Tyree Guyton.
 

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M. Campbell proclaims ‘God has a vagina!’ NSFW
06.22.2011
01:09 pm

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Music

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tANTRIC mACHINE


 
Preparing my solo album, Tantric Machine, for its release in October (finally) and came across this tune which I had more or less forgotten about. It was recorded during the TM sessions late one night in a single take. I made up the lyrics as we went along. I think the song has a nice loose feel and is emotionally true to the moment it was created in - a night of wine, diddling the Muse and spewing the Devil’s music in a studio in Tribeca.

Hugh Pool twisted the knobs and played guitar and beer bottle. “GC” is an unmastered rough mix and will probably remain so.

Indulge me.

I was born in the darkness
I was born in God’s cunt
You can call it whatever you like
Whatever you want

I was born in the bathroom sink
I was 2 minutes old and I needed a drink

You make it your exit
Or is it your entrance?

I was born in the darkness
I was born in God’s ...

Kind of liked the starkness
But the entertainment sucked
Crepuscular walls surrounded my brain
The muffled silence of the Bardo Plains

Well, they turned on the lights and they lit up the flame
They painted my face and they changed my brain
Well, they turned on the lights and they lit up the flame
They painted my face and they gave me a name

The hideous night became my friend
I built the machines of Original Sin

Opened up my mouth and the moon fell out
It was silver, it was cold, it was perfectly round

I could feel the power in my body born
Like a cloud that contained an electrical storm

And in this place Shiva’s daughter
Washes her body in the bloody water

And in this place the Prodigal Son
Starts his engines and fires his guns

I was born in the darkness…

The bone, the muscle, the blood and the brain
Electrical sparks in the gene parade

I was born in the darkness…

Darling, make some room in your womb
I’m coming home”

Check out TantricMachine.com for more music and info.
 

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