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The Clash live in Manchester, 1977
06.14.2011
12:09 pm
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Before he started Factory Records or the Hacienda nightclub, as the host of And So It Goes on Granada Television, the late Tony Wilson was personally responsible for some of the most iconic punk bands getting preserved on film and videotape. The Sex Pistols, Magazine, The Buzzcocks, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, The Banshees, The Fall, The Jam and many other performers found a TV outlet on And So It Goes that they wouldn’t have had elsewhere.  It ran for two years until a foul-mouthed moment by Iggy (wearing a horse’s tail, I might add) got it canceled.

This And So It Goes footage of The Clash playing at the Elizabethan Ballroom in Manchester on November 15th, 1977 is probably the best footage of the Clash that there is. It’s certainly the best I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a helluva lot of it. The camera placement is perfect for showing what utter havoc and mayhem the band could cause. You can practically feel the gob in the air that night. According to The Clash: Return of the Last Gang in Town by Marcus Gray (highly recommended, btw) fans queuing up for the show got rowdy and pushed the door in causing quite a bit of damage.

Richard Hell and the Voidoids were not in fact the opening act. The were replaced at the last minute by Siouxsie and the Banshees. Note ticket price!

During “What’s My Name?” Strummer sings “Here we are on TV. What does it mean to me? What does it mean to you? FUCK ALL!”:
 

 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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06.14.2011
12:09 pm
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Dan Savage: Pro-gay Christians need to stand up to bigots
06.13.2011
01:54 pm
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Dan Savage is one of the wisest, sanest people in America today. Watch this short clip where he makes the case for Christian people who are pro-gay rights to stand up for what they believe in to “right-wing fundamentalist bat-shit crazy douchebag Christians” like Tony Perkins and Bryan Fischer, and in their own churches and communities.

Proud to share a county with an evolved fellow like Dan Savage. He’s a good citizen and I really admire him. Bravo, sir!
 

Via Joe.My.God

Posted by Richard Metzger
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06.13.2011
01:54 pm
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Rolling Stones promo clips for Music Scene TV show (1969)
06.04.2011
11:22 am
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Amazing and hilarious, especially the clip with the mother and child. Here are The Rolling Stones at their satanic peak doing promo clips for the 1969 ABC-TV show Music Scene. Wikipedia had this to say about this odd phenomenon:

Existing promos initially used to sell this show to ABC affiliates featured the improvisational group The Committee, which featured actor Howard Hesseman (then using the name Don Sturdy), as well as the Rolling Stones. The promos implied that the Stones would be appearing with some regularity on the program. However by the time The Music Scene went on the air, the Committee was nowhere to be seen and the Stones never appeared on the show.

 

 
This of course sent me scurrying about finding clips from the actual show. Richard previously posted this one of Sly and the Family Stone. Here are a few other great ones for your weekend viewing pleasure:
 
Three Dog Night doing Laura Nyro’s “Eli’s Coming.” Heavy Hollywood/ Satanic/ pre-Manson/ Rosemary’s Baby vibe going on here.

 
CSN&Y kicking out a potent “Down By The River.”

 
More clips after the jump…

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Posted by Brad Laner
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06.04.2011
11:22 am
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Hey Hey My My: Neil Young and Devo together in 1978
06.03.2011
12:24 pm
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Released only on VHS and Laserdisc in 1995, Neil Young’s film Human Highway, filmed in 1978, contains this marvelous footage of Young and Devo having their way with Hey Hey My My. Match made in heaven sez I ! Enjoy this excellent quality clip before the corporate music police take it down.
 

 
With thanks to Brian Turner and Clint Simonson!

Posted by Brad Laner
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06.03.2011
12:24 pm
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The devastating effects of Kryptonite
06.02.2011
12:01 am
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Look! Up in the sky!
It’s a bird. It’s a plane.
It’s some really weird looking guy in Danskins and cowboy boots. 
 

 
More after the jump…

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Posted by Marc Campbell
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06.02.2011
12:01 am
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Robert Anton Wilson Remembered
06.01.2011
08:51 pm
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Joseph Matheny and our friends at Hukilau announce a new audio book: Robert Anton Wilson Remembered:

Fond remembrances of the life and work of Robert Anton Wilson, featuring Douglas Rushkoff, Antero Ali, Tiffany Lee Brown, David Jay Brown, Zac Odin, and Joseph Matheny.

You can get the audiobook for free by joining Audible or purchase Robert Anton Wilson Remembered for $3.95 at Amazon.
 
Below, an interview that Genesis P-Orridge and I did with Bob Wilson in (I think) late 1997 on my old Pseudo.com talkshow, The Infinity Factory.
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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06.01.2011
08:51 pm
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Music With Roots in the Aether: Philip Glass,Terry Riley, Alvin Lucier, Robert Ashley, etc.
06.01.2011
04:16 pm
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Love 20th Century experimental music and have 14 hours to spare? You’re in luck ! Long enshrined at the redoubtable Ubuweb, and available for purchase from Lovely Music in what I’d presume to be far superior quality, here’s the entire series of 7 films, each devoting a generous 2 hours to the composer, presented by composer Robert Ashley entitled Music With Roots in the Aether in YouTube form. Each film begins with a solid hour of unedited and consistently fascinating conversation in odd landscapes, frequently surrounded by people engaging in unrelated yet complementary activity leading into an hour of musical performance, most of which is solid wonderful-ness. One terrific example: See Alvin Lucier (as pictured above) performing Music For Solo Performer wherein his brainwaves are massively amplified through speakers attached to a battery of orchestral percussion instruments. Good times !
 
David Behrman

 
Philip Glass

 
Alvin Lucier

 
much more after the jump !

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Posted by Brad Laner
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06.01.2011
04:16 pm
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‘The Revolution Will Not Be Televised’: Gil Scott-Heron documentary
05.31.2011
12:22 am
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Thanks to our friends at Exile On Moan Street for locating this really high quality Youtube upload of the Gil Scott-Heron documentary The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.

Directed by Don Letts for BBC television, this is a superb piece of film making. With commentaries from Chuck D, Mos Def, Richie Havens, Clive Davis and more.
 

 
Parts two, three and four after the jump…

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Posted by Marc Campbell
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05.31.2011
12:22 am
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Os Mutantes live on French TV (1969)
05.30.2011
02:59 pm
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Positively gorgeous newly-unearthed vintage footage of Tropicalia warriors Os Mutantes performing two Gilberto Gil/Caetano Veloso tunes from their first classic LP on French TV in 1969. Serious chills up the spine when they kick into a very dreamy version of Panis et Circencis. Also, aside from being a fun rave-up jam, the lyrics to the song Bat Macumba have a visual shape if you happen to be reading along:
 
bat macumba ê ê, bat macumba oba
bat macumba ê ê, bat macumba oba
bat macumba ê ê, bat macumba oba
bat macumba ê ê, bat macumba o
bat macumba ê ê, bat macumba
bat macumba ê ê, bat macum
bat macumba ê ê, batman
bat macumba ê ê, bat
bat macumba ê ê, ba
bat macumba ê ê
bat macumba ê
bat macumba
bat macum
batman
bat
ba
bat
bat ma
bat macum
bat macumba
bat macumba ê
bat macumba ê ê
bat macumba ê ê, ba
bat macumba ê ê, bat
bat macumba ê ê, batman
bat macumba ê ê, bat macum
bat macumba ê ê, bat macumba
bat macumba ê ê, bat macumba o
bat macumba ê ê, bat macumba oba
bat macumba ê ê, bat macumba oba
bat macumba ê ê, bat macumba oba
 

 
bonus clip 1: A short film fantasy about Os Mutantes narrated by Devendra Banhart

 
After the jump Os Mutantes shill for Shell…

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Posted by Brad Laner
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05.30.2011
02:59 pm
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Happy birthday Siouxsie Sioux
05.27.2011
02:32 pm
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Siouxsie Sioux by Dangerous Minds pal Austin Young

Happy birthday to goth goddess Siouxsie Sioux, who turns 54 today, but who is of course, ageless…

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Siouxsie Sioux: The Martha Stewart of punk rock
Steven Severin: From Siouxsie to Music to Silents
Peter Cook Hosts TV’s Punk ‘Revolver’

Below, a young Siouxsie and Steven Severin interviewed in 1976.
 

Posted by Richard Metzger
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05.27.2011
02:32 pm
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