Friday, April 29, 2005

Art That Saw Past Color

Art That Saw Past Color: 'You can't be selfish. Got to paint what the customer wants,' said Gibson, who still paints. 'The most important thing is selling.'

In 1970, at age 29, Hair was shot dead in a barroom quarrel in Fort Pierce's Blacktown neighborhood. That day, Gibson recalled, Hair had completed 35 paintings. Though many of the Highwaymen would continue to produce art, Hair's death seems to have marked the end of whatever cohesiveness the painters had as a group.

"We used to get together every once in a while to see who could paint the best, who could paint the fastest," Mary Ann Carroll said. During those soirees of art, beer and barbecue, she said, "we were the same body of people, laughing and talking."

For some of the painters, the income was a welcome supplement to what they earned elsewhere — Carroll and George Buckner did yard work; Isaac Knight worked as an assistant production foreman for an aerospace company; Baker owned a small restaurant; Willie C. Reagan, who had received art training at Florida A&M University, taught in the public schools.

For others, including Hair and Gibson, painting was a full-time, and remunerative, craft. Among the neighbors, Gibson recalled, a Highwayman became known as "the man with the money."

Nobody kept written financial records, and some seasons were leaner than others, but Gibson figures he averaged $250 to $300 a week, a large sum in a community where people struggled to get by. Hair, whose goal had been to make $1 million, was able to buy a Cadillac. Gibson quickly made enough to purchase a nearly new Chevrolet Impala.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Francello Trend Monitor - Feedster RSS Search : "nuovo layout"

Friday, April 22, 2005

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Dici che questo lo trovo?

The Great Communist Bank Robbery: In 1959 there was robbery at the Romanian National Bank in Bucharest. This was bizarre since the local currency (the Lei) could only be spent inside Romania, and bank robberies, along with most other kinds of crimes, were presumed not to happen in a socialist utopia.

The Romanian police scoured the country and ultimately arrested six people who they declared to be guilty. After confessing, the robbers agreed to re-enact their crime. An hour-long film was made in which they duly played themselves. There is some evidence that they thought that by so doing they would be spared a death sentence. But after the trial, also filmed, they were shot. A month later, the film “Reconstitution” was released and became a sensation throughout the country.

The documentary by Alexandru Solomon, co-produced by ARTE, France 2, BBC, told this very original and strange story. The development process took three years and negotiation with the partners took another year. [1]

In the last few years, there have been two documentary films about the crime. The first is "Reconstruction", by Irene Lusztig. Ms. Lusztig is Romanian-American, and the granddaughter of the sole survivor of the gang, the woman who was "let off" with a life sentence. The movie is her grandmother's story. Apparently it's quite something.

The second film, "The Great Communist Bank Robbery", came out just last year. It's about the crime, the investigation, the trials and the film. Apparently it includes interviews with former cellmates of the bank robbers, the cameraman for the "documentary" film, ordinary Romanians who saw the film in theaters... It's been shown in over twenty countries already, and has picked up rave reviews at international film festivals.

But it doesn't seem to be very popular here in Romania. I've asked half a dozen people about it -- colleagues, educated and literate Bucharesters -- and gotten back nothing but shrugs. Nobody knows about the old bank robbery, and nobody knows about the films about the bank robbery. [12]

mondo oltro: Age ain't nothing but a number

The Romenesko Effect

The Romenesko Effect - How a one-man Web site is improving journalism
Two weeks ago he made Los Angeles Times reporter Eric Slater a national topic. Slater, a Times veteran, penned a March 29 story about Chico, Calif., that contained so many unnecessary anonymous sources, factual errors, and oddities (such as a named source nobody else can locate) that it's hard to figure out exactly what went wrong in its preparation. A lengthy Times correction followed, as did a chiding story in the local paper. According to the Chico State Orion, to which Romenesko links today, the Los Angeles Times dispatched a staffer to Chico last week to retrace Slater's steps, something I can't imagine would have happened if the paper hadn't been nationally embarrassed by Romenesko.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Magic Cubes: USC Interactive Media Division Weblog: breve video di cui non capisco il risvolto pratico, però figo. Questi invece non li riesco a vedere.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Google Search: punks jump up to get beat down: [Download MP3 of this song]

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Bloggorhea: Mr. Drudge contro tutti

Monday, April 04, 2005

The Rise and Fall of Hip-Hop's Intelligentsia Part 1

Edutainment: The Rise and Fall of Hip-Hop's Intelligentsia Part 1
UN articolo di 3 pagine sul rap del mio periodo (87/92), poi avevo smesso di comprare e ascoltare hip hop.
It soon became clear that edutainment was no grand social shift but just another hip-hop fad, alongside fat shoestrings and breakdancing, baggy jeans and backwards caps. The listeners turned out to be fleeing fans rather than devoted followers of a perceived movement. The edutainers, in it for revolution, found they couldn't rely on their black audience to act as a racial whole any more than any other race in America; they discovered that for fans, buying a CD is one thing, but staging a protest is another. In 1992, the injustice of the Rodney King verdict afforded an opportunity to actualize the vision of edutainers and focus black anger and frustration into an organized revolt. But instead, the resulting riots were more a convenient excuse to run wild. The temperature of the populace had changed little since the 1970: "Niggers are scared of revolution."
Non concordo con tante delle cose che dice, ad esempio nella conclusione (la breakdance una moda, come i laccioni). Comunque mi ha fatto piacere leggerlo, son passati tanti anni. L'idea sul passaggio di costa è quella. Però i gangsta rapper esistevano da prima di Geto Boys e NWA, tanto per dire Schooly D veniva fuori da Philadelphia.

Poi altre minchiate le dice su Kool Moe Dee, uno dei Treacherous 3 originali, ora non ricordo le date esatte ma tutti i primi dischi suoi come solista son prima dell'88, spaventosi e a cavallo delle capziose distinzioni di genere.

Peccato che il giornalista non parli nemmeno dei Gangstarr, forse era troppo difficile e gli rompeva gli schemini per fare il pezzo. Il loro primo disco è del 1989 e non me lo ricordo, il secondo però era strano non conoscerlo (registrato malissimo, come tanti altri in quel periodo di prmi home studios).

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Roba da BoingBoing

Friday, April 01, 2005

Curly Locks: The Best Of Junior Byles

Heartbeat CDHB208: se avete da spendere qualcosa, questo CD è fantastico. Versioni alternative e unreleased dagli studi di Lee Perry, con la voce unica del grande Jr. Byles. Gli altri due volumi suoi sono della Trojan, tutti e due belli ma uno solo ha gli inarrivabili extended mix dubbati. Io lo ho beccato per caso su Soulseek, magari c'è ancora, se usate "12. Curly Locks [Alternate Mix].mp3" lo trovate.

Oggi ho visto anche che Trojan ha ripubblicato Shades of Hudson come doppio CD: è uno dei miei titoli Trojan preferiti in assoluto. Tutta robazza rara, reggae dei primi anni '70 originale. Hudson ha registrato in quel periodo la prima roba di Big Youth, su un altro titolo Trojan che consiglio a tutti: Everyday Skank (i dischi di Big Youth pubblicati da Trojan non sono tutti belli). Mia versione cult: I'm allright con version di Dino Perkins e Can you keep a secret di Big Youth (il dub è sull'album Pick a dub).