Young Man Blues

Dylan 1962
55 years ago, 20-year-old Bob Dylan was interviewed on the Folksingers Choice radio program. Here’s a baby Bob quote from the Laughing Squid site… Oh, yeah, but then sometimes I write a lot of stuff. In fact, I wrote five songs last night, but I gave all the papers away. I don’t even consider even…

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O.G. M.C.

EscherSkull
Artist M.C. Escher died 45 years ago on March 27, 1972. Escher’s gravity defying lithographs and woodcuts offer illusory visual acrobatics that play with viewers’ perceptions of figure/ground relationships, creating a kind of graphic magical realism that celebrates the mathematics that informs all visual…

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Oracle Encore

Zombies
The Zombies reformed and started touring again a few years ago. Their masterpiece, Odyssey and Oracle turned 45 in 2013 and recent years have found the band doing regular runs to play their classic collection for live audiences. I caught the band in Nashville a few years back and it was a very good show. There were…

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Moore’s Mages

Moore
Earlier this week I came across a cool post on the Confidentials site that featured comic book legend/sorcerer supreme Alan Moore talking about the history of Western esoteric traditions and giving a list of his top five mystics and magicians. Here’s a bit about the poet/artist/gnostic prophet William…

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New Wave Michigan Cannibals

Possibly MI
Antonia recently turned me on to Cecelia Condit’s amazing New Wave cannibal opera from 1983. Here’s some information I found at Metro Times about Possibly in Michigan … Possibly In Michigan is an operatic fairytale about cannibalism in Middle America. A masked man stalks a woman through a shopping…

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Remembering Rosaleen

norton
This year we commemorate 60 years of Rosaleen Norton’s art and pioneering occultism. Norton was an Australian witch and a visionary painter born on October 2, 1917. We’re jumping the gun by remembering Norton’s contributions to art and magick at the beginning of spring, but maybe we’ll plan…

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Shock Now

Shock
Following John Berger’s January death there’s been a resurgence of interest in his 1972 BBC television series Ways of Seeing. The series addresses the various modes of representation that Berger observed in visual art along with an exploration of what I would call the psychology of observation. It’s…

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Ciao, Chuck

ChuckBarris
George Clooney made a remarkable directorial debut fifteen years ago when he helmed the biopic of Gong Show creator Chuck Barris. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind is based on Barris’ autobiography of the same name. The film is remarkable for Sam Rockwell’s portrayal of Barris, Clooney’s use of…

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Overlooking The Shining

shiningvr
Every now and then I try to make my list of the ten best films of all time, but the best I’ve been able to do is to come up with my favorite films by my favorite directors. Stanley Kubrick has lots of great movies, and they’re all worth watching over and over again. That said, my favorite Kubrick movie is…

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Celebrating Pop

POP
Iggy Pop released Post Pop Depression last year, claiming that it would be his last album. Next month, Pop celebrates his 70th birthday. Unlike with his buddy Bowie, we have a chance to celebrate Pop’s music while the man himself is still here to enjoy it. Yesterday I found this fun rundown of Pop’s 18…

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