Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Little Richard rocks our world (more than we can imagine)

Little Richard Austin, TX 1975
© Stephanie Chernikowski
Little Richard backstage at the Ritz Theatre in Austin, TX 
Richard's influence on singers, musicians, filmmakers, drag performers, and artists is near to incomprehensible, especially given that he only produced two charting LPs and three US top ten singles during the course of his on again, off again career. It extends to performers as unlikely as Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman)...

 And to the obvious...

This is what it's all about...

Monday, May 19, 2014

Film Buffs Start Revolution

The Situationists played a influential role in the May 1968 uprisings in France. As a small collective of artists and thinkers, their ideas about excesses in society and political power dynamics spread like wildfire, causing occupations and strikes that effectively shut down the entire country for two weeks. Although they officially disbanded in 1972 their influence can be seen in movements as diverse as British Punk and Occupy Wall Street.