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Check out Taos, New Mexico, this summer and celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dennis Hopper's landmark film Easy Rider, starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson about two bikers who embark on a road trip "looking for America" across the American Southwest and South. In 1968, the film was shot on location in and around Taos, New Mexico, where Dennis Hopper lived for several years during the Seventies.
Taos Summer of Love 2009 organizes a schedule of art, events, film and music around the film and its anniversary, and will feature two art exhibitions at the Harwood Museum of Art coinciding with event: Hopper Curates and Photography by Hopper. Check out the site for additional details. Event programs run May - September 2009 in Taos, New Mexico.
Photo: image Courtesy of R.B. Ravens Gallery, © Douglas Magnus, Dennis Hopper at Home In Mabel Dodge Lujan's House.Check out Taos, New Mexico, this summer and celebrate the 40th anniversary of Dennis... more
In this week's infoMania Conor Knighton takes us through the historical finale of 'The Bachelor,' Brett Erlich looks at the viral creations of the unemployed, Sergio Cilli grooves out to 60s tunes, Ben Hoffman takes a look at the latest batch of silly iPhone applications, we read to you from Joe the Plumber's new book, and then we take you inside the world of the news decoy.
infoMania is a half-hour satirical news show that airs on Current TV. The show puts a comedic spin on the 24-hour chaos and information overload brought about by the constant bombardment of the media. Hosted by Conor Knighton and co-starring Brett Erlich, Sarah Haskins, Ben Hoffman, and Sergio Cilli, the show airs on Thursdays at 10 pm Eastern and Pacific Times and can be found online at current.com/infomania. And make sure to check out our facebook profile for special features at http://infomaniafacebook.com.In this week's infoMania Conor Knighton takes us through the historical finale of... more
"For a maverick movement begun by little old ladies in tennis shoes fighting bulldozers in the urban renewal demolition wars of the 1960s, historic preservation has achieved some astounding successes, from the passage of landmarks preservation laws and the establishment of the National Trust for Historic Preservation to the recognition, restoration and reuse of an impressive part of this country's architectural heritage. Guidelines have been established for a wide range of buildings, from the monumental to the vernacular -- repair first, restore second, rebuild last; make clear what is new or added, and honor the original materials and construction.
But when the vernacular expanded to the popular and kitsch joined high art in the pantheon of taste, nothing, potentially, was unworthy of serious consideration and a good argument could be made for almost any building that had survived. The new cultural ideals were inclusive and pluralistic. Objective scholarship was sidelined for subjective, emotional associations fueled by partisan passions. Familiar standards simply fell apart, and so did the comfortable operating consensus of the preservation movement.
Yale University has a singular collection of iconic modernist monuments, all in need of serious repair. Demolition was never an option for buildings by Louis Kahn, Eero Saarinen, Gordon Bunshaft, Philip Johnson and Paul Rudolph, and an ambitious restoration program began with the exemplary renewal of Kahn's University Art Gallery two years ago. Work was recently completed on Paul Rudolph's Art and Architecture Building, one of the most famously controversial landmarks of the 20th century.
In conspicuous contrast, Yale's building has been sympathetically and beautifully restored and updated for use by the architecture school. Rededicated on Nov. 8, 2008, 45 years to the day of its grand opening, it has been renamed Paul Rudolph Hall in honor of its architect (1918-1997), whose reputation has also suffered wild swings. The trip from Boston to New Haven might as well be measured in light years as in miles; Boston remains obdurately clueless.""For a maverick movement begun by little old ladies in tennis shoes fighting... more
In the early 1960s, the avant-garde architectural group - Archigram - set out to find hypothetical ways of creating alternative buildings and cities for people to live and work in.
Their ultra-modern visions drew inspiration from modular technology and early space capsules - as well as the natural environment. (Audio Slide show)In the early 1960s, the avant-garde architectural group - Archigram - set out to find... more
Johnson, 92, died around 11 a.m. of natural causes at the Tappan Zee Manor in Nyack, New York, where he had lived for seven years, said Wendy Bleiweiss.
Johnson's career stretched over six decades and across genres, from comedies and war films, such as "The Caine Mutiny" and "30 Seconds Over Tokyo," to Broadway musicals and television shows, including a guest spot as the Minstrel on the campy 1960s series, "Batman," according to Turner Classic Movies' Web site.
The red-haired, freckle-faced actor's youthful charm earned him a huge teen following in his heyday. He became known as the "voiceless Sinatra," despite a singing voice that landed him roles alongside June Allyson and Judy Garland in "Two Girls and a Sailor" and "In the Good Old Summertime," according to TCM.com.
Johnson was born August 25, 1916, to a plumber and housewife in Newport, Rhode Island. He was 16 years old when he left Rhode Island for New York City so he could forge a career in acting, Bleiweiss said.
A few years later, he got his break from Lucille Ball, she said.
"She saw this redhead kid and said, 'Let's give him a break. He seems like he can do some acting,' " Bleiweiss said. Johnson made his Broadway debut in 1936 in "New Faces of 1936" before legendary director-playwright George Abbott hired him as a chorus member and understudy to the three male leads in Rodgers and Hart's "Too Many Girls" in 1939.
The next year, Abbott cast him as a chorus boy and Gene Kelly's understudy in Rodgers and Hart's groundbreaking musical "Pal Joey," according to TCM.com. His film debut followed in 1940 with a role in the chorus of "Too Many Girls."
While en route to a screening in 1942, he was in a car wreck that left him with a metal plate in his head and kept him out of the military. But that didn't stop him from acting in war films.
Two years later, he received top billing in "Two Girls and a Sailor." Other big roles included "A Guy Named Joe," "Brigadoon" and "The Caine Mutiny."
In 1947, Johnson married former actor Eve Lynn Johnson, who had previously been married to a close friend of Johnson's, Keenan Wynn. The two did not have children and divorced in 1968, according to TCM.com
Johnson had a daughter, Schuyler Van Johnson, by another woman, according to TCM.com.
As Johnson entered middle age, his features grew heavy but he still managed to find offbeat roles in films including "The Bottom of the Bottle," an unabashed melodrama in which he played an alcoholic, and "23 Paces to Baker Street" as a blind detective.
As film roles became scarce, Johnson filled the gaps with stage work. He appeared in "The Music Man" in London, England, in 1961 and returned to Broadway in 1962 for "Come on Strong."
In Woody Allen's 1985 comedy, "The Purple Rose of Cairo," Johnson played one of the actors trapped inside the film screen in a parody of sorts of films from the 1930s.
In 1987, Johnson was praised for his work in the Broadway production of "La Cage aux Folles." He last appeared on stage four years ago in "Love Letters" in a community theater in nearby Suffern, New York, but decided afterward that he would do no more, Bleiweiss said.
"He said he had seen it and done it all and now he was just going to sit back and take it easy. Those were his words," she said.Johnson, 92, died around 11 a.m. of natural causes at the Tappan Zee Manor in Nyack,... more
Despite this strong view, it was not clear if the mass resignation would apply to tabloid writers and self-appointed guardians of the nation's morals. Mail editor Paul Dacre was unavailable to clarify the point as he was busy beating a servant to death for overcooking his toast.Despite this strong view, it was not clear if the mass resignation would apply to... more
Sir Paul McCartney is set to pick some more flesh off the bones of his former band with the release of ‘Carnival of Light’ a 14 minute jam recorded in 1967 that John Lennon and George Harrison thought was shit. McCartney, who hasn’t written a decent song since the early 1970s, has spoken to the media about the song in order to sell a few extra Beatles albums at Christmas, in the absence of a re-packaged “Best Of” this year containing all the same songs as the others.
By the way, I accept that this might upset a few people...if you don't like my version of the truth, don't read it!Sir Paul McCartney is set to pick some more flesh off the bones of his former band... more
I freaking love this article which revisits Scholastic Book Club excitement alongside a collection of front cover designs from the period. "Like, just electric."I freaking love this article which revisits Scholastic Book Club excitement alongside... more
Part four of a story of a group of Vietnam Combat Veterans who served together in 1968 and 1969. Most of these men have not seen each other in over 35 years.
A Reunion was held in 2004.
This is the story of their reunion.Part four of a story of a group of Vietnam Combat Veterans who served together in 1968... more
Part three of a story of a group of Vietnam Combat Veterans who served together in 1968 and 1969. Most of these men have not seen each other in over 35 years.
A Reunion was held in 2004. This is the story of their reunion.Part three of a story of a group of Vietnam Combat Veterans who served together in... more
Part two of a story of a group of Vietnam Combat Veterans who served together in 1968 and 1969. Most of these men have not seen each other in over 35 years.
A Reunion was held in 2004.
This is the story of their reunion.Part two of a story of a group of Vietnam Combat Veterans who served together in 1968... more
Part one of a story of a group of Vietnam Combat Veterans who served together in 1968 and 1969. Most of these men have not seen each other in over 35 years.
A Reunion was held in 2004.
This is the story of their reunion.Part one of a story of a group of Vietnam Combat Veterans who served together in 1968... more
Check this exclusive interview with Bill Ayers! McCain and Palin call him a domestic terrorist, Obama calls him neighbor, and the city of Chicago calls him Citizen of the Year. But in all the media furor over Bill Ayers, there's one voice we haven't heard: his. We finally sit down with the man who in the 1960's took on the government and lived to tell about it. He's got a lot to say.
And if you like Bill Ayers, you'll love:
This interview originally appeared in the short documentary "John Brown's Body."Check this exclusive interview with Bill Ayers! McCain and Palin call him a domestic... more
In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview.
This is an incredible animation with a timeless message.In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel... more
Much has been written on the 1968 convention, and many argue that the protests and riots surrounding the convention led to Richard Nixon securing his first term in the White House. Not really one moment, but the chaos through the entire convention will be remembered.
Dan Rather is punched while covering the convention:
Several videos and photos at the link. Much has been written on the 1968 convention, and many argue that the protests and... more
An unheard tape of the famous Liverpudlians has been found in the attic of an elderly Liverpudlian man.
The 30-minute recording hasn't been played since the 60s, not a surprise since it's on 1960's high-tech cassette tape cassette.
It does however contain some lovely unreleased versions of The Beatles' hits 'I Feel Fine' and 'I'm A Loser' and the band giggling like a group of schoolgirls. An unheard tape of the famous Liverpudlians has been found in the attic of an elderly... more
A collection of music recordings composed by the creator of the pioneering Doctor Who theme tune, which has been stashed away in an attic since the 1960s, has been unveiled for the first time. The experimental tracks were laid down by Delia Derbyshire, and include a dance track so ahead of its time Paul Hartnoll of dance group Orbital has said it could be 'coming out next week on Warp Records'.
Delia Derbyshire was employed in the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop in 1963 when she was given the score for a theme tune to the new science fiction series. She turned the pages of dots into the powerful, idiosyncratic Doctor Who title music we know today - although it is the score's author, Ron Grainer, who is credited as the composer.
Listen to some of the uncovered tracks at the link.A collection of music recordings composed by the creator of the pioneering Doctor Who... more
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"The commons of external nature are threatened by pollution and exploitation (from oil to forests and natural habitat itself); the commons of internal nature (the biogenetic inheritance of humanity) are threatened by technological interference; and the commons of culture -- the socialized forms of "cognitive" capital, primarily language, our means of communication and education, but also the shared infrastructure of public transport, electricity, post, etc. -- are privatized for profit. (If Bill Gates were to be allowed a monopoly, we would have reached the absurd situation in which a private individual would have owned the software texture of our basic network of communication.)
We are gradually becoming aware of the destructive potential, up to the self-annihilation of humanity itself, that could be unleashed if the capitalist logic of enclosing these commons is allowed a free run. "
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