Leonard Cohen Acid Test

Leonard Cohen Acid Test
I’ll finish up three days of Leonard Cohen posts with this last gem that reminds us that it’s Cohen’s dazzling songs and intensity as a performer that have won him almost five decades of attention from music listeners with ears to hear his erotic prayers and sensual meditations on love, sex,…

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Leonard Cohen’s Heroe...

Leonard Cohen Heroes
My last post about Leonard Cohen’s early recordings has me excited to curate this conversation about someone we all seem to care so much about. Leonard’s not everyone’s bag and it’s really wonderful to see so many folks interested in the man’s complex, felt lyricism. Not sure if I can…

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Leonard Cohen’s Early...

Leonard Cohen 80
Bob Dylan brought poetry to rock ‘n’ roll, but Leonard Cohen brought rock ‘n’ roll to poetry, recording a remarkable string of records — beginning with his 1967 debut, Songs of Leonard Cohen — which married the studio sounds of the day to his already-established voice as a…

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Caligula at 35

Caligula
This year we celebrate the 35th anniversary of Bob Guccione’s X-rated epic, Caligula. You can watch the whole film on YouTube, but I couldn’t find a version in English or with suitable subtitles. Instead, I offer this documentary about the subject of the film. While this version lacks the T&A content…

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Isaac’s Apple

Isaac Newton
Sir Isaac Newton invented calculus, figured out the composition of light, and also gave us the laws of gravity and motion which just happened to govern the entire universe at the time of their revelations. Sir Isaac Newton is considered to be the father of modern science. He was also a sorcerer. This documentary…

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35 Years of The Wall

The Wall
Pink Floyd has finally released the details of their oft-rumored upcoming new project — a mostly instrumental affair that will serve as a memorial of sorts for late keyboard player Rick Wright. The album will be called The Endless River. I’m not super excited by the announcement, though I’d be more…

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Extraordinary Madness

Ordinary Madness
Got a lot of action on my Bukowski post last week, so I wanted to share another video I found. This time it’s an out-of-print BBC documentary that has some pretty unique, early footage of the man himself — stuff that I don’t think even Born Into This included. Here’s The Ordinary Madness of…

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Party at Worthy Farm

glastonbury
Today marks the anniversary of the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, first held on this day in 1970 on Michael Eavis’s family farm in Pilton, Somerset. Along with the utopian idealism of the time came an invention of the “free” music festival, a social movement based on…

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Bukowski’s Last Straw

Charles Bukowski
Continuing to remember the 20th anniversary of the death of Charles Bukowski in 1994, here is a video of the poet’s last reading in 1980. While he continued to write for the last 14 years of his life, he never read his work in public again. Here’s the story behind this document from the Wiki… In…

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Wasted Surplus

Anarcho-Primitavism
Surplus: Terrorized into Being Consumers (2003) is an award-winning Swedish documentary by director Erik Gandini. Gandini’s film uses creative editing and music cues to illustrate the fundamental problems present in capitalism’s diabolical quest for ever-expanding markets in the face of ever-dwindling…

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