Ron English is a well-known painter, whose work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Paris and the Whitney Museum in New York. Ron is also widely considered to be one of the seminal figures in the ever-growing culture jamming movement. He has pirated over a thousand billboards over the last twenty years, replacing existing advertisements with his own hand-painted subvertisements.
The association representing 380,000 composers, songwriters, lyricists and others associated with the music industry has begun a fund-raising campaign to stifle groups that support free culture and digital rights.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers is urging the membership to donate money to battle the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge and even Creative Commons.
In a letter sent to members this week, ASCAP said those groups and unnamed “technology companies” are “mobilizing to promote ‘Copyleft’ in order to undermine our ‘Copyright.’ ”
The letter continues, saying “the truth is these groups simply do not want to pay for the use of our music. Their mission is to spread the word that our music should be free.”
"The more things change, the more they stay the same", the saying says it all. Interesting documentary that made me realize how fast the technology is evolving.. makes you think what the future will bring. Meet teenage software pirates, computer lawyers and the battle over software ownership. Basically the same debate that has been going on for ages now only the technology differs.
Guests: Mark Pump, Alpha Logic; Smith McKeithen, Activision; Frankie Mouse,
Hackers: Neil Smith, Software Publish Assoc; John Draper (Captain Crunch); Gary Kildall, DRI
"There's never been storytelling quite like this." — THE WASHINGTON POST
"Changed the course of comics." —ROLLING STONE
Hailed as a comics masterpiece, THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS is Frank Miller's (300 and Sin City) reinvention of the legend of Batman. It remains an undisputed classic, one of the most influential stories ever told in comics, and is a book cited by the filmmakers as an inspiration for the most recent Batman movies.
It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired, and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now, when his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory. Joined by Carrie Kelly, a teenage female Robin, Batman takes to the streets to end the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city. And after facing off against his two greatest enemies, the Joker and Two-Face, for the final time, Batman finds himself in mortal combat with his former ally, Superman, in a battle that only one of them will survive.
"Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride: Hunter S. Thompson On Film is a personal, intimate look at Thompson with a special emphasis on his Hollywood relationships. It captures the legacy and "gonzo" spirit of one of this century's most notorious figures - a man whose life and work regularly intersected with some of the biggest names in the world of film, politics, journalism and sports. The documentary features interviews with Hunter's inner circle of family and friends, but the thrust of the film is focused on the manner in which his life often overlapped with numerous Hollywood celebrities who became his close friends, such as Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas); Bill Murray (Where the Buffalo Roam); Sean Penn, John Cusack, Hunter's wife Anita, son Juan, former Senators George McGovern and Gary Hart, Tom Wolfe, William F. Buckley, Gary Busey, Harry Dean Stanton, Ralph Steadman and others.
CUT IT OUT , the third book by the renowned and irrepressible graffiti
artist BANKSY is published on May 25th 2004. The full-colour Banksy pocketbooks of vandalism and pub philosophy have become a must-have item for anyone who has ever smiled at a toilet wall or felt paint could make the world a slightly more interesting place.
Hi Andreas some of our readers might have heard of CROMATICS already still would you mind giving us a brief history lesson?
I don’t mind at all mate. All founders of CROMATICS started writing their name in the mid nineties and that’s how we got to know each other. After the A-level we started publishing a local graffiti magazine called CROMATICS. In 1999 we released the first issue already including some pages that were exclusively designed for us. We liked the idea of giving artists a space to show of their style, skills and personal view of the graffiti culture. Step by step the CROMATICS magazine was growing into a printed gallery that offered a platform for local artists and later on also for outstanding international artists who we invited to present their work and their point of view of urban art. Besides the publication we started to shape actively other urban areas of life too. This included setting up events, exhibitions and an online-shop for urban lifestyle that pushed the European sticker culture fast forward. On 01.01.2008 we founded our agency CROMATICS which enables us to constantly unlock cultural virgin soil.
On January 1, 1994, the day the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) took effect, the Zapatista National Liberation Army, made up of impoverished Mayan Indians from the state of Chiapas, took over five towns and 500 ranches in southern Mexico. The Government deployed its troops, and at least 145 people died in the ensuing battle. Fighting for indigenous Mexicans to regain control over their lives and the land, the Zapatista Army, led by the charismatic, guerrilla poet Subcommandante Marcos, started sending their message to the world via the Internet. The result was what The New York Times called “the world's first post-modern revolution.” Filmmaker Nettie Wild travelled to the jungle canyons of southern Mexico to film the elusive and fragile life of the uprising. Her camera effectively and movingly captures the human dimensions behind this war of symbols.
The year is 2033. The world has been reduced to rubble. Humanity is nearly extinct. The half-destroyed cities have become uninhabitable through radiation.
Beyond their boundaries, they say, lie endless burned-out deserts and the remains of splintered forests. Survivors still remember the past greatness of humankind.
But the last remains of civilisation have already become a distant memory, the stuff of myth and legend.
Metro 2033 tells the story of a young boy Artyom who goes a long way to save his world from mortal danger.
The book describes the consequences of an atomic war.
Its only survivors strive for existence in the mazes of the Moscow subway (Metro) some two decades after the nuclear Holocaust.
Formally a sci-fi novel, Metro 2033 describes a dystopia, in which Russia’s present-day society is meticulously analyzed and described.
Because of its large popularity in Russia it was translated to English for the world to read. It's sequel Metro 2034 has not been translated yet. The story was even used for a game called Metro 2033: The Last.
"'Mental, Mental, Let's go fucking mental!' There were stories last year of people dancing to police sirens, traffic noises, anything to stretch the Summer of Love out a little longer, but never before have I seen people dancing to a generator. It started when a sound system was set up on Clapham Common on the Sunday morning after a Saturday all-nighter, the party simply carrying on in the middle of this South London park. Word spread, and the following week clubbers truned up for a repeat performance. 1,000 people danced their Sunday away on the grass while police took souvenir snapshots from nearby buildings. "
Few musicians play with more passion and conviction than the soulful folks who take to the sidewalks to share their music. In this release, filmmakers Mark Johnson and Jonathan Walls explore both the motivation and the music of the contemporary street busker by showing just the lengths to which these entertainers will go to share their music with the public. By showcasing both the lives and music of musicians in New York, New Orleans, and Los Angeles, Johnson and Walls offer a series of soulful moments that may have otherwise gotten lost in the infinite noise of the outside world. In affording viewers a taste of the outsider music that may likely never reach beyond a two-block radius, the filmmakers in essence capture the true spirit of the music that is so crucial to the lives of the performers.
In 1991, visionary creator Frank Miller continued his shakedown of the comics industry when he premiered his visceral and powerfully charged Sin City series. With Sin City, Miller sent a shock wave through the industry and beyond, stunning critics and amazing readers, the after-effects of which are still being felt today. While Miller is primarily praised for his outstanding stories, it is his breathtaking artwork that continues to shine on. To honor the artist and his groundbreaking work, Dark Horse Comics is pleased to present Frank Miller: The Art of Sin City, a unique and handsomely cloth bound hardcover coffee-table book, containing pieces both published and unpublished — some never-before-seen by the public. Printed on glossy 100 lb. coated paper and featuring items ranging from preliminary sketches to promotional pieces, this beautiful edition holds everything a Sin City fan, or connoisseur of fine art, could ever hope for.
HIGH TECH SOUL is the first documentary to tackle the deep roots of techno music alongside the cultural history of Detroit, its birthplace. From the race riots of 1967 to the underground party scene of the late 1980s, Detroit's economic downturn didn't stop the invention of a new kind of music that brought international attention to its producers and their hometown.
Featuring in-depth interviews with many of the world's best exponents of the artform, High Tech Soul focuses on the creators of the genre -- Juan Atkins, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson -- and looks at the relationships and personal struggles behind the music. Artists like Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, Carl Craig, Eddie Fowlkes and a host of others explain why techno, with its abrasive tones and resonating basslines, could not have come from anywhere but Detroit.
With classic anthems such as Rhythim Is Rhythim's "Strings of Life" and Inner City's "Good Life," High Tech Soul celebrates the pioneers, the promoters and the city that spawned a global phenomenon.
The film features: Juan Atkins, Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Eddie (Flashin) Fowlkes, Richie Hawtin, Jeff Mills, John Acquaviva, Carl Cox, Carl Craig, Blake Baxter, Stacey Pullen, Thomas Barnett, Matthew Dear, Anthony "Shake" Shakir, Keith Tucker, Delano Smith, Mike Archer, Derrick Thompson, Mike Clark, Alan Oldham, Laura Gavoor, Himawari, Scan 7, Kenny Larkin, Stacey "Hotwax" Hale, Claus Bachor, Electrifying Mojo, Niko Marks, Barbara Deyo, Dan Sordyl, Sam Valenti, Ron Murphy, George Baker, and Kwame Kilpatrick.
The film's soundtrack includes: Aux 88, Cybotron, Inner City, Juan Atkins, Mayday, Model 500, Plastikman, Rhythim Is Rhythim, and more.
"Bredow's cast of alumni -- the holy trinity of Atkins, May & Saunderson at the front -- fill out this tale with passion, pride and, oddly for music of the future, nostalgia too."
- Dazed and Confused
"An enjoyable education into the music, the city and the main players past, present and future."
"Defines the myths and the magic of Detroit techno from its beginnings right up to how it has evolved to become High Tech Soul."
One of the best documentaries on a part of the electronics music history I have seen so far. Deep down to the roots.. back to, in my opinion, the real techno. Too bad the quality/selection of background music in documentaries is rarely of this kind.