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Video: 1967 Velvet Underground Footage Shot By Andy Warhol Surfaces

This film was shot by Andy Warhol in 1967 at the Boston Tea Party, a concert venue in Boston.

It’s quite experimental as a film. The sound quality is mostly terrible. I’ve also included audio of another concert by the VU at the Boston Tea Party with good sound.

But as a document the Warhol footage is fascinating.

Here’s what was posted along with the video on YouTube:

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND IN BOSTON (1967, sound, color, 33 mins. Dir: Andy Warhol):
This newly unearthed film, which Warhol shot during a concert at the Boston Tea Party, features a variety of filmmaking techniques. Sudden in-and-out zooms, sweeping panning shots, in-camera edits that create single frame images and bursts of light like paparazzi flash bulbs going off mirror the kinesthetic experience of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, with its strobe lights, whip dancers, colorful slide shows, multi-screen projections, liberal use of amphetamines, and overpowering sound. It is a significant find indeed for fans of the Velvets, being one of only two known films with synchronous sound of the band performing live, and this the only one in color. It’s fitting that it was shot at the Boston Tea Party, as the Beantown club became one of the band’s favorite, most-played venues, and was where a 16-year-old Jonathan Richman faithfully attended every show and befriended the group. Richman, who would later have his debut recordings produced by John Cale, and later yet record a song about the group, is just possibly seen in the background of this film.

Here’s geat audio of a live show at the same venue but in 1969:

Thanks Doom and Gloom From the Tomb!

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Drawings: Bob Dylan’s ‘Drawn Blank Series’ Art to Be Exhibited in New York — See Three of the Drawings Right Now

Man on Bridge

Four dozen of Bob Dylan’s “Drawn Blank Series” drawings — created between 1989 and 1992 — will be exhibited for the first time in the U.S. beginning May 8 at the Ross Art Group gallery in New York.

One of the drawings is at the top of this post.

Here are two more:

Side Track
Train Tracks

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Radiohead Debut New ‘PolyFauna’ Ap — Download it Now!

Today Thom Yorke of Radiohead posted about a new ap, “PolyFauna,” on the Radiohead website Dead Air Space.

We have made an app called PolyFauna.

PolyFauna is an experimental collaboration between us (Radiohead) & Universal Everything, born out of The King of Limbs sessions and using the imagery and the sounds from the song Bloom.

It comes from an interest in early computer life-experiments and the imagined creatures of our subconscious.

Your screen is the window into an evolving world.
Move around to look around.
You can follow the red dot.
You can wear headphones.

DOWNLOAD: iOS / Android


11 February

Allen Ginsberg Photos of Bob Dylan, Kerouac, Patti Smith & More Donated to University of Toronto

Jack Kerouac by Allen Ginsberg.

Nearly all of Allen Ginsberg’s photographs have been donated to the University of Toronto by the Larry & Cookie Rossy Family Foundation, according to the Huffington Post.

The nearly 8000 photographs include images of Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac, John Cage, William de Kooning, Paul McCartney, Patti Smith, William Burroughs and Iggy Pop.

Patti Smith by Allen Ginsberg.

The Huffington Post reports:

Comprising a nearly complete archive of Ginsberg’s surviving photographs, the collection, spanning the years 1944 to 1997, includes original snapshots and prints of various sizes. The silver gelatin prints are unique in that they are hand-captioned by Ginsberg. All of these images will be available to scholars, and some will be on display.

Although known primarily as a writer, Ginsberg was an avid photographer. The collection includes images of writers Amiri Baraka (formerly known as LeRoi Jones), Paul Bowles, Doris Lessing, Josef Skvorecky (who was a professor of English at U of T) and Evgeny Yevtushenko. Other Ginsberg subjects were photographer Robert Frank, psychologist R.D. Laing, author and activist Dr. Benjamin Spock and psychologist, and drug guru, Timothy Leary. Ginsberg’s friend and, fellow writer, Burroughs appears in more than 300 photographs. Another frequent subject is Ginsberg’s lifelong partner, Peter Orlovsky.

The Ginsberg prints provide visual insight into New York urban landscape from the 1950s to the 1990s. They also document Ginsberg’s international travels to Canada, France, India, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, the USSR and many other nations.

Linda & Paul by Allen Ginsberg.

For the whole story head to the Huffington Post.

You can see many of Allen Ginsberg’s photographs here.

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Audio/Visuals: Raymond Pettibon Draws Cover for New Off Album; Listen to ‘Void You Out’

Cover art by Raymond Pettibon.

Wasted Years, the fourth album from the punk supergroup Off, will be released on April 8, 2014.

The group is comprised of Keith Morris (Black Flag/Circle Jerks), Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Mario Rubalcaba (Hot Snakes/Rocket From the Crypt/Earthless), and Steven McDonald (Redd Kross).

What’s equally cool is that their cover art (for this and other releases) is by the great Raymond Pettibon, who first came to my attention with his art for Black Flag flyers and records in the late ’70s.

Pettibon is now a highly regarded ‘fine’ artist, but he’s still in touch with his punk roots.

Below you can stream “Void You Out,” a track from Wasted Years.

“Void you Out” “pulls its anger from misleading historical revisionism,” according to Rolling Stone. Morris is quoted as saying:

“Who was here first? A bunch of uptight, always-right Caucasians with their heads buried up each other’s asses, trying to tell the rest of us how North American history went down and is going to be changed because of their intelligence or lack thereof. Thus: ‘Void You Out!'”

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Who Knew? Dept.: Keith Richards… Painter?

Photo via The New Zealand Herald.

A painting made by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has surfaced in New Zealand, according to a report in The New Zealand Herald.

Richards painted it at a bed and breakfast while recuperating from an injury sustained in 2006 after falling out of a tree in Fiji. The paper says experts believe the painting to be worth several hundred thousand dollars.

He gave the painting to Gloria Poupard-Walbridge, owner of Cotter House, as a gift when he was leaving.

The painting — watercolor and pastels — has been in a drawer beneath some linen for the past seven years. Richards signed the painting with a thick black marker, and Poupard-Walbridge says that ruined it.

“It was a pretty good picture until he signed it with a felt pen and stuffed it up,” she told The New Zealand Herald.

News of the painting came to light after the Stones announced they would play a show at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday April 5, 2014.

The New Zealand Herald describes the painting like this: “Painted over several days on a $3.95 canvas and a small table easel, the delicate pastel and watercolour depicts a water scene at sunset, with a steamship at full throttle. Seagulls soar above the ship, the smoke effect created by careful artistic smudging.”

No skull and crossbones, Keith?

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Art: Eric Clapton Sells Gerhard Richter Painting For $20,885,000

Gerhard Richter’s “Abstraktes Bild (809-1).”

This evening in New York, “Abstraktes Bild (809-1),” a painting by Gerhard Richter owned by Eric Clapton, sold for $20, 885,000 at a Christie’s art auction.

A triptych by Francis Bacon, “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” with an estimated value of $85 million, sold for $142,405,000.

To see what other art sold for at the auction, including work by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, head to Christie’s and scroll down.

Art: Painting By Gerhard Richter Expected To Net Eric Clapton Nearly $25 Million

Eric Clapton to sell his Gerhard Richter, which is titled, “Abstraktes Bild (809-1).”

The high-end art market has gone crazy. This evening, a painting by German artist Gerhard Richter, “Abstraktes Bild (809-1),” is expected to sell for around $25 million.

A triptych by Francis Bacon, “Three Studies of Lucian Freud,” also to be autioned by Christie’s this evening in New York, has an estimated value of $85 million.

Seven years ago, in 2006, a Bacon triptych, “Three Studies for a Self Portrait,” sold for about $5.5 million; in 2011 that same painting sold for $25,282,500.

Watch the bidding:

In a press release about Clapton’s Richter, Christie’s writes (hypes?):

An infinitely evocative meditation on color, texture, and its rhythmic motion across canvas, this magnificent, vibrant work stands among Gerhard Richter’s summary essays in abstraction. Executed in concert with three such masterpieces, this series reflects the artist at the apex of his formalist-aleatory operations. Employing a heady mixture of intention and chance, the artist layers the canvas in a wet-on-wet mélange of primary and secondary colors – red, the darkest of purples, violet, and yellow – creating a richly saturated chromatic field, where flames of red interpenetrate the almost blackened violet hues, and striations of blazing yellow enfold the whole in a sumptuous blanket of impasto. Here dazzling coloration is ravaged by repeated campaigns with both a sharp, wide-headed palette knife and squeegees of various sizes, either entirely clean, fully loaded with oil paint, or distributed lengthwise just along the edge, which are then dragged along the canvas, disturbing its surface.

Arresting in its compositional complexity, effulgent in its coloration, presenting an almost hallucinatory confusion of planes and shapes, Abstraktes Bild (809-1) is stunning for its surface agitations, a riot of textures and color fields that destabilizes even as it rewards looking.

For more head to today’s New York Times and the Huffington Post.

Bidder For Banksy’s “The banality of the banality of evil” Backs Out

The banality of the banality of evil"
The banality of the banality of evil”

The man who used the tag “gorpetri” to make the winning bid of $615,000 for the painting Banksy modified and retitled, “The banality of the banality of evil,” reneged on his bid once the auction was over, according to the New York Times.

What happened next has caused some controversy in New York. Rachel Hirschfeld, an art collector whose bid of $614,800 was right behind the gorpetri bid, said she got a call on Nov. 1 from an auction official about the painting, the Times reports.

“She said, ‘You win the Banksy,’ ” Ms. Hirschfeld told the Times. “I said, ‘Why? Somebody bid more than me.’ She said, ‘He’s out.’ ”

Hirschfeld didn’t think it fair to pay the full price since she’d been bidding against an insincere bidder — obviously, in retrospect, gorpetri’s bids were not genuine. “Every bid that he made has to be out,” Hirschfeld told the Times.

Ultimately another bidder got the painting, but the auction house won’t reveal the new selling price. However, it was over $400,000, according to Hirschfeld, who told the Times she offered $400,000 and lost out to a higher offer.

For more on this story, head to the New York Times.

If you missed my previous Banksy posts, here’s an easy way to check them out: Day one, day two, day three, day four, day five, day six, day seven, day eight, day nine, day ten, day 11, day 12, day 13, day 14, day 15, day 16, day 17, day 18, day 19, day 20, day 21, day 22, day 23, day 24, day 25, day 26, day 27, day 28, day 29, day 30, day 31. Plus: “A Consideration Of The Politics Of Banksy’s Syria Video,” “Source For Banksy’s ‘Concrete Confessional’ Revealed,” “Banksy Update: NYC Mayor Attacks Street Artist,” and “Banksy Painting Sells For $615,000.”

Is Damien Hirst Bankrolling Banksy?

Street art by Banksy.

Is twelve million dollar sharp-man Damien Hirst funding Banksy? That’s what Daily Beast writer Lizzie Crocker theorizes today.

Crocker writes:

Despite this ostensible aversion to personal fame and publicity, Banksy agreed to be featured in Hirst’s 2006 show at the Serpentine Gallery in London, “In the darkest hour there may be light.” Speaking to The Guardian about Banksy’s work, Hirst praised the pseudonymous graffiti artist. “I’ve always thought he was great. The streets are boring…anyone like Banksy who makes it entertaining and treats people like people instead of consumers is brilliant.”

It was the beginning of a collaboration that has fueled rumors about Banksy’s identity and associations—particularly amongst those who speculate that “Banksy” is in fact a sort of performance art collective funded by art world mandarins.

For more, head to the Daily Beast.