from Julian Cope’s website:
“Why Be Bleak When You Could Be Blake?” So concluded Coil’s John Balance in a 1996 letter to the Archdrude. In honour of William Blake’s 250th anniversary, Head Heritage is proud to offer this iconic and Utopian call-to-arms. Available printed in white on a high quality black t-shirt.
Hey remember that f.e.y venue “apocalyptic opposite-igloo” show in Portland, OR that we wrote about here back in October? The one with Diane Cluck and Anders Griffen? Larissa and Tiger — the founders of the traveling f.e.y venue — sent us that panoramic picture up top (click it for the widescreen version) to give us an idea of what went down. Judging from the full collection of snaps they’ve got up on their Flickr page, it looks like a high time was had by all.
And oh yeah: They’re gonna do another one! Larissa writes:
should be in march
looks like it’ll be a music/video/sculpture collaboration
inspired by haeckel‘s biological drawings
Which sounds awesome. In the meantime, check out this massive online archive of plates from Haeckel’s Kunstformen der Natur.
The Goldbear Academy here in Los Angeles hosted a wild party last Saturday where the Entrance Band played and everybody came dressed up as their spirit animal. It should come as little surprise that Arthur’s esteemed fashion editor Alia Penner was representing with some fresh art works, including the totem piece that you see above. More of Alia’s images from the show, plus a collaboration with Miss McKenzie Kay, after the jump.
Will, the proprietor of the biblio-blog A Journey Round My Skull, describes his online venture as “unhealthy book fetishism from a reader, collector, and amateur historian of forgotten literature.” Which is pretty accurate though we’re gonna politely disagree on the unhealthy part. Last we checked, preserving and disseminating gorgeous “avant garde for the poor,” arcane children’s literature and bizarre Japanese woodblock prints (like the awesome Utagawa Kuniyoshi piece up above) didn’t lead to the diabetes or rickets or anything like that. And it actually makes us feel pretty hale and hearty. Check out more of Will’s picks after the jump, with links to his original blog posts.
Essential reading from Diggers founder and international bohemian icon Emmett Grogan, now back in print courtesy of New York Review of Books Classics:
Ringolevio is a classic American story of self-invention by one of the more mysterious and alluring figures to emerge in the 1960s. Emmett Grogan grew up on New York City’s mean streets, getting hooked on heroin before he was in his teens, kicking the habit and winning a scholarship to a swanky Manhattan private school, pursuing a highly profitable sideline as a Park Avenue burglar, then skipping town to enjoy the dolce vita in Italy. It’s a hard-boiled, sometimes hard-to-believe, wildly entertaining tale that takes a totally unexpected turn when Grogan washes up in sixties San Francisco and becomes a leader of the anarchist group known as the Diggers. The Diggers, devoted to street theater, direct action, and distributing free food, were in the thick of the legendary Summer of Love, and soon Grogan is struggling with the naive narcissism of the hippies, the marketing of revolution as a brand, dogmatic radicals, and false prophets like tripster Timothy Leary. Above all, however, he struggles with himself.
Ringolevio is an enigmatic portrait of a man and his times to set beside Hunter S. Thompson’s stories of fear and loathing, Norman Mailer’s The Armies of the Night, or the recent Chronicles of Bob Dylan, who dedicated his 1978 album Street Legal to the memory of Emmett Grogan.
Read Peter Coyote’s introduction to the 1990 edition here.