John Zerzan first shot into celebrity philosopher status in 1995 after the New York Times featured him in 1995 as a supporter of the Unabomber's anti-technology doctrine. He has since become a leading light of the primitivist movement in the US. In an exclusive interview with DNA, he explains why modern civilization is fundamentally anti-human, 'green' technology is 'psycho' and Stone Age is the way to go.
Examined Life pulls philosophy out of academic journals and classrooms, and puts it back on the streets. Philosophers have long done their best thinking when directly engaging with the outside world, not in isolation from it. Socrates roved the Athenian agora, courting trouble with the authorities. Rousseau immortalized his rambles through nature on the printed page. Nietzsche once said that only ideas conceived while walking have any value. In Examined Life, filmmaker Astra Taylor accompanies some of today’s most influential thinkers on a series of unique excursions through places and spaces that hold particular resonance for them and their ideas.
This is a transcript of the segment of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" where Jello goes head-to-head with Tipper Gore. Also there is video of that Oprah show ..... GUESTS: JELLO BIAFRA, TIPPER GORE, RABBI ABRAHAM COOPER, JUAN WILLIAMS. ICE-T, NELSON GEORGE
Robert Steven Connett is a Los Angeles based artist who celebrates dream sequences, as he describes, “I often think that dreams may be the gateway to another world. Perhaps a parallel world just as important as the waking world we call ‘reality?’ ” Robert is an introspective artist who offers a sincere look into life’s circumstance while creating an equidistant world made up of micro organisms, fear and beauty. Robert is a tireless painter who offers, “My most recent paintings express my interest in what I call the "UNDERWORLD". I’m fascinated by the worlds that exist beyond our immediate field of vision and have an abiding interest in the flora and fauna that occupy the space within these tiny worlds. The kind of things that one must hunt for in the grass, in the pools of water or with a microscope.”
Interview by Amelia Barili ........................... I met Jorge Luis Borges in 1981, when I returned to Buenos Aires from a job at the BBC in London and began working for La Prensa [Buenos Aires]. He received me very kindly, remembering that during the 1920's, when he was not well known, La Prensa had been the first newspaper to publish him. Later I returned to see him frequently. Sometimes he would dictate a poem that he had been composing during a long night of insomnia. After typing it, I would put it in his desk near his collection of Icelandic sagas, a precious gift from his father.
Veteran Black Panther and 19-year political prisoner Dhoruba Bin Wahad (formerly Richard Moore) won his freedom in 1990 after a New York State judge found that the FBI had suppressed evidence that could have helped clear him of his 1971 attempted double-cop murder charge. Since his release, he has returned to outspoken political activism, and has been particularly vocal against the War on Drugs.
In the year 2000 Malcolm McLaren, maybe best known for his role as mastermind behind the punk-legends Sex Pistols, had an exhibition of his artwork in the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, ZKM, in the german city of Karlsruhe called "Casino of Authenticity and Karaoke". At this occasion Patrik Tschudin sat down with him, together with Rene Agiugah, a reporter from the german newspaper. What you'll hear McLaren saying in the interview - among many other inspiring and provocative things: "Failure is liberating! (...) I'm no less punk than i was yesterday! punk rock is basically about the noble persuit of failure! (...) Johnny Rotten became my archenemy! (...) Bury the fucking legend! (...) The Situationists were major mentors of mine! (...) Everything the Situationists said in the sixties became true. (...) When I helped put 'Good save the Queen' on number one and had it banned from the radio at the same time, Guy Debord called me up on the telephone - I've never spoken to him in my life - and he said: 'Thank you very much for getting my record to number one!' As far as he was concerned he owned that record and he owned that idea. And I thought, brilliantly audacious and truely wonderful and I never forgot it. I agree with him, it was his idea, yes! (...)
It’s easy to forget today just what a revelation DEVO’s first album was when it came out. For a lot of people in those days, seeing the band on Saturday Night Live on October 14th 1978 (Fred Willard was the host!) was akin to the previous generation seeing The Beatles live on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. DEVO’s appearance probably launched a thousand bands that night. It literally gave me a reason to live. The soul-less imitation of “rock and roll” we were force fed in the Ohio suburbs in those days was pretty much Muzak with a beat. Then along came DEVO and nothing was ever the same again.
Black Ox Orkestar is a Montreal based quartet formed in 1999.They released their record Ver Tanzt at the end of April through Constellation. The band features: Thierry Amar (contrabass - also Silver Mount Zion/Godspeed You! Black Emperor/Molasses) - Jessica Moss (Violin, bass clarinet - Silver Mount Zion/Frankie Sparo) Gabe Levine (clarinet, guitar- Sackville), Scott Levine Gilmore (vocals, mandolin, cymbalon, drums, etc.) Word asked Scott Levine Gilmore some questions about their style of music and the ideas they wish to express through this release.
This section of Public Collectors is devoted to documentation of underground music resources drawn from small press magazines, self-published fanzines and personal collections from before the internet. Material is sorted by band or individual artist. Jello Biafra, Butthole Surfers, Corrosion of Conformity (C.O.C., Die Kreuzen, DRI, the ex, Fugazi, Hüsker Dü, Jesus Lizard, Killdozer, Melvins, M.D.C., Sonic Youth, Suicidal Tendencie, Swans