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THE PROBLEM WITH OVER-FRIENDLY PEOPLE, The School Of Life, 6:23

Another gem of uncommon wisdom from the folks at The School of Life.  Always recommended.

COOLIES :: PULL THE TRIGGER

Coolies:: Pull The Trigger, from the album, Master.  released Oct 9, 2011.

Not to be confused with the early ’80s punk band The Coolies from Atlanta, Coolies hail from South Auckland, New Zealand.
The Coolies first got together in high school with a common love for the likes of Patti Smith, Bikini Kill and X-Ray Spex before moving to Auckland and establishing themselves with prominent support slots with the Beastie Boys, Cat Power and Rancid. The band then broke up, before reforming in 2002 to once again start playing shows with the likes of The Mint Chicks, as well as recording their debut self-titled album.
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MICKALENE THOMAS interviewed by Alexander Benrimon, artnet, 2013

Video Notes:

Brooklyn-based Mickalene Thomas, well known for her rhinestone, enamel, and acrylic paintings, as well as her Blaxploitation-style portraits of black women, explores modern notions of beauty and sexuality, drawing heavily from pop culture and Pop Art. She received her BFA from the Pratt Institute in 2000, and earned an MFA from Yale University in 2002. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, including at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, and The Renaissance Society in Chicago. The artist famously painted the first individual portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama, which was shown at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. During the interview, Thomas discusses her experiences as an art student, how interiors factor into her works, how being a mother has affected her, and her various recent projects, such as her mural at the Barclays Center.

THE LOST GENERATION: A&E Biography documentary, 2001, 91min

The Lost Generation is a documentary produced by A&E Biography in 2001.  It first aired on November 15, 2001.

The Lost Generation, in general, is the post-World War I generation, but specifically a group of U.S. writers who came of age during the war and established their literary reputations in the 1920s. The term stems from a remark made by Gertrude Stein to Ernest Hemingway, “You are all a lost generation.” This generation included artists and writers who came of age during the war such as F. Scott Fitzgerald,[1] T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, Olaf Stapledon, Sherwood Anderson, John Dos Passos, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, Djuna Barnes, Glenway Wescott, Waldo Peirce, Isadora Duncan, Abraham Walkowitz, Ezra Pound, Alan Seeger, Henry Miller, Aldous Huxley, Malcolm Cowley, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Erich Maria Remarque, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and the composers Sergei Prokofiev, Paul Hindemith, George Gershwin and Aaron Copland.

The documentary focuses on American expatriate writers living in Paris in the 1920s,including Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Archibald MacLeish, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound and John Dos Passos.

KENNY WHEELER ENSEMBLE :: CONSOLATION, feat. Norma Winstone, 9:17

Consolation is the 5th part of canadian jazz trumpeter/composer Kenny Wheeler’s piece, The Sweet Time Suite.  The piece premiered as Disc 1 of Wheeler’s 1990 album, Music For Large & Small Ensembles, released by ECM records.

  • Kenny Wheeler – Trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Norma Winstone – vocals
  • Evan Parker – Soprano & Tenor saxophone
  • Ray Warleigh – Alto saxophone
  • Stan Sulzmann – Tenor saxophone, Flute
  • Duncan Lamont – Tenor saxophone
  • Julian Arguelles – Baritone saxophone
  • Derek Watkins – Trumpet
  • Alan Downey – Trumpet
  • Ian Hamer – Trumpet
  • Dave Horler – Trombone
  • Chris Pyne – Trombone
  • Paul Rutherford – Trombone
  • Hugh Fraser – Trombone
  • John Taylor – Piano
  • John Abercrombie – Guitar
  • Dave Holland – Bass
  • Peter Erskine – drums
  • Barbara Wojirsch – Cover Art
  • Jan Erik Kongshaug – Engineer

Malick Sidibé : Dolce Vita Africana, documentary by Cosima Spender, 2008, 80min.

Dolce Vita Africana is a documentary about the internationally renowned Malian photographer Malick Sidibé, whose iconic images from the late 1950s through the 70s captured the carefree spirit of his generation asserting their freedom after independence and up until an Islamic coup ushered in years of military dictatorship. The filmmaker travels to Sidibé’s studio in Bamako, Mali, to witness the artist at work and meet many of the subjects of his earlier photographs, whose personal stories also tell the history of Mali.

Commissioned by BBC’s Storyville.

ANDY WARHOL: THE COMPLETE PICTURE, documentary, 2002, 2hours 57min

Andy Warhol: The Complete Picture is director Chris Rodley’s three-part documentary series originally broadcast on Channel 4 in the U.K. The program profiles the life and career of pop artist Andy Warhol, starting with his early days as an advertising designer to his death in 1987. Narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt.