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Should Art Be a Battleground for Social Justice? - The New York Times
It was called “The Cosby Show,” but it was never really only his (there are lots of unpaid actors and crew members who can attest to that). Those 6,000 or so hours belong as much to the culture and country as they ever did to him. He canceled himself. He was never the show’s legacy. That was always going to be us.
television  reputation  comedy  fiction  acting  social  art  justice  culture  music 
18 days ago by allaboutgeorge
How Robyn, Pop’s Glittery Rebel, Danced Her Way Back From Darkness - The New York Times
When we had spoken in 2010 for a magazine profile while the “Body Talk” albums were in full swing, Robyn had mused on what she called the three big pillars of pop songwriting: love, the club and feeling like an outsider.

Sipping a pilsner at the restaurant in Stockholm’s Moderna Museet on an August afternoon, she said she’d add a few others to the mix now: “Eternity and death. And losing control.”

“In a way, I still agree that those are the three pillars of pop music. Those are pillars of youth,” she went on. “Everyone deals with sadness and lack of love when they’re kids, and all this abandonment. Most people do. Hopefully you want to learn something new and you want to move on to this other place, and I think for me, it was like, I really didn’t know how to calm myself down.”
art  music  songwriting  creativity  love  death  pop 
25 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Teju Cole on turning his photography into music with jazz pianist and fellow polymath Vijay Iyer
I take notes at the time of being in places. I take a lot of photographs. You never know until you develop your film whether that idea worked. If I photograph a shining Mediterranean full of boats, it could be a perfectly banal picture or it could work. It might just have enough tension in it. I don’t know for weeks and months after I develop the film whether something I’ve done retains its charge. And I don’t know of the many things I’ve jotted down which one is worth writing up more fully. It’s not about text or image coming first. It’s about being attentive — about having both pieces come together like magnets.
art  beauty  media  music  culture  photography  attention  curation 
4 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
My name is Nabihah Iqbal, and I make guitar music | Dazed
This is exactly why we should be using our real names, and proudly. We shouldn’t be shy of who we are. We need to represent, and we need to prove that you can be yourself and still pursue whatever you want to do. It’s the only way that we can start to dismantle the prejudices and stereotypes that hold us back.
art  fashion  film  music  ideas  identity  uk  asian  indie 
10 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
How to Draw a Black Guy
"The first tip is really easy, but people always struggle with it. Listen close. Avoid drawing these three types of characters (even if you're clever)."
art  comics  creativity  black  african  africa  howto 
march 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Tender Photos of Black Men That Redefine Masculinity - VICE
There is a refusal embedded in my pictures, but also my use of shadow and light, and decisions about display, points to me as a black male taking ownership of signifying the beauty and possibility of these bodies.
art  photography  african  BlackLivesMatter  beauty  men 
september 2017 by allaboutgeorge
Maria Balshaw, the first woman at the top of the Tate: 'We need to speak to the whole of society' | Art and design | The Guardian
“I would like them to feel that they’d seen the most adventurous art, been part of a conversation about what that art is and to feel comfortable, which seems like an easy word, but it really isn’t. We absolutely need to be speaking to the whole of our society.”
art  museums  uk  black  feminism  curation  community  london 
july 2017 by allaboutgeorge
The Indiepocalypse - Waxy.org
Artists of all kinds want to focus on making art, but not if it means giving up a large financial stake in their work, exclusive rights to their work, or a loss of creative control.
indie  music  future  art  creativity  money  copyright  culture  media 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Mirror, Mirror: A life in hair - Philly.com
"To me, the pieces say that African American hair in its natural state is a beautiful medium."
art  from twitter
october 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The authenticity trap - Music News: Artists. Songs. Videos - Salon.com
Art, unfortunately, doesn’t always function that way -- there is no vacuum. Authenticity does matter to fans, even when they’re smart enough to know better, and especially when it’s difficult to pinpoint why. We want to see real blood in exchange for our devotion, every time. The human reaction to music can be so crippling -- who hasn’t accidentally started whimpering in a drugstore, huddled and vulnerable by the cough drops, when a sappy ballad seeps out of the overhead speakers? -- that we need to believe the artist in question, the instigator, felt that pain, too. It becomes a question of solidarity, and to crack that trust -- to fake it -- feels like a smirking betrayal. And we feel stupid for believing so deeply.
art  creativity  reputation  music  death 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Everything is a Remix Part 3 | Everything Is a Remix
For instance, all artists spend their formative years producing derivative work.

Bob Dylan’s first album contained eleven cover songs.

Richard Pryor began his stand-up career doing a not-very-good imitation of Bill Cosby.

And Hunter S. Thompson re-typed The Great Gatsby just to get the feel of writing a great novel.

Nobody starts out original. We need copying to build a foundation of knowledge and understanding. And after that… things can get interesting.

After we’ve grounded ourselves in the fundamentals through copying, it’s then possible to create something new through transformation. Taking an idea and creating variations. This is time-consuming tinkering but it can eventually produce a breakthrough.
attention  curation  music  art  creativity 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Duncan Sheik Uncovers Hope For The '80s : The Record : NPR
For musicians, mining the 1980s has proven very fruitful on a sonic and stylistic level. Synth-pop's colonization of indie rock during the past decade occurred partly because of technology; making electronic music is now such an accessible and self-contained process that going the rock band route seems almost ecologically unsound.

I also wonder if youthful fans of synth pop and New Wave style are looking for ways to be expressive but not overly earnest. To be a party person is to create a safe space for individual liberation and experimentation, and the 1980s model of a party person — crazily clothed, like some kind of exotic bird or Muppet — seems exceptionally well guarded from the risk of being taken too seriously.
1980s  music  pop  memory  songwriting  art  technology  electronica 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Looking for a 'Hangover' cure
Here's how it might work: Get together a group of smart, influential tastemakers -- journalists, critics, student leaders, bloggers. Have them select five indie Asian American creators -- writers, filmmakers, musicians -- from an open call that includes anyone with a brand-new, brashly different and commercially viable product.

Send these creators on a collective national barnstorming tour of the college campuses with the biggest Asian American student representation -- reading, performing, speaking, and showing their work and their potential. The costs of the tour would be covered by student organization funds and corporate sponsors.

Here's the kicker: Although attendance at these events would be free, every attendee would have to purchase one of the five products these artists are promoting on the spot, while enrolling in an online community that gives the artists long-term engagement with their consumers.
film  movies  art  culture  asian  asianamerican  race  ethnicity  attention  creativity 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Baltimore band Wye Oak: Juggling loneliness and aloneness on their new 'Civilian' | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times
“I used to keep a journal," she said, “but I would always forget to carry it around, and my ideas come when I’m out and about. My iPhone, though, is the one thing I have on my person at all times. So when I think of a guitar part or a vocal line or some lyrics, I put them on my iPhone. That way, when I have time to work on songs, I don’t face that blank-page syndrome like I used to. I played back that guitar riff and started singing scat syllables over it.
songwriting  art  iphone  mobile  memory  attention  creativity  technology 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Medium Is the Matzo: Building a show, and a house, out of matzo
“Passover is my favourite holiday, because I see Passover as a springboard to talk about contemporary forms of oppression that need to be abolished,” Shiff explains. “A lot of my art involves reinventing rituals.

“The way I see Passover is that it’s the first act of civil disobedience by a people. I want to take that original act of civil disobedience, rising up against the pharaohs of the day, and make it meaningful to all today. It starts with Judaism here, but it leads talk about oppression in general.”
judaism  ritual  holiday  activism  art  power  religion 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
When a love for art turns into lust - Sex News, Sex Talk - Salon.com
Romanticizing the act of writing or any other art is not very helpful to the artist or the art. It's much better if one simply does. It worked better for me when I was just a writer, a working person. I've never felt that I needed a special desk with a special light coming in from the window at a special angle. It's work, not so different from that way you fix dinner or you pick up a child at school.
writing  sex  men  women  art  creativity  books  memoir  story  business 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Sue de Beer’s Latest Video, at Park Avenue Armory - NYTimes.com
“As an artist, you shed all these objects which were the ‘you’ back in the moment when you made them,” she said. “And then you go back and hardly recognize them and feel like the person who made them wasn’t you but someone else, like a sister or something. And you wonder ‘What was she like?’ ”
memory  art  creativity  attention  identity  beauty  nyc  nytimes  video 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Aaron Novik's Floating World | Music | Oakland, Berkeley & the Bay Area
Novik sees Adobe Bookshop as part of the album's genesis. It is, after all, one of the only places where Swan can stand outside all day and hand out leaflets that promote drug legalization, and talk about pigeon feeding as though it were a sanctified act. Novik bemoaned the store's current financial woes, which are more a function of the digital age and the bad economy than a decline in customer loyalty. A guy at a nearby table overheard.

"In '89, I used to live in the back of Adobe," the stranger said, sauntering over to Novik's table. He was dressed like a highly literate hobo, with thick glasses and a page-boy haircut. He started waxing nostalgic. "It's one of the last places that just is some sweet old coot with his style of business," the man said. "It's not maximized for anything." He paused a beat. "It's like San Francisco is so transitory, and then he's got this old-style, bohemian, urban thing. And that's all been bred out of San Francisco pretty solidly."
music  classicalmusic  classical  art  creativity  missiondistrict  sanfrancisco 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Kevin Smith’s Red State Premiered at Sundance, and Vulture Was There -- Vulture
As he explained, the movie took 25 days and cost $4 million to make. If he sold it for $6 million, it would still take $20 million to market. But since that $26 million doesn't go back to the movie team or the studio or the distributor, you have to make $50 million just to get to the profit line. And it would have to make twice that to be considered profitable.
movies  film  cinema  business  religion  christianity  art  social 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Singer tackles gay bashing, suicide in new video
"I think many musicians separate themselves from what they're actually going through in real life for fear of being judged for, you know, what their political views are (and) what they feel personally about things that are going on in the real world," she said. "Music for me is personal and that's the only way I know how to approach it."
music  gay  songwriting  suicide  video  art  creativity  identity  violence 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Kanye West - ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ - NYTimes.com
Welcome to 2011, a year that — once the last of the snow is scraped away — will bring new hope, the promise of renewal, a chance to wake up in a world in which Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” is not the consensus pick for album of the year. [...]
attention  reputation  music  criticism  pop  hiphop  art  creativity  social  power 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Anil Prasad: Inner Views, Borderless Perspectives
I find it interesting when musicians say "I'm waiting to see how this thing shakes out, because we don't know where the future of the music industry is going." Frankly, the future is now. The model has been established. It's here, so deal with it [laughter]. It's a hybrid model; we have the iTunes/Amazon MP3 world, we have the other download sources and aggregators, we have streaming, and there's still the hard copy universe of the CD and LP, including the world of the "super-deluxe" physical package. There's also fan-funding, the pay-what-you-want model, and artists just giving away music in order to promote live performances or merchandise.

To make a success out of a release, musicians need to approach a combination of multiple vehicles in a synergistic way. All this conjecture about the future of the music industry is very tiring to me. Let's talk about what's real right this minute instead. I think it's going to stay this way for a long time to come.
music  art  creativity  diy  business  itunes  amazon 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
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"She gazes out at the world with eyes both wise and skeptical — not a bad combination for these times."
art  from twitter
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
David O. Russell on His New Film, ‘The Fighter’ - NYTimes.com
That’s the most beautiful thing that I like about boxing: you can take a punch. The biggest thing about taking a punch is your ego reacts and there’s no better spiritual lesson than trying to not pay attention to your ego’s reaction. That’s what takes people out of the fight half the time. They get hit and half the reaction is your ego is saying, I cannot believe that person just lit me up, how humiliating. And what a fighter has to do and what Micky does and what these guys do, whether it’s a prison thing or a crime or a drug episode, is they kind of just go. [He mimes ducking and getting up.]
acting  art  psychology  movies  sports  boxing 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Lefsetz Letter " Blog Archive " Smodcastle Redux, Starf***ing ...
We’re all trying to get along.  And it’s art that keeps us going.  Imperfect people telling imperfect stories.  Those we can relate to.  Shiny is for Hollywood.  Shiny is a force field that you just can’t penetrate, which is why so many are rejecting the mainstream and digging down into the niches, because burrowed beneath the bullshit is where the real people live.
art  creativity  podcasting  music  interviews  story  hollywood 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Tanya Hamilton's 'Night Catches Us' captures a point in time - Los Angeles Times
I've always been interested in politics, poverty and the working class," says the director. "And the price you pay for dedication to a political movement."

Hamilton sets the tone in the opening credits, turning a series of classic Black Power posters into a potent visual statement but "it was important to me to show the variations of class in black life," she says.

As much as anything, Hamilton says she is drawn to the ordinary within black life, rather than the extremes. "There's a distinct lack of content specific to what it is to be a black American, the variations in that experience, what life is like for people who are ordinary. Those are the stories I want to tell."
film  cinema  black  race  1970s  philadelphia  writing  activism  class  african  politics  poverty  art 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Lady Robots: The Shape of Things to Come On | The Awl
We didn't make girls perfect; we made them to be what we wanted. If they want to be masters, to live in a world where only one set of desires is valid, they take after us that way. They're still showing us what we want. The key is to want something better. The key is to want something more.
feminism  technology  power  gender  sex  art  beauty  culture 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Queer Oakland: Julia Serano uses activism, art to save the day | Oakland Local
"What is oppression? Oppression is about double standards. My hope is that we’ll eventually reach a point where all of these double standards don’t exist."
race  gender  power  gay  ethnicity  queer  activism  interviews  oakland  art 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The real cost of free | Cory Doctorow | Technology | guardian.co.uk
Those who say that they can control copies are wrong, and they will not profit by their strategy. They should be entitled to ruin their own lives, businesses and careers, but not if they're going to take down the rest of society in the process.
copyright  internet  law  music  art  creativity  creativecommons  online  business 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Art Review - Art and News, Intersecting at the New Museum - NYTimes.com
The idea behind the exhibition — print journalism as a visual and existential phenomenon — is timely, and specific enough to be addressed and illustrated through art. Is the phenomenon intrinsically ephemeral or monumental? Is it truth telling or illusion spinning? One asks the same questions of art.

One also asks: Who has the power to write the news, or make art, and by extension to create something called history? What are the similarities between newspapers and museums? To what degree are both responsible for providing social information as well as entertainment?
art  newspapers  nyc  museums  creativity  history  information  social  power 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
East Bay Express: Phife Dawg's Triumphal Return
"People tend to look at [artists] like we're larger than life, but at the end of the day we have feelings like anyone else," Phife said. "We do real things like real people do. We go through trials and tribulations, and that's why I have no problem speaking on it now and telling my story."
hiphop  oakland  antioch  art  creativity  atcq 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Queer Oakland: Juba Kalamka, the Lyrical Misanthrope | Oakland Local
“I think it’s important to make it clear, especially to young people … I do art, and I have a job that I get up and go to every morning," he says. "Sometimes I get to fly somewhere and do a show. I’m happy doing both. There’s nothing the matter with it. If I had the opportunity to be on the road 200 days out of the year, that’s not the kind of life that I’m interested in.

“I like being home; I like being around my family. My kids know who I am, that I’m just this dork. I empty cat boxes and take out the garbage on Wednesdays. There’s nothing the matter with it. I’m tired of this investment in the idea that in order to make art, in order to have notoriety around your work, you have to be tragic, and people gaping at the spectacle of that when it’s happening.”
queer  oakland  bisexual  art  creativity  music  hiphop  work  attention  identity  jobs 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Book review: 'Bob Dylan in America' by Sean Wilentz - latimes.com
"Although reminiscent of the modernists' collages," Wilentz writes, "Dylan's method aimed not simply at allusion but at something very different, essential to his recent work — more emphatic, at times risky dissolution of distinctions between past and present, as well as between high and low, scholarly and popular, exotic and familiar, moving between and among them as if it required no effort."
books  bobdylan  nonfiction  criticism  music  1960s  history  art  creativity 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Music Is Science Fiction: An Interview With The Lisps | Lightspeed Magazine
Over the past two weeks, I’ve exchanged several e-mails with The Lisps. In the interview that follows, we touch on topics such as self-help songs, The Difference Engine, string theory, and, of course, The Singularity.
music  songwriting  sciencefiction  writing  creativity  art  indie  rock  literature  books  science 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
How the LGBTQQI West Was One: Envisioning change, artistic risk and leadership in Oakland | Oakland Local
“There are so many of us that are suffering, in internal and external ways. We can choose to ignore it, we can choose to cover it up, we can put something nice and shiny on it, but so many of us are suffering," Clark said. "If all of us just decided that enough is enough ... this isn’t going to happen anymore. Then sh-- would have to change.

"There are more of us than there are of the people who are orchestrating this in a conscious way. There are more of us. Yeah, it’s a really big system. But we are a lot of people!”
gay  oakland  activism  art  interviews  queer  identity 
july 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Suzanne Vega | interviews | musicOMH
"First of all I think as a young girl I felt very cynical about love," she recalls. "But as time goes on and you lose people in your life, you realise that love is the thing that matters most of all. It's not something to be cynical about or be embarrassed or inhibited by. It takes all forms and it takes all shapes - it's really much deeper and wider than you can ever imagine at the age of 20. It can be the guiding force of your life and there's no shame in having a deep and wide and full love life. I don't mean that in the sense of just having lots of boyfriends, I mean how do you connect to the community, what is your feeling towards mankind? You feel it in that sense, which is not something I felt 25 years ago."
songwriting  love  art  music  creativity  relationships 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Elsie McCabe Thompson and the Museum for African Art - NYTimes.com
“I wanted my kids, my little African-American kids, to be proud of being African-American."
art  museum  from twitter
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
In Conversation With Vijay Iyer, Part I - Sepia Mutiny
I guess my point is that I’m not trying to force these other influences into music; I’m just being honest about who I am. I realized sometime in my early 20s that if I was going to keep making music, it had to authentically reflect me as a person, my reality and what’s happening around me.

As for how I balance it all, I think it’s mainly a matter of life being long, and me being sort of a restless person. I’ve been lucky in my life to intersect with a lot of different interesting folks, and it’s really these associations with people and their knowledge that drive the work.
jazz  music  creativity  identity  art  livemusic 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
New Music’s Tireless Advocate - The Bay Citizen
“I talked to composers because I was trying to understand the Bay Area new music scene, and they began asking me to perform their music,” said Cahill, whose composer friends at that time included Larry Polansky, Evan Ziporyn, Amirkhanian and Adams. “Premiering these pieces gave me a feeling that I never had while playing Beethoven and Brahms. I felt like I was introducing something new.”
classical  classicalmusic  newmusic  oakland  baycitizen  nytimes  art  bayarea  music  livemusic 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Sade As Wounded Warrior « liner notes
And this is really what I want to say about the new album: it may be that Sade now goes into the studio simply trying to initiate the purge she believes is expected of her. In that way I believe she’s gradually misconstrued, by small degrees, what her job as a musician is. At the other extreme we have artists that push the boundaries as far as possible with each new album to break out of the shell of what’s expected. I feel the best work happens somewhere in the middle, in a space when original ideas are allowed to flow naturally with little reaction to what’s worked before. And the best songs seem to come when the conscious mind vaguely teases the subconscious out, but it is not always helpful to approach the studio expecting drawn-out martyrdom. I want Sade to have fun writing the music she presents to us.
music  songwriting  sade  aesthetics  writing  art 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Listening to Van Morrison by Greil Marcus | Books | The Guardian
"How," he said, "can you write about Morrison's music without taking into account what a completely unpleasant person he is?"

I never know how to answer that kind of question, because it represents a whole way of being in the world that's foreign to me. I don't believe that a person's life necessarily has anything to do with what he or she creates, whether the person in question is a musician, a painter, an accountant, an engineer, a designer or a cleaner. A person's work is not reducible to his or her neuroses, and a person's neuroses are not the determinant of a person's work. In the act, the work can take over; it can produce its own momentum, its own imperatives, its own yarragh. It can create its own necessity, its own insistence that, in the act, the world conform to the demands the work is making on it. "I don't know that Van Morrison is a completely unpleasant person," I said. "But I don't really care. I don't see what one thing has to do with the other."
music  psychology  uk  rock  books  criticism  1960s  1970s  beauty  art 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
S.F. Gate: Berkeley: No tea cozy for 'There' sculpture
The T, apparently, doesn't suit Berkeley.

Despite pleas from artists, knitters and Oaklanders, Berkeley officials plan to remove a knitted, 8-foot tea cozy stitched onto a public sculpture. Some protesters believe the sculpture insults the city of Oakland.
berkeley  oakland  art  public  protest  eastbay 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
thoughts on supporting live music...or why most jazz clubs are small - Americana and roots music - No Depression
Which brings me to this: if collectively we don't support all of the elements...recorded music in whatever form it evolves into, live performances and what I'll call ancillary items...they will all go away. If we value music, we need to support it. We need to make an effort and a commitment to put aside the money and time and get our butts out there as well as being open to hearing new things. God only knows we (me) is behind the computer too much, in front of a screen too often or pursuing other mindless pursuits.
music  livemusic  art  attention  jazz 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Illustrations for I-Hotel Book | lelandwong on Xanga
It's semi-fiction about the decade from 1967 to 1977 and the Asian American community. The book consists of ten novellas which has one of my illustrations at the beginning of each.

I used a technique that I never formally used before and that was with a Chinese brush and Chinese ink. Then going back in there with a wash to get the middle tones. I did some photoshopping on the images afterwards.
books  asian  asianamerican  sanfrancisco  novel  fiction  drawing  creativity  art  ethnicity  california 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
On Future Performance - Opinionator Blog - NYTimes.com
In fact, I think that it is precisely this kind of surprising freshness that technology can allow — through what can be precisely customized for each project and through the unexpected new discoveries that each project seems to require or reveal — that remains one of its continuing attractions for me.

But we can’t take such freshness for granted. Musical technology is so ever-present in our culture, and we are all so very aware of it, that techno-clichés and techno-banalities are never far away and have become ever more difficult to identify and root out. It is deceptively challenging these days to apply technology to music in ways that explode our imaginations, deepen our personal insights, shake us out of boring routine and accepted belief, and pull us ever closer to one another.
music  technology  nytimes  art  creativity  opera  interview  npr  karaoke 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Poptimist: Poptimist #28
The characters who do come across as free spirits-- able to act without taking these identity-building games into consideration-- are generally outsiders: an exoticized foreign sexpot and the final issue's hip-hop fan protagonist. This fellow is Phonogram's most likable character, and it's a delight to see him rampage across his spotlight issue high on music and get a happy ending on the way. But he doesn't get his latent phonomancy activated by the Busta Rhymes or disco he's been depicted as loving. No, what sends him magical is TV on the Radio's "Wolf Like Me".

This struck me as an odd choice-- why would a casual rap dude get a power-up from one of 2006's most critically acclaimed indie rock songs?
comics  music  pitchfork  criticism  rock  writing  art 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
BELOVED STRANGER: Letter To A College Student
So maybe I gave up a few years there, did the mommy track, played nurse. I'm older now and I don't give a Flyin' Rats Ass that I don't sound a thing like Celine Dion. That's the beauty of gettin' on and doing things your own way.
music  women  business  songwriting  work  art  gender 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Bruce Lundvall, Chairman Emeritus at Blue Note Records | Cultural Conversation by Ashley Kahn - WSJ.com
"When I was a kid, I was a jazz fan and a terrible saxophone player. But I was also an R&B fan—and pop-music fan to some degree. Everything about music attracted me."
music  business  jazz  classical  classicalmusic  art  livemusic 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Gene Weingarten - XXX for the XX Set: Women's erotica isn't just dirty. It's nice and dirty. - washingtonpost.com
Me: If men read these books, they'd be terrified.

Kate: Why?

Me: Because what it makes clear is that, in comparative literary terms, female sexuality is James Joyce's "Ulysses" and male sexuality is "The Hardy Boys."

Kate: I won't argue with that.

Me: How can we ever hope to compete with your expectations?

Kate: Interesting. That's what we say about the material you guys use for arousal.

Me: Maybe the answer is for men and women to abandon all these immature fantasies and work tirelessly to find joy and fulfillment in the simple reality of each other's love and understanding.

Kate: You're not very bright, are you? I like that in a man.
sex  writing  fiction  relationships  men  women  reading  creativity  identity  beauty  love  gender  story  art 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Esquire: Roger Ebert: The Essential Man
I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn't always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.
writing  identity  reading  cinema  art  culture  film  movies  criticism  chicago  cancer  entertainment 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
New York Museums - Post-Minimal to the Max - NYTimes.com
These things should be understood by now: The present is diverse beyond knowing, history is never completely on anyone’s side, and what we ignore today will be excavated later and held against us the way we hold previous oversights against past generations.

Message to curators: Whatever you’re doing right now, do something else next.
museums  history  art  creativity  curation  aesthetics  beauty  research 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Sinatra Song Often Strikes Deadly Chord - NYTimes.com
“ ‘I did it my way’ — it’s so arrogant,” Mr. Albarracin said. “The lyrics evoke feelings of pride and arrogance in the singer, as if you’re somebody when you’re really nobody. It covers up your failures. That’s why it leads to fights.”
music  karaoke  philippines  livemusic  art  crime  death  murder  aesthetics  songwriting  men  behavior  reputation 
february 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Tom Morello, Henry Rollins Talk Music Activism « LimeWire Music Blog
You are an agent of history. History’s not done, you’re in it, and what you do or fail to do during your time is gonna make an enormous difference in what the planet looks like during your time and in the future.
history  interviews  music  art  activism  power 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
SFGate: Mark Morford: Where have you been all my life?
[...] To me, it's all flavors of delightful to ponder these rifts and hiccups, these jumps and thrusts of time. Because the danger is, you can give up. You can become thoroughly stuck in your patterns, your tastes, how you think it's supposed to be. You can attach yourself and your identity early on to various ideas, styles, modes of being, and never budge as the world evolves and dances on, and you just grunt and scowl and wonder what happened to the good ol' days.

But if you remain open, you can circle back around and rediscover yourself in new and fascinating recombinations, as each generation comes forth, bearing startling new gifts. It's a simple truth, recast in a million variations: The delights and epiphanies, the loves and the gods, the deepenings and the awakenings? They find you when you are ready. And of course, vice-versa.

Really, what more could you ask for?
writing  attention  time  aesthetics  aging  music  beauty  art  love  rock 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Negro Sunshine « All of the Above (Nov. 14, 2007)
I went to a talk today by prominent self-proclaimed-painter-but-everyone-else-calls-him-a-conceptual-artist Glenn Ligon. He is Black, he is Gay, but beyond those two I think he is a really pretty awesome Artist and Human Being.
art  creativity  race  aesthetics  education 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Why is sex so hard to put into words? - Telegraph
By now, though, I was beginning to learn a few lessons, the first of which is that being convincingly erotic is hideously difficult. It seems the writer can be erotic or convincing, but rarely both at the same time. For this, blame sex itself. The awkward truth is that real sex is often anything but erotic. It is awkward, kinky, funny, tender and messy.
writing  books  fiction  sex  creativity  story  novels  art 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Luc Sante on Robert Frank’s The Americans - WSJ.com
The overt influence of the book on the young may be on the wane these days, in large part because of the different possibilities and demands of digital photography. Among art photographers there may be more interest in manipulation, narrative, scale and deliberate control of the image. In documentary photography, on the other hand, its influence is deep-rooted and seemingly permanent. "The Americans" might be said to have brought agnosticism to photography; it forcefully introduced doubt, as expressed by asymmetry, overlaps, tilts, radical cropping, out-of-focus foregrounds and the use of massed shadows and pulsing glare. That quality has come to be synonymous with truth-telling, even if it has been abused over the years. Until someone comes up with a transformative new way of taking pictures that can convince us it has an even stronger mimetic relationship to the way we actually see, it is likely to stand as such.
culture  photography  beauty  usa  race  books  aesthetics  identity  travel  documentary  journalism  art 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
California bill would tighten rules on tattoos, piercing - Sacramento Politics - California Politics | Sacramento Bee
About 36 percent of Americans between 18 and 29 are tattooed now, according to estimates by the American Academy of Dermatology.
art  law  california  aesthetics  beauty 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Thoughts on Ellie Greenwich from Brian Wilson, Diane Warren | Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times
“I never thought, ‘This is a woman writing these songs.’ I never looked at gender. Songs are great or they are not great. I think it’s great in that Ellie and [and Brill Building peers] Cynthia Weil and Carole King were pretty powerful women. But I never said ‘I want to be that woman.' I just wanted to write great songs, which is what they did.

“I don’t think there’s a female perspective; there’s a human perspective, and that’s why those songs are so popular," Warren said. "They were about human emotions. A lot of women sang them, but a lot of what they sang is universal.”
women  gender  songwriting  art  music  creativity 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Merce Cunningham and John Cage, forever inseparable | Culture Monster | Los Angeles Times
The only reason this approach could work is because the dancer and composer were on the same wavelength. They understood that music and dance would come together as friends. Theirs was a deep relationship based upon trust that honored independence, which is different from separation.
music  dance  friendship  relationships  art  creativity  work  beauty  love  gay 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Revolutionary choreographer Merce Cunningham dies at 90 - Los Angeles Times
"When you work on something that you don't know about, how do you figure out what's right for that moment?" he asked rhetorically in the 2005 Times interview. "Using chance can be a way of looking at what you do in another way without depending always on your memory. It helps something else to come out that otherwise you wouldn't have known about." [...] "Very often you discover something that you think is impossible. You do it, you try it out -- and it is impossible. But while you're doing it, you discover something else you didn't know about. I always think there's something else -- not necessarily that I'm going to find it, but I know there's always something else."
dance  art  creativity  work  improvisation  music  dancing  thinking 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Village Voice - New York Music - Rob Harvila - Janelle Monáe, Space Cowgirl
"I have bulks of white oxford shirts and black pants and saddle-oxfords in black and white. . . . I don't own any colors in my closet," she explains. "I got tired of—colors. I feel more centered when I'm in black and white. I feel more focused. All the colors come out in my work, in my voice, in my movement. And, sometimes, I don't feel centered when I'm onstage. I feel extremely flamboyant. It's a uniform. It works very well for me. I have too many things to focus on—like being an artist, you know?"
fashion  music  nyc  rock  aesthetics  art 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
ReadWriteWeb: NYC Waterfalls: How Real-Time Cellphone Data Can Impact Local Economies
Overall the analysis of digital footprints showed the impact of the waterfalls, and how they drove people to new parts of the city over time. MIT says that this type of information can feed tourism studies and help a city to understand the behavior of people (tourists) who can have a large impact on the local economy. This type of data would also be useful for urban planning, of future events and attractions.
technology  research  economics  travel  flickr  mobile  nyc  location  data  information  art 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Daily Aztec - Living a life that doesn't feel quite right
“For me, art is really inseparable from politics and pedagogy. I would hope, that by seeing this, people might have a better idea of what the word transgender means, or maybe, what ‘gender’ means, and to think about their gender in a new way, just to open up possibilities for people.”
gender  social  online  web  secondlife  art  transgender  politics  academia  identity 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Experimental geography as art | csmonitor.com
"There's all this spreading and melting going on – people thinking about political space, physical space, and social space. Something as simple as being on the Web helps test the boundaries we used to take for granted, and … question these longstanding notions of how the world is divided up."
geography  mapping  identity  social  web  online  art  creativity 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
National Gallery of Art Reopens American Galleries After Two-Year Renovation - washingtonpost.com
While the galleries were closed, the old steam-radiator heating system was replaced, as were some 100 miles of wiring. The air-conditioning system was overhauled. The fire-suppression systems were improved. This work is part of a complex $22.8 million renovation of the building.

You're not supposed to notice. What you are supposed to notice is that you're on the Mall, in the presence of national monuments. Here liveliness and modishness have been, it's true, suppressed. This isn't accidental. In such a situation staidness has its place.
washington  art  museums  black 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Guardian UK: Laura Barton on what happened when our life-sized Barack Obama cut-out took to the streets
From Cardiff and Preston, Manchester and south London, they come. From Ramsgate, Romania, Australia and Eritrea, China, Vietnam and the US. And though their English may falter, though they might claim not to follow politics, and instead tell us about their visit, their working day, their belief in spirituality, though they might not understand what the heck we're doing, they are united by their delighted response to Obama: they point, they kiss, they hug, they look up at his cut-out face with an expression of awe and admiration, they stand beside him throwing a variety of poses, from the peace sign to the good ol' thumbs up. "I want him!" cries one lady, clutching his cardboard arm. "Give him to me!"
obama  uk  public  art 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Michael Nyman: I spy with my musical eye - Times Online
"Again, I had one of those eureka moments that I have as a film-maker but don't necessarily have as a composer. I thought what we should do is to remove the speech - remove my answer to the questions, because I don't like the sound of my own voice and I'm fed up giving the same answers to the same old questions year in year out - and the hesitation would trigger a piece of music."
film  uk  classical  classicalmusic  creativity  music  cinema  art  speech 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
www.baltimoreexaminer.com >> Entertainment: Dawoud Bey on portraiture
Photography is the way I best know how to point out the things that matter to me. It is a way to create a heightened sense of another human being. What I try to do in my photographs is to create a momentary sense of heightened and intimate engagement, so that you are left with a feeling that you now know something about that person that you didn't know before seeing my photograph. In my portraits, I try to create a real sense of a person being revealed to you. Ideally the camera disappears between you and the person, and you are left with a real experience of that person.
photography  identity  communication  art 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
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