DAVID BOWIE means different things to different humans. For me, he was an alien creature that I used to see on TV when I was young. As I got older, he became someone I listened to and he me made realize music is all about self expression! Alan Yentob’s 1974 documentary Cracked Actor is a very intense look at David Bowie.
Who created the riffs that changed the way we hear heavy music? Hands down, JIMI HENDRIX manifested a style & sound that was the soundtrack for a generation. He meant so much to so many different humans around the universe. Check out this brand new documentary entitled JIMI HENDRIX My Train A Comin’ from PBS. On a personal level, my mother has told me stories about how I thought I was Jimi when I was 4 and I wanted the world to know this whenever I could. Jimi’s story is deeper than just music, it’s also about a nation dealing with it’s demons and the blues of it’s people.
I have smoked weed off and on for the past 27 years, and I still enjoy it to this day. I know it’s not for everyone, but I also know the reason why it’s is illegal is because of big business more than it being harmful to people, like tobacco or alcohol. The nation’s opinion on this plant that brings so many humans joy is changing, and the medical benefits of weed are starting to get the shine that they deserve. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, recently made this thought-provoking, and more interestingly, made-for-the-mainstream, documentary about weed as a medicine that everyone should watch, so check it out here and now! Even if you don’t puff, this film will get you high on knowledge.
The other day, I watched the documentary Last Fast Ride: The Life, Love and Death of a Punk Goddess that tells the tragic story of Marian Anderson of The Insaints. This film made me think about my past and my friends from the punk scene. It also made think about how so many kids in the scene had damaged home lives, but through all of the bullshit they were able to create outstanding art. Marian’s music spoke to a generation of youth that were raised on TV dinners and parental disfunction. She was willing to sacrifice herself for the empowerment of other humans. Let’s not forget that she had an amazing voice and her stage show was off the chain! Check out the killer documentary Last Fast Ride: The Life, Love and Death of a Punk Goddess, narrated by Henry Rollins….RIP to all of the street punks that never made out of the 80′s!
Take it down a little slower, or just get a little weirder…better yet, get a little more FLIPPER. This bunch of sonic freaks crossed all boundaries in the 80′s. I never understood how me and my friends were so into this band in the 80′s because their music went against the norm of our tastes. We all had their album in our collection, plus we all had their logo hand drawn on our jeans. Looking back on it, FLIPPER were way before their time and were willing to create music that was different from the hardcore of the time, which made than heavier and more original than many bands that were on the scene. Thanks to Target Video we can witness them in their full glory. So check out the demented side of American Hardcore and watch FLIPPER – Live Target Video 1980-81 – this band still rules!
Kick Out The Jams Motherfuckers! In my opinion, MC5 are a part of the foundation of the American punk movement way before that word came to mean what we know it as today. These Detroit rebels were before their time on many different levels. The MC5 documentary A Testimonial (60′s Detroit Rock) says it all and today CVLT Nation is showing it, so make sure to check it out. I will say that this shows the rise & fall of a very special group during an interesting period in the world history!
Check out this in-depth lecture featuring Stephen O’Malley from Sunn O))) and he breaks down many different topics. It’s pretty cool to hear him speak about his passions in such an intimate setting. I’m not going to write any more, you can hear for yourself what Stephen O’Malley has to say…
While searching for the ruins of a medieval Irish palace, archeologists uncovered human remains that showed signs of an extremely violent burial, dated from 720 to 760 CE. A massive burial ground with buildings literally built directly on top of them – an estimated 2500 to 3000 bodies were found. Among the skeletons, were those who were deformed by boulders and rocks, wrapped around them to keep them in their graves, stuffed in their mouths to quell their undead hunger, their skulls crushed into fragments. Archeologists call them “deviant burials” – abnormal burials that were clearly done to prevent reanimation of the bodies. It’s led archeologists to speculate about whether these bodies were in fact medieval vampires, exiled and treated with violence by villagers. National Geographic put together this interesting documentary about Vampire superstitions both medieval and modern. Check out Vampire Skeletons Mystery below!
For a while, the residents of Manitoba Colony thought demons were raping the town’s women. There was no other explanation. No way of explaining how a woman could wake up with blood and semen stains smeared across her sheets and no memory of the previous night. No way of explaining how another went to sleep clothed, only to wake up naked and covered by dirty fingerprints all over her body. No way to understand how another could dream of a man forcing himself onto her in a field—and then wake up the next morning with grass in her hair.
For Sara Guenter, the mystery was the rope. She would sometimes wake up in her bed with small pieces of it tied tightly to her wrists or ankles, the skin beneath an aching blue. Earlier this year, I visited Sara at her home, simple concrete painted to look like brick, in Manitoba Colony, Bolivia. Mennonites are similar to the Amish in their rejection of modernity and technology, and Manitoba Colony, like all ultraconservative Mennonite communities, is a collective attempt to retreat as far as possible from the nonbelieving world. A slight breeze of soy and sorghum came off the nearby fields as Sara told me how, in addition to the eerie rope, on those mornings after she’d been raped she would also wake to stained sheets, thunderous headaches, and paralyzing lethargy.
Conspiracy? The C.I.A and the Nazis is a must see documentary!
Six months after Allied Forces liberated German concentration camps, a military tribunal formed at Nuremberg to prosecute Nazi war criminals. Some of the most dangerous were brought to justice – but not all. Documentary Conspiracy? reveals how over 4,000 former Nazis went to work for the U.S. government, without the public’s knowledge, to help fight the Soviet Union. Reinhard Gehlen, an intelligence officer for Hitler’s General Staff, was tapped to head the U.S. intelligence program in West Germany to spy on the Russians. At the same time, former Nazi scientists and engineers were welcomed onto American soil. But the extent of these operations is only now becoming clear: In 1998, a law was passed mandating declassification of documents concerning recruitment of former Nazis. CIA AND THE NAZIS examines these files to see how far the U.S. went in recruiting its former enemy to fight its new one.
The truth is, thousands of former Nazis, some of whom committed atrocities, went to work for the United States government without the public’s knowledge. During the war, their crimes ranged from overseeing slave labor camps to sending orphans to their deaths. After the war, they were on the US payroll either as scientists in America or as intelligence agents in Europe.