Monthly Archives: August 2021

Spanish Harlem / El Barrio

“East Harlem, also known as Spanish Harlem or El Barrio, is a neighborhood of Upper Manhattan, New York City, roughly encompassing the area north of the Upper East Side and bounded by 96th Street to the south, Fifth Avenue to … Continue reading

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Flash of the Spirit: African & Afro-American Art & Philosophy – Robert Farris Thompson

“… Introduction: The Rise of the Black Atlantic Visual Tradition by Robert Farris Thompson. Listening to rock, jazz, blues, reggae, salsa, samba, bossa nova, juju, highlife, and mambo, one might conclude that much of the popular music of the world … Continue reading

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Experimental music

The score for John Cage’s indeterminate composition “Fontana Mix” “Experimental music is a general label for any music that pushes existing boundaries and genre definitions. Experimental compositional practice is defined broadly by exploratory sensibilities radically opposed to, and questioning of, … Continue reading

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Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down – Ishmael Reed (1969)

“Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down, by the African-American writer Ishmael Reed, is a satirical take on the traditional Western. It is Ishmael Reed’s second novel, following The Freelance Pallbearers (1967), and was first published in 1969. It tells the story of … Continue reading

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Point Blank – John Boorman (1967)

“Point Blank is a 1967 American crime film directed by John Boorman, starring Lee Marvin, co-starring Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn and Carroll O’Connor, and adapted from the 1963 crime noir pulp novel The Hunter by Donald E. Westlake, writing as … Continue reading

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The Alexandria Quartet: ‘Love is every sort of conspiracy’

Alexandria Castle, Egypt “Lawrence Durrell claimed that the four books of The Alexandria Quartet were ‘an investigation of modern love’. It’s possible to take that idea at face value. Some have even used it as a stick with which to … Continue reading

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George Maciunas – Fluxus

“George Maciunas (November 8, 1931 – May 9, 1978) was a Lithuanian American artist, born in Kaunas. A founding member and the central coordinator of Fluxus, an international community of artists, architects, composers, and designers, he is most famous for … Continue reading

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“Back in the U.S.S.R.” – The Beatles (1968)

“‘Back in the U.S.S.R.’ is a song by the English rock band the Beatles and the first track of the 1968 double album The Beatles (also known as the ‘White Album’). Written by Paul McCartney and credited to the Lennon–McCartney … Continue reading

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Unpublished Black History

The Harlem of Don Hogan Charles “… Hundreds of stunning images from black history, drawn from old negatives, have long been buried in the musty envelopes and crowded bins of the New York Times archives. None of them was published … Continue reading

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The Pursuit of Freedom: The New Wave, Jazz and Modernism

Jeanne Moreau and Miles Davis “In the late 1950s and early 1960s, cinema and jazz were at the forefront of an artistic revolution – one of improvisation, immediacy and invention. Both were born around the turn of the century, came … Continue reading

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