Monday, August 21, 2006

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I finished my trip to the Public Service festival by watching a documentary about TV-party, a hilarious account of artist-run cable-TV in New York, 1979-82.

TV party was the brainchild of Glenn O'Brien, who believed America was ruled not by the Congress, but by television, and TV party was a way of biting back at that. The staff included Debbie Harrie and Chris Stein of Blondie, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Fab Five Freddy and art scene regulars like John Lurie, Arto Lindsay and Robert Fripp, who would sometimes drop in to be the subjects of off beat interviews or jam in improvised bands (a rendition of the classic rocker "Wild Thing" with a mullet wearing front man playing the accordion made an unforgettable impression on this viewer...)
TV party placed itself somewhere between drug fueled insanity and innovative experimentation, partly because the owner of the studio it was broadcasted from prohibited the smoking of cigarettes, but never complained about the marihuana joints being lit live in front of the cameras...Jean-Michel Basquiat would sometimes operate the text generator writing words and sentences directly on the screen which he would later use in his famous paintings, and the basic concept of TV party seemed to be: it's a party...

Read more here

And remember kids: What matters most is to be in the right place at the right time, so don't stay at home for too long...

And remember politicians, real estate owners and other power operators: if you want art in your city, keep the rent low, or you'll loose the crowd...

but who needs art, right?..
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Podcast, Public Service: Electronic music is for everybody!
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Retro babe
Panzer Panther Ausf. D
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Not my people
Not my war

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