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“James Brown: Soul Survivor” [Documentary] (Video)

“You might say I’ve got a mark on my back where I never knew there was one. They fix it where I couldn’t see it myself. I was marked in many different ways. With names, for example. And each one has a different story behind it. As a kid growing up in a whorehouse, I was called Little Junior. As a teenager in prison, they called me Music Box. On the road in the ’50s I was Mr. Dynamite, The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. My full legal name is James Joe Brown, Jr. Ben Bart, my manager for many years and a man who was like a father to me, always called me Jimmy. Today I prefer to be called Mr. Brown.”
‒James Brown

“Kinsey’s Paedophiles” [Documentary] (Video)

In 1948, just one year after the founding of the CIA, a book was published that would help incite a sexual revolution in the Western world. Unnoticed within the work were the details of the sexual abuse of several hundred children. Who were these children, and who were their abusers? And how did eugenicist Alfred Kinsey, the world’s most famous sex scientist, use the details of these sexual assaults as evidence for children’s sexuality?…

“Easy Rider” [Film] (Video)

Two hippie bikers set out to discover “the real America” and wind up taking the ultimate bad trip. Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson star in this landmark American film…

Klaus Nomi’s Debut at New Wave Vaudeville, Irving Plaza, NYC (Video)

“Toward the end of the show, the lights dimmed and the room was filled with a thundering musical ovation. The curtains opened and the spotlight fell on a strange, unearthly presence wearing a black gown, clear plastic cape, and white gloves. As the orchestral refrain from Saint-Saëns’ “Samson And Delilah” was played, this strange Weimar version of Mickey Mouse began singing in an angelic voice. ‘I still get goose pimples when I think about it,’ remembers Joey Arias, who was in the audience that night. ‘Everyone became completely quiet until it was over.'”
‒Steven Hager, “Art After Midnight: The East Village Scene”

The Roots of the Women’s Liberation Movement (Video)

[INTERVIEWER]: “Regarding the Feminist Movement, what does the slogan ‘Make the personal political’ mean?”

[ERIN PIZZEY]: “I always hated that slogan. What it really means is you take your personal damage ‒ and one of the things that’s very obvious from those very early days of the Women’s Movement, how many of the radical women leaders of the movement themselves have really disturbed backgrounds and were very, very violent ‒ and then you make that political. So if my dad’s a shit, all men are shits. If you say that, you can do almost anything you like. You can go from the personal and make it political…Our Feminist Movement never grew from a grassroots of the working class women that they were always talking about. It was actually academics, university lecturers, young women students, was the beginning of the Women’s Movement.”

“Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive.”
‒Criss Jami

The Joke’s on You If You’re Still Asleep (Video)

‘Cause it’s late and most people just don’t know what time it is.
 

“I don’t give two shits and a fuck about what most people think. ‘Most people used to think that the world was flat.’ You know what? They were fucking wrong. Appeals to majority. It doesn’t matter what most people think about you. ‘Most people believe that…’ Most people have their fucking opinions of beauty fed to them by a goddam magazine. And you know what? The people on the covers of that can’t even meet that same standard of fucking beauty because they have to have themselves airbrushed and Photosopped so they can meet some inhuman standard. So why the fuck are you pretending that it’s even possible for you to uphold that inhuman standard?”

“McLuhan’s Wake” [Documentary] (Video)

Fascinated by the role technology played in transforming our lives, media theory philosopher and theoretician Marshall McLuhan realized, with stunning accuracy, the impact the Digital Age would have on our social, spiritual, economic, and ideological selves. “The global village” and “the medium is the message” are among the most quoted phrases of our time. In the midst of an era of the Internet and of virtual and wired technologies, this film is an exploration of the enduring hold of McLuhan’s message…
 

“And this is the old myth of Narcissus. The word Narcissus means narcosis, numbness, a drug; and Narcissus was drugged into thinking that that image outside himself was somebody else. Narcissus did not fall in love with his own image, he thought it was somebody else. And the same with us, in our technology and gadgetry and gimmickry and so on, we don’t think that is merely a part of our own physical organism extended out there, we’re like Narcissus, completely numb. Now when we put out a new part of ourselves, extend a new part of ourselves by technology into the environment, we protect ourselves by numbing that area. The more I looked at this the more I had difficulty explaining why people ignored it.”
‒Marshall McLuhan

“Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia” [Documentary] (Video)

No twentieth century figure has had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal. For seven decades Vidal shared his foresight, documenting the National Security State, the federalization of local police forces, and the complete corporatization of culture. His return to the United States in 2005 marked the last great stage of his illustrious career and this film grants an extraordinary opportunity to share Vidal’s vision of twenty-first century America…
 

“Reality is something the human race doesn’t handle very well.”
‒Gore Vidal

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