bob mitchell

bob mitchell 1912-2009
silent film organist

bob mitchell was the last surviving organist from the silent movie. he was also the very first house musician for dodger stadium. he passed away this summer at 96 years old. i was lucky enough to see bob play for many silent films at the silent movie theater on fairfax in hollywood. the man used to bring tears to my eyes. not only was he brilliant, (never looking down once at his organ keeping his eyes fixed on the screen and never missing a beat) but his smile was golden. i would walk up to him and shake his hand after the film just so i could someday say i shook bob mitchell's hand. i swear when i looked into his eyes there were diamonds inside of them.

rest in peace, mr. mitchell.

///////////////////// bob mitchell was beyond punk. ///////////////////

The Bear @ The Silent Movie Theater w/ live soundtrack by No Age!

NO AGE ~~~from Los Angeles~~~~~experimental/underground/punk/art/DIY/noise/pop band~~~~is performing a live soundtrack to the film THE BEAR (1988) known as L'Ours in its original release ~~~~~ a brilliant feature film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud is showing at THE SILENT MOVIE THEATER ~~~~~~~built in 1942, ran for decades as the only fully functioning silent movie theatre in the country. TONIGHT, AUGUST 30th. 2009 8pm & 10:30pm showings.

///////////////Yep, The Bear (the movie), NO AGE & The Silent Movie Theater are all pretty darn punk. ////////////

sidney poitier

sidney poitier
bahamian-american actor, film director, author, and diplomat.

//////////////////sidney poitier is punk. ////////////////

agnes martin

agnes martin
minimalist canadian-american painter, abstract expressionist, writer, geometric purist, mystic, teacher

“I think everyone is born 100 percent ego, and after that it’s just adjustment.”

“I’m very careful not to have ideas, because they’re inaccurate”

I know that in my little notebooks on scraps of paper, everything is beautiful, It all works seamlessly. And when you get there, it’s all like a nightmare. The main thing in making art often is letting go of your expectation and your idea.”

“I hope I have made it clear that the work is about perfection as we are aware of it in our minds but that the paintings are very far from being perfect – completely removed in fact – even as we ourselves are.”

“The work of artists is an investigation into truth, and you’re going to see it in your mind, your own mind.”

“Artwork is a representation of our devotion to life. The enormous pitfall is devotion to oneself instead of to life. All works that are self-devoted are absolutely ineffective.”

“When I think of art, I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye, it is in the mind.”

By the use of the intellect we have created a world of ideas that does not actually exist.
The political world is a structure conceived and agreed to us by us but it is not a reality.
You have been conditioned to believe that this political world is in fact real.
With this conception it is believed that we have come into ownership of the world
And that we are responsible for creating it. And with this concept
We have placed ourselves in a condition of perpetual responsibility and reform.
But since we are not creating the world, since it was created before us and we are
Merely in it, and since we do not own it, our whole political concept is false.
It is untrue. It is not based on reality or true life.
An artist must see this and give up all reform and political considerations.
The world evolves due to changes that take place in individuals.
By individuals I mean all living things.
The world evolves due to a growing awareness in the lives of all things
and expressed in their actions.
The actions of all things are guided by a growing awareness of life.
We call it inspiration.
Living by inspiration is living. Living by intellect – by comparisons,
Calculations, schemes, concepts, ideas – is all a structure of pride
In which there is not beauty or happiness – no life.
The intellectual is in fact death.

/////////////// agnes martin is punk. /////////////////

jack kerouac

jack kerouac
author, poet, painter, pioneer of the beat generation

these photographs of kerouac look like they were taken yesterday. timeless.

The black & white photographs above were taken by Tom Palumbo,

The color photo below was taken by Jerome Yulsman.

///////////////// sure, kerouac was punk. ////////////////////

Felix Nadar

FĂ©lix Nadar
[French Photographer, 1820-1910]

////////////// this photo is pretty punk. /////////////////

ravi shankar

ravi shankar
performer, composer, teacher and writer

ravi shankar with alla rakha... incredible!

ravi shankar & george harrison

/////////////// ravi shankar is punk. ///////////////////


north michigan deer in the night, circa 1930

////////////// deer in the night aren't exactly punk, mostly it's their grace and beauty that is. ///////////////////

Marcel Duchamp and John Cage

this is an excerpt from a film called dreams that money can buy by hans richter.
this snippet is duchamp's fragment in the film, an exploration of natural geometric forms and physical movement, with the music by john cage.

//////////////// duh, marcel duchamp and john cage are punk. ///////////////////

bessie coleman

bessie coleman 1892 -1926
first female african american pilot

////////////// bessie coleman is punk. ////////////////

sam shepard

sam shepard
writer, director, actor, playwright

////////////////// sam shepard is punk. //////////////////

tree houses

i've been reading about the history of tree houses and how they are built, dreaming of the day when i can build my own.
(i used to love when winnie the pooh would visit the owl in his tree house, especially in the original cartoon, so cool.)

as far as we know this is the world's oldest tree house built in the 17th century in the u.k.

//////////////////// tree houses are punk (especially when i finally have one of my own!) /////////////////////////