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EVENTS


Saturday, MARCH 24, 10-6 PM – the yearly Anarchist Book Fair, a San Francisco exclusive. The “best” rebel demographic shows up for this event, and yours truly with Charles Gatewood will be there heavily discounting our books. This is the place to find “provocative” material that is scarce and highly rewarding. If you missed February’s Alternative Press Expo, then please attend and visit with us–and again, show us your “portable” art. Admission is FREE, there’s great cheap food, and speeches by Paul Krassner, Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, Elizabeth Martinez, Jaimes Guerrero, Ruthie Gilmore, Michelle Tea, Chris Crass, Cindy Milstein. COUNTY FAIR Building in Golden Gate Park, at 9th Ave and Lincoln. CALL 415-431-8355 for more information.In March, Yerba Buena Center hosts “Alex Cox Fridays”: 3/9 Repo Man & Sid And Nancy; 3/16 Highway Patrolman and Straight to Hell; 3/23 Death and the Compass and Three Businessmen. Support “punk” filmmaking–even if John Lydon doesn’t! As there are only 96 seats, we suggest buying tickets in advance with your VISA/MC, call 415-978-2787–happily, no extra service charge is tacked on.

MARCH AT THE PARKWAY: Will the Thrill hosts March 15 Shanty Tramp; March 29 Playgirls and the Vampire in a new print. Again, the Parkway is our favorite bay area movie theatre (along with the Castro, of course) where you can eat a meal and enjoy beer or wine with your movie, sitting on comfortable couches. Go to www.thrillville.net, or call 510-814-2400. Parkway, 1834 Park Ave, Oakland–an easy drive from San Francisco via 580 freeway to Park Ave, go right a mile.

THE LAB: For those with a few extra bucks, THE LAB is having its benefit ART SALE V, on Saturday March 10 at 5 PM, continuing on Sunday, March 11 2-7 PM. The Lab is one of the few independent performance spaces in San Francisco; it deserves support. www.thelab.org, or 864-8855, 2948 16th St, SF 94103. Many local artists have donated work, and prices are generally in the $50-$200 range.

SFMOMA: FREE DAY is Tuesday, March 6, to check out Brian Eno’s “room” installation. SFMOMA, 3rd/Mission Sts, San Francisco.

THE DEVIL-ETTES ARE HAVING A BENEFIT GARAGE SALE (to help finance a tour, and stay in business) in S.F.: Saturday March 10th at 24th and York and Sunday March 11th at San Carlos and 19th Street. To donate, please e-mail us at saidab@hotmail.com OR babydoe@babydoe.net. This should be fun!–the Devilettes attract the “best people”.

MARCH 15-24: KAREN FINLEY (see our Angry Women book) is doing her new post-feminist piece at Theater Artaud, 415-621-7797, www.theaterartaud.org. Price is $20-25 (!): “It’s a political statement in the lack of a political statement. It’s just about sensuality and enjoying it.” This reminds us; due to illness we missed Lydia Lunch (also in Angry Women) March 4 at Cafe du Nord, but we’re certain it was another stimulating, maddening performance.

SAVE THE DATE: Monday night, APRIL 9, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco: Henry Rollins does a spoken word performance. Also, the Comedy Central special, “Live & Ripped in London,” [featuring Henry] will be shown again on March 23 at midnight.

OTHER “NEWS”


NEW RE/SEARCH BOOK WAS FINALLY SENT TO PRESS, February 26. Its conversations (with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Henry Rollins, Billy Childish and Jello Biafra) run the gamut: from Napster, Internet and computer pranks, socialism, overpopulation, corporate branding and marketing, fame and its pitfalls, travel, relationships, censorship, privatization, gentrification of cities, the 2000 election, Mad Cow Disease, the Dot-com downturn … virtually every issue you’ve thought about recently is touched upon and even clarified–we hope. Basically, the book (and the series) discusses the problem of remaining independent in an increasingly corporate world, and of living an “authentic” life in an increasingly virtual world.Now it’s time to put shoulder to the grindstone and finish up the MODERN PAGANS book project.

SLAVA RANKO Book Project: Christopher Stevens is writing a book on SLAVA RANKO (Donald E. Philippi) and wants anybody who knew him to please contact him at jesco@cvn.bai.ne.jp. For those who might not remember, we helped release an album, titled Arctic Hysteria, by him back in 1980, as part of a short-lived venture known as Trans-Time Records.

On a personal note, our new goal is try to hear as much music LIVE as possible, and thus to value “mistakes” over recorded “perfection.” And to see more INDEPENDENT FILMS. And, of course, to read more independent publications, especially selected zines. Which brings us to:

ALTERNATIVE PRESS EXPO, last month–a small report


At the recent Alternative Press Expo, my favorite zine discovery was the all-color, hiphop/graffiti-culture publication LIFE SUCKS DIE (LSD). It’s a real eye-opener, in more ways than one, and will provoke some disturbing thoughts. $5 plus $2 postage from LSD, POB 14801, Minneapolis, MN 55414, 612-379-4151, lsdmag@visi.com. On a lighter note I liked Karen Eng’s Peko Peko, which included a Paul Spinrad crossword puzzle (sorry, no address); Hi-Horse #1 comics, and Bitter Pie #8 (conveys the pain of working for The Man). These are probably available at Naked Eye on Haight St in S.F., a favorite store for providing videos and zines; or check City Lights’ zines section.I also discovered a superior photographer, Garret Izumi, and acquired two “artists’ books” by him, handmade, of his photos. (510) 790-0375, 392120 Argonaut Way #731, Fremont CA 94536. gaimji@pacbell.net. He is excellent, like Bill Owens, but with his own “take” on the suburbs. Charles Gatewood remarked, “There are thousands of very good photographers out there, but very few become well-known. Everyone who teaches a photography class has at least one outstanding student, yet…” Besides the creative drive, there’s also the “ambition” drive. I’ve been re-reading Andy Warhol’s POPISM (phone conversations transcribed by a friend, edited into paragraphs) and reading between the lines, Warhol’s ambition is unswerving and obvious. In the fifties he started writing Truman Capote, begging for a chance to illustrate a story (he never did). In another paragraph he describes going to Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball, a ‘big deal’ at the time, and proceeds to rattle off a laundry list of high-society invitees–indicating he had studied the newspaper society pages and memorized the names of likely patrons, or whatever…
DO WE REALLY WANT TO LIVE IN A WORLD RUN BY AD AGENCIES?


Probably the best hour on television in years happened Feb 27, 2001 on PBS (Channel 9 in the Bay Area) Frontline (10-11 PM), when writer Douglas Rushkoff narrated a one-hour special titled THE MERCHANTS OF COOL–see pbs.org for more interviews, info, etc. A couple of decades ago people were ranting about how all the media in America is being controlled by 25 corporations…well, now it’s down to just FIVE. And yes, they have almost no interest in raising our consciousness, expanding our personal freedom, or “bettering society” in any way. No, all they care about is PROFITS/RATINGS, market share, eyeballs, database-mining, etc. The cool-hunters and ad agencies of today exercise seemingly unlimited power in dictating the consumer habits of teenagers and even those older. You think you have “free will”–well, you may have another “think: coming.The creepiest part of the program concerned how nonchalantly and agreeably people will become “informants” whenever “cool hunting” ad agency types solicit their opinions. The kids don’t seem to “get it”–how they’re being exploited. It seems that no matter how “out there” somebody is with their angry critique of society, a corporate will find a way to profit by it…We see the rise of a white hiphop band called Insane Clown Posse, apparently thinking themselves invulnerable to corporate takeover, in the end succumbing… and having a No. 20 hit record. Equally disturbing was the coverage of precocious sexual sophistication in 13-year-olds (or younger), some of whom were trying to become “models” and paying $400 for the privilege by entering a competition in NYC. A society that exploits its young for profit and sexual titillation is definitely a society that needs to be destroyed!

In San Francisco, Rushkoff’s program was followed by an hour-long intv with CEOs (can’t recall the exact title of program). This was almost as fascinating, although from a different perspective. The story of how CBS came from third place to number one in the TV network ratings wars can be answered by two words: sex and violence. Dawson’s Creek raised the bar for sensationalizing teen/high school sexuality for both teens and lecherous adults, and Survivor transformed every viewer into a wannabe lone-wolf fantasy survivalist or feminist. That’s all we need: more alienation and more “every man/woman for him/herself” competitiveness. The corporates would love nothing more than each of us alone in our own apartment, each requiring a stove, refrigerator, car, cookware, et al … so they can sell us MORE STUFF, all the time watching more TV to assuage loneliness.

PSYCHOPATHIA SEXUALIS POP MUSIC?


Former Bay Area writer Ann Powers moved to New York and became a music columnist for the NY Times. In the Feb 18, 2001 Sunday NYT issue, she penned a superb column clarifying the psychopathic state of sexuality in contemporary pop music, from which I will liberally excerpt:”Today, music reflects and informs an odd erotic turn. Lyrics are more explicit than ever, and stars more exhibitionistic, yet rarely does all the bumping and grinding feel genuinely sexy…Onstage, female and male stars in most genres borrow moves and outfits from strip clubs, frankly acting out the rules of sex workers… Britney Spears perfectly illustrated the strange frigidity of today’s sex symbols…Ms. Spears, who says she is a virgin, ripped off her outfit not to unleash her libido, but to prove the Grade-A quality of what lies beneath the clothing. She accepts herself as something to be consumed. The hard-headed self-objectification of Ms. Spears and her peers…capture a truth: erotic freedom means little unless it is joined to other fundamental liberties–women’s economic independence, for example, or the rights of gay people to create safe families and homes.

“Old-fashioned romantic songs encourage vulnerability, which requires dependence on others. In a culture more oriented toward personal gain than SHARED PROGRESS…letting down your guard is dangerous.”

As for Eminem, “what is most frightening about his music is not its rote hate but its deep refusal of love…for some people, love can become impossible…Within a popular culture more focused on selling eroticism than feeling it, in which a fighter’s stance seems more advisable than a lover’s, Eminem’s extremism comes too close for comfort.”

In a parallel article by Jon Pareles, adjacent to Ann Powers’ essay, we read, “It may surprise no one to hear that one of the nominated [Grammy award] albums (by Steely Dan, titled “Two Against Nature”) includes a song whose narrator gloats over his affair with an underage girl and tries to pressure her into a threesome. Or that another tune from the album is about a man propositioning his young cousin.” In 2001, anything goes, I suppose. (But I don’t agree with this.)

READING, SEEING, LISTENING TO …


Our friend DANIEL K. loaned us Mary Woronov’s SWIMMING UNDERGROUND, whose cover boasts a quote from John Waters: “Knocks all the other Warhol books off the shelf and kicks their asses.” With B&W photos by Billy Name. It’s definitely “sensational.” But we don’t totally agree with John Waters (heresy?); all the books written (or rather, spoken) by Warhol himself are full of ideas or lessons for the wannabe artist, even if they’re the negative kind… Mary Woronov’s book is a somewhat nightmarish amphetamine-poetic narrative of her life with Andy, capturing the frenzy of what it’s like to “live on the edge” (although rent was much cheaper back then)…it’s not the full story, so it whets the appetite for more. For example, she talks about going with the Velvet Underground to Hollywood, but neglects to mention San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium show, which presumably happened on the same tour.http://www.themodernword.com/scriptorum/ballard_bookstore.html — this URl contains a tantalizing list of SPOKEN WORD works by J.G. Ballard, presumably on boxed audiocassettes. If anyone out there actually has any of these, please contact us — of course, we’d love to get copies! Surely somebody has the drive to find these, and of course, listen to them in the car…can’t think of a better accompaniment to a long drive or plane ride.
QUOTATIONS


“Q: How can entertainment and media companies distribute digital products securely, without fear of someone breaking the security mechanism?
A: It cannot be done. Period.
Q: Then what would you advise an entertainment or media company to do?
A: Choose an alternate business model, like TV that doesn’t rely on secure distribution. You cannot protect digital content from being copied. And the model of paying, or creating scarcity, simply does not work–not if something can be copied infinitely and cheaply.”–[Inside].

“All the arcane ‘fair use’ lawsuits are basically one big story: the battle over our digital future. The hacker brigade believes we are headed for either a communal utopia or a suffocating corporate hell…Basically, the current content industries are attempting to turn the network into a leakproof pipe that reaches from the production studio to the eyeball and eardrum of the consumer. Any leak in that pipe is fatal to their business model.”–[Inside]

Summer 2000, “John Deep launched the beta version of Aimster, which allows American Online Instant Messenger (AIM) users to search their buddies’ hard drives for MP3 music files. The big difference from Napster is that this is virtually untraceable by entertainment-industry enforcers.”–[Inside]

“One might conclude that independent word/image content providers have three paths open to them: produce “old media” magazines dependent on ads (most magazines fail); produce small, inexpensive books (Odonian Press; Open Pamphlet Series) or produce limited edition “collectibles” (McSweeney’s; Nightshade Books).”–James McNaughton

“It is fascinating to watch the media industry (music, movies and text) so hard at work fighting the new technologies under the guise of advancing them. First, DAT (digital audio tape) was squelched outright. Then came DVD’s, which are like VHS tapes–except, in a major technological leap, they cannot be sampled or bookmarked. Now comes a new electronic book format that you can’t lend to a friend, resell, or copy excerpts. Wow–what an advance. If the Vatican had pushed Gutenberg and his cohorts to “advance” his technology rather than trying to suppress it, they could have nipped the Reformation and the Renaissance in the bud.”–Seth Steinberg, Port Angeles, Washington, letter to NY Times March 1, 2001

In all the controversy about Napster, does anyone remember when the first tape recorders, especially the cassette recorders, arrived? No doubt thousands of people without money recorded millions of songs off the radio. Thanks to the videorecorder and cheap videotapes, we personally recorded hundreds of movies and programs off TV, including the complete Peewee’s Playhouse–if anyone has copies, please dupe them for us! And thanks to cheap xerox machines, we xeroxed dozens of rare out-of-print books borrowed from the interlibrary loan program. None of the above was written about; none of it was news.

With the Napster controversy, It’s obvious that the powers-that-be are now trying to take away all citizens’ ability to record ANY media for private, sometimes-scholarly, purposes. We certainly hope that VHS recorders and tapes will continue to be made available, and are not eclipsed by DVD players, which do not allow you to record off television. In all the media, the ability to make a recording is a major, fundamental difference, which people are losing sight off. So beware of “advanced” technology in which the ability to make a recording has mysteriously disappeared.

Regarding Napster, the cable TV “business model” seems the way to go… what do you think?

Another fact to keep in mind: the longevity of digital media is not historically proven. The Wall Street Journal (Feb 2, 2001) recently ran a lengthy article on CDs, basically stating that they are impermanent and subject to deterioration which is NOT caused by “improper handling.” (Steve Albini has written lengthily on this.) So in the long run vinyl records may be more archival than CDs. And all those hard drives loaded with Napster-enabled tunes–how long will they last? (My hard drive recently died after only four years.)

“I’ve noticed the new word you hear students use is CAPTURE. You don’t shoot a scene, you capture it. It’s not principally photography [any more]. That’s because with digital technology there is so much that you can do with the image after you shoot it.”–Robert Zemeckis

“One of the main forces pushing digital technology is that it is much cheaper to use. The equipment is less costly and requires less elaborate lighting, and there are no costs of developing film or striking prints.”–Rick Lyman, NY Times, n.d.

“I think CREATIVITY flourishes with limitations and restrictions. If you give schools all the bells and whistles, they stop focusing on CONTENT and instead focus on what the bells and whistles can do.”–Myrl Schreibman, UCLA film school academic administrator

“At a time when more people than ever have the opportunity to do what they want in life, many lack the imagination to do anything but accumulate possessions. FREEDOM is losing market share to STUFF. Why? One possibility is that freedom has a marketing problem. All the other stuff is hawked day and night in commercials suggesting that a product will somehow make you more free rather than less. Yet freedom itself goes unpromoted. This woeful lack of advertising for America’s very best product means relatively few people know about it…”–Daniel Akst, NYT, 6-4-00

“Money is coined liberty.”–Dostoyevsky

“Here are some things that a senior executive should work on, according to an executive search firm:
( ) Stop acting like a sycophant
( ) Develop charisma. People like charismatic leaders.
( ) Focus on identifying market opportunities, as opposed to exploiting those pointed out by others
( ) Balance wants of competing constituents: the board, employees, shareholders and customers
( ) Don’t just be decisive, LOOK decisive. Image matters.”
–Peter Crist, Korn/Ferry International

In a somewhat Ballardian twist, “NBC wove the publication of a book into the plot of its soap “Passions,” including an on-screen appearance of HarperCollins’s chief executive, Jane Friedman. Last month, Harper-Collins published a new book ostensibly written by a CHARACTER on “Passions.” The result, titled “Hidden Passions,” has become a national best-seller, with more than 120,000 copies in print.”–NYT, n.d.

“Individual workers nowadays are sellers too, but only of their labor and skills. The consequence is that people at the bottom of the ever-lengthening totem pole, who have little of value to sell, must work ever more frantically to make ends meet, while the rest of us must do the same for fear we’ll be downsized or rendered obsolete in the fast-changing marketplace.”–WSJ, 1-16-01

“Who will not work shall not eat”–Vladimir Lenin

Nostalgia for dot-com madness: “By the end of 1999, about 10 months after its inception, Pets.com had spent $55.3 million, mostly on TV ads, to sell goods that cost $13.4 million for $5.8 million.”–WSJ, Feb 9, 2001

“When supply outstrips demand, prices tend to fall until things even out. [But with tech/computer inventory], value can go down much faster than in other parts of the economy…It is a serious problem.”–WSJ, 2-21-01

[When CDs were first introduced in the early ’80s] “they were proclaimed “Virtually indestructible” (Time magazine, Washington Post). Other news stories called them impervious to scratches and fingerprints… One CD repair company, Azuradisc in New Mexico, estimates 4% of the 7.5 billion existing CDs are wrecked, or about 300 million discs…Even a more-conservative estimate of a 1% damage rate adds up to $1 billion of worthless discs.”–WSJ, Feb 2, 2001

“Napster is basically from the people for the people….[Its 57 million members have assembled a library of more than 250 million music tracks]”–Andreas Schmidt, Bertelsmann

[this is old news, but a lot of people don’t seem to know it] “Law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, employers and others need only an e-mail address to look up a record of an individual’s activities on the web.”–New York Times, Nov 22, 2000

 

SOME MAD COW DISEASE FACTS


READERS are hereby enjoined to avoid any meat emanating from cows or bulls (although mad pig disease may be just around the corner). This includes sausage, which Mark Frauenfelder informs us may be the worst offender, as one sausage can contain meat from 1000 cows! Apparently, It’s the ground-up bits of spinal cord and brain in the sausage that appear to “transmit” the disease, although personally, I wouldn’t knowingly wish to eat any part of a dead mad cow.England knowingly exported meat-meal (aka “meat-and-bone-meal”) containing BSE (bovine spongioform encephalopathy) to other countries, even AFTER learning that the disease could kill humans. Basically, the disease drills holes in the brain!

Mad Cow Disease was found in cows supplied to McDonald’s in Italy. So, suggest you stick to ordering fries! Interestingly enough, a recent March 5 New Yorker contained an article by Malcolm Gladwell (a favorite writer, with reservations–I instinctively don’t trust his “politics”) on how McDonald’s developed the scientifically-perfectly consistent french fry.

Mad Cow Disease seems nightmarish, especially the fact that it is VERY difficult to kill. It is spread by rogue twisted-appearing proteins called prions, which then “mutate” other proteins in their image. A closely-held company called Waste Reduction Inc. claims to have $25 million in orders for its “tissue digestors” which use lye and extreme heat “to melt carcasses down to a soup that can be flushed down a sink.” No, autoclaves alone seem to do nothing–in fact heat actually makes them tougher to destroy and in theory easier to spread. “The remarkable durability of rogue prions is one of the frightening aspects…Unlike any other known agents that cause disease, prions do not appear to be alive…The rogue prion that appears to cause BSE and associated diseases has a particular shape. When these misshapen prions are activated by a trigger that isn’t yet understood, they begin to convert the prions around them. As the prions distort themselves, they form an insoluble plaque, which then appears to bore holes in the brain.” (WSJ, 2-16-01)

The incubation time is very long in this disease. The aforementioned “meat meal” was apparently exported to America in 1989; you guess the rest. And, sheep and goats may be next. Finally, suspect cows are being quarantined in America (“For the first time, the FDA last week quarantined 1,222 cattle in Texas that ate feed containing U.S. cattle byproducts”–WSJ, Jan 29, 2001). The idea of grass-and-hay-eating, cud-chewing cows being turned into cannibals by being fed a corporately-devised “supplement” of ground-up cow meat and bone parts–that seems gross, to say the least.

It’s on the level of the documentary I saw which showed chickens being fed a mix of ground-up male chicks, plus their own feces which had been boiled (hey, they contain proteins and carbohydrates!) and infused with antibiotics and vitamins. Well, what do you expect from corporate factory farms? Remember, the corporation derives from one core “principle”: do whatever it takes to make as much profit as quickly as possible. As any MBA will tell you, a half-cent (or is it a half-dollar?) more profit per chicken can add up to millions pdq.

“McDonald’s spends $500 million annually [on advertising]. Burger King, $400 million.”–WSJ, 2-2-01.

“Ad-packed TVs may soon be boarding city buses: joint venture targets vehicles where confined passengers are ideal captive audience…”–WSJ, Feb 21, 01

“[In Korea] N.R. Kim’s classmates called her “radish legs.” She was so embarrassed by her chunky calves that…last year, a plastic surgeon sliced away part of her calf muscle to slim down her legs. After the bloody procedure, her legs hurt so much, she says, “I never thought I’d walk again.”..She still felt a little pain nine months later…Ms. Kim, now a 20-year-old college student, has started wearing shorts and credits the surgery with landing her a boyfriend…”It’s better to go through this and look good than to be emotionally scarred,” she says.–WSJ, 2-21-01

THE FUTURE OF WORK


“Today’s stress is, in many ways, about too much information coming from too many sources–and the loss of control that instills…Employees handle an average of 204 messages a day, counting e-mail, voice mail, snail mail and memos. “You never feel done,” says __.”–WSJ, Jan 16, 2001″Workplace violence culminating in bloodshed–for example, the recent shootings in a Massachusetts office that killed seven people–get the most publicity, but far more common are the shouting matches and fistfights that don’t make the evening news…First there was road rage, now there’s desk rage. A New Economy cocktail of longer hours, increased workloads and stock-market tremors is fueling explosions of temper…the number of incidents is rising, along with their severity.”–WSJ, Jan 16, 2001
MARCH 2001 RECOMMENDED URL’S:


Below is a list of articles we read on the Internet and we hope they’re still up so you can enjoy them too. Thanks to friends Phil G., Chris T., Violet Poe, and others for forwarding some of the below URLs with their comments.JELLO BIAFRA’s Alternative tentacles legal defense fund has an improved website: http://www.alternativetentacles.com

On a slightly personal note, Mal Sharpe asked that we list his daughter Jennifer’s website for people to “check out” so here it is:

http://www.sharpeworld.com.

Amazingly, one can hear Mal Sharpe’s “Big Money in Jazz” band (or a smaller version) for FREE every Friday night at Enrico’s, Broadway/Kearny, San Francisco. This is the living legend prankster we chronicled in our Pranks! book.

We are listing this collection of glossaries and dictionaries: http://www.beebware.com/directory/Reference/Dictionaries/Glossary

“[this site is] starting to live up to its name. Members of its wireless messaging group were among the first to hear of impending layoffs at Amazon.com, which the company formally disclosed [later].”–WSJ, Feb 1, 2001 http://www.dotcomscoop.com

This website is kinda fun … The links are interesting too! http://www.hugemagazine.com/thrift/giftstore.html

A friend of Charlie Parker and other jazz greats, Kenneth Rexroth was one of the first poets to read his own poetry to jazz. He was also often referred to as the “godfather of the Beats,” though his relation with them was much more contentious than that label would suggest. Several of his articles on jazz and the Beats are now online: “Some Thoughts on Jazz as Music, as Revolt, as Mystique”

http://www.slip.net/~knabb/rexroth/jazz.htm

“Five More Articles on Jazz” (re Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, etc.)
http://www.slip.net/~knabb/rexroth/jazz2.htm

Iconoclastic composer whose number crunching turned mathematical formulae into music, often using the medium of computers: “http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,60-78849,00.htm

from usability guru Jakob Nielsen: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20010204.html

OBITUARY OF BALTHUS, one of our favorite erotic/surrealist painters, who died in February:
International

from STEVEN BROWN of TUXEDO MOON, living in Mexico City: “Wanted to pass on Blaine L. Reininger’s site which is pretty hilarious and full of interesting links. Its sort of a diary of his life in Greece. It is” http://www.geocities.com/b_reininger/tuxmopage.html

“Please send me more addresses of more interesting sites especially concerning America white trash.i found quite amusing the following: www.supergreg.com, www.rubberburner.com, www.mulletgalore.com, www.theoriginalshaft.com (you can send mails directly to richard roundtree and he replies) — thanks to “G.G.Alin” for sending this.

Dear RE/Search: Might this interest you? (testimony website) http://www.testimony.ch

NOTE: We have about 100 more website URLs to share (from this month alone), so by next month we hope to have them on our site, http://www.http://www.researchpubs.com, so newsletter readers don’t have to wade through them unless they want to!

FEEDBACK


RE JEAN-JACQUES PERREY: In a RECENT newsletter we listed Jean-Jacques Perrey’s new CD which we received direct from a label called KOKA, and we gave their contact info. However, Lisa Haugen sent us this update: “Jean Jacques and I are releasing this album for the North Amreican territories and Japan on his “own” label and publishing! Please support us as we have survived the wrath of KOKA 2000! (JJ got ill from their misbehaviour! and so did I)”The art work is being worked on at this momentand should be out before summer! The KOKA version is NOT for sale. It is a Library version. FOR PROMOIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. They will break contract if they do charge money. We will have promotional copies available soon too. Financially we are strapped with “The Limey” suit going to trial early this spring and a load of other Samplers W/Out Licenses (SWO’s). This (Circus of Life) is completely a grass roots project financed by the artist. We know they have another thing up their sleeve though we can’t worry about it too much right now. We need YOUR HELP and support to make sure we don’t get screwed yet again by KOKA!

“We would appreciate if you could have the KOKA link removed ASAP as we are the contact for this country and Japan. You are welcome to put our mailing address of info@jeanjacquesperrey.com Thank you thank you thank en avance! Lisa and Jean Jacques.”

Lisa M. Haugen’s 28th Paradigm Management & Perrey-HaugenMusiuc Publishing, POB 1000, Mill Valley, CA 94942. http://jeanjacquesperrey.com

 


RE TINY TIM: Lynn Peril gives us the full scoop on the Tiny Tim biography (it’s not a literal autobiography, although Tiny Tim obviously supplied much of the data): Tiny Tim, An Unauthorized Biography by Harry Stein, Playboy Press, 1976. “Janet” informs us that there is yet another book by Tiny Tim: “a previous slim volume credited to him: Beautiful Thoughts by Tiny Tim, published by Doubleday. It was a book of brief photos/thoughts/maxims, e.g., “Romance is the main objective in life.”

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