Jean-Michel Basquiat was a dear friend of mine. I met him right when he was becoming very famous. This documentary is a wonderful look into an extraordinary and complex mind. I remember the night he died as if it was yesterday. I thought for years, like many, that he died far too soon. Today I believe that he did what he was here to do then split. He was lovely, seductive, beyond his years wise and generous to a fault. So many friend died around that time that people like myself became sort of numb to it. We didn’t have time to process the extreme loss. That happened much later in my case and it continues to happen still. It makes me sad that his work is still not accepted by some racist art historians, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City or the Whitney Museum where they belong. Perhaps at this point they don’t deserve them. Hope you enjoy this great documentary.
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“Ten years after the US invasion of Iraq, we return to Baghdad to see how the city is doing. Our guide is Waleed Nesyif, the former lead singer of Acrassicauda. He’s returning home for the first time in eight years, and it’s sure to be a tearful reunion with his family.
In part one, VICE founder Suroosh Alvi hangs with a Baghdadi biker gang who fondly remember the days of Saddam’s rule, and we get a tour of a city that used to be covered nonstop in the American media, but now seems to be somewhat forgotten.”
More evidence that Former President George W. Bush caused more harm than good in Iraq. Many of the people there wish Saddam Hussein would come back. What does that say? No longer deemed newsworthy by America’s increasingly terrible “Mainstream Media” we are supposed to imagine everything is honkeydorry there. It clearly isn’t. What lies ahead? Nobody knows. I don’t have a good feeling about the future of the Middle East. I predict increasing violence between the extremely religious and those that want the freedom to live and let live. With the nightmare occurring in Syria and all of it’s questions, fears and anxiety caused by strange alliances that we in the West know little about, it seems like the best place for opportunist “Agents Provocateurs” to enter and and stir up more trouble than we can even imagine. Israel on edge due to their even more precarious position in the midst of such turmoil may get them to take lethal action that would most certainly start World War 3 and the existence of most healthy living creatures on this crumbling tatty planet we as a species have been ridiculously reckless with. Watch this insightful “VICE News” documentary. Fantastic website full of truth.
This is the BEST Billie Holiday documentary I have ever seen. It’s still sad but it’s happy too.
” Published on 8 Feb 2012
Controversial celebrities of the 20th century. Jazz singer Billie Holiday is remembered today for her turbulent personal life as much as for her artistic achievements – addicted to drink, drugs and abusive men, the enduring image is of a tragic victim. However, archive footage and interviews with friends reveal a different Lady Day – a strong woman, determined to satisfy her voracious appetite for sex, drugs and music.
Billie Holiday (born Eleanora Harris April 7, 1915 — July 17, 1959) was an American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed “Lady Day” by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo.
Critic John Bush wrote that Holiday “changed the art of American pop vocals forever.” She co-wrote only a few songs, but several of them have become jazz standards, notably “God Bless the Child”, “Don’t Explain”, “Fine and Mellow”, and “Lady Sings the Blues”. She also became famous for singing “Easy Living”, “Good Morning Heartache”, and “Strange Fruit”, a protest song which became one of her standards and was made famous with her 1939 recording.”
“Argentinian doctor; joined Castro in Mexico in 1954; a leader of the 1956-59 Cuban Revolution. Che served as president of Cuba’s national bank and as Cuba’s minister of industry in the period immediately following the Cuban Revolution.
Towards the end of his formal affiliation with the Cuban government, Che came to implicitly criticize Soviet bureacracy. His positions put him at odds with the party line of the Cuban CP. In 1965, Che realized that the defence of the Cuban revolution and the creation of revolutions abroad were naturally not always in sync, and this ultimately led to his resignation and his return to revolutionary work abroad.
During Che’s subsequent revolutionary campaigns, he wrote his Message to the Tricontinental (1967) in which he openly criticized the Soviet Union; claiming that the Northern hemisphere of the world, both the Soviet Union and the US, exploited the Southern hemisphere of the world. He strongly supported the Vietnamese Revolution, and urged his comrades in South America to create “many vietnams”.
In 1965 Che left Cuba to set up guerrilla forces first in the Congo and then later in Bolivia, where he was ultimately captured and killed in October 1967. Accounts of his execution have varied over the years, but many contemprary accounts indicate some degree of collaboration between Bolivia’s government troops and the United States CIA.
Guevara developed a theory of primacy of military struggle, in particular concept of guerilla foquismo. Many of Che’s theories regarding guerilla tactics are articulated in his 1961 work “Guerilla Warfare.”
“Part 1 of our 1999 triple Primetime Emmy nominated (1 win) biography of The Rat Pack. Narrated by Danny Aiello.”
The good ole days…kinda. Their humor always escaped me but I have always enjoyed reading about their shenannigans and watching footage like this. What a different world we live in today. In most respects thankfully. The segregation and state sanctioned racism, misogyny and bigotry tolerated back then was nothing short of appalling. They had money to burn, lived and loved generously. Sinatra’s support of Sammy Davis Junior was extraordinary. What would they think of today’s world? I can’t imagine a group of stars today that could pull off the legendary status that they did. Who really is the multi-talented SUPER STAR like Frank Sinatra of today? That person doesn’t exist that enjoys life the way that man did. Staying up all night boozing it up at that age does not feel good at all anymore, at least not in this bloggers case. Once or twice a year max. In today’s economy, Las Vegas could certainly use “Star power events” like this again instead of the schmalz that is frankly uninteresting to me. The entertainment industry should attempt to save that place eventho many tears and pensions were shed there. It’s still a magical place. I wouldn’t dream of paying $500 so that I could be on the other side of a club that Kim Kardasian or Paris Hilton is pretending to have fun dancing on a table or something equally ridiculous. The entertainment standards have dropped to record lows. Where is all the sophistication and imagination beyond Cirque de Soleil. They are exceptional but grow dull in my opinion. I would love to read a REALLY salacious book or see a film of ALL the uncensored details, legal or otherwise, including the stuff involving the Kennedy’s and their reckless stunts (if ya know what I mean.) I want it all. I once read a fantastic book written by Frank Sinatra’s “Butler.” Why Will Smith has not purchased that property yet I have no idea. If he does for some reason, remember you read it here first.. I will be waiting for my finder’s fee. 🙂
You can find all the other parts on this link or find it on youtube. Enjoy. Please leave me thoughts. I don’t like feeling like I am out here in space alone entertaining myself. 🙂
“Trumpeter-bandleader Miles Davis (1926-91) was a catalyst for the major innovations in post-bop, cool jazz, hard-bop, and jazz-fusion, and his wispy and emotional trumpet tones were some of the most evocative sounds ever heard. He was also one of the most identifiable and misunderstood pop icons of the 20th century. This engrossing British documentary shows the complex layers of this magnificent and mercurial artist. Through rare footage and interviews, we learn of Davis’s middle-class upbringing and his early days with bop legends Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. The documentary bluntly deals with Davis’s narcotic nadir and his rise from the depths to become a bona fide jazz icon in the mid-’50s to late ’60s. But the most penetrating and poignant portraits of Davis come from musicians who played with and were influenced by him, including Shirley Horn, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, and Keith Jarrett.
Outstanding musical selections include modal masterpieces “So What” and “Blue in Green,” the haunting soundtrack to the 1957 French film Ascenseur pour l’Ã©chafaud, his romantic rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” and his collaborations with arranger Gil Evans. The most surprising aspects of Davis’s personality that emerge from this film are his shyness, vulnerability, and, yes, humility. As he said himself, “Don’t call me a legend. Call me Miles Davis.” –Eugene Holley Jr.
The Miles Davis Story explores the music & the man behind the public image from Miles middle class upbringing in racially segregated East St. Louis to the last years when he traveled the world like a rock star.”
I got to meet Miles Davis a couple of times. Amazingly low-key. Since I was just a cute gay boy, he had little use for me so I didn’t get much attention. One of his girlfriends was a dear friend of mine. The stories she told me are extraordinary. Perhaps I will share them sometime.
“This acclaimed educational documentary depicts the sad life of the greatest of all jazz singers, Billie Holiday, a life engraved with personal tragedy and ultimately shortened by drug abuse and alcoholism. Her story and career are portrayed through rare archival film and television appearances, memorable renditions of her greatest songs, and interviews with friends and colleagues. No copyright infringement intended”
Gosh, I LOVE this woman. She appeals to my heart and soul.