Tuesday, 30 June 2015

The Last Tuesday Society

When I visited ELCAF a couple of weekends ago, I was advised to visit this...

Not only is this a very fine cocktail bar but, more significantly, it houses the Viktor Wynd Museum Of Curiosities. I can't believe I didn't already know about this. Here are a few samples from the wonderful, chaotic collection...

In the lower part of the picture, a human skeleton, sealed under glass in the table (This room available for dining)

A gold-plated hippo skull, formerly in the collection of Columbian Drug Baron, Pablo Escobar

Actual Dodo skeleton

Actual Human Vagina

Actual Mermaid

Actual Stuff

More Stuff

Stuff and Nonsense

If you can't wait to learn more about the inimitable Mr Wynd, watch this documentary...


Monday, 15 June 2015

Hustlers, Beats and Others

Written in 1967, this is the Pelican edition from 1971.

This is what Ned Polsky had to say about Beats and Hipsters in the chapter 'The Village Beat Scene: Summer 1960'.

Until recently 'hipster' meant simply one who is hip, roughly the equivalent of a beat. Beats recognized that the hipster is more of an 'operator' - has a more consciously patterned life-style (such as concern to dress well) and makes more frequent economic raids on the frontiers of the square world - but emphasised their social bonds with hipsters, such as their liking for drugs, for jazz music, and, above all, their common scorn for bourgeois career orientations. Among Village beats today, however, 'hipster' usually has a pejorative connotation: one who is a mannered show-off regarding his hipness, who 'comes on' too strongly in hip talk, etc. In their own eyes, beats are hip but are definitely not hipsters.

And in case you've wondered where the term 'hip' comes from...

The few Village beats with any opinion suppose it comes from the 'hep' of early 1940s jive talk.  Actually 'hep' and 'hip' are doublets; both come directly from a much earlier phrase, 'to be on the hip', to be a devotee of opium smoking - during which activity one lies on one's hip.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

The Bulletproof Jukebox

I haven't done one of these for a long while. Some kick-ass live performances from the sixties...

Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Didn't It Rain - Live in Manchester 1964

Nina Simone - Mississippi Goddam - Holland 1965

Lesley Gore - You Don't Own Me - 1964

More Sister Rosetta - That's all...