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George Harrison visits Frisco’s Summer of Love in 1967

In 1967, the Summer of Love was blossoming. North American counterculture was at its peak, with beatnik writers, folk singers and psychedelic rockers trippin’ with their doors of percepton wide open and producing awesome art. In 1967 were born, to quote just a few era-defining masterspieces, The Beatles’ Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band,Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced?, Velvet Underground’s V.U. & Nico, Cream’s Disraeli GearsJefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic PillowLove’s Forever ChangesThe Door’s self-titled debut, Pink Floyd’s The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

Amidst this creative effervescence, a British lad, one of the Fabulous Four From Liverpool, decided to go visit Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, the epicenter of Hippieland, the shrine of Merry Pranksterism. This was in August 7, 1967, and this is how George’s girlfriend Patti Boyd tells the tale:

“…we thought it would be fun to go and have a look at Haight-Ashbury, the district that had been taken over by hippies. Musicians like Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin lived there, and it was the LSD capital of America. On the way, Derek produced a tab. Would we like some? Since we were going to Haight-Ashbury, it seemed silly not to.

The area is named after the intersection of two streets, Haight and Ashbury, and as we approached, the driver said he wouldn’t drive down the street itself, he’d park among the side-streets. It seemed a little odd but we didn’t argue. We got out of the car, the acid kicked in and everything was just whoah, psychedelic and very… I mean, it was just completely fine. We went into a shop and noticed that all these people were following us. They had recognised George as we walked past them in the street, then turned to follow us. One minute there were five, then ten, twenty, thirty and forty people behind us. I could hear them saying, ‘The Beatles are here, the Beatles are in town!’

We were expecting Haight-Ashbury to be special, a creative and artistic place, filled with Beautiful People, but it was horrible – full of ghastly drop-outs, bums and spotty youths, all out of their brains. Everybody looked stoned – even mothers and babies – and they were so close behind us they were treading on the backs of our heels. It got to the point where we couldn’t stop for fear of being trampled. Then somebody said, ‘Let’s go to Hippie Hill,’ and we crossed the grass, our retinue facing us, as if we were on stage. They looked as us expectantly – as if George was some kind of Messiah.

We were so high, and then the inevitable happened: a guitar emerged from the crowd and I could see it being passed to the front by outstretched arms. I thought, Oh, God, poor George, this is a nightmare. Finally the guitar was handed to him. I had the feeling that they’d listened to the Beatles’ records, analysed them, learnt what they’d thought they should learn, and taken every drug they’d thought the Beatles were singing about. Now they wanted to know where to go next. And George was there, obviously, to give them the answer. Pressure.

George was so cool. He said, ‘This is G, this is E, this is D,’ and showed them a few chords, then handed back the guitar and said, ‘Sorry, man, we’ve got to go now.’ He didn’t sing – he couldn’t have: he was flying. We all were. I was surprised he could even do that.

Anyway, we got up and walked back towards our limo, at which point I heard a little voice say, ‘Hey, George, do you want some STP?’

George turned around and said, ‘No, thanks, I’m cool, man.’

Then the bloke turned round and said to the others, ‘George Harrison turned me down.’

And they went, ‘No!’

And then the crowd became faintly hostile. We sensed it because when you’re that high you’re very aware of vibes, and we were walking faster and faster, and they were following.

When we saw the limo, we ran across the road and jumped in, and they ran after us and started to rock the car, and the windows were full of these faces, flattened against the glass, looking at us.”

Pattie Boyd, Wonderful Tonight

Reblogged from Awestruck Wanderer

Um dos discos mais legais da música brasileira contemporânea! Não percam esta pérola, poética e punk, rural e urbana, popular e erudita:

DIEGO DE MORAES E O SINDICATO
"Parte de Nós" (Fósforo Cultural, 2010)

Ouça o álbum completo em HD (12 faixas):
https://vimeo.com/104851589

Inclui encarte completo, com todas as letras, 
sincronizado com as músicas. Via Vimeo.

Faça o download do disco completo: 
Via CompactoREC: bit.ly/1qsGokY (110 mb)

Compre o CD físico:
diegomascate@gmail.com.

Leia entrevista e resenha exclusivas: 
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Assista ao video-clipe de “Todo Dia”:
youtu.be/wdX6y5folyE.

Músicas:

01 Animal Irracional (3’01)
02 Amigo (2’51)
03 Anormalidade (3’36)
04 Sobrevivo (4’17)
05 Todo Dia (6’05)
06 Sinto Falta de Mim (3’52)
07 Oh Minha Amiga (3’11)
08 Pelas Barbas do Profeta (4’34)
09 Quase Nada (3’34)
10 Deus Seja Louvado (6’25)
11 Seu (2’58)
12 69 (4’40)

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DIEGO DE MORAES E O SINDICATO, 
"Parte de Nós" (Fósforo Cultural, 2010)

Ouça o álbum completo em HD (12 faixas):
https://vimeo.com/104851589

Inclui encarte completo, com todas as letras, 
sincronizado com as músicas. Via Vimeo.

Faça o download do disco completo: 
Via CompactoREC: bit.ly/1qsGokY (110 mb)

Compre o CD físico:
diegomascate@gmail.com.

Leia entrevista e resenha exclusivas: 
bit.ly/1qYQrzt.

Assista ao video-clipe de “Todo Dia”:
youtu.be/wdX6y5folyE.

DIEGO E O SINDICATO
Parte de Nós

01 Animal Irracional (3’01)
02 Amigo (2’51)
03 Anormalidade (3’36)
04 Sobrevivo (4’17)
05 Todo Dia (6’05)
06 Sinto Falta de Mim (3’52)
07 Oh Minha Amiga (3’11)
08 Pelas Barbas do Profeta (4’34)
09 Quase Nada (3’34)
10 Deus Seja Louvado (6’25)
11 Seu (2’58)
12 69 (4’40)

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“Forever Changes” (1967), by Love, a classic gem of the Sixties Psychedelic scene in L.A.

Cheers, fellow earthlings! Here’s one of the greatest musical journeys of the Sixties, one of my favorite albums from the “Hippie” era.

Povo! Vem aí a People’s Climate March, importantíssima mobilização da sociedade civil global, que irá tomar as ruas de dúzias de cidades ao redor do mundo em 21 de Setembro. É urgente e ultra necessário que se consiga realizar um evento que faça a diferença! 

Segundo os ecosocialistas da organização System Change Not Climate Change; the Ecosocialist Coalition, que conheci durante o Fórum Social 2014 (Canadá), as ruas durante a “Climate March” estarão botando a boca no trombone para exigir que os líderes mundiais se comprometam a tomar medidas drásticas para lutar contra a crise:

É preciso diminuir drasticamente as emissões de CO2, parar por completo o desflorestamento, a poluição ambiental, a obsessão com combustíveis fósseis, as práticas econômicas extrativistas e insustentáveis, a perseguição etnocida contra populações indígenas etc., antes que a Terra seja envolvida pelo Caos de catástrofes naturais seriais (secas, furacões, tsunamis etc.). 

Esta promete ser a maior mobilização global já realizada sobre a urgentíssima problemática da crise climática planetária que vivenciamos em nossos dias e que, se nada for feito, ameaça-nos com um futuro tenebroso - se não fizermos nada, e deixarmos a coisa rolar, “business as usual”, estaremos legando às futuras gerações um planeta “invivível”.

No Brasil, a marcha ocorrerá no Rio de Janeiro, 21/09, partindo de Ipanema. Espalhe, compareça, mobilize! A inação, a indiferença, o dar-de-ombros, são crimes contra Gaia. Faça nada e você estará fazendo o jogo de quem está serrando o galho onde a Humanidade está sentada… 

Confira algumas das últimas notícias sobre o Aquecimento Global: 

* SLATE - Why I’m a Climate Change Alarmist:http://slate.me/1s05eI3.

* VICE - Climate Change Has an Outrage Problem:http://bit.ly/1zV4Eyn.

* VOX - 7 reasons America will fail on climate change:http://bit.ly/1kxyNkK.

* MOTHER JONES - 5 Terrifying Facts From the Leaked UN Climate Report: http://bit.ly/1vT6nnl.

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– Terence McKenna

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“I require a society on the brink of social breakdown to do my work. A society on the brink of social breakdown is the healthiest situation for individuals…” – McKenna

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The Value of Art in this Time of Transition: Daniel Pinchbeck at TED

Fela Kuti: Music Is a Weapon (A Review of Alex Gibney’s Documentary)

FELA KUTI, o rei do Afrobeat, estrela internacional da música Nigeriana, é o protagonista do novo documentário de Alex Gibney, “Finding Fella”. Misturar ideias de Malcolm X e Black Panthers com os grooves de James Brown e Funkadelic, tocar saxofone com um poderio de rivalizar com John Coltrane, e fazer tudo isso com as raízes bem plantadas nas tradições africanas e nas lutas anti-imperialismo, foi uma das maiores inovações de Fela Kuti. Na sequência compartilhamos alguns links saborosos: ouça vários álbuns completos do cara com suas bandas Africa 70 e Egypt 80, leia minhas impressões sobre o filme (@Awestruck Wanderer) e confira o trailer do filmaço de Gibney (que já fez por merecer ser considerado um dos grandes documentaristas desta geração - já venceu o Oscar da categoria por “Taxi To The Dark Side” e entre seus filmes destacam-se ainda “Wikileaks: Nós Roubamos Segredos” e “Gonzo”): 

FINDING FELLA (REVIEW):
http://awestruckwanderer.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/fela-kuti-music-is-a-weapon-a-review-of-alex-gibneys-documentary/

TRAILER DE FINDING FELA:
https://vimeo.com/99245860

DISCOS DE FELA KUTI PARA OUVIR ONLINE

FELA FELA FELA (1960)
http://youtu.be/ofBWPjZnYe0

OPEN AND CLOSE (1971)
http://youtu.be/fprn3HRvthA

LIVE WITH GINGER BAKER (1971)
http://youtu.be/20UbO62UJUg

HE MISS ROAD (1975)
http://youtu.be/Q9BSjpChqL0

NO AGREEMENT (1977)
http://youtu.be/Vk4aP0hsen0

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21 ÁLBUNS ESSENCIAIS DA MÚSICA BRASILEIRA NO SÉCULO 21

"Apanhador Só, B Negão, Baleia, Bixiga 70, Black Drawing Chalks, Céu, Cícero, Clarice Falcão, Criolo, Curumin, Emicida, Juçara Marçal, Karina Buhr, Los Hermanos, Marcelo Camelo, Metá Metá, Rodrigo Amarante, Rodrigo Campos, Sambanzo, Siba, Wado…" Ouça todos os álbuns na íntegra! »> Via A Casa de Vidro

Dentre muitos outros mais! Sugiram nos comentários os favoritos de vcs, que entrarão em um próximo post, “A Escolha do Leitor” (em breve!)

Flight from Death – The Quest for Immortality [Full Documentary]

“Patrick Shen’s award-winning “Flight From Death: The Quest for Immortality” is a provocative study of “death denial” in cultures around the world. It draws upon the expertise of scholars, theologians and philosophers to examine how human behavior is influenced by the universal fear of death, especially in a post-9/11 climate of terrorism. It’s a stimulating, ultimately life-affirming film, filled with big ideas and revelatory footage.” - Seattle Times

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THE UPSURGE OF NINJA MEDIA: in 2014, the Brazilian collective of independent media and networked activism aims to go GLOBAL

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NINJA MEDIA RELEASES NEW WEBSITE AND EMERGES

AS ONE OF LATIN AMERICA’S STRONGEST ALTERNATIVE MEDIA EXPERIMENTS
www.midianinja.org

By Eduardo Carli de Moraes @ Awestruck Wanderer

To rage against the corporate control of mass media is one thing; another, quite different and much harder to accomplish, is to really invent, build and sustain an alternative. Punk-rock screamer and political provocateur Jello Biafra – former lead singer for The Dead Kennedys – used to say: “Don’t hate the media… become the media!” This message, as I hear it, can be translated something like this: we can’t sit still on the denouncing-and-hating position, we need to struggle to be really constructive in co-building a truly free press…

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