‘It was 50 Years Ago …’ – Sgt. Pepper Gets Massive Reissue

Apple Records has unveiled the most ambitious reissue of a Beatles title to date, with a “super deluxe edition” of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The May 26 release celebrates the 50th anniversary of the psychedelic music classic. Highlights include a new stereo mix of the album, 5.1 surround via Bluray/DVD discs, a “lost” […]

The Evergreen Review Returns

THE EVERGREEN REVIEW VOLUME 1, NUMBERS 1, 2, and 3 “If it is impossible to imagine literature being labeled obscene in our time, it is largely because of the Evergreen Review.” —The Daily Beast From the moment of its inception, The Evergreen Review pushed the boundaries of propriety and free speech. Authors like Allen Ginsberg, Kenzaburō […]

These are the times that try men’s souls

What with the election of a narcissistic, reality TV star, pathological liar as a president, and faced with a cabinet composed of ultra-rich elites and white supremacists keen on feeding off the hands of corporate vested interests … all bent on dismantling everything that humanists have fought for decades (progressive environmental, gender, health, educational and […]

Indignez-vous! (Time for Outrage)

From The Nation. Toward the end of 2010, a small book by a 93-year-old man unexpectedly reached the  summit  of  the  best-seller  list  in  France. Indignez-vous! by Stéphane Hessel sold more than 600,000  copies  between October  and  the end of December. Stéphane Hessel, born in 1917, grew up in a rich literary milieu, authoring novels […]

Doublespeak

In honor of the new year, Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency, his cabinet of misinformation, and the lies being propagated as truths (or alternate facts), we hereby reprint George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” from 1946. By the way, Orwell’s “1984,” as well as Huxley’s “Brave New World,” both staples of the counter-culture […]

Art Sex Music

Cosey Fanni Tutti. co-temptress along with Genesis P-Orridge of COUM Transmissions, the quintessential 1960s/70s performance and mail art group, and co-founder of ground-breaking prototypical Industrial Music group Throbbing Gristle, has just announced her long-awaited memoir, Art Sex Music, which will be published in the UK in early 2017. COUM Transmissions was a confrontational and subversive […]

An Angel, a Lady and a Ballplayer

DREAMSVILLE’S WEEK IN DVD Here’s a delightful, often overlooked gem from director Howard Hawks, starring a notoriously suave and daredevil Cary Grant and the always lovely, bewitching Jean Arthur, and featuring Hawks’ penchant for verbal wit and visual craftsmanship. “Only Angels Have Wings” (1939) stars Arthur as a traveling entertainer who gets more than she […]

‘Star Wars’ Reboot Gets Help From Oldsters

DREAMSVILLE’S WEEK IN DVD Star Wars: The Force Awakens This first of three sequels to “Star Wars” shattered box office opening-week records to become the highest grossing U.S. film of all time with over $930 million domestic, and the second-highest worldwide grossing film (behind “Avatar”) with $2.82 billion worldwide. Thirty years following the battle of […]

‘From the East’ to the West

DREAMSVILLE’S WEEK IN DVD Highlight of the week is the impressive five-disc set, “Chantal Akerman: Four Films.” Among the many films that Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman (1955–2015, best known for her 1975 masterpiece “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels”) made over 40 years, four documentaries stand out. Beginning with “From the East,” filmed across […]

We Knew Them Well

DREAMSVILLE’S WEEK IN DVD   Two films critical of the 1960s status quo — one an undiscovered gem, the other a verified classic — get the Criterion Collection treatment this week. First up is “I Knew Her Well” (1965), a disarmingly delightful portrait of the days and nights of a party girl in sixties Rome. […]

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