Vanishing Point 1971

The late 1960s and early 1970s were great times for car-chase movies. I’m not sure if it was because of the badass anti-heroes or the bitchin’ muscle cars. 1968’s Bullitt with Steve McQueen brought the streets of San Francisco alive as a pissed off cop seeks revenge in a black Dodge Charger. 1971’s Two-Lane Blacktop featured soft rock icon James Taylor as “The Driver” and Beach Boys bon vivant Dennis Wilson as “The Mechanic,” two driftin’ drag racers cruisin’ along Route 66 in a ’55 Chevy “One-Fifty,” racing Warren Oates, as “GTO,” cross country for pink slips. 1974 saw Peter…

It is somehow fitting that Tobe Hooper listened to Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Lou Reed’s Berlin on autoplay while he was working on the story for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in 1973. They are both classic pop albums, from the golden age of classic pop. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has the surface veneer of some multihued future world where rock and roll and electric boots consume the black and white memories of nostalgia. It is deceptively and superficially hopeful. Berlin, on the other hand, reflects on all the promises of the future unfulfilled, a place full…

Note to self: do not sell soul for financial gain; it never turns out good in the end.

However, I digress.

On October 13, 2013, there was a clip of CNN talking head and “alleged” serial plagiarist Fareed Zakaria interviewing Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City. …

Monty Python In Tunisia. Getty Images/Michael Ochs Archives /Stringer

Yes, Monty Python did something quite revolutionary, but it’s probably not the thing that you are thinking of.

As Terry Gilliam quotes Beatle George in the 1989 Life of Python documentary, the Monty Pythons pretty much took over culturally from where The Beatles left off by transferring a sense of artistic anarchy and experimentation from pop music to television.

As The Beatles progressed from rockin’ teen combo to zeitgeist avatars, they proudly incorporated whatever cultural influences they fell sway to at the time, whether it was the Eastern music of Ravi Shankar, Bernard Herrmann’s staccato strings for Psycho, or the…

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese Revisited

Joan Baez/Bob Dylan: Ken Regan/Estate of Ken Regan/Ormond Yard Press

Intrepid Bob Dylan supporters rejoice when any obscure corner of his career is brought into light from the hidden confines of some inaccessible vault. For those of us who hadn’t necessarily kept up with the deluge of bootleg recordings made available through collectors’ markets, 1985’s Biograph boxset was a revelation for a number of reasons. First, it reminded us of what a prolific and varied artist Dylan was. Isolated from their parent albums and recontextualized, songs like “Señor,” “Every Grain of Sand,” and “I Believe in You” took on…

March, 1979: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Apparently, Andy Warhol hated Frank Zappa. What’s up with that?

In the posthumously published The Andy Warhol Diaries, Warhol recounted his impressions of a short interview he conducted with Zappa for his Andy Warhol’s T.V. cable access show in 1983:

Frank Zappa came to be interviewed for our TV show and I think that after the interview I hated Zappa even more than when it started. I remember when he was so mean to us when the Mothers of Invention played with the Velvet Underground — I think both at the Trip, in L.A., and at the Fillmore in San…

Photo by Cineplex-Odeon Films — © 1989

Ah yes, Yuletide. That magical time of year when families gather together near the flaming log and bask in the spirit of forgiveness and the warmth of remembrance. Holiday wishes are bestowed upon friend and foe alike, as we put the past behind us and look forward to the promise of a happy and healthy new year. What better time than Christmas to luxuriate in the soft, blue glow of the TV screen and let our favorite holiday movies flicker across our minds in the comfortable narcotic buzz of grandma’s sinister eggnog and medical marijuana.

And who doesn’t have a…

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Andy Warhol saw the future.

For approximately 25 years, until his death on February 22, 1987, Andy Warhol shared his vision of the future with the world. He photographed, recorded, painted, and filmed the future, but people didn’t really seem to notice; they couldn’t get past the surface of what he was presenting. Critical reception, during the artist’s life, was largely characterized by derision and contempt, while popular reception throughout his career fluctuated between bafflement and dismissal.

Warhol, however, persevered, and his work has, somehow, proven both prophetic and ubiquitous. Society has embraced many of the concepts that Warhol heralded…

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