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Punk Rock, Seattle and Kent State

If you haven’t had the chance to visit Seattle’s Experience Music Project (EMP), then you can get a good taste of of the type of collections they have amassed through Taking Punk to the Masses: From Nowhere to Nevermind.  The book is assembled by Jacob McMurray, a Senior Curator at the EMP.   The book is packed with full-page photos of punk rock memorabilia with a facing 2 -paragraph story about the item and supplementary 1-paragraph quotes musicians and music industry workers.   And did I mention that there is a DVD full of oral history interviews from punk insiders?

Despite its coffee table book appearance, McMurray tries to keep the punk rock do-it yourself ethic by letting the artifacts and punk denizens speak for themselves.  There is something appropriately humorous about seeing pages of cut-and-paste zines and rock show posters on a full page in crisp full-color photographs.  The quotes from the publisher/artists who created them and musicians who were featured weave together to give a sense of moment.  And sometimes the creator and object merge such as the Nirvana show posters hand-drawn by Kurt Cobain.  Continue reading Punk Rock, Seattle and Kent State

Worried Occupation Blues: Peace Song for 11/27/2011

Worried Occupation Blues is the Peace Song of the Day for Sunday, November 27, 2011. This song is based on the traditional song, Worried Man Blues. Kimberly added new lyrics. Then, Kimberly and Ian sang it on Youtube as a kind of teaching tape. We are hoping that some more polished singers will pick up the idea, and maybe make their own videos.
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