Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Jimi Hendrix Goes Up In Flames, Tours With The Monkees and Pink Floyd + MORE

We started a Mikes Diggs Music section on out web portal MindsiMedia.info because well I dig music and I used to have a business selling records called Mikes Diggs. Anyway we have a page that has some offbeat Hendrix videos and stories on it. Like the one about The Jimi Hendrix Experience's short lived tour with The Monkees! It lasted for just eight dates before Jimi flipped off the audience and quit the tour. Below is a brief video of Monkee "bassist" Peter Tork's memories of the tour. The web post features much more.




Also included is footage; of a Stockholm concert from 1969, Jimi checking out Buddy Guy then getting up on stage with him from 1968, a blistering version of Machine Gun played as a tribute to slain Black Panther Mark Clark. There is the story of Jimi's November 1967 English tour with Pink Floyd and should you havea spare $14,000.00 a chance to buy a rare dual autograph of Hendrix and Roger Waters. All this and more at

MIKES DIGGS JIMI HEDRIX PAGE


And just for additional kicks I've thrown in this hot Hendrix video.

Saturday, January 17, 2015



Following up our musical journey to Ohio in our last post we stay in the middle west for a road trip that is the subject of our latest upload to ChiTownView. In the summer of 1990 Bob & Mike two Chicago area musicians & artists take a road trip to Michigan. They are in search of the Ann Arbor boyhood trailer home of Iggy Pop from The Stooges. The trip continues on to Detroit where our intrepid explorers are looking for The Heidelberg Project an open air creation by outsider artist Tyree Guyton.

Starting in the late 1960's with The Psychedelic Stooges Iggy has been bringing his over the top brand of rock and roll to audiences ever since. Tyree Guyton began his Heidelberg Project in 1986. It is named for the street where this one of a kind art work covers several blocks. It has survived two partial demolitions and continues today.. Here is a link to it's website.


Ohio, A Punk Rock Historical Journey

We begin 2015 (after a brief hiatis) with a musical trip to the state that's round at the ends and hi in the middle) O-Hi-O. Would you believe that during the punk years of the mid 1970's one of the creative centers of the US was Ohio? Yes and San Franciscoright in the middle of the rust belt the Buckeye state was on a par with New York and ahead of hip mecca's like LA and San Francisco. No it was more like Cleveland and Akron. A bold statement you say? Well when it came to overall influence I'll take Ohio over California and let me explain.

In 1974 while bands like The Ramones, Television and Patti Smith were starting to rock the Big Apple there was a punk rock super group having a very short career in Cleveland. Rocket from the Tombs existed for less than a year, never recorded and played a dozen or so gigs seen by maybe a couple of hundred people. RFTT spawned and provided material for The Dead Boys and Pere Ubu. They provided the first punk corpse in guitarist / songwriter Peter Laughter who died in 1977.

The band was started by singer David Thomas (going under the name "Crocus Behemoth" ) in May 1974 as a sort of comedy act. Other members of the original lineup were Chris Cuda, and Glen "Thunderhand" Hach sharing guitar duties bassist Charlie Weiner, with Tom Foolery playing drums. Enter A gifted and reckless guitarist& writer (for Creem Magazine) named Peter Laughner who showed up at some of these gigs. He began jamming with the band and joined soon after that in September.

Rockets became more musical lineup with the addition of Gene O'Connor (Cheetah Chrome), David Bell (bass) and Johnny Madansky (Blitz). Guitarist O'Connor had known Laughner before and been in a band with him. Drummer Madansky was also in a band with O'Connor called Slash. Bell had recently left another veteran Cleveland band, the Mirrors. This version of the band would make it's debut on New Years Eve 1974 blaze brightly for eight months and then go down in flames.

After they disbanded, the personnel split forming two bands. O'Connor and Madansky joined with singer Stiv Bators (who was a sometimes singer in later versions of RFTT) to form Frankenstein, which later became the Dead Boys. Laughner and Thomas went on to form Pere Ubu with bassist Tim Wright (RFTT's soundman). Laughner split after recording the two Hearthhan singles. He moved to New York where he almost joined Television and died in 1977, of acute pancreatitis brought on by years of drug abuse.

The Rocket's repertoire became some of both bands best known songs. The Dead Boys were got "Ain't It Fun," "What Love Is," "Down in Flames," "Caught With the Meat in Your Mouth" (done by RFTT as "I'm Never Gonna Kill Myself Again") and "Sonic Reducer"; Pere Ubu recorded "Final Solution," "Life Stinks" and "30 Seconds Over Tokyo." 

While they never released any singles or lps there is a 19 track cd that came out in 2002 called Day the Earth Met the Rocket From the Tombs that gathers the best of their live recordings. The cd is 74 minutes long with material drawn only from original sources and includes a 12 page booklet. If you'd like to pick it up or read reviews and see the track listing click on the above link. 








Meanwhile less than a hundred miles south in Akron there was hot musical scene that launched The Cramps, Devo and a host of lesser known bands many of which are still around here in the 21st century.

While The Cramps as a band were not part of the Akron music scene the late Lux Interior was an Akron native. He moved to California then he and his lovely cohort Ms. Ivy spent 1973-1975 mutating in Akron where they came up with the Cramps concept while watching late night horror movies. They moved to New York where they went onto fame if not fortune. One of their early classics “The Mad Daddy” was an ode to a legendary local DJ.


Devo was probably Akron's most lasting contribution to the musical universe. We have a fairly extensive previous post about them that can be found here. Below is a 1974 version of their cover of Johnny Rivers “Secret Agent Man”. This video is available as part of a longer video called "The Truth About De-Evolution" that is included on a DVD entitled Devo - The Complete Truth About De-Evolution . It is a 90 disc that is a fairly complete collection of Devo videos. Check it out at the above link.


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Akron even had it's own compilation album “The Akron Sampler” that really stunk.



Literally, released on the British label Stiff the first copies had a scratch and sniff cover that smelled of burning rubber. It featured these local legends; Jane Aire & the Belvederes, Tin Huey, Rachel Sweet, The Bizarros, The Waitresses, Rubber City Rebels, Sniper, Idiot’s Convention, Terraplane & Chi-Pig. More about this unique lp can be found at this site
My favorite from the lp is "Beer and a Cigarette"  by Terraplane.

There was also a documentary film called “It's Everything and It's Gone” by Phil Hoffman.







Sunday, November 16, 2014

Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid" (1921) Silent Hall of FameI

I have a viewer that has been getting into silent films and I came across this classic "The Kid" from 1921. It stars, was written, produced, directed and the music composed by Charlie Chaplin. I found it on here archive.org it was uploaded by the Silent Hall of Fame. Tom this ones for you.

"The Kid" is a moving social drama with a touch of comedy, created by and starring Charlie Chaplin and featuring Edna Purviance, a star of Silent Hall of Fame.
"The Kid" was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" in 2011.
The film is ranked number 23 in the list of The Top 100 Silent Era Films of the influential website Silent Era.

"The Kid" has an outstanding rating 8.4 in IMDB.

Directed by               Charlie Chaplin
Produced by             Charles Chaplin Productions
Scenario by               Charlie Chaplin          
Starring                     Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Jackie Coogan, Tom Wilson
Cinematography       Roland Totheroh
Distributed by           First National Pictures
Release date               February 6, 1921
Running time             52 min.
Country                      United States
Language                    Silent film, English intertitles





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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dropping Acid A Trip W/ Mr. LSD, The CIA and George Clinton

There we have been on kind of an acid trip lately, in a purely virtual sense. That is to say we have been exploring / posting some LSD films on ChiTownView and not using this illeagal substance. Here's the rundown of recent activity.





Published on Jan 11, 2013
I came across this, in some ways startling, film while going through the National Archives. The official title is "Schizophrenic Model Psychosis Induced by Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD). This film provides footage of University of California medical tests with LSD supervised by Nicholas A. Bercel MD. Dr. Bercel is the first American to ingest acid.

Tests that seems to have been sponsored by the CIA who had been sponsering research on LSD since 1951. It is a fascinating document showing three men seated in what looks like (from the looks of the wallpaper) someones dining room. The subject William Millarc, an artist, is given LSD 25 and then is interviewed as he's tripping. In 1957 he took his own life despondent over his lack of financial success.

LSD was first synthesized by Dr. Albert Hoffmann in 1938 and was produced by Sandoz labs. To learn more about this fascinating drug here is a link to it's history in comic form. http://phocks.org/stumble/lsd-history...


This clip was used in a recent post on Dangerous Minds. If you want to check it out click here.





Published on July 16, 2014  
"In this educational short "Mr.LSD" explains what horrible things he can do to the human mind.
LSD-25 is a goofier than average drug scare flick produced in 1967 for the San Mateo Union High School District in San Mateo, California. The entire film is narrated by a tab of LSD - a device that Bunuel would have admired.
This one has it all: over-the-top freakouts, groovy fashions, a Satanic mass, trippy visuals and little known factoids like LSD makes kids "paint themselves green." It also features an obscure Jonathan King tune called "Round Round."
Strap yourself in and "join the mind expanding world where colors and sounds and smells and tastes and people all take on new dimensions and qualities."





Published on Oct 28, 2014
A video mashup produced by Scott Calonico using 1960's film footage, including a clip of Sonny Bono. The narration includes historical information about the CIA experiments that came to light in the 1970's during the Ford administration. This is when the MK Ultra experiments and the death / murder of Frank Olson came to light.



Then to round up my trip after uploading this last clip I went to check out the days news at Huffington Post where I came across some words of wisdom from George Clinton a man who's had some non-clinical experience in the field of LSD research.

GeorgeClinton Details The Nasty Effects Of Eating Soul Food On Acid

"We were still ghetto kids eating soul food. You can't eat soul food and do acid," Clinton said with a laugh. "You really have to become vegetarian because it don't work on meat. Besides, tripping on the meat, looking at it while you're eating it, it comes out messed up. And like I said, we were pitiful with hemorrhoids."
Watch the rest of the clip above, and catch the full HuffPost Live conversation here







Thursday, October 16, 2014

Erotic Art (?), Joe DiMaggio and The Violent Alderman's War In Chicago's Taylor Street Area

Three new videos posted on ChiTownView.

The Taylor Street area on Chicago's near west side is a community of well maintained older buildings with new development mixed in. It's sandwiched between the University of Illinois & the Rush Medical area. Earlier this month we took you to Arrigo Park and showed some of it's public art. Today we showcase two more interesting spots in this community and shine a spotlight on what was the cities most violent struggles for political power.


Published on Oct 16, 2014

Well who knows what is and isn't art and erotic is a personal decision right? It's in a beautiful little space right along Roosevelt Rd. in Chicago's Taylor St. / University Village / Little Italy neighborhood. Part of St. Ignatius College Prep this little green spot is also a time capsule that contains architectural details of two long gone Chicago institutions.

The large flower pot that opens the video is part of the cornice from the old Chicago Stock Exchange. A building designed by Dankmar Adler & Louis Sullivan and demolished in 1972. The massive bas reliefs that may or may not be considered racy were part of the old Chicago Stadium. Home of Michael Jordan's championship run with the Chicago Bulls. The panels were a gift by Bill Wirtz owner of the Blackhawks.


For more background on this spot follow this link.




Published on Oct 16, 2014

Located across the street from the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame at 1431 W Taylor St.in Chicago's University Village is a delightful little plaza with fountains and this handsome statue of Joltin' Joe DiMaggio himself.




The bucolic  quiet streets and noble purposes of the institutions are a far cry from what the area was like almost a hundred years ago. Then the area was a teeming slum known as the bloody 19th ward seething with gangsters and crooked politicians. And the scene of the Alderman's War a violent conflict for political control that earned the area it's nickname.

In this video we show the Taylor St. area or University Village as it's now called and what some of the key sites of the story look like today. We meet Johnny Powers and Antonio D'Andrea the two principals of our story and hear the tale. It's another chapter in Chicago's hidden history that we call “Chicago Crime Now & Then”. Produced by Mike Beyer & MindsiMedia and presented on ChiTownView. To see more videos in the series click here.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Gary Webb "Kill The Messenger" In His Own Words

One of the sadder more galling stories of the second half of the 20th century is getting a little more exposure in the past couple of weeks with the release of a couple of new films. The  story is about the drugs for guns program run by Nicaraguan rebels the with the assistance of the US government. On the one hand Nancy Reagan was telling us to “just say no” and her husband was enacting harsh penalties on people who used crack. At the same time Oliver North, George Bush and his cronies at the CIA were at the very least turning a blind eye towards drugs being imported into the country to finance covert warfare in Nicaragua.

How deep was the governments involvement? We'll never no because it's a story America's so called liberal media covered the story up and drove one man who tried to break the story to kill himself. That man was Gary Webb his story was called “The Dark Alliance” and he and his story are the subjects of the films.

There is a documentary, “Freeway: Crack in the System,” directed by Marc Levin, which tells the story of “Freeway” Rick Ross, crack kingpin in LA during the 1980s and one of the subjects of Webb’s “Dark Alliance” series of reports. Then just released Friday is “Kill The Messenger,” which focuses on Webb's tragic story and features Jeremy Renner in the role of Webb. You can read more about these films and see their trailers by clicking on this link to Huffington Post. One of the sadder more galling stories of the second half of the 20th century is getting a little more exposure in the past couple of weeks with the release of a couple of new films. The  story is about the drugs for guns program run by Nicaraguan rebels the with the assistance of the US government. On the one hand Nancy Reagan was telling us to “just say no” and her husband was enacting harsh penalties on people who used crack. At the same time Oliver North, George Bush and his cronies at the CIA were at the very least turning a blind eye towards drugs being imported into the country to finance covert warfare in Nicaragua.

There is a documentary, “Freeway: Crack in the System,” directed by Marc Levin, which tells the story of “Freeway” Rick Ross, crack kingpin in LA during the 1980s and one of the subjects of Webb’s “Dark Alliance” series of reports. Then just released Friday is “Kill The Messenger,” which focuses on Webb's tragic story and features Jeremy Renner in the role of Webb. You can read more about these films and see their trailers by clicking on this link to Huffington Post. 

We at MindsiMedia first reported on this story about seven years ago om our Mindsi2 YouTube station. Mindsi2 was a station that explored some of America's hidden history. Tracing the growth of the American empire from the Spanish American war onwards. While the stupid name hindered our growth we had a respectable viewership before YouTube terminated it last year. Why it was terminated I don't know it had no strikes one day and the next it was gone.

We have revived the spirit of Mindsi2 at MindsiMedia. On our ChiTownView YouTube station we are uploading videos and collecting them in a playlist we call the old news. Two new clips we have just uploaded deal with Gary Webb and the Contra Drug story. Both of them were part of the Mindsi2 library. “Gary Webb In His Own Words” is an interview that was recorded shortly before he committed suicide in 2002. CIA / Contra Drug Connection? is a clip that tells the wider story of possible CIA involvement in drug running.


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Other places on MindsiMedia where you can explore stories that aren't part of the mainstream are on our web site on the Mindsi 2 / Hidden History page

If your on Pintrest there are several relevant boards on my page there.

We have also blogged here on this subject but to be honest our archives are in a bit of disarray. It's an issue were working on.

One of the first journalists to report on this story, even before Gary Webb was Robert Parry who has the online news magazine Consortium News check it out by following thelink.