MONKS:TRANSATLANTIC FEEDBACK—-I HATE YOU, CALL ME, AKA THE ANTI-BEATLES

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MONKS:  TRANSATLANTIC FEEDBACK   (2006)  100 MINUTES    D:  DIETMAR POST AND LUCIA PALACIOUS     PLAYS:  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH TO THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH   AT    7  &  9PM,     SATURDAY & SUNDAY AT 5PM

(First, I simply MUST say–Obama/Biden  WHOOOOHOOOO!!!!!!!)

Ahem.

It’s a loooong way from playing for the Army’s Operation Jingle Bells (as the TORQUAYS) to playing on the same bill as Hendrix, but the MONKS had the Catholic taste to make that incredible transition, and change the face of music in the process.  The film says it best, “I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND vs. I HATE YOU, CALL ME-a vast abyss between that and this.”  Take 5 Upstart American Army buddies in 60’s Germany who develop an incredible synergy, a a small dose of “residents in a foreign land” alienation, add insightful music-forward managers, record companies and media whizzes (Cocoa-Cola even had their music in an ad–which of course they wouldn’t let the filmmakers use.  And after all those “we are so cool we support new music” commercials too!), and you get, as they describe as, “the style was hard, but you could dance to it”.  They chose to strip away the rules, especially the conventional rules of music-making, and developed the idea that music should be based on rhythm and played with Beat timing. Sporting tonsures, all black clothing (with capes that emphasized the resemblance to outfits of religious orders), quasi-religious looking cords around their necks, they came on to the stage as if it were the destination of a religious pilgrimage, threw off their capes and played as if in spiritual rapture.  WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!  Performance art as deconstructed rock and roll!! This is just AMAZING stuff, watching the process of how 5 “regular”  guys (no plumbers) just got together and challenged each other to evolve.  With the wonderful events of this week, this film fits in so well with the new, hopeful mood of the country, that all of us can achieve some small part of greatness if we work together.  I LOVED IT!

At roughly the same time the MONKS were perfecting their sound, in L.A., Beat artists started appearing, loosely centered around Barney’s Beanery and the Ferus Gallery. (YES, I SAID L.A.)  Now they are called THE COOL SCHOOL ,  the subject of a densely layered documentary that simply kicks ass! and just aired on PBS.  (And is available  for purchase on it’s website.  Not available at Scarecrow yet.)  With many, many interviews from the ones “who were there”, which includes such notables such as Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell, Frank Gehry, (& the artists themselves!  Natch!), who talk about their process. And how THE COOL SCHOOL helped influence the L.A. County Museum of Art, Cal Arts, Artforum Magazine, and some artists with the last names of Warhol, Johns and Lichtenstein.  (The Ferus Gallery was the first to show Warhol on the West Coast, even before the East Coast “got” him.)  Directed by Morgan Neville, it’s a must have for anyone who loves art history.  Or art.

WHOOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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2 Responses to “MONKS:TRANSATLANTIC FEEDBACK—-I HATE YOU, CALL ME, AKA THE ANTI-BEATLES”

  1. Rasputin Says:

    The Monks are Gods!

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