Likes: terrorizing mortals; libraries; serious eyeshadow; chain wallets; suspiciously lifelike marble statues
Dislikes: people who aren't statues yet; bros; Perseus
Anthropologists have discovered a beautiful Greek waterfront paradise once inhabited by generations of Neanderthals up to 100,000 years ago, according to a new study.
This particular population was based at what is known as The Kalamakia Middle Paleolithic Cave site on the Mani peninsula of southern Greece.
Previously, only one other Neanderthal tooth suggested that the now-extinct hominids settled in Greece.
Katerina Harvati, head of paleoanthropology at the University of Tübingen’s Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoenvironments, studied the remains and identified multiple Neanderthals representing a child, a teen and both male and female adults. It is unclear if all were related. Read more.
“The first official account of the iconic record label. This Mortal Coil, Birthday Party, Bauhaus, Cocteau Twins, Pixies, Throwing Muses, Breeders, Dead Can Dance, Lisa Germano, Kristin Hersh, Belly, Red House Painters. Just a handful of the bands and artists who started out recording for 4AD, a record label founded by Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent in 1979, a label which went on to be one of the most influential of the modern era. Combining the unique tastes of Watts-Russell and the striking design aesthetic of Vaughan Oliver, 4AD records were recognisable by their look as much their sound. In this comprehensive account concentrating on the label’s first two decades (up to the point that Watts-Russell left), music journalist Martin Aston explores the fascinating story with unique access to all the key players and pretty much every artist who released a record on 4AD during that time, and to its notoriously reclusive founder. With a cover designed by Vaughan Oliver this is an essential book for all 4AD fans and anyone who loved the music of that time.”I’m so excited! I’ve already pre-ordered my copy.
FMLN guerilla. El Salvador, 1981.
the flower in hair, gun in hand lifestyle
This reminds me of how close my mom came to being forced into joining the gorillas and how a lot of her school friend disappeared from school and how this is the reason my mom is in the u.s I hope no one glamorizes this because a lot of children were killed if they didn’t join.
[Birthday Party concert poster with flaming heart graphic]
[Photospread 1981: “Punks Brian McEnaney (15) and girlfriend Lesley Smith (24) are separated by the school fence”]
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Oh my god that must be that show the poster’s for, the EN and Specimen and Nervous Gender show
oh man happy days of yore
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Final words? I’ve just remembered a Specimen show in Los Angeles 1983 where we were convinced by Stevo to put Einsturzende Neubauten on as support. They used jackhammers on the stage which was directly above our dressing room causing the ceiling to completely crumble into the forty cups of tequila and orange on the table. They then managed to set fire to the stage which got quite out of control - none of the fire extinguishers in the theatre worked so we were pissing on the fire and using lager, and all in all it was a memorable night! Hot!…I could spin so many yarns of our misadventures, but I’m sure some of them would still put me in jeopardy of repercussions to this day!
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Something clicked for me earlier—the Simon Barker book, Punk’s Dead, is actually pretty fucking important. It documents the side of punk that official histories have been frantically downplaying, although they haven’t been able to write it out completely because that would be too egregious, and plus, many of the original participants in the punk movement are still alive and capable of arguing back. So yes, we know about Linda Ashby and incidents like Berlin’s Baby Bondage Party and the Bromley Contingent and how that core group of early punk kids hung out at a gay club because it was the only place they could go where they wouldn’t get the shit beat out of them, but we’re told to just think of those things as window dressing, just a backdrop for the genius that was Malcom McLaren and a few very, very macho punk bands. The Barker pics document many of the original core group of punks in a context that makes it really clear that women and queer people were actually the, you know, the real deal, the folks making the fashion and living the lifestyle.
I wonder why the book hasn’t gotten more attention? My guess is a combination of poor marketing and limited print runs, combined with a preconceived notion, generated by existing histories of the movement and our culture’s predilection for amplifying straight white cismale voices while simultaneously ignoring everyone else, that these documents are somehow irrelevant. Nobody has to speak up and say these pics and the experiences behind them are irrelevant, of course; all the music and cultural establishment has to do is ignore them, while continuing to tell the same stories it’s been telling for the last thirty+ years.
October, 1967 Vietnam Protest at the Pentagon
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The only thing I have on hand to cite for this is the Banshees’ official bio; I’ve certainly read a fair bit on the history of punk, but don’t have it to hand. This isn’t an essay, more a stream of thought kinda thing that I’ve had rattling around for a few days. A lot of props go to Fishcakesfishcakes, whose paper on women in punk sort of crystallized a lot of these thoughts for me, and gave me new bits of info I hadn’t had before.
I feel better now that I’ve written this down!
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