Selling Tragedy

Posted June 23rd, 2008 by Anthony

It’s been months since I had been in a meeting discussing disability topics. (I’ve been spending most of my time helping get SoCo Depot up and running.) The meeting was at a conference sponsored by the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP). The disabled people in the room were explaining to the ADP […]

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Disability Music: Best of 2007

Posted January 21st, 2008 by Anthony

Best New Disabled Performer (who declines the disability label) Melody Gardot, www.melodygardot.com Best Newly Discovered Song with Disability Content by Disabled Artists Ray Charles and Chet Atkins, “We Didn’t See a Thing” Best Rediscovered Disability Autobiography by an Amputee in Music The Barbarians, “Moulty” Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968 Best Reclaimed […]

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Non-Disability Music: Best of 2007

Posted January 21st, 2008 by Anthony

Best Soul Rediscovery Betty Davis, www.lightintheattic.net/releases/bettydavis/ Most Surprising Kick-Ass Performance & Roof Raising by an All Acoustic Trio Ever Devil Makes 3, Mystic Theater, Petaluma, September 7, 2007 Still Rockin’ After All These Years, Garage Rock Division Little Steven, www.littlestevensundergroundgarage.com/ Kevin Smith’s State Represents (Web Radio) WFMU, www.WFMU.org/ssaudionet.shtml Best Live Show of the Last Five […]

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Music Within, a new big budget movie REDUX

Posted October 30th, 2007 by Anthony

Well, I spoke too soon about Music Within, the ADA movie. It was universally panned and when I saw a few more clips I realized it would be as boring as the critics said it would be. I don’t think I’m even going to rent this one.

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Music Within, a new big budget movie

Posted October 18th, 2007 by Anthony

Well, well, well. It has been awhile since we’ve had a big-budget movie about us with name, AB, actors. It’s Music Within, opening in limited release October 26, 2007. You can see the trailer at http://www.musicwithinmovie.com/ The plot is about the creation of the ADA. From the trailer I actually am kind of excited. The […]

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Wheelchairs as symbols

Posted October 18th, 2007 by Anthony

A friend and colleague has his antenna out for disability-related songs since we talked about our music explorations. (He’s fascinated by the use of anthems — both contemporary and historical — and how they connect.) He pointed me to an Alt-Country song, “We Can’t Make It Here Any More” by James McMurtry and a video […]

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Disability Film Series-NYC

Posted October 1st, 2007 by Anthony

El Cochecito (The Little Coach) is a new dark comedy with disability and freedom at its center. It’s being shown at the diTHIS! Film Series. The Series showcases films on disability that you probably won’t see anywhere else. The description for El Cochecito says it is, “a dark comedy about an old man who would […]

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Orozco–Mexican Muralist

Posted September 28th, 2007 by Anthony

Another one! Disabled artists are everywhere. Our local PBS station aired a documentary, “Man on Fire,” about Jose Clemente Orozco. He was a muralist and contemporary and rival to Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo’s husband. Towards the end of his life he became more famous than Diego. The interesting aspect is how his disability affected his […]

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Where Have I Been?–Horrors of Malformed Men

Posted September 7th, 2007 by Anthony

According to a New York Times story (registration needed) Teruo Ishii’s 1969 “Horrors of Malformed Men” has been reissued. I’ve never heard of it, which is not surprising as I don’t see very many non-mainstream movies these days. Unlike when I was in my late teens and early twenties. I thought nothing of driving forty-five […]

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Whew! Disability masquerade

Posted September 5th, 2007 by Anthony

It’s something. I was checking out the Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 CD compiled by Lenny Kaye. The CD pulls together bands that are just pre-psychedelic and are often called garage bands. It’s was influential in the punk era and beyond. Anyway, the Elastic Band has a song on the CD, […]

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