Born in 1942, Colin Fulcher was better known – though not by much – as Barney Bubbles
, who worked prolifically from the 1960s until his suicide in 1983. A graphic artist, designer, art and video director
who preferred to remain behind the scenes (he only rarely signed his work, and when he did, often used obscure pseudonyms), Bubbles' revolutionary and innovative practice encompassed record sleeves
, band posters and videos for Hawkwind
(and their friend/collaborator Michael Moorcock
), Nick Lowe
, Elvis Costello
, Ian Dury and the Blockheads
(including their iconic logo
), Billy Bragg
, The Specials
and Depeche Mode
. A retrosective of his work, Reasons To Be Cheerful
, and its associated blog
has a comprehensive overview of Bubbles' diverse body of work. Designer and artist John Coulthart offers up
; Creative Review get behind
his creative processes; a new Radio 4 documentary, In Search of Barney Bubbles
, covers his work and often troubled life.
posted by Len
on Mar 28, 2012 -
DetroitTechno.org presents a documentary (1 2 3
) about the history and politics of techno with a focus on the Detroit Electronic Music Festival
, now called Movement
, from its inception in 2000 until the most recent one in 2010. [more inside]
posted by gman
on May 15, 2011 -
"The Hand That Time Forgot"
- Richard Brandt interviews two men who worked on the now-classic train wreck of a film, Manos: The Hands of Fate.
Find out what drives someone to gather $19,000 and make what is by many accounts the worst film ever made! Also available is the followup, "Growing Up Manos,"
in which we gain another perspective ("It was so obviously bad that even a seven-year-old could see it") from Jackey Jones, who played the little girl.
posted by Monster_Zero
on Jan 8, 2006 -
Harper's Magazine Yearly Review for 2005
- Yep, it's yet another year-end encapsulation of all that went before. This one's special though. It's Harper's
Okay I know, just read the damn page!
Seriously, I'm posing this because I like Harper's, and I've always liked the juxtaposition of the big and serious in these summaries, like Hurricane Katrina, with the laughably trivial, like how an increasing number of Americans are now heating their homes... with corn.
posted by JHarris
on Jan 1, 2006 -
WHO were you on September 11th?
To paraphrase the political cliche, are you really different now from what you were two years ago? A collective blog project taking place in one week (of course) will try and answer that question.
posted by clevershark
on Sep 4, 2003 -
Dutch animator Han Hoogerbrugge's
short (~100K) shockwave pieces never cease to thrill and delight. Currently, he's taking a break from production (his last effort, Modern Living - Neurotica Series, is archived on his site) and is presenting a retrospective of his work. He's working towards a 2002 release of new pieces. Until then, enjoy!
posted by shinybeast
on Oct 23, 2001 -
"Missing you already..."
A great column from the Guardian
on the Clinton legacy: "Today America is choosing between two half-Clintons. They can have a version of his smarts, in Al Gore, or a version of his warmth, in George W Bush. Clinton wants the voters to choose Gore, of course, to protect his legacy. But if America picks Bush, that will be a kind of compliment, too."
posted by holgate
on Nov 6, 2000 -