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New Archives: The Jackson 5

more-of-michael-jacksonMr.Scratch nSniff is Very sad to hear the news of Michael Jackson passing 2 hours ago…His journey started off as may people know as part the Jackson5…from the 1960’s onwards they saturated potentially every home with a TV with a distinct awareness of Black pride, music and culture that created a multitude of Black, White and all the shades in between of micro Jackson wanabee vibes all over this planet of ours…This in turn  inspiring a new generaton to be more active in moving forward to become more another source of people in the mass media of development we see today…

Infact, mr.Scratch&Sniff remembers many many years ago having taped the ‘Thriller’ video of TV when it was released on the  music show ‘The Tube’.. Mr.Scratch& Sniff ended up causing a mini havoc in school after a lunchtime screening of the Michael Jackson hit to over a 100 fellow school kids who went on to do zombie impersonations in all their lessons that entire afternoon…It was def a site to see kids ‘zombie hopping’ the fields whilst their teachers were trying to get them to play rugby , hockey and netball with no effect whatsoever on the micro funksters…

Another icon, another star who grew, fell, and now has risen again with his light that will shine brightly forevermore…

Here’s an early clip of the family in one of acclaimed classic dance routines with a little Micheal Jackson at the helm…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snihdG1rE0Y

1970′ s Classic cartoon from Rankin & Bass with the J5 in ‘ABC’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYI8M3aJzR8

New Archive: Grace Jones

grace_jones_99Celebrating a recent revival is Grace Jones, a cross media artist recognised for her work in the world of fashion and film, with credits that including work as an actress in the ‘James Bond’ and ‘Conan’ film franchises. A key part of Chris Blackwells Island Records, Grace Jones and wider artists are celebrating Island Records 50th Anniversary, a company that featured a distinct musical family tree that featured the likes of Bob Marley, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Steel Pulse, Tricky, Amy Winehouse and U2, all formidable shapers of popular culture over the years..Here’s a peak at Grace Jones in the early year in ‘Slave to the Rhythm’…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpAOzBmeaMo

New Archive: David Carradine

110859prhThe great David Carradine just passed away today…a key role model for a lot of people in the 1970’s with his hit USA show ‘Kung Fu’. His role in the 70s’s was iconic as the item of cultural representation in UK broadcast media was virtually nothing. Providing a distinct antidote to people of many cultures in the UK to have another look at who they where . USA TV film bought progressive commentary and a needed intervention of build of notion of representation of race and culture at a time when race politics in the UK where at best, embryonic.

People may remember Carradine’s renaissance in the last few years playing Bill, in ‘Kill Bill’ directed by Quentin Tarantino building on his character in ‘Kung Fu’, but delivering a darker side of the ‘Golden Hero’ in that very warped Tarantino way..Here’s a snapshot of Carradine in action from the old days of normal tv land…viva the Grasshopper -we salute you…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gASY7Lj5GPQ

New Archives: Miles Davis

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One of the most influential jazz players in the 20th Century, Miles Davies is recognised for his unique playing style that was taken up by French director Louis Malle for his first film in 1958 called ‘Elevator to the Gallows’ starring Jeanne Moreau… a film that was a basis for the European New Wave that has had great impact on filmmakers worldwide and potentially inspired from sources such as  Miles Davis music from that era.

Miles Davis pushed the boundaries of the art form, effectively creating another world of sound that exerted influence on film scores and sound composition, heard on albums such as ‘Witches Brew’ to the 50th Anniversary of ‘Kind of Blue’ , an album given accolade by Rolling Stones magazine as being in the top 12 albums of all time..heres Miles playing with John Coltrane on ‘So What’..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4TbrgIdm0E

Have a peek and listen to Davis’ and Malle’s work on a trailer for the film ‘Elevator to the Gallows’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Mgf8JVAPe8

New Archives: Wheres Carmen now?

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The nature of archives and what they signify provides people with a range of thoughts, from political debate and issue of representation of culture and race to personal experience of ‘wow do you remember watching that!’ ..Over the coming months we will host a series of responses to what archives offer and how people are re- reading new messages into the culture of work that exists out there…so do chk in again, more to come…